February 19, 2021
I am pleased to report that there continues to be very good news to share. We have the results from this week’s testing for all assisted living and nursing home residents who were tested and everyone is negative. In addition, we have received the results for all staff who were tested this week, except for 3 staff, and all staff are negative. As far as we know, there are no assisted living or nursing home residents or staff who have any COVID-19 related symptoms. An apartment resident tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital; he is asymptomatic. He returned to his apartment yesterday and is currently in quarantine for at least the next 10 days.
Our outbreak remains closed and assisted living and nursing home residents can continue to enjoy a more normal daily routine. They are free to leave their rooms and sit in one of the sitting areas and visit with other residents as long as they wear their mask and maintain a social distance of 6 feet. In addition, they can go for a walk inside the building. Inside and outside visits, communal dining with social distancing, and limited activities are continuing. The Beauty Salon will open on March 1. I am repeating in this email the procedures for inside and outside visits that need to be followed.
Here is the cumulative report of Pickersgill’s experience with the COVID-19 virus since April 1, when we were informed of our first positive resident, including today’s update. I am only including positive cases in the cumulative report:
- Twenty-four nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus since April 1.
- Four apartment residents have tested positive for the virus since April 1.
- Thirteen assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus since April 1.
- Forty-seven staff have tested positive for the virus since April 1.
Inside and Outside Visit Procedure
Here are the procedures we are following for inside visits:
- All visits must be scheduled through the Volunteers department. Please contact contact Tricia Selko, Volunteer Coordinator, to schedule your visit. The best way to request a visit is by email and her email address is: email@example.com. Her direct telephone number is 410-842-0420.
- Visiting hours will be from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7 days a week. The maximum time for a visit will be one hour and 3 PM will be the last appointment for a visit.
- All visitors will enter the building through the main entrance on the 2nd floor of the apartments.
- All visitors to the nursing home and assisted living must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit. This Health Department requirement must be followed even if the visitor has received the vaccine. Please bring a copy of the test results for each individual who is visiting and give it to the Duty Officer or receptionist at the front desk when you check in for your visit. We will maintain the proof along with our visiting logs.
- Each visitor will have their temperature checked and will be screened by completing the COVID-19 questionnaire at the front desk. No one will be allowed in the building if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and/or answer yes to any of the screening questions.
- Visitors must be wearing a mask at all times and use hand sanitizer before leaving the front lobby.
- Visitors will wear a visitor badge that will have their name, the date, the appointment time, and who they will be visiting.
- Social distancing (6 feet apart) should be maintained at all times during the visit, including when visiting the resident.
- All visits to assisted living and the nursing home will be scheduled in advance and the number of visitors allowed in the building will be limited.
10. Visitors will follow a very specific route to get to their destination. Visitors are not permitted to walk around the building and must proceed directly to the resident’s room. The visitor will proceed to the assisted living/nursing home side of the community by the following route:
a. Use the service corridor to go to the assisted living/nursing home building.
b. If going to the Decker Center, use the double elevators on the other side of the service hallway and go directly to the 4th floor.
c. If going to the Personal Care unit on the fourth floor, go down to the end of the hallway and take the single elevator across from the Rehab gym.
d. If you are going to the Assisted Living 3rd Floor:
i. Use double elevators, if visiting a resident in the following rooms 301-329 and 361 to 365.
ii. Use the Single elevator, if you are visiting a resident in rooms 330-360
e. The visitor should not ride the elevator with any staff or resident.
- All visits will take place in the resident’s room. Visits will not be supervised. Visitors must keep their face mask on during the visit. The resident should also have their face mask on during the visit.
- After visiting, the visitor shall return to the front desk, sign out in the log and return the Visitor badge.
Here are the procedures we are following for outside visits:
- All outside visits are by appointment only and are scheduled through Tricia Selko, Volunteer Coordinator.
- Outside visits can be scheduled, weather permitting, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM during these days. The maximum time for a visit will be 30 minutes and 3:30 PM will be the last appointment for a visit.
- The visits will be held in the Home lobby vestibule.
- Visitors will not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before having an outside visit.
- Outside visits are allowed as long as the resident is not on transmission-based precautions or in quarantine.
- Each visitor will have their temperature checked and will be screened by completing the COVID-19 questionnaire. No one will be allowed to visit if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and/or answer yes to any of the screening questions.
- Visitors must wear their mask at all times and maintain a 6-foot social distance during the visit.
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 entering the building, separate the apartment residents from the assisted living and nursing home residents, end all communal dining and group activities for assisted living and nursing home residents, 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 a nurse and geriatric nursing assistants 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 if you have any questions or concerns about this information. Thank you.