May 5, 2020
I want to give you an update on what is happening at Pickersgill regarding the current pandemic since my April 28th email. Here is the current COVID-19 status of our residents and staff as of Tuesday, May 5th:
· The nursing home resident who was tested does not have the virus. No other assisted living or nursing home residents have symptoms that would warrant testing. There are no staff that have respiratory symptoms that warrant testing.
· An employee in the accounting department has respiratory symptoms that warrant testing and is being tested. This employee is currently not at work.
· The test results for both the nursing employee who works on the nursing home on the 4th floor and the laundry employee have come back negative. The results for the previous nursing employees who were tested were negative.
As I wrote last week, 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. However, many symptoms for COVID-19 are also symptoms of other respiratory illnesses. So, testing does not automatically mean that the individual has the disease.
As you know Governor Hogan has ordered that each nursing home increase testing of residents and staff for COVID-19. You may have seen the article about this in today’s Baltimore Sun. We are waiting for further direction from the Maryland Department of Health on how this is supposed to be implemented. We don’t know whether we will be responsible for securing the test kits or if they will be provided by the Health Department. We also don’t know whether we will be required to test both nursing home and assisted living residents and staff or only nursing home residents and staff. We will let you know as soon as we know. We have received information from the Baltimore County Department of Health instructing us to begin preparing pre-testing protocols and we have started doing that.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.
Barry Eisenberg, FACHE, LNHA
Pickersgill Retirement Community