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.

August 5, 2022

Good Evening:

 

Pickersgill remains in an outbreak.  Unfortunately, a housekeeper tested positive yesterday for COVID using the POC rapid test; she does not have any symptoms and a PCR test was done to confirm that she has COVID; the results of the PCR test are pending. This employee cleans the apartments and administration.  Over 100 staff were tested twice this week using the POC rapid test and everyone was negative except for this employee. All nursing home residents and assisted living residents living on the 2nd and 3rd floor were tested on Tuesday and everyone was negative for COVID. No staff or residents have any COVID or respiratory symptoms. The Personal Care assisted living unit residents on the 4th floor are still not included in the outbreak.  

 

Nursing home residents and 2nd and 3rd floor assisted living residents will remain in their unit during this outbreak. Each area will have separate activities. Nursing home and assisted living residents can continue to have visitors. Nursing home and assisted living residents who do not have any symptoms or are negative for COVID-19 can continue to participate in communal dining and group activities in their unit; they may also leave the building if they wish.  We have closed the double doors that lead into the apartments and are separating apartment residents from assisted living and nursing home residents during this outbreak. If a resident leaves the building, I have asked them to take the elevator to the second floor and use the service hallway to go to the front entrance. We have closed the country store though the Beauty Salon will remain open.

 

Due to the high COVID-19 community transmission level in Baltimore County and in compliance with MDH order 2022-01-13-01, all staff, volunteers, and vendors who are in the community regularly, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested twice next week. In addition, we will do a POC rapid test on any employee, assisted living or nursing home resident who is not feeling well. I am recommending that all residents wear a face mask when they are outside of their room. When you are visiting Pickersgill, please walk through the service hallway to go to assisted living or the nursing home. Also, please wear your face mask when you are walking through the building, in the common areas and when you are visiting with residents.

 

MDH order 2022-01-13-01 also requires that  all nursing home visitors, regardless of vaccination status, provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours of entry into Pickersgill. If a visitor does not have proof of a negative test, we are providing a rapid POC COVID-19 test kit that a visitor can take on their own. 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.  This includes when visiting with a resident. 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-four nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • Twenty-three assisted living residents have tested positive for the virus.
  • One hundred and seventeen staff have tested positive for the virus.
  • Nineteen 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