Mosaic Life Care says it is prepared should COVID-19 cases spike

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By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Mosaic Life Care officials says the increase in COVID-19 cases
has not taken them by surprise.

Cases are up slightly in Buchanan County and the region since
the lifting of restrictions, mainly from a dramatic increase in the number of
patients and employees at the Living Community of St. Joseph testing positive
for the coronavirus.

But Mosaic Chief Medical Officer Dr. Davin Turner says the
medical network anticipated the increase.

“We did believe that when we opened up that we would see an
increased number of cases as people went back out and went to large gatherings
where most are not wearing masks,” Turner tells reporters.

Mosaic has had to hospitalize some patients with COVID-19; a
few have been placed on ventilators. Mosaic has the capacity to treat 352
infectious patients in St. Joseph away from the general hospital population.

Turner says care has been taken to accommodate the special
needs of those infected with the coronavirus.

“Inside our facility we have over 100 negative-pressure rooms
available to protect those that would have COVID-19 or other contagious
diseases,” Turner says. “Understand, on a regular day prior to COVID, we would
have multiple people in isolation, because they may be in the hospital for a
contagious disease.”

Mosaic recommends residents were masks when out in public.
Mosaic requires all employees and visitors to the hospital to wear masks.

Turner says the St. Joseph hospital remains on COVID-19
footing.

“We are not back to normal operations. You shouldn’t believe
that we are,” Turner says. “We have a tiered system. We are currently at Tier
5. So, what does that mean? We’ve restricted visitors. We do not allow visitors
in COVID-positive patient rooms unless there are very special circumstances.”

Mosaic has tested 12,581 area residents since the pandemic
began with 563 testing positive for COVID-19. Twelve patients are currently
hospitalized in St. Joseph. The St. Joseph hospital had a total of 21 patients
being treated for the coronavirus at one time. Mosaic is awaiting results from
36 tests.

Buchanan County now reports a total of 884 COVID-19 cases
since counting began as the total cases at the Living Community of St. Joseph
climbs.

The Living Community reports 28 residents and 29 employees
have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Andrew County this weekend reported its first death from COVID-19,
a man in his 50s with no underlying medical conditions who had been diagnosed
with the coronavirus on June 9th. Andrew County reports a total of
55 cases.