COVID-19 Update: June 30, 2020

We are pleased to share that all current residents and staff affected by COVID-19 at Riveridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center have recovered.
 
Our Medical Director collaborated with the Berrien County Health Department to determine when a resident is deemed recovered and no longer requires transmission-based precautions using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Symptom-Based Strategy. 
 
With these new recoveries, we will be transitioning residents back to their original rooms as they are able. The logistics of resident room moves can be concerning to families, and we are committed to making your loved one as comfortable as possible during this transition.
 
Our team is here to ensure the best possible quality of life for those we serve while keeping you informed. The Governor has extended our restrictions on visitations and group interactions within long-term care facilities through July 24 (with Executive Order No. 2020-136). In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to protect your loved ones we will continue to restrict visitation as we are instructed by the state. We also know how important it is to remain connected with each other and to express love. Feel free to contact us, by phone or email, to schedule video chats, window visits, or phone calls with loved ones.
 
As you may know, another part of mitigating the spread of the pandemic is to have a plan for testing residents and healthcare personnel for COVID-19 infection, as many may be free of symptoms and yet may be contagious. Testing for COVID-19 in respiratory specimens can detect current infections and is an important addition to our other infection prevention and control strategies.
 
As the availability of testing supplies has grown in our state, we are able to move into a testing plan to complete weekly testing of at least our staff until our region moves into the low risk category on the Michigan Safe Start Map. We will also continue our other infection prevention procedures, as we’ve detailed for you in past communications, in our efforts to continue to protect our vulnerable residents. We completed re-testing of all staff and residents on June 26, and have now received all results, with no new positive test results received.
 
We know you will be eager to learn of the results of our testing plan and may have questions. We will continue to provide updates through this method during this process. Rest assured that if you or your loved one(s) are directly impacted, you will continue to be contacted individually.