Update September 27, 2020
We received notification this morning that one (1) asymptomatic staff member tested positive during our weekly testing this week. It has been over a month since our last positive employee test result and almost four months since a resident tested positive. We continue the screening of all individuals who enter the facility and do not permit admission to anyone presenting with symptoms or failing the screening process. Additionally, staff are wearing eye protection and N95 masks throughout the building. The Infection Prevention Nurse and other management staff monitor employees daily for compliance with use of PPE and infection control precautions.
According to the PA DOH Guidance to Skilled Nursing Facilities published September 3, 2020, one new positive employee or resident test result is considered an "outbreak". Therefore, we are required to go back to Step 1 of the reopening process. This requires the facility to resume universal testing of residents and staff until we go fourteen (14) days with no new positive test results. Our Infection Prevention Nurse is conducting contact tracing to determine if other staff were exposed. We have not determined that there has been any resident exposure at this time. The Dining Rooms will remain open with established precautions and distancing. Activities will be limited to small groups of five or less residents. We will be reviewing the visitation schedule for this week and reaching out to those residents and families with scheduled visits. Social Service has notified residents of the new positive employee test result as well as any subsequent changes related to this.
As a reminder, we have had the COVID hotline established for several months so that you may receive facility updates at your convenience. That number is 717-431-2794.