31 residents, 5 staff at West Michigan nursing home have coronavirus

Metron of Cedar Springs

Thirty-one residents and five staff members at Metron of Cedar Springs have tested positive for COVID-19. (Anntaninna Biondo | MLive.com)

CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — A Kent County nursing home has 31 residents and 5 staff members who have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19.

Administrators at Metron of Cedar Springs announced the positive tests Tuesday, March 31 and said all but two of the residents remain at the center. They are receiving care outside Metron.

Paul Pruitt, chief operating officer for Metron Integrated Health Systems, said the remaining 29 patients are still at the center and do not appear to be at risk for transfer to another health care facility.

All of the COVID-19 patients are in one section of the Cedar Springs center and are isolated from others.

The Cedar Springs facility is described on the company’s web site as “a 77-bed facility offering sub-acute rehabilitation services, 24-hour skilled nursing care, and clinically complex care to patients throughout the State of Michigan.”

Pruitt said staff has been in “continuous contact” with doctors about the situation.

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“We are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety and protection of our residents, staff and ” he wrote in a letter released to media Tuesday, March 31.

Pruitt said the center has been following all of the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, state orders and local health department recommendations regarding coronavirus.

“As other facilities around the country have done, we have restricted visitors, guests and non-essential medical personnel to the building. Those essential visitors entering the facility, including doctors, are heavily screened prior to entry. Every staff member goes through the same screening process including having their temperature taken prior to starting every shift. We are fully stocked with all necessary personal protection equipment and our staff members are wearing these items throughout their shifts to care for our residents and for their own protection,” he wrote.

There have been more than 160,000 cases of the coronavirus and almost than 3,000 deaths in the United States.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Michigan had 7,615 cases and 259 deaths. Kent County has 108 cases but still only one death.

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Additional information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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