Update from the Administrator 1/27/2023
Dear Residents, Families and Representatives,
I am writing to inform you that we’ve had one staff test positive for COVID-19 within our community today. It is important for residents to be aware of COVID outbreaks anywhere in our Rolling Hills community as there is always a potential for staff, residents, tenants and visitors to come into contact with each other. We will test any resident, tenant and staff person who has been identified as having had a close contact with any person with COVID-19.
Rolling Hills is in outbreak status. An outbreak is defined as having any one or more staff or residents with a case of COVID. We will continue to monitor residents for symptoms. Anyone who develops symptoms will be tested per the recommended CDC schedule. There are significant outbreaks in other area nursing homes and senior living facilities so we are on alert for increasing cases.
Staff are required to wear masks when around others and when in any resident areas. All residents are strongly encouraged to wear masks when out of their room or when coming in close contact with others. Please wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently and maintain distance when possible.
Residents, staff and visitors are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with vaccinations against COVID and influenza. Vaccination provides the best defense against serious illness, hospitalization and death. Older Age, pre-existing medical conditions and certain medications may lower the immune system and put the individual at higher risk of contracting COVID and having a more serious illness. Using multiple strategies like vaccination, wearing a mask and good hand hygiene improves the odds of avoiding COVID and reduce the chance of serious illness. Most of our residents are up to date with vaccinations but for those who may be behind on boosters, we can assist with scheduling the vaccination.
Visitors should be cautious and use good infection prevention practices such as wearing a mask and washing your hands prior to and after visiting. Families and friends of residents should not visit when experiencing any signs of illness to prevent spreading it to others within our home. We are happy to help coordinate a virtual visit or phone call until you feel well again and can visit in person. Residents are allowed visits and outings with families and friends while we are in outbreak status, however, it is important to be cautious and try to prevent spread of any illness.
We will keep you up to date if any new cases of COVID are identified.
Linda Smith NHA