“We believe that the use of disposable gowns made a tremendous difference in slowing the spread,” said Ballou. A fresh, unused gown was donned on entry to an infected apartment and doffed before leaving that apartment. “It made for a lot of quick changes,” Ballou explained. “A meal service that previously took 15 minutes took 45.”
Testing to identify positive cases, protective equipment like the gowns, and isolation slowed the spread of COVID-19 in the facility.
“The second week after Thanksgiving, we were caught up in the surge. Twelve cases were identified. We initially knew of 10, but two more were later revealed by PCR tests taken at the same time rapid response tests showed negative results. The PCR results were not available until a week later. The following week, there were nine new cases, and the next week only four. We were able to isolate and contain the virus spread within a few weeks.”