April 1, 2020
I want to give you an update on what is happening at Pickersgill regarding the current pandemic. As you know, we have taken multiple steps to prevent our residents from getting COVID-19. We have prohibited outside visitors and deliveries from entering the building; separated the apartment residents from the assisted living and nursing home residents; suspended all communal dining; encouraged residents to remain in their rooms and practice social distancing; screened all healthcare staff who enter the building and all employees according to CDC guidelines; and provided all employees with a face mask.
Despite our best efforts, however, we were notified today that one of our hospitalized residents has tested positive for COVID-19. This resident, who is on the Personal Care (PC) Unit, was transferred to a local hospital on March 25.
We are still collecting information, but this is what we know so far:
· We began delivering in-room meals to PC residents on March 16. Since that time, this resident left the room only for medical appointments.
· The resident’s room has been sealed since March 25.
· No other PC residents and/or staff have displayed COVID-19-related symptoms.
· We have already reached out to a company that specializes in sanitization and they will disinfect select areas of Pickersgill this evening.
We are in close contact with the Baltimore County Department of Health and are working with them to identify and implement appropriate actions. We know that you and your families will have additional questions, and we will keep you informed as we receive guidance from the Department of Health.
Please be assured that we are committed to protecting you, our residents, and our staff. We have been, and will continue to be, vigilant with infection-control protective measures for all residents and employees in the hope of minimizing the spread of Covid-19 on our campus.
I don’t have the email addresses for all family members. Please share this email with other family members. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Barry Eisenberg, FACHE, LNHA
Pickersgill Retirement Community