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Steps being taken to protect most vulnerable residents

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the nation, it is critically important to ensure the people who are most vulnerable to serious complications from the disease are protected.

Due to this, a Journal article in Thursday’s edition outlined the steps that nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Marquette County are taking during the pandemic.

Many actions have been taken at nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the county, according to the article.

Visitor restrictions, frequent cleaning and sanitizing, limiting excursions to public places and measures to ensure staff does not come to work if they are ill are just a few of the critical preventative measures taken by local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

We applaud these facilities for taking these actions and for spreading the word about the reason behind these actions: Older adults and the immunocompromised are much more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

“While the rate of transmission of COVID-19 is currently low for the general public, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system seem to have a disproportionately higher risk of contracting and exhibiting serious complications of the disease,” Brookridge Heights Executive Director Jennifer L. Huetter said in the article. “Given the demographic of our resident population, we have a heightened focus on preventative measures to reduce the chances of the exposure to those in our communities.”

We commend these facilities for putting policies in place to protect the safety and health of their residents during a critical time.

We also commend all who have taken the difficult, but necessary steps to protect those who are vulnerable in our community through extensive social distancing and hygiene measures.

It can make all the difference for those who are more vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19 when caution and prevention are practiced. We must do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19.

They are key parts of families, communities and societies. By protecting them, we also protect our loved ones, our society, our history, our future and our culture.

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