Letter to the community about the COVID-19 outbreak at Labdara Lithuanian Nursing Home
Tuesday August 24, 2021
An outbreak of COVID-19 was declared at Labdara Lithuanian Nursing Home on July 25, 2021. A number of residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, and sadly, two residents passed away with COVID-19. We grieve with their family and friends.
The outbreak is very difficult for residents, staff, and families. We understand families are very concerned about the safety of their loved ones. The safety of our residents and staff has always been, and continues to be, our number one priority. Our main focus now is ending the outbreak at Labdara so residents can return to regular activities.
We will never know how COVID-19 entered Labdara. The Delta variant is present in our community and exposure could occur by anyone. Scientific research has consistently shown that vaccination against COVID-19 is our best defense against the virus. Additionally, we must continue to implement stringent infection control practices.
We are very concerned about the way in which some people in our community have reacted to the outbreak. We are aware of the strong reactions on social media concerning the vaccination status of Labdara’s staff. However, pointing fingers and blaming others for COVID-19 in Labdara is neither productive nor helpful.
Throughout the outbreak, staff have continued to work hard to care for our loved ones. Staff must have our ongoing support. Their work environment cannot be hostile. Personal attacks towards staff members are unacceptable. We must remember that due to the leadership and diligence of staff, not one resident at Labdara tested positive for COVID-19 before July 25, 2021.
Labdara cannot force staff to get vaccinated. We continue to encourage staff vaccinations and multiple strategies have been used to increase vaccination rates. You are encouraged to write and direct any anger or frustration towards government officials who have failed to protect the residents of long-term care homes by not mandating COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers. We also encourage you to speak to unvaccinated family and friends about the benefits of vaccination.
It is time for our community to come together to support one another and all efforts to help increase the safety of the residents and staff of Labdara.