By: Whitney Miller WCPO-TV CH. 9
Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 03, 2021 and last updated 1:00 PM, Aug 04, 2021
On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear laid out new rules for workers at state-run health care facilities in Kentucky: Wear your mask and get tested for COVID-19 twice a week if you’re not vaccinated.
Many of the state’s long-term care facilities, including the Victorian at Riverside in Covington, have already made the vaccine a requirement. More than 90% of the Victorian’s staff has both doses of the vaccine, and the few that don’t are tested weekly.
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Carrie Vanderzee is proud of her early decision to require vaccination at her assisted living facility. The Victorian specifically houses and helps senior women — and none of them have gotten COVID-19.
“We’ve decided to make it once a week that everyone is tested, and then we get the negative results,” said CEO Carrie Vanderzee. “That’s a condition for employment here.”
It was an early choice, and Vanderzee is proud of it. The Victorian specifically houses and helps senior women. None of them have gotten COVID-19, Vanderzee said.
“We’re not first responders and we’re not in hospitals, but we are taking care of a really vulnerable population every day,” she said. “And, you know, to do it well and do it right, it takes a lot of sacrifice from employees.”