“As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Festus Manor team is grateful for the continued support of Mercy Hospital, the Jefferson County Health Department and the entire Festus community,” said Jeanne Dirschuweit, administrator from Festus Manor. in a report. “The only way to eradicate this disease is complete transparency and commitment to the safety protocols of the whole community, starting with facility-wide testing.”
County health officials are currently reporting 210 cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County and three deaths.
Other long-term care centers in the Saint-Louis area have also battled the rapid spread of the virus, which can be more serious for the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least two residents of a nursing home in a facility in Monroe County died of the coronavirus, and five residents of a St. Louis nursing home also died.