COVID-19 Update: May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
Coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. During this time, it brings our enduring priorities into focus: To deliver exceptional care and maintain a safe environment for our residents and employees. We know you might 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.
I am writing you today to give you an update on our last letter on May 12th. As you know, we had identified one resident who displayed symptoms and so we implemented testing. We have received the test results back and they are negative for COVID-19 infection. In an abundance of caution, we had also tested 3 other residents who share the room or bathroom with this resident and have received negative tests results for them as well. That means that currently, we still do NOT have any confirmed cases in our center.
Our team will continue to work closely with the local health department on the continued implementation of the Michigan Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. We will continue to provide updated information as the situation evolves.
What is happening NOW
To protect our vulnerable residents, we deployed the following aggressive actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our residents and staff:
- We are limiting resident activities within the facility. Group activities remain suspended. In their place, residents are receiving personalized in-room visits and enjoying other socially distanced activities.
- Frequent environmental disinfection work, especially focused on sanitation of hard and often-touched surfaces. Our infection prevention team continues providing frequent education and guidance to all staff and residents.
- Visitation remains restricted except for specific situations, such as end of life. We are following guidance from the CDC as a necessary action to protect the health of our residents. Those who enter the building will be required to limit their visit to a designated area within the building, wear a face mask, and frequently clean their hands.
- We are monitoring health care personnel and residents for symptoms. Residents, employees, and critical health care staff continue to be screened twice daily for fever and other signs of illness. Our goal is to quickly identify ill residents and implement additional infection prevention activities. If ill residents are identified, they will be isolated in their rooms, monitored closely, and asked to wear a mask. If ill employees are identified, they are asked to isolate at home and obtain testing, following the health department and CDC guidelines. As testing capability has increased in Michigan, it has become much easier for our staff to be allowed to get tested. To date, we continue to have no staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 infection.
- We have also implemented universal face mask use for all who enter the facility. Employees and any other individuals who enter the facility are wearing face masks the entire time they are in the facility. We encourage our residents to also wear face mask if they leave their rooms, in addition to frequent hand hygiene and social distancing.
Isolation protocols for those with symptoms
We have established isolation protocols for residents who show symptoms that would suggest COVID-19. Those residents with signs for this disease are tested and even after a negative test result is received, the resident remains isolated until symptom-free.
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. We will also ensure that our staff supplies are well-stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE). We are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change.
We are here to ensure the best possible quality of life for those we serve. We know how important it is to remain connected with each other and to express love. Feel free to contact us, by phone or email, to schedule video chats or phone calls between loved ones.