Update 4/12/21 - Fabulous news - all residents in nursing and Assisted Living were COVID tested and all are negative. Most employees were rapid tested today and no more positives. Testing for employees is on Thursday again (we will not get results till probably Saturday) and nursing residents will be tested again on Sunday.
This means that visitation may begin again in the nursing home.
Keep the prayers coming for no new cases between now and 4/26/21
Update 4/11/21 - Last week, on 4/8/21, our employees consented to a PCR COVID-19 test. A PCR test means a sample is taken at the facility and sent to a lab for processing. This procedure is more accurate than the rapid 15 minutes tests conducted in house and is required if a rapid test were to show a positive result. Results take 48-72 hours to obtain.
One employee in the nursing home did test positive and we were alerted late Saturday Night. Nursing home visitation has been halted until all staff can be tested again. This should be completed by Monday evening. All nursing residents were tested today and all were negative.
We are praying that this is an isolated case and no further positives will be identified. Assuming this is accurate than visitation can resume on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
The following information is copied from our policy titled "In-Facility Visitation Policy" last revised March 25, 2021 with guidelines from CDC, CMS and ODH.
"Visitation during Outbreak:
If the first round of outbreak testing reveals no additional COVID-19 cases in the facility, then visitation can resume for residents in areas/units with no COVID-19 cases. However, the facility should suspend visitation on the affected area/unit/hall until the facility meets the criteria to discontinue outbreak testing.
If the first round of outbreak testing reveals one or more additional COVID-19 cases in the facility, then all visitations will be suspended (vaccinated or unvaccinated) until the facility meets criteria to discontinue outbreak testing."
We will keep you posted as we learn things in the near future.
Update 3/26/2021 -
Copied from "3/26/20 Update -
Well we can never say we are bored right now! It is a whirlwind of changes, updates, decisions, education and calming of nerves and fears. This includes for our residents and staff alike. But by being transparent and informative is the only way we will get through this time together."
You would think, a year later, things would have calmed down but it hasn't. Last week, on 3/18/21, The CDC published their new visitation guidelines, effective immediately, with no warning to facilities. In addition, Governor DeWine announced new visitation orders however the Ohio Department of Health did not finalize official guidelines until 3/22/2021 and released them on 3/23/21.
Our visitation policy is finally done, at least for now, and can finally be shared. Here are the highlights...
1. Visitation must be scheduled in advanced, we request 24 advance notice when possible, but will accommodate as able.
2. Visitors must have their temperature taken, sign in, answer screening questions and comply with infection control protocols. 3. We encourage visitors to be rapid COVID tested prior to visitation, allow at least 15 - 20 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.
4. If visitor has been exposed, whether fully vaccinated or not, visitation cannot occur.
5. Visitation can occur in the resident's room if there is not a roommate. If roommate, then visitation should be conducted in another designated area.
6. If fully vaccinated, the resident can choose to have close contact with the visitor, including touching.
7. Both resident and visitor shall wear a well-fitted mask.
8. Only 2 visitors per resident at one time
9. Each resident allowed 2 scheduled visits per day; up to 3 times a week.
10. The total number of visitors permitted in the building at one time is 10.
CEO can make exceptions to these rules. The entire policy is below and we will have copies available.
Please call 330-819-0362 to schedule a visit.
Update 3/10/21 - it is hard to fathom that we have lived through this pandemic for a year now. When this pandemic began to emerge I knew it was going to be like nothing I have ever experienced and I wanted a record of what I did, my feelings, my thoughts to help me process. This diary began on 3/10/20 and lasted exactly 12 days. Not one of my personal goals that I accomplished but in these 12 days A LOT happened.
Here are some excerpts of this log I kept.
3/10/20 -business as usual however nursing and AL are ordered with 'limited' visitors. Cancelled outside entertainers, volunteers and events on campus. Screenings started.
3/11/20 - new rules. Only one visitor per resident per day for end of life or compassionate care only. Everyone comes to front <green> door to be screened, even IL guests.
3/12/20 - visitors are now prohibited in nursing and AL and strongly discouraged in IL 5 confirmed cases in Ohio.
3/13/20 - 13 confirmed cases and zero visitation in AL and nursing.
3/14/20 - 26 cases, no communal dining in nursing. Stopped salad bar but main kitchen will make salads. Discourage IL visitation. Got clarification that family and clergy can visit for end of life.
3/15/20 -36 cases. Service AL and nursing in their rooms. IL only 2 per table. Social distancing begins.
3/16/20 - a staff's spouse was in quarantine due to Hudson PUI. Group gatherings eliminated. AL eating in two shifts and social distance. We were told that the chance of a resident or employee coming down with COVID-19 is highly probable. Stopped resident's from leaving building with family unless medically necessary. All residents monitored every shift for temperature and signs/symptoms (to this day we are still taking temps every shift and monitoring for signs/symptoms)
3/17/20 - 67 cases. More staff and their family in self quarantine. We are now told we will be in this pandemic longer since they are trying to limit the spread so it doesn't tax our healthcare system.
3/18/20 - Fire Department came to tell us they will not be stopping at desk to check temperature or sign in as they are monitored at their fire station. Requested that we take all 911 patients to the exit door to save time and limit their time in building.
3/19/20 - 169 cases, 1 death - asking people to make masks. Personal note this is the day my own family and friends told me I was overreacting, did not what I was telling them we had to do or what we were told. Nursing homes were sent instructions for building isolation room and told to start preparing.
3/21/20 -247 cases with 3 deaths. Sweet Frog brought staff ice cream. On this day we were told to prepare to shelter in place. My family arguing with me that "they" the government could not force people to do this and I'm overreacting. I wrote a letter for all staff to carry with them acknowledging they were essential workers and permitted to be on the road.
3/22/20 - Governor gave the order to stay at home - our staff becoming increasingly concerned. Twelve days in and this pandemic had already taken a toll on me and staff and residents. Residents so scared, not understanding completely what is happening outside.
That was as far as I got. Thankfully someone reminded me of the constant updates that we did to keep residents, families and staff updated on facebook - so we do have a record of what happened this past year. Each day seemed more strange than the next. Healthcare workers were being asked/told to do things we were never properly trained to do and certainly things HCP should never have to do. So exactly one year later when this started we have come full circle and long term care facility were told today to open up full visitation for residents and families.
I am attaching the document for you to review if you would like. I am asking that you try to give us the next day or so to review this document (we found out about this the same time as you with no time to prepare). We need time to read, understand, prepare and educate our staff on these new rules (again I have not even had time to completely read it yet.) We will post another update soon outlining this. If we just fling open the doors than all of our hard work and sacrifices will make difference. I know you miss your loved ones, they miss you too, we miss you just as much. I met with a family member recently and it has been almost a year since I saw them - this has been hard on everyone. If we are not prepared and able to maintain this new order for visitation then bottom line we will be back in outbreak with cases and have to shut down visitation again. Patience please
Feel free to read this announcement QSO-20-39 in its entirety: www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh-revised.pdf
Thank you for working with us this past year - happier days are coming, don't forget about the reunion we need to have as soon as possible.
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Today, March 2,2021 marks the 20th straight day that we have been COVID-free since November 6, 2020. It only lasted 96 days but in the midst it felt like 96 years.
Keep wearing your mask, social distance, stay home if you are sick, wash those hands, disinfect and vaccinate as we prepare our next milestone, visitation.
So it’s not a surprise we cannot permit for any visitation beyond compassion care visits until
1. No new cases in 14 days
2. Not in outbreak
3. Our county positivity rate needs to be below 10% and CMS must declare us a green or yellow county.
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