COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020
June 2, 2020
During this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has worked diligently to provide you with updated information. Effective communication is always important but is critical in this COVID-19 environment with heightened emotions, fear of the unknown and restrictions on family member in-person visitation.
As you know, we have case(s) of COVID-19 confirmed on our campus, and we are currently working to mitigate its impact on our community. We know you will be worried about the spread of this virus, for yourself and your loved ones. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. We are also committed to keeping you informed regarding our actions to protect residents and employees alike. We continue to currently have 8 residents and 7 staff confirmed with the COVID-19 virus. All are recovering.
Last week we had a visit from the state of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to review our infection control processes through their Focused Infection Control Survey, with no concerns needing correction noted.
As you may know, part of the process to stem this pandemic is to have an early warning, by testing people who are not yet showing symptoms of this virus. On May 28th, we also completed re-testing of all staff and residents, in conjunction with the National Guard and the Berrien County Health Department, as part of the statewide COVID-19 testing initiative. The results of this testing are expected this week, and we will report results when they are returned to us.
What we are doing, right now
To protect our vulnerable residents, we deployed the following aggressive actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our residents and staff:
- We are limiting resident activities within the facility. Group activities remain suspended. In their place, residents are receiving personalized in-room visits and enjoying other socially distanced activities.
- Frequent environmental disinfection work especially focused on the sanitation of hard and often-touched surfaces. Our infection prevention team continues providing frequent education and guidance to all staff and residents. In an extra effort to keep our residents and employees safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the entire community was cleaned with the Biomist Sanitizing System. This system is an FDA approved alcohol-based solution that kills germs on contact. All common areas, resident rooms, furniture, and medical equipment were treated.
- Visitation remains restricted except for specific situations, such as end of life. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a necessary action to protect the health of our residents. Those who enter the building will be required to limit their visit to a designated area within the building, wear a facemask, and frequently clean their hands.
- We are monitoring health care personnel and residents for symptoms. Residents, employees, and critical health care staff continue to be screened daily for fever and other signs of illness. Our goal is to quickly identify ill residents and implement additional infection prevention activities. If ill residents are identified, they will be isolated in their rooms, monitored closely, and asked to wear a mask.
We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our team remains in close contact with the Health Department and we will continue to provide updated information as the situation evolves.