September 28, 2022

A Maine health care provider is seeing multiple COVID-19 cases among staff every day

It is only six days into 2022, and the John F. Murphy Homes organization has seen an average of two new COVID-19-related staff absences a day.

That may not seem like much in a company with 835 workers centralized in Auburn. But CEO Todd Goodwin said the compounding number of absences is enough to destabilize scheduling for the residential and community support the Murphy Homes provides.

Each week is now going to be more of an administrative nightmare as the organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities and autism works to ensure those who need constant care are able to still get it. That often comes at the cost of day programs — which can be just as important for clients — or deferring tasks and assigning people across departments.

A Maine health care provider is seeing multiple COVID-19 cases among staff every day