Orleans Community Health says none of its dialysis patients have Covid-19

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 14 May 2020 at 1:36 pm

Orleans Community Health is responding to the recent article from an aide who quit her job at The Villages Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

Hope Albone recently shared her concerns about all the residents who have contracted the coronavirus and the 19 who have died. She commented the staff felt the virus was brought to the facility by a resident who had attended dialysis in Batavia.

Laurie Joslyn, manager of Orleans Community Health’s dialysis units in Medina and Batavia, explained there has been no cases of the virus in either of those units. Batavia does, however, have a dialysis facility not affiliated with Orleans Community Health.

Joslyn said they take the utmost precautions to make sure their patients remain safe.

“We have had no positive cases of the virus,” Joslyn said. “Every patient and every staff member is screened every day, and none of us have been exposed.”

Should they have a case diagnosed, Joslyn said they have  an isolation area to keep that patient away from the others.

She said they are still taking applications for new patients in Batavia, but the slots at the Medina site are full.

Between the two sites, they treat 80 patients a week. In Medina, the site is open from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with two shifts per day. In Batavia, they operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Joslyn said several of the patients have come to her with concerns about the virus.

“But once I explain the precautions we take, they are comfortable,” she said.

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