COVID-19 Facility Update
April 30, 2020
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and you informed. As we have seen across the nation, the virus causing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) can cause serious outbreaks in nursing homes. Many of our residents are elderly and may have medical conditions putting them at a very high risk of becoming sick, or even severely ill, with COVID-19. We know you might be concerned about the spread of this virus and how it may impact us at Grace Healthcare of Greene County. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority.
At this time, we do NOT have any confirmed cases in our center. However, through our proactive screening and assessments, we have identified one (1) resident and one (1) staff member who are being monitored. Out of an abundance of caution, and additional health factors, this resident has been transferred to a hospital setting for treatment. The staff member who is being monitored will self-quarantine at home until able to return per the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our team remains in close contact with the Health Department and we will continue to provide updated information as the situation evolves.
What is happening NOW
To protect our vulnerable residents, we deployed the following aggressive actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our residents and staff:
- We are limiting resident activities within the facility. Group activities remain suspended. In their place, residents are receiving personalized in-room visits and enjoying other socially distanced activities.
- Frequent environmental disinfection work, especially focused on sanitation of hard and often-touched surfaces. Our infection prevention team continues providing frequent education and guidance to all staff and residents.
- Visitation remains restricted since March 14th, 2020, except for specific situations, such as end of life. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a necessary action to protect the health of our residents. Those who enter the building will be required to limit their visit to a designated area within the building, wear a facemask, and frequently clean their hands.
- We are monitoring health care personnel and residents for symptoms. Residents, employees, and critical health care staff continue to be screened daily for fever and other signs of illness. Our goal is to quickly identify ill residents and implement additional infection prevention activities. If ill residents are identified, they will be isolated in their rooms, monitored closely, and asked to wear a mask.
What you can expect through the foreseeable future
Our leadership and staff and the Health Department will continue to work diligently together to ensure that effective infection prevention measures are implemented and maintained. We will also ensure that our staff supplies are well-stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE). We are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change.
Grace Healthcare of Greene County is here to ensure the best possible quality of life for those we serve. We know how important it is to remain connected with each other and to express love. Feel free to contact us, by phone or email, to schedule video chats or phone calls between loved ones.
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If you want to hear up-to-date information, call our COVID-19 Information Hotline at (844) 413-2462. If you have further questions, please call us on our main line at (434) 985-4434.