November 6, 2020
I am pleased to report good news. All assisted living and nursing home residents were tested this past Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd . No one has COVID-19 or has any COVID-19 related symptoms at this time. All staff were also tested this past Monday and Tuesday. All staff that were tested are negative for COVID-19. As far as we know, no staff have respiratory symptoms that warrant testing. This does not include the receptionist I reported on previously who tested positive; she is still not 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. 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.
- Eleven staff tested positive for the virus.
Pickersgill’s Outbreak Status
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is requiring that we test all residents and staff again this Monday, Nov. 9th. They have stated that we will be eligible to close the outbreak on Wednesday, November 11th since we have not had any positive cases for 14 days. This assumes that we do not have any positive cases after next week’s testing. We are updating the MDH daily during the outbreak so they will be informed of the results of the testing as soon as we have them. Once the results of the tests are reported to the MDH, they will officially notify us that the outbreak is closed. That means we will be able to loosen up restrictions again and start inside visits, communal dining and activities. The Beauty Salon will also be able to open. We are hopeful that we will get this official notice by no later than November 16th.I will send out an email and let you know as soon as we hear from the Department of Health.
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. Some of the actions we had taken in the past had ended as we had been able to relax restrictions. However, we re-instituted these strict restrictions because we have an outbreak. 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 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.