We understand your concern regarding the global pandemic Covid-19. Our residents and staff are our number one priority. Please refer to our latest updates for precautions and actions related to the outbreak.

January 14, 2021

Good Evening:

We have received the results from this week’s testing for the remaining 47 staff and 81 assisted living and nursing home residents. The results for all staff and residents who were tested this week have been received. No additional staff have tested positive but unfortunately, the outbreak is continuing to spread among our residents. Two Personal Care assisted living residents who live on the 4th floor tested positive; they are asymptomatic. They were moved to the COVID-19 Isolation Unit today. One resident who has been in the COVID-19 Isolation Unit has completed his isolation period and has returned to his room on the Personal Care assisted living unit on the 4th floor.   Vytis Shield was in the building this evening and will be back tomorrow to disinfect many common areas and selected empty rooms throughout the building as we seek to eliminate the virus from the community.

 Pickersgill Continues in Outbreak Status

We continue to be in outbreak status. With these new positive cases, we will be in outbreak status for at least another 14 days. All restrictions that are currently in place will continue. We have asked all assisted living and nursing home residents to remain in their room during this outbreak. This means that all outside walks are suspended for the duration of this outbreak. In addition, compassionate care visits, outside visits and window visits for assisted living and nursing home residents are suspended at this time. The only exceptions to this are end of life visits in assisted living and the nursing home. We  understand that these restrictions are having a negative impact on the residents’ quality of life, but we feel they are necessary to keep them safe and  to try to stop the spread of the virus. 

Cumulative Report

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:

  • Fifteen nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Three apartment residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Thirteen assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Thirty-four staff have 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 assisted living and nursing home residents, and encouraging our residents to remain in their room and practice social distancing. We have established a COVID-19 Isolation Unit on the second floor of the Assisted Living/Nursing Home building. All assisted living and nursing home residents who test positive are moved there. The unit is staffed with a nurse and geriatric nursing assistants who care exclusively for these residents during the course of their illness.

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 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.

Barry

Barry Eisenberg, FACHE, LNHA 
Executive Director 
Pickersgill Retirement Community 
615 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, MD 21204 
p. 410-825-7423  |  f. 410-821-6275 

beisenberg@pickersgillretirement.org

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