With roughly 20% of Ohio’s COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, testing residents and staff members is critical to helping eliminate the spread of the virus. Over the last two weeks, nurses from CareSource and Cleveland Clinic volunteered to support screening more than 500 staff members at Menorah Park, the largest nursing facility in Ohio and Montefiore senior living campus. The testing took place in three sessions as a result of the Governor’s direction.
“The CareSource team of nurses and the team from Cleveland Clinic were outstanding! The results of these actions enabled Menorah Park, one of the largest Skilled Nursing communities in Ohio and the nation, to successfully test our employees, which ultimately keeps our elderly clients safe from COVID-19,” said Menorah Park Chief Operating Officer Richard Schwalberg. “We appreciate the true dedication, and hard work everyone who volunteered.”
Congregate settings like long-term care facilities have faced additional challenges in caring for residents during the pandemic. Social distancing, personal protective equipment and testing are all critical to successfully preventing surges in COVID-19 cases.
“Expanding testing in long-term care facilities supports CareSource’s efforts to protect our most vulnerable members,” said Stephen Ringel, Ohio Market President, CareSource. “The volunteer collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic is just one example of our team living the CareSource mission and a health plan stepping up to help our community combat COVID-19.”