Update from the Administrator 10-1-2020
Dear Residents and Representatives,
We have been notified that we had two staff test positive for COVID-19 during our testing this week. Last week we had no positive test results. All resident tests conducted this week are negative for COVID -19. One staff person had no resident contact. The other staff person did work with residents, however, personal protective equipment (PPE) was worn at all times. No resident contact met the definition of a significant exposure. We are monitoring all residents closely for any signs or symptoms of illness as a precaution.
We will continue testing residents at least weekly and again if they have any symptoms. Staff are currently being tested twice per week to give us the opportunity to identify individuals who may have the virus but are not having symptoms.
We continue to screen staff and monitor residents for symptoms daily. Staff continue to wear masks and face shields when working with residents. Full personal protective equipment is worn per CDC guidelines with newly admitted residents, those with a possible exposure to the virus and residents who exhibit any possible symptoms.
Residents and resident representatives will be notified directly if they test positive for the virus or have a known exposure to a COVID positive individual.
All family visits will continue to be on hold until testing shows that we have no positive staff or residents for 14 days. Window visits, phone calls and video visits will continue so please continue to stay in touch with your loved ones! I am so sorry that we are not able to provide face to face visits right now but know that as soon as it is safe to do so we will resume them.
Please be cautious and follow health guidelines. Much of Wisconsin, including our area, has rapid spread of the virus. Masking when out in public and when gathering with friends or family can help reduce the spread of the virus significantly.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this very challenging time. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns! Stay safe.
Linda Smith NHA