COVID-19 Update: May 21, 2020
May 22, 2020
As you know, we have cases 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.
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 19, we initiated re-testing of twenty-four (24) residents who previously tested negative. These results revealed one (1) additional resident who tested positive and remains asymptomatic. On May 20, we re-tested one (1) staff member who was identified in our pre-shift screening process, and this staff members test results today were positive. The affected resident remains in isolation and the staff member is in self-quarantine for recovery. We currently have 8 residents and 7 staff confirmed with the COVID-19 virus.
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 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 face mask, 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.