By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Colfax High School student Jaclyn Olson misses her grandmother, Janet Hanes, who is a resident at the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a long haul — and it’s not over yet — for staff and residents at Colfax Health and Rehab — and for family members.
To brighten the day for CHRC residents, and to show her appreciation for CHRC staff, Jaclyn put together nearly 180 mesh gift bags filled with candy and tied with bows, and she and her mother, Ann Olson, delivered them to Colfax Health and Rehab May 28.
“There’s enough for each of the residents and for all of the workers,” she said.
Tags attached to each gift bag have hand-written messages that say “Thank You” for the staff and “Happy Spring!” for the residents.
Jaclyn, age 17, will be a senior at Colfax High School next fall.
Colfax Health and Rehab has been closed to visitors since early March to keep the COVID-19 coronavirus out of the facility. Initially, residents also were confined to their rooms. Staff members wear masks while they are in the facility, are temperature-checked prior to starting their shifts, and are following the other guidelines, too, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The result is that, to date, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at CHRC, and in fact, there have been no reported cases at any of the nursing homes or long-term care facilities in Dunn County.
According to news reports, approximately 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin are associated with nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Other states have reported similar statistics.
Jaclyn Olson says she appreciates the good care that the staff at CHRC have given to her grandmother and the other residents.
All together, Jaclyn estimates she spent about 20 hours putting together the gift bags and hand-writing the tags.
Jaclyn, the daughter of Ann and Steve Olson of Colfax, is a member of the Colfax High School chapter of the National Honor Society.
NHS members are required to do community service, and while the gift bags went beyond the three hours Jaclyn needed, the time spent was worth it, she said.