December 3, 2020
There have been a number of changes in our COVID-19 status since my last update. Two nursing staff have tested positive; one works in assisted living and one in Decker. In addition, one nursing staff member who works in assisted living and one food service employee have been tested because they have symptoms; their results are pending. All these individuals are not at work at this time. In addition, there is an apartment resident who is positive for COVID-19. She has symptoms and is currently in isolation in her apartment. All nursing home and assisted living residents were tested this week and the results are pending. No nursing home or assisted living resident has any COVID-19 related symptoms at this time.
Pickersgill is in Outbreak Status
We continue to be in an outbreak. All restrictions that were described in my November 27th email will continue. We had already stopped inside visits because Baltimore County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is over 10%.The suspension of all inside visits continues due to the outbreak now as well. Inside visits to the community are suspended except for compassionate care and end of life visits, which can continue. Individuals who are making compassionate care or end of life visits must have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit. Outdoor visits are still allowed, though you must also have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit. 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 visitor logs. Please contact Tricia Selko, Volunteer Coordinator, to schedule either a compassionate care, end of life, or outside visit. She can be reached via email at: email@example.com. Tricia has a list of those residents who are considered appropriate for compassionate care or end of life inside visits.
All communal dining and group activities continue to be suspended. The Beauty Salon remains closed. These restrictions have been extended to the apartments since they have a positive case. I am unable to predict when we will be able to loosen these restrictions. It depends on a number of factors including the county positivity rate and whether we will have additional positive cases during this current outbreak. An additional positive case will extend the length of the outbreak restrictions.
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:
- One assisted living resident tested positive for the virus.
- One nursing home resident tested positive for the virus.
- One apartment resident tested positive for the virus.
- Fourteen staff 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 are taking since we have an outbreak. We are stopping outside visitors and deliveries from entering the building, separating the apartment residents from the assisted living and nursing home residents, ending all communal dining and group activities for residents, and encouraging our residents to remain in their room and practice social distancing.
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 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. 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.