Covid-19 Updates

July 21, 2020

Good Evening:

Here is the current COVID-19 status of our residents and staff as of Tuesday, July 21st :

·       There are no residents in either assisted living or the nursing home who have COVID-19 or have symptoms that warrant testing. The Health Dept. has directed us to continue conducting weekly tests on the Decker residents.

·       The apartment resident in the hospital who initially tested positive for COVID-19 had 2 follow up tests that were negative. The hospital determined that she does not have COVID-19. The first test result was a false positive.

·       All staff were tested on July 13th and 14th.  We just received the test results today. All staff for whom we received test results are negative except for an assisted living nursing employee with symptoms who tested positive. We are still waiting for the results for 5 staff members. The employee who tested positive has not been at work since July 9th and was not working when she developed symptoms.

·       The Decker GNA who tested positive for COVID-19  is symptom free and has returned to 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. Since we are testing staff weekly and testing residents when warranted, I am not providing a cumulative count of the number of residents and staff who have been tested and are negative. I am only including positive cases in the cumulative report:

  • One assisted living resident tested positive for the virus. She went to the hospital on March 25th and has not returned.
  • Three employees tested positive for the virus.

Continuation of Restrictions

As I mentioned in my last update, the Maryland Dept. of Health has issued a number of Directives, Orders and Guidance with criteria for the relaxation of the restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be requesting approval to move into Phase 1 for relaxing restrictions when we have been COVID-19 free for 14 days.

 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. 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. We screen all healthcare staff and all employees who enter the building according to CDC guidelines; this includes taking their temperature upon entry. 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 also asking all residents to wear a face mask when they are not in their room or apartment.

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. However, many symptoms of COVID-19 are also symptoms of other respiratory illnesses. So, testing does not automatically mean that the individual has the disease. 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.

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