April 10, 2020
I want to give you an update on what is happening at Pickersgill regarding the current pandemic since my April 1 memo. On April 1st I informed you that we were notified that one of our hospitalized residents tested positive for COVID-19. This resident, who is on the Personal Care (PC) Unit in Assisted Living on the 4th floor, was transferred to a local hospital on March 25 where she remains. It has been 14 days since she was admitted to the hospital and 7 days since we received the news that she tested positive. As of today, there are no residents in Pickersgill who are positive for COVID-19. However, this is a fluid situation that can change daily. We have 2 assisted living residents who have been tested; one is on the Personal Care unit and the other is a third-floor assisted living resident who is in the hospital. Their results are pending.
As you know, and I have reported previously, we have taken multiple steps to prevent our residents from getting COVID-19. 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. In addition, we screen all healthcare staff and all employees who enter the building according to CDC guidelines, and require that all employees wear a face mask.
Here is what has happened over the 10 days:
· On the evening of April1 we had Vytis Shield, a company that specializes in sanitization, to disinfect the resident’s room who had COVID-19, the common areas on the PC unit, the front lobby and the common areas on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of assisted living and nursing home. The resident’s room remains sealed.
· We are in daily contact with the Baltimore County Department of Health. We have developed a contact list of all staff and residents who might have had contact with the resident who had COVID-19. We are providing the Health Dept. with daily updates.
· We are monitoring symptomatic and asymptomatic staff. A number of staff have been tested and we are pleased to report that the results we have received for all but one so far are negative. We were just informed that a part-time waiter has tested positive. This individual has not been at Pickersgill since April 1 and she became ill days after April 1; she will not return until she is over the virus. We are still awaiting the results from another staff member who is not working at this time.
· We have suspended all admissions until the Baltimore County Department of Health gives us approval to admit new residents to either assisted living or the nursing home. We are allowed to transfer residents between levels of care.
· We are following, to the best of our ability, the Executive Orders promulgated by Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health in the last week regarding the use of Personal Protective Equipment.
Please be assured that we continue to be committed to protecting our residents, and 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. However, this is an increasing challenge given the continued increase in COVID cases in Baltimore. We will keep you informed with periodic updates as appropriate or as events warrant.
Please forward this email to other family members who might be interested in this information. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.
Barry Eisenberg, FACHE, LNHA
Pickersgill Retirement Community