April 27, 2020
Residents and Families:
In our previous update, we let you know that we had learned that we had additional residents after retesting who had now tested positive for COVID-19. At the time of our last update, all of those that had tested positive were either asymptomatic or displaying only mild symptoms. Unfortunately, there have been some changes in the last week.
We have had five more residents test positive for COVID-19 in our Memory 2. In addition, five of the now twelve positive residents began showing signs and symptoms including fever and some had a cough as well. Of these five displaying signs and symptoms, three have unfortunately passed, and one was transported to a skilled level of care. Of the individuals that died two were on hospice prior to testing positive, and it is unclear what role, if any, COVID-19 played in their deaths. The COVID positive roommate of one of the residents that passed on has also died but showed no signs and symptoms of the virus until this past week and was immediately sent to the hospital.
As many of you know, doctors are learning new things about this virus every day. No individual that tests positive has the same outcome as another individual. Some positive individuals never have any signs and symptoms or any obvious health impacts, others have severe outcomes. For some, the signs and symptoms continue for days and for others, it is weeks. Some individuals may have only a fever, but no other symptoms or just a cough but no fever. Our elders are especially vulnerable to this virus given that many have significant underlying conditions even before contracting this virus. We have learned that elders, especially those in Memory Care, appear to display very different changes related to the virus than what is reported in other populations.
Please know that we are vigilant in both our efforts to prevent the spread of this virus and in caring for those in our community. We daily consult with our internal and external resources and gather information from elder care professional associations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the CDC and the local health department to learn any new actions to take or things to watch for with our residents.
In our last update, we also indicated that we had 4 staff members who had tested positive for COVID-19. We are happy to report that two of these employees have already been cleared to return to work and none of the positive individuals have serious signs and symptoms. Please know that even if an employee tests negative for COVID, we are requiring the employee to be symptom free for at least 72 hours before returned to work. Of course, in the community, all staff will be using PPE when interacting with our residents or in common areas.
All of the interventions referenced in our previous communications are still in place. As always, we will notify residents’ primary physicians and designated family members of any changes in their loved one’s condition, whether potentially related to COVID-19 or not.
Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance. As additional information is learned or things change, we will post and distribute updates.
Thank you for your continued support.