Letter from the Administrator 12-9-2020
Dear Residents, Families and Representatives,
I am happy to report that all resident tests from Monday, 12/7 were negative! We are continuing to test all residents at least weekly for surveillance. If a resident shows any signs of illness or resides on a unit that has had other resident cases we do additional testing as needed. We have not had any new resident cases since 11/30. We have two living areas that will remain on quarantine until 14 days have passed since the last resident positive. One living area came off quarantine yesterday.
We have several of our residents from the COVID unit who have recovered and returned to their previous rooms this week. We will continue to operate the COVID unit until all residents meet the requirements to end isolation precautions.
We had one staff person with a positive test from December 7th. The staff person had no symptoms and had no resident contact during her infectious period. She will remain on isolation and off work per CDC guidance. All other staff tested negative on Monday and Tuesday. We continue with twice per week testing of all staff until the community positivity rate comes down and we have no further staff or resident positive tests for at least 14 days.
This is good news and we are heading in the right direction. It is so important to continue to be cautious, wear masks, do good handwashing, keep physical distance from others when able and avoid gatherings. We are not out of the woods yet and as long as the virus is spreading in our community it puts our residents at risk!
We are preparing to provide vaccinations against COVID-19 in partnership with Walgreens. Residents and healthcare workers are a high priority to receive vaccines because of the very serious consequences for nursing home and long term care residents who become ill with the virus. We will be sending out information and consent forms soon. It will be very important to respond and return consent forms for the vaccination as soon as you receive them. We want to ensure we receive enough vaccine so all our residents who wish to receive the shot can get it.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.
Linda Smith NHA