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Updates on COVID Results

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Dear respected family and community members,

It is our responsibility, in the interest of your safety and resident safety, to inform you of a positive test result using our antigen machine. This machine has been known to produce false-positives, so we’ve followed up with additional PCR testing that will confirm or refute the findings.

Testing on 10/6/20 produced one staff positive result.

We are now in the process of testing all residents. Updates of the results will be posted.

For now, the person who’s tested positive and all exposed to that person have been notified and will quarantine accordingly.

We are working diligently to keep residents safe and will not give up in our fight to protect and keep everyone safe. All PPE usage and sanitation measures are being tracked and strictly adhered to.

Should you have any concerns or questions please contact:

Stephanie Smith – Infection Preventionist (360) 225-9443 ext 244

Jennifer Lennox –  Director of Nurses (360) 225-9443 ext 215

Justin Settlemier – Administrator (360) 225-9443 ext 224

Thank you for your patience as we combat this virus. Your concerns are ours as well, let’s work together to keep everyone safe.

Warmly,

UPDATE on COVID Case(s) and Resident/Staff PCR Testing

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Since the report of positive staff test results, we have completed a second round of PCR testing. We’re happy to report that we’ve received all NEGATIVE test results on ALL RESIDENTS so far. We still have two resident test results pending.

The second testing method we have used is called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing and it is highly accurate.

We have also received PCR test results back on all staff and there are no new cases of COVID to report. Additionally, of the first two staff that tested positive, one staff member tested negative and one tested positive.

This means that we have ONE known positive case and that staff member is quarantined at home.

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 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

Justin Settlemier-Administrator

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.

Sincerely,

Justin
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Justin Settlemier, NHA

Information On Positive COVID Tests

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It has been our responsibility to test all staff weekly and during our most recent testing cycle we’ve had two staff members whose results indicate positive Covid-19 results.

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Justin Settlemier, Administrator

It is our primary goal to keep all residents and staff safe during this outbreak.

Our goal is to minimize any transfer of the disease in the building and we have taken steps to ensure personal safety including isolation precaution, testing of all residents, use of PPE, and communication with all families and attending physicians for any new symptoms and protocol monitoring.

This will disrupt our normal process of admitting new patients and family visitation to the building and resident’s phased reopening abilities for at least two weeks.

All staff members that have tested positive have been quarantined in their homes until test results are negative and they are not presenting any symptoms, in which case they can return to work.

Positive cases are being reported to local and state agencies and those affected are quarantined until it’s determined that their test results are negative and no symptoms are present.

It is our goal to make sure this outbreak is as limited as possible and that all residents and staff remain fully protected against the spread of Covid-19.

Window visits with closed windows and skype/zoom/facetime calls are still appropriate and our staff will assist with these using proper sanitization, PPE, and social distancing techniques.

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

Justin Settlemier-Administrator

For additional resources, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

It’s normal to feel anxious about these cases, but we are prepared and ready to make sure all necessary steps are being taken and safety is the highest priority.

Sincerely,

Justin Settlemier, NHA

To the Families and loved ones of Woodland Care Center Residents

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Dear Families and Loved Ones,

I want to first of all thank you for putting your faith and trust in us to care for your loved ones during one of the most difficult times we have ever faced. When this foreign illness started we, like you, had grave concerns and uncertainties surrounding the spread of such a hidden threat.

Slowly, with the efforts of many, it has been rewarding to see whole communities and our country come together to protect our elderly, immunocompromised, and frail population. It has been an absolute honor in our professional careers to be a part of a team that has put everything aside to protect, care, comfort at risk patients and become experts on infection prevention.

I am extremely proud of the patience, tenacity, and peace that our residents have shown through this fight, as well as you have, with all of the unknowns. I am writing this because I believe in the human spirit to fight in the face of adversity, to press forward to every challenge, and to come out victorious in the face of fear.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for choosing us to care for you loved ones, thank you for being patient and following the social distancing rules, thank you for being adaptable to change in technology (using facetime and other apps to communicate with loved ones), and most importantly, thank you to everyone who have supported your loved ones with letters and words of encouragement, goodies, flowers, masks, and LOVE through this fight.

Here’s to flattening the next curve, here’s to being prepared, here’s to never giving up.

Warm gratitude,

Justin Settlemier

Administrator
Woodland Care Center