May 14, 2021
We continue to have good news to share this week! We have received the results for all staff who were tested this week and everyone is negative. As far as we know, no one has any COVID related symptoms. The outbreak remains closed and communal dining, group activities and inside visits will continue. We will follow the same guidelines for inside visits that we have been following for the last 3 weeks.
The Federal government seems to be issuing new guidance daily. New guidance was issued yesterday about wearing a face mask indoors and outdoors if an individual is fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, this recent guideline does not apply to health care settings. Fully vaccinated residents do not need to wear their mask when they are outdoors. However, they are still required to wear their face mask when not in their room and walking in the hallways between their destination. The guidelines issued last week state that residents who are fully vaccinated may dine and participate in activities without face masks or social distancing if all participating residents are fully vaccinated. If unvaccinated residents are present during communal dining or activities then all residents should use face masks and the unvaccinated residents should be physically distanced from the vaccinated and unvaccinated residents. Residents being readmitted do not have to be in isolation for 14 days if they are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms. They will need to adhere to the 14-day isolation period if they are not fully vaccinated or have symptoms.
Here is the cumulative report of Pickersgill’s experience with the COVID-19 virus since April 1, 2020 when we were informed of our first positive resident, including today’s update. I am only including positive cases in the cumulative report:
- Twenty-five nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus.
- Four apartment residents have tested positive for the virus.
- Thirteen assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus.
- Fifty-three staff have tested positive for the virus.
Mitigating Actions to Prevent or Reduce Risk
As you know, and I have reported previously, we have taken many mitigating actions to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of the virus since the public health emergency was instituted. I provide this section with every update in compliance with Federal regulations. The purpose of this section is to describe the actions we will take if we are in an outbreak. We will stop outside visitors and deliveries from going to the units that are affected by the outbreak, separate the apartment residents from the assisted living and nursing home residents, end communal dining and group activities in the areas that are affected by the outbreak, and encourage our residents to remain in their room and practice social distancing. We have established a COVID-19 Isolation Unit on the second floor of the Assisted Living/Nursing Home building. All assisted living and nursing home residents who test positive are moved there. When the unit is open, it is staffed with nursing staff who care exclusively for these residents during the course of their illness.
Whether we have an outbreak or not, we continue to encourage residents to wear a face mask when they are not in their room, wash their hands regularly, and practice social distancing. We are checking all assisted living and nursing home residents’ temperature and oxygen levels daily. We actively screen daily all healthcare staff, employees and essential vendors who enter the building according to CDC guidelines; this includes taking their temperature upon entry and denying entry of those with COVID-19 signs or symptoms. We require all employees to wear a face mask and other appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, as necessary, at all times when interacting with or caring for a resident.
We are following CDC, CMS, and Maryland Dept. of Health guidelines and testing any resident or employee who states that they have a symptom that could be a symptom of COVID-19. In addition, we are requiring that a resident is tested before being readmitted to the community from a hospital or other nursing home. If an assisted living or nursing home resident has symptoms and is being tested, they are under strict isolation in their room. An isolation cart is outside their room and any staff who enter the room wear a face mask, face shield, gloves and gown. The resident also wears a face mask when an employee is in the room. This procedure continues until their test results are negative and the resident no longer has symptoms. If the resident is positive this procedure continues for at least ten days and until the resident no longer has symptoms for 24 hours. Employees who have symptoms are excused from work until their test results are negative. If an employee’s test is positive, they are excused from work for at least ten days and until they no longer have symptoms for 24 hours.
We are posting this same information on our website, www.pickersgillretirement.org on the News page. If there is someone with whom you would like to share this information, please have them visit our website.
Please contact me or Gina if you have any questions or concerns about this information. Thank you.