Today is 11/30/2020
Today we have received PCR testing back from Friday’s collection that determined we have 1 additional resident positive. This brings our total case positivity to 5 residents and 3 staff. Two staff have recovered and two residents with underlying conditions have expired. Currently we have 3 active cases of COVID in our COVID-only wing. We will continue to test both staff and residents TWICE weekly until further notice.
Today is November 25th, 2020
Testing has determined we have one additional resident with a positive test result bringing our total resident positivity to 4 and staff remains at 2. Early this morning one patient with underlying conditions that tested positive has passed. We conducted staff antigen testing yesterday and all results were negative. We are awaiting results from PCR testing on all residents and will notify of any additional positive cases.
Our staff have been tested and as of 11/21 we have 2 confirmed cases of covid. Today we had two positive resident antigen tests and are waiting results from the lab for all other residents. We will have all resident results back 11/22/20 and will update at that time.
We’ve set up a wing for COVID residents that is isolated from all other patients and receiving care being monitored closely by physicians, nurses, nursing aides for any changes in condition. All PPE and precautions are being strictly followed to prevent the spread in the building and staff, families, and residents have been notified.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak with our nursing staff (Jennifer, Stephanie, Paula) or call our administrator or admission coordinator (Justin, Tammy).
It has been our responsibility to test all staff weekly depending on case positivity in the community and during our most recent testing cycle we’ve had 1 staff member whose results indicate positive Covid results. That staff member has had limited exposure to residents, but has been around staff that have given care. We’ve sent out additional testing and will be following up with testing of staff twice a week until no positives or symptoms are showing. There have been some inaccuracies measured in our new antigen testing machine (1st testing method), so we’ve followed up with additional lab testing to ensure accuracy of results. In the meantime we’ve treated these cases as positive and are following all recommendations for patient and staff safety.
Tomorrow we will follow up with resident PCR testing for all residents and will notify all family (of the results when we are given those. In the meantime we’ve enacted all protocols for outbreak status and we have PPE and supplies available to reduce/prevent exposure.
The second testing method we have used is called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing and it is highly accurate.
As a precaution, all staff and residents with known exposure to this individual are quarantining safely in their homes and rooms.
We will continue testing twice weekly and report any new test results or other pertinent information regarding this outbreak
As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to call at 360-225-9443 and ask for the following staff:
Stephanie Smith – Infection Preventionist/Staff Development Coordinator
Jennifer Lennox- Director of Nursing
We know how stressful this is and we will continue to do our best to keep you informed of any new cases and making sure all social distancing and PPE use is strictly being followed.
Justin Settlemier, NHA