ISHPEMING, Mich. (WJMN) – Marquette County Medical Care Facility (MCMCF) released a statement on Thursday announcing one of its residents tested positive for COVID-19.
The resident was tested on March 20th. The results were not returned until April 2nd.
According to MCMCF Administrator Jerry Hubbard, “Because of the lengthy testing period, the resident is no longer contagious and is doing well.”
We spoke with Jerry Hubbard who said he spent Thursday night calling all 270 employees, 123 families, and spoke with all residents in the building. After everyone was contacted, Hubbard said then they made the following public statement.
According to Hubbard, all employees are being screened before they come in to the building. All residents are being screened. MCMCF is working closely with the Health Department, and sharing their data with them. Part of that cooperation is looking at people the resident would have come in contact with, any outside appointments he would have had, and figuring out dates to create a timeline.
“To have to isolate our residents, to isolate our staff. It’s so hard.” Said Hubbard.
Hubbard says they have enough personal protective equipment to last 8 to 10 days. They are working with Stormy Kromer to get gowns and masks. MCMCF is also in contact with Masks for Marquette to keep their supplies in stock.
“This is a tough time, I’ve been doing this business for a long time. 35 years. We’ve never had anything like this.”
Hubbard says they regularly post to their Facebook page, and the staff is doing everything they can to bring residents joy. That includes helping residents conduct video calls with family.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep the lines of communication open between families so they know everything that’s going on here.”
“We have a dedicated, hard-working, loving and compassionate staff.”
Hubbard says children from the community came and put messages of hope on the sidewalk outside the facility.