Thursday 7/2/20

Thursday 7/2/20

Hello Everyone!

Below please find the letter we sent out to families yesterday. Families were notified via email, phone calls, and/or mail. If your contact information has changed please let us know so we can update.

7/1/20

Dear Residents/Family Members/Responsible Parties,

I am writing to provide you an update about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).   Unfortunately, at this time, we need to inform everyone that our sentinel testing discovered 1 asymptomatic staff member positive for COVID-19.   The staff member is currently self isolating under the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services.  All staff and residents will be retested.  Residents continue to be screened daily by nursing staff as well.

We continue to follow all guidelines from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and due to this positive case we are immediately stopping all visitation (inclusive of window and outdoor visits) effective today.   We understand that you were excited about the outdoor visits starting.  In order to keep our staff and residents safe we cannot begin the visits at this time.  Residents will continue to remain on their units.   We will continue to keep families/residents updated as any new information becomes available.    We continue to work very closely with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Health and Human Services as they continue to guide us on infection prevention measures. 

Our staff continues to do an amazing job.  We are continuing to do screenings on all employees that are coming in for every shift.  We are very lucky to have such a dedicated group of health professionals.   We are working on plans daily to ensure that we are staying abreast of the most current rules and regulations. 

For updated information please visit our Blog.   It is located at:

www.RockinghamCountyLTCnews.org

You will find information regarding COVID operations, PPE supplies, etc.

Thanks for your understanding of all of the inconveniences caused by this serious health concern.  I pray that you and your family stay safe.  Protecting your loved one continues to be our ultimate responsibility.

Sincerely,

Steven Woods

Administrator/Long Term Care Services Director

Due to this change in COVID status, all residents will be tested on Friday 7/3/20. Staff will be tested on Friday and the following Monday 7/6/20. We are requesting that all staff be tested as this is a state recommendation and the best way possible to protect our staff and clients/residents.

At this time the Watertower Cafe remains open for in-house staff for grab and go items only. Both dining areas are now closed and will reopen when safe to do so.

Fit testing for N95 masks continues in the Hilton auditorium for nursing staff. If you have not been fit tested yet, please reach out to Kristen or Martha in Occupational Health. Thank you Kristen for facilitating the fit testing!

Thank you everyone for your positivity during this challenging time.

We wish you a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Sincerely,

Steve and Tiffany