Update: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Good evening Spencer Place Family:
Here is an update of where we stand today.
First, I am heartbroken to share that two of our residents have passed away since Monday due to complications from COVID-19. Please keep their families in your prayers. We will miss them dearly.
We are currently caring for 14 residents in our special care unit. In addition, 14 employees have tested positive for the virus. We are hopeful for everyone’s full recovery. Two of our employees who tested positive but are asymptomatic are working on our special care unit. We are so grateful for their service to our residents.
As I shared earlier, we have chosen a cohorted care-in-place strategy at Spencer Place. Americare has experience establishing separated special care units and we’re confident that we can do so here.
- We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment and can access more from our company stockpiles if needed.
- All other residents remain on in-room quarantine.
We will conduct the next round of whole-house rapid COVID-19 testing on Friday, November 27th. You will be notified privately of your loved one’s results and we will update all families on our overall results.
We are so thankful for the support of our families during these challenging times. Knowing we have it makes our jobs easier.
Update: Friday, November 6, 2020
Good morning Spencer Place Family:
Today we received notification that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee’s last day worked was 11.4 and was tested based on exposure outside the workplace. The employee remains off work and we are hopeful for a full recovery.
- In accordance with our pandemic guidelines we placed all of our residents on in-room quarantine which will continue at least through 11.18 which represents 14 days from possible exposure.
- We began monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during wake time
- All staff are wearing N95-masks while on duty and gloves in resident rooms.
- We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it.
- Our most recent health check shows no residents with signs or symptoms
- In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, we contacted the local and state health departments to report the positive test results.
- Today we are rapid testing all residents and employees. On Tuesday 11.10, we will conduct whole house PRC COVID-19 testing and will have those results within 72 hours.
- You will be notified privately of your loved one’s results
- We will update our families on the overall results of our community.
- In accordance with federal and state guidelines we are allowing only outdoor visits at this time.
We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time. Please direct all of your questions to me. Thank you for your support during these challenging times.
To our families,
St. Charles County Health Department has recently sent out information regarding visitation of the resident’s family members to visit. The Department of Health and Senior Services has put a policy in place that we will be able to start visitation ONLY after 28 days of any resident or employee that tests positive for Covid-19. Since we recently had 2 employee’s test positive on July 11, 2020 we are hoping to start visitation on August 10th 2020. We had to retest all employees and residents for COVID-19 so the date above is based on the fact that ALL employees and resident’s tests come back negative from the testing we did on 7/17/2020. We will keep all families informed on the exact date we will start visitations. There are very SPECIFIC guidelines that we MUST follow in order to be in compliance with BOTH the Department of Health and Senior Services and the St. Charles County Health Department. The expectations are as follows:
- We will be allowing outdoor visits on porch as well as window visits IF the residents’ room is on the outside of the building. IF you are doing a window visit AND the window is open you MUST have a KN9 or N955 mask on AND also remain six feet back from the window. IF the window is closed you do NOT need to be six feet away OR wear a KN95 or N95 mask. IF you would like to visit on the front porch you will be required to remain six feet away from the resident and also will be required to wear a KN95 or N95 mask. If you do not have a KN95 or a N95 mask one will be provided for you.
- ALL visits whether it is a porch visit or a window visit MUST be scheduled through Roxy Torres, Executive Director or Deborah Beckering, Bookkeeper. We are required to keep a log of all visitors and as well as perform a wellness check BEFORE any visit occurs.
- ONLY 2 visitors will be able to visit at a time no matter if it is a porch visit or a window visit. The visit can ONLY last for up to 15 minutes.
- If you have tested positive for COVID 19 you will not be allowed to visit until it has been at least 10 days since positive test result AND you are not experiencing any symptoms.
- If you have NOT tested positive for COVID 19 but you are experiencing any symptoms OR your temperature is 99.5 or greater you will NOT be allowed to visit.
- If you do NOT schedule the visit ahead of time and get caught visiting at the window, the visit will automatically end.
- All residents will be required to wear a surgical mask while visiting on the porch with their loved ones and these visitations will be supervised by a staff member.
We will try our best to accommodate times and dates where families are able to make it to Spencer Place to visit but the visits have to be based on employee availability.If you have any questions or concerns will notify Roxy Torres, Executive Director.Thank you for your understanding in this matter and for keeping our residents and employees safe.
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