ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 11 TESTS IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL POSITIVE

As a result of our facility-wide weekly testing, we have been informed that another one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19 from the September 9 – September 11 round of testing, bringing our total for that week to two positive employee cases. This specific employee is now quarantined at home. All staff will continue to be tested weekly, and the residents of the affected neighborhood will also be tested this week. These affected residents are now also quarantined to their rooms, and families of these residents have been notified. All other residents will continue to be quarantined to their neighborhoods.

We stand by our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue to take precautions, which include:

  • Continued screening all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
  • Residents quarantined to their neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhood van rides will resume with proper COVID-19 precautions, such as social distancing, regular sanitation, and the requirement of masks.
  • Beauty shop closure.
  • Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
  • All staff and residents will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

We continue to follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Adams County Health Department. We will communicate new information with families, residents, staff, and the community as it becomes available to us.

Outdoor visits are still being scheduled at this time. We will contact you to set up a time for the visit.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide. Thank you for your patience, prayers, and understanding during this time.

Total Employee Cases: 8
Total Resident Cases: 1

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

TESTS FROM SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 11 RETURN POSITIVE EMPLOYEE RESULT

As a result of our facility-wide weekly testing, we have been informed that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19 from the September 9 – September 11 round of testing. This specific employee has been quarantined at home since the onset of symptoms on September 3rd. All staff will continue to be tested weekly. At this time, the resident room quarantine has been lifted and changed to a neighborhood quarantine.

We stand by our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue to take precautions, which include:

  • Continued screening all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
  • Residents quarantined to their neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhood van rides will resume with proper COVID-19 precautions, such as social distancing, regular sanitation, and the requirement of masks.
  • Beauty shop closure.
  • Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
  • All staff and residents will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

We continue to follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Adams County Health Department. We will communicate new information with families, residents, staff, and the community as it becomes available to us.

Outdoor visits are still being scheduled at this time. We will contact you to set up a time for the visit.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide. Thank you for your patience, prayers, and understanding during this time.

Total Employee Cases: 7
Total Resident Cases: 1

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

WEEKLY TESTING RETURNS POSITIVE EMPLOYEE RESULT

As a result of our facility-wide weekly testing, we have been informed that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19 from the September 2 – September 4 round of testing.  This specific employee is now quarantined at home. The facility remains in a full quarantine with residents quarantined to their individual rooms.

We stand by our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue to take precautions, which include:

  • Continued screening all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
  • Resident meals delivered to their rooms.
  • Activities held in resident rooms and doorways.
  • Beauty shop closure.
  • Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
  • All staff will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Adams County Health Department. The health and safety of our residents remains our top priority as we continue to follow proper COVID-19 guidelines and procedures regarding both residents and staff.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

Total Employee Cases since June: 6
Total Resident Cases since June: 1

OUTDOOR VISITS RESUME WITH NEW GUIDELINES

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES IN THEIR ENTIRETY

We are excited to announce that we will be resuming outdoor visits beginning today, September 3rd. However, the process will look different than previously announced in June/July. The following procedures will be implemented for outdoor visits moving forward:

1. Only one neighborhood will be receiving outdoor visits per day during the week.

2. Up to three residents from that specific neighborhood will be scheduled per day, with families arriving at different times throughout the day to avoid contact.

3. Our staff will be contacting families to set up an outdoor visit with your loved one. Due to the structure of the new outdoor visit guidelines, we will not be accepting phone calls for visits.

4. Only two family members will be allowed to visit during the scheduled time. Please do not bring more than two people to your scheduled visit.

The visits are scheduled at random for each neighborhood, and please know that it may be some time before we contact you for a visit due to the volume of residents we care for. We are committed to keeping our residents safe, therefore we are not permitting families to schedule visits at random. Outdoor visits for McReynolds Center will not be scheduled at this time because it is a transitional quarantine unit.

Please adhere to the following guidelines when arriving for a scheduled outdoor visit:

1. All visitors must wear a mask for the entire visit. Masks will not be provided to the visitors. Visitors are responsible for bringing their own masks to the appointment.

2. Social distancing between the visitors and the resident must be applied at all times. If the resident does not social distance, it may result in the loss of outdoor visitation privileges and a room quarantine for the resident.

3. All visitors will receive a phone call the day before their visit to complete a phone screening for potential symptoms. If the visitor is unable to be able reached the day before the appointment after reasonable attempts have been made, that visitor’s appointment will be cancelled. Visitors will also undergo a second screening upon arrival to the appointment.

4. Please arrive at the visiting area ten minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow time for screening.

5. Once you have arrived to the visiting area, please follow all instructions on the posted signs and then wait for additional instructions from a staff member.

Unfortunately, gifts and personal items will not be permitted, but can be dropped off at the front desk following the proper guidelines. Visits will rescheduled if the resident or visitor show symptoms of COVID-19. No visitors will be permitted in the building at anytime. Failure to comply with any of these guidelines will result in the visit ending. Visits are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or other various reasons approved by administration.

We will continue to follow guidance from the Adams County Health Department as we work to connect you with your loved ones while keeping them safe. Thank you for your patience.

RESIDENTS AND STAFF TO BE TESTED

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

As a result of our facility-wide weekly testing, we have been informed that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19 from the August 26 – August 28 round of testing.  This specific employee is now quarantined at home. All staff and residents will be tested for the next two weeks to determine if exposure has occurred within the facility. At this time, the facility has entered into a full quarantine with residents quarantined to their individual rooms.

We stand by our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue to take precautions, which include:

  • Continued screening all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
  • Resident meals delivered to their rooms.
  • Activities held in resident rooms and doorways.
  • Beauty shop closure.
  • Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
  • All staff will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Adams County Health Department. We will communicate new information with families, residents, staff, and the community as it becomes available to us. The health and safety of our residents remains our top priority as we continue to follow proper COVID-19 guidelines and procedures regarding both residents and staff.

Window visits are still allowed at this time. However, the window must remain closed at all times and under no circumstances should the window be opened.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide. Thank you for your patience, prayers, and understanding during this time.

Total Employee Cases since June: 5
Total Resident Cases since June: 1

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

ONE POSITIVE EMPLOYEE RESULT FROM AUGUST 19 – 21 TESTING

As a result of last week’s testing, one Good Samaritan Home employee has been identified as a confirmed positive for COVID-19. All of the resident tests from last week were returned negative, as well as employee tests excluding the one just mentioned and a few others pending results. This brings the total number of cases, since the first confirmed case in June, to four employees and one resident. Only the one employee that was confirmed positive last week is active, and this specific employee has been quarantined at home.

Only those residents in the neighborhood of last week’s confirmed positive employee will be tested this week. Families of those residents have been notified. Weekly employee testing continues to resume.

We stand by our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are continuing precautions which include:
• Continued screening all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
• Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
• Continued quarantine of residents to their specific neighborhoods.
• Beauty shop closure.
• Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
• All staff will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

Window visits are still allowed at this time. However, the window must remain closed at all times and under no circumstances should the window be opened.

More details are to come as we receive further guidance from the Adams County Health Department. The health and safety of our residents remains our top priority as we continue to follow proper COVID-19 guidelines and procedures regarding both residents and staff.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

WEEKLY TESTING IDENTIFIES POSITIVE EMPLOYEE IN AUGUST 12 – 14 TESTING

Good Samaritan Home has continued to test our employees for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. As a result of last week’s testing, we have identified one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was asymptomatic and is now quarantined at home. GSH will continue to conduct weekly employee testing.

At this time, it does not appear that residents of Good Samaritan Home, other than those in the same neighborhood as the positive employee, will need to be tested. Families of residents needing to be tested have been notified. Those same residents have been quarantined to their individual rooms. They will be receiving their meals delivered to their rooms, and activities will be held in the resident rooms and doorways.

We stand by our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue precautions which include:
• Continued screening all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
• Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
• Beauty shop closure.
• Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
• All staff will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Adams County Health Department.

We will communicate new information with families, residents, and staff as it becomes available to us. For any questions or concerns, please contact your designated social service aide.

Weekly Employee Testing Continues

At this time there are no new nor active cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents, and the resident that tested positive on July 28th is recovering.

Due to 100% negative results from last week’s testing, residents are not required to be tested this week. However, state guidance still recommends that staff be tested again this week to ensure resident safety. Testing will take place through today. We will keep you updated with those results as they become available. There are currently no changes to the procedures that are in place to protect our residents.

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures please feel free to contact your designated social services aide.

Resident Room Quarantine Lifted

Starting on 8/6, the resident room quarantine was lifted. Residents are allowed to leave their rooms, but are still quarantined to their unit. All residents must wear a mask when they are not in their room. Residents can now eat in their neighborhood dining room. Only one resident will be allowed per table to allow for social distancing. Married couples that reside together may sit at the same table. All residents put their mask back on when finished eating. Activities will be held on each neighborhood for residents to attend, while social distancing.

COVID 19 Facility Test Results

REMAINING STAFF AND RESIDENTS TEST NEGATIVE

We received word on August 5th from the health department that all remaining residents and staff tested negative for COVID-19 as a result of the previous week’s testing. Our total number of positive cases remains the same at three total with two employees (one from June 30 and one from July 30) and one resident (July 28). There are no changes to the procedures that are in place to protect our residents and staff.

There will be weekly COVID-19 testing for residents and employees until further notice, as advised by the Adams County Health Department. If you have any questions regarding our current procedures, please feel free to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.