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.

 

 May 13, 2022

Good Evening:

Pickersgill remains in an outbreak though it continues to be confined to the Personal Care (PC) Assisted Living unit on the fourth floor. We tested all PC residents and all staff this week and everyone was negative. This includes the employee who tested positive on the POC test; her PCR test was negative. Unfortunately, since she had symptoms when she tested positive on the POC test, the Maryland Dept. of Health still considers her to be positive for COVID-19. As far as we know, no residents or staff have any COVID related symptoms. All personal care unit residents will be tested next week as will all staff. We will remain in an outbreak for at least another week assuming no residents or staff test positive. We will do a POC rapid test on any employee, assisted living or nursing home resident who is not feeling well.

There are no outbreak restrictions for nursing home residents or assisted living residents on the second and third floor. Assisted living and nursing home residents can continue to have inside visitors during the outbreak and participate in communal dining and group activities.  The Beauty Salon and the country store are open. I am recommending that all assisted living and nursing home residents wear a face mask when they are outside of their rooms. We are separating the personal care unit residents from the rest of the community during the outbreak. Activities for PC residents will be held separately from the rest of the community. When you are visiting Pickersgill, please wear your mask when you are walking through the building and in the common areas.

Currently, 92.8% of all staff are fully vaccinated. 54.6% of the staff who are fully vaccinated have also received the first booster. This includes the food service and rehabilitation staff. 100% of our nursing home residents are fully vaccinated and 97% have received the booster. 100% of our assisted living residents are fully vaccinated and 84.4% have received the booster. 98.9% of our apartment residents are fully vaccinated and 97.8% of the residents who are fully vaccinated have received the booster. We had a booster clinic yesterday, but these percentages do not reflect the results of the clinic especially for the second booster. I will report those statistics in my next update.

According to the CDC, Baltimore County’s COVID transmission level is now high.  As a result of this high transmission level, and in compliance with MDH order 2022-01-13-01, we are required to ask all nursing home visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours of entry into Pickersgill. Therefore, starting Monday, May 16th we will be asking only nursing home visitors for this proof. If a visitor does not have proof of a negative test, they can get a rapid test at Pickersgill if they wish. We can provide a rapid test kit that a visitor can take on their own. Alternatively, Pickersgill will offer nursing home visitors the opportunity to take a rapid test on every Tuesday and Thursday. If a visitor does not provide proof of a negative test or take a rapid test, they can still visit a nursing home resident as long as they wear a face mask at all times and maintain physical distance in accordance with CMS and CDC guidance. Visitors who test positive may not enter Pickersgill. Visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are exempt from testing upon showing their positive test result that is more than 5 days before the date of the visit as long as they are no longer exhibiting symptoms.

Cumulative Report

Here is the cumulative report of Pickersgill’s experience with the COVID-19 virus since April 1, 2020 when we were informed of our first positive resident, including today’s update. I am only including positive cases in the cumulative report:

  • Thirty nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Twenty-three assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • One hundred and six staff have tested positive for the virus.
  • Fourteen apartment residents 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 can take if we are in an outbreak. Since the CDC is constantly revising their guidance, we seek the direction of the Baltimore County Health Department about restrictions if either an employee or resident tests positive.

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, visitors, and 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 and we follow the CDC recommendations for the length of the isolation period.

Please contact me if you have any questions 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 

www.pickersgillretirement.org 

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May 9, 2022

Good Evening:

Unfortunately, Pickersgill is in an outbreak again though it is limited to the Personal Care Assisted Living unit on the fourth floor. Over the weekend, a housekeeping employee who works on the Personal Care Unit tested positive for COVID using a POC rapid test. This employee has mild symptoms and immediately left work after the positive test results. A PCR test was done to confirm the diagnosis but until we receive those results, we are assuming the employee is positive. As far as we know, no residents or other Personal Care unit staff have any COVID related symptoms. The Baltimore County Health Dept. (BCHD) has agreed that we can confine the outbreak to the Personal Care unit. The assisted living residents on the second and third floor and the nursing home residents will not be affected. All Personal Care unit residents will be tested this week as will all staff. We will do a POC rapid test on any employee, assisted living or nursing home resident who is not feeling well.

There are no outbreak restrictions for nursing home residents or assisted living residents on the second and third floor. Assisted living and nursing home residents can continue to have inside visitors during the outbreak and participate in communal dining and group activities.  The Beauty Salon and the country store are open. I am recommending that all residents wear a face mask when they are in assisted living or the nursing home. We are separating the personal care unit residents from the rest of the community during the outbreak. Activities for Personal Care unit residents will be held separately from the rest of the community. When you are visiting Pickersgill, please wear your mask when you are walking through the building and in the common areas.

Cumulative Report

Here is the cumulative report of Pickersgill’s experience with the COVID-19 virus since April 1, 2020 when we were informed of our first positive resident, including today’s update. I am only including positive cases in the cumulative report:

  • Thirty nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Twenty-three assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • One hundred and six staff have tested positive for the virus.
  • Fourteen apartment residents 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 can take if we are in an outbreak. Since the CDC is constantly revising their guidance, we seek the direction of the Baltimore County Health Department about restrictions if either an employee or resident tests positive.

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, visitors, and 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 and we follow the CDC recommendations for the length of the isolation period.

Please contact me if you have any questions 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 

www.pickersgillretirement.org 

Founded in 1802, Pickersgill Retirement Community is named after one of its early board presidents, Mary Pickersgill, the seamstress who created our “Star-Spangled Banner.” Today the nonprofit retirement community offers a continuum of retirement living accommodations, including assisted living rooms and suites. To learn more, visit us online at www.pickersgillretirement.org