COVID-19 Update: May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and you informed. As we have seen, the virus causing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) can cause serious outbreaks in nursing homes. Many of our residents are elderly and may have medical conditions putting them at a very high risk of becoming sick, or even severely ill, with COVID-19. We know you may be concerned about the spread of this virus and how it may impact us at Grace Healthcare of Three Rivers. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority.
At this time, we do NOT have any confirmed cases in our center. However, through our proactive screening and assessments, we have identified one (1) resident who has displayed symptoms and is being tested for COVID-19. Our team is working closely with the Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph Health Departments to address the situation through testing and to reduce the risk that suspected illness spread by isolating those possibly exposed. We will continue to provide updated information as the situation evolves.
What is happening NOW
To protect our vulnerable residents, even before COVID-19 is seen in our community, we are continuing the following aggressive actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our residents and staff:
- Visitation remains restricted since March 13th, 2020, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life. We know that your presence is important for your loved one but, per guidance from the CDC, this is a necessary action to protect their health. We have alternative methods of visitation (such as Skype and FaceTime) so that you can continue to communicate with your loved ones. Visitors who are permitted to enter the building will be required to frequently clean their hands, limit their visit to a designated area within the building, and wear a face mask.
- We are monitoring healthcare personnel and residents for symptoms of respiratory illness. Residents, employees, and critical health care staff continue to be screened daily for fever and other signs of illness. You may see healthcare personnel wearing face masks, eye protection, gown, and gloves in order to prevent germs from spreading and help keep residents safe. We are assessing residents daily for fevers and symptoms of respiratory infection in order to quickly identify ill residents and implement additional infection prevention activities. When ill residents are identified, they will be monitored closely, asked to stay in their rooms, or wear a mask. Our goal is that through the screening and assessments, we ensure any illness is detected early.
- We are limiting activities within the facility. Group activities remain suspended, yet residents are receiving personalized in-room visits and enjoying other socially distanced activities. Our team is helping residents to practice social distancing and to frequently clean their hands.
What you can expect through the foreseeable future
Our leadership and staff and the Health Department will continue to work diligently together to ensure that effective infection prevention measures are implemented and maintained. Recurrent environmental disinfection continues, especially on hard and frequently touched surfaces. Our center is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change.