December 29, 2020
We have had a change in the COVID-19 status of one of our staff and a nursing home resident since my December 24th email to you. Another nursing home resident tested positive today. This brings the total Decker residents who are positive to 6. This latest positive resident has been transferred to the hospital due to a fall. In addition, one of our therapy staff has tested positive; she is asymptomatic at this time and will not be at work. We are in the middle of our regular weekly surveillance testing of all residents and staff and do not have any additional results to report at this time. We are scheduling Vytis Shield to come on site to disinfect the remaining areas of the Decker Center that were not disinfected last week.
Pickersgill Continues in Outbreak Status
We continue to be in outbreak status. With this new positive case, we will be in outbreak status for at least another 14 days. All restrictions that are currently in place will continue. The only exceptions to this are compassionate care and end of life visits in assisted living.
CVS has identified next Wednesday, January 6th as the clinic date for all assisted living and nursing home residents and staff to receive the vaccine. This is a change from the original date of January 3rd. The clinic will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Thank you to all the family members who responded to my recent email about providing the responsible party consent form. We have received the resident consent forms from CVS and we will be distributing the form this week to all assisted living and nursing home residents who are able to give their consent. On January 6th, a CVS pharmacist will come to each resident’s room between 10 AM and 4 PM to administer the vaccine.
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:
- Seven nursing home residents tested positive for the virus.
- One apartment resident tested positive for the virus.
- Three assisted living residents tested positive for the virus.
- Twenty-one staff 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.