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 6, 2021

Good Evening:

There have been a number of changes to report and they are not positive. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and continued vigilance, COVID-19 continues to spread among the staff and residents in assisted living and the nursing home. We learned today that six residents on the personal care assisted living unit and four additional nursing home residents tested positive. In addition, seven employees have been newly diagnosed with COVID-19. They are: an Activities department staff person, a maintenance staff person, three nursing employees and  two Rehabilitation department employees. These employees are not at work. I also just learned this evening that a married couple living in the apartments has tested positive for COVID-19.

 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. Compassionate care visits, outside visits and window visits for assisted living and nursing home residents are suspended at this time. The only exception to this is end of life visits in assisted living.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held today for  all assisted living and nursing home residents. 18 nursing home and 80 assisted living residents received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The second dose will be administered on January 27th .

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.
  • Ten assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Twenty-eight 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.

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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