Update from Administrator – December 31, 2020
Dear Family Members and Responsible Parties,
In light of the fact that we do not have our weekly call tomorrow, I wanted to share the activities of the week related to the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus Vaccination Clinics
On December 29, 2020, CVS conducted a Vaccination Clinic at the facility. 91 residents received the Vaccine and 60 staff received the vaccine.
Our next Clinic date is January 19, 2021. Staff and residents will be able to receive their 2nd dose on that day. Also any new staff or new residents may receive a 1st dose of the vaccine on January 19, 2021. A 3rd clinic date has not yet been assigned to the facility.
In the last 24 hours, one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus and one private duty aide tested positive for the coronavirus.
Six residents tested positive for the coronavirus in the last twenty four hours. Two new admissions from the hospital to the facility arrived with coronavirus positive results from earlier in the month.
Protective Personal Equipment:
All staff continue to wear Personal Protective Equipment. Residents who leave their rooms for Doctor’s appointments or other essential medical procedures are provided with Personal Protective Equipment. If residents are in the hallway or in a small group they will be given a mask to wear so as to protect themselves and the other individuals in the area.
Just so you are aware, the facility receives two deliveries a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays of Personal Protective Equipment from Athena’s PPE Warehouse. In addition, the facility received a large PPE delivery from FEMA last week. As a result, the facility has a good supply of Personal Protective Equipment. If a situation arose where we were unable to obtain PPE due to stock shortages from our vendors, the State has a stockpile of PPE that we can request until our deliveries arrive.
End of Life and Compassionate Care Visits:
For the families who come to the facility for an End Of Life Visit or a Compassionate Care Visit, Personal Protective Equipment will continue to be provided. We just ask that you come into the facility wearing your own mask.
Gratitude From The Therapeutic Recreation Dept.:
Please know the staff are trying their best to make the Holidays special for your loved ones by connecting with you virtually as often as possible. We really appreciate your understanding when scheduled calls may last a little longer than expected and your scheduled call was delayed. Thank you for your flexibility. Know it is truly appreciated.
I know we all are waiting for the time when the facility will be able to re-open to indoor family visits. Hopefully that day will arrive once the rates of infection decrease in the State and in facilities.
Of this I am certain– the day will be very special for all of you and for our residents. We are waiting to celebrate that moment!
Know as soon as we hear any news on indoor visitation, we will share it with all of you.
Please know if anyone has any questions, we are all available to take your calls. Let the receptionist know the nature of your call and she/he will connect you to the correct department.
Best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy New Year!
Linda A. Urbanski, Ph.D, Administrator