Covid-19 Updates

May 26, 2020

Good Afternoon:

I am writing today to give you an update on what is happening at Pickersgill regarding the presence of COVID-19. Here is the current COVID-19 status of our residents and staff as of Tuesday, May 26th:

·       There are no residents in either assisted living or the nursing home who have COVID-19 or have respiratory symptoms that would warrant testing.

·       There are 3 staff who have respiratory symptoms that warrant testing. Two are in food service and one is in the activities department. One of the food service employees has tested negative and the results for the other employees are pending. None of these employees are currently at work.

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:

·       One assisted living resident tested positive for the virus. She went to the hospital on March 25th and has not returned.

·       Seven residents in both assisted living and the nursing home were tested and their tests were negative for the virus.

·       One employee tested positive for the virus and has since recovered.

·       Sixteen employees have been tested.  The results for 14 employees were negative and two are still pending.

COVID-19 Testing

We received our COVID-19 test kits this past Friday. The apartment residents were tested today. Starting tomorrow, May 27th through the end of the week, all assisted living and nursing home residents as well as all staff will be tested. Residents will not have to go anywhere to receive the test. It will be administered in their rooms. A nurse will start testing residents on the second floor tomorrow, go next to the third floor and then the Personal Care unit on the fourth floor. Nursing home residents will be tested separately starting tomorrow by one of the Decker nurses. We should receive the test results in a week.

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. In addition, our Nurse Practitioner is now seeing assisted living and nursing home residents only at Pickersgill; she is not going to any other communities.

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.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 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