Covid-19 Updates

July 23, 2020

Good Evening:

As you know, we are now testing all staff on a weekly basis. We are also testing residents when warranted. Our testing usually occurs on Monday and Tuesday of the week. We have had two cycles of testing so far: July 13th and 14th, and  20th and 21st . The lab finally sent the remaining results from the July 13-14 testing. Based on these results, here is the current COVID-19 status of our residents and staff as of Thursday, July 23rd :

·       The nursing home residents were tested and results for the July 14th testing indicate that all nursing home residents are negative. The nursing home residents were tested again this week but we have not received the results. There are no residents in assisted living who have COVID-19 or have symptoms that warrant testing.

·       One of our part-time receptionists tested positive for the virus. She is asymptomatic and has not been at work since July 15th.

·       One assisted living nursing employee who had symptoms tested positive. The employee has not been at work since July 9th and was not working when she developed symptoms.  

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. Since we are testing staff weekly and testing residents when warranted, I am only including positive cases in the cumulative report:

  • One assisted living resident tested positive for the virus. She went to the hospital on March 25th and has not returned.
  • Four employees 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. We have stopped outside visitors and deliveries from entering the building, separated the apartment residents from the assisted living and nursing home residents, ended all communal dining for residents, and encouraged our residents to remain in their room and practice social distancing. We are checking all assisted living and nursing home residents’ temperature and oxygen levels twice a day. We screen all healthcare staff and all employees who enter the building according to CDC guidelines; this includes taking their temperature upon entry. We require all employees to wear a face mask and other appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, as necessary, when interacting with or caring for a resident. We are also asking all residents to wear a face mask when they are not in their room or apartment.

We are following CDC, CMS, and Maryland Dept. of Health guidelines and testing any resident or employee who states that they have a respiratory 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. However, many symptoms of COVID-19 are also symptoms of other respiratory illnesses. So, testing does not automatically mean that the individual has the disease. 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 the test results are negative and the resident no longer has symptoms.  Employees who have symptoms are excused from work until their test results are negative or they no longer have symptoms.

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.

Barry

Barry Eisenberg, FACHE, LNHA 
Executive Director 
Pickersgill Retirement Community 
615 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, MD 21204 
p. 410-825-7423  |  f. 410-821-6275 

beisenberg@pickersgillretirement.org