November 27, 2020
There has been a change in our COVID-19 status. A food service employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not been at work since November 21st. We have received the COVID-19 test results for the nursing home residents who were tested this week and they are all negative. No nursing home residents have any COVID-19 related symptoms at this time. We have received the results for all staff who were tested this week and everyone is negative for COVID-19 except for the food service employee.
Pickersgill is in Outbreak Status
According to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), we officially have an outbreak. We had already stopped inside visits because Baltimore County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is over 10%.The suspension of all inside visits continues now due to the outbreak as well. Inside visits to the community are suspended except for compassionate care or 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. Since we are now considered to be in an outbreak, communal dining and group activities will be stopped starting Saturday, November 28th. The Beauty Salon will be closed. We hope to be able to loosen these restrictions after at least 14 days, assuming we are COVID-19 free during this time period and Baltimore County’s positivity rate is below 10%.
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.
- Twelve 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 had taken in the past when there was an outbreak. We are experiencing an outbreak at this time. Therefore, we are reinstituting these strict restrictions again. 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 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, 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 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.