COVID-19 Update: July 17, 2020
July 17, 2020
We have received most of the results from our all staff and resident tests that were performed on July 13, 2020. We received one new positive test for a resident. This resident was moved to isolation immediately, with the appropriate transmission-based precautions, once we received the positive test results. Staff assigned to provide care are following all CDC guidelines and recommendations including full PPE (personal protective equipment). We have not received any new positive tests for employees. We will update you again once all test results are received.
As a reminder, the CDC recommends adding a plan for testing healthcare personnel and residents for COVID-19 infection, as many may be free of symptoms and yet may be contagious, into our other infection prevention and control strategies to mitigate the spread of the pandemic. Testing for COVID-19 in respiratory specimens can detect current infections and is an important addition to our other infection prevention and control strategies. 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.
Our next weekly testing will be on July 21. We will report the results once they are received; any newly identified staff and/or residents with positive COVID-19 test results will be reported promptly, and if all results are negative we will provide that update in our next communication.
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.
Please also remember that 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.