Dear Patients, Residents, Family and Staff;
We would like to inform you that we had one of our Charge Nurses on Willow Bend 2 test positive for Covid. The Charge Nurse was well versed in Covid symptoms and was able to self-identify that she needed to immediately remove herself from Resident care areas; the Nurse was tested and was encouraged to self-quarantine in her home for a minimum of 10 days and could then return after being symptom free for 72 hours per CDC guidelines.
Our appeal to everyone reading this update is that just because someone has been fully vaccinated, it doesn’t mean that the person is safe and immune from the virus; he/she is certainly safer, but we must remember that Covid vaccines are not 100% effective. We are certainly very grateful that our County has been consistently in the lowest tier of Covid Positivity Rate. Though Covid has substantially diminished in our area, it is beginning to creep up again. There are other parts of the United States and the World that are experiencing another wave of this virus. Though we feel hopeful, we encourage everyone to remain diligent with the safety practices we’ve put in place to help keep our Residents, Patients, Family Members, Staff and community as Covid free as possible.
We are happy to report that we’ve done a complete round of testing in the building and everyone’s test results have been negative so far! However, we also know that there is a virus incubation period before we are certain that no one else has been affected. Therefore, we’ll be doing another round of testing towards the end of this week, and again next week. We have collaborated with the Johnson County Health Department to enact immediate safety protocols. Since the positive individual had contact with other people on second floor, we are temporarily halting visitations to Residents on the 2nd floor. Residents on the 1st and 3rd floor may continue to have visitations in their room provided the Resident and the visitor have completed their Covid Vaccination/s prior to the visit (and will not need to schedule a visit). Therefore, visitors must bring their vaccination cards with them if they desire to do in-room visitations (provided the Resident has also been fully vaccinated). For visitors who have not been vaccinated, you can still schedule visits in the lobby with the Residents on 1st and 3rd floor provided you have sanitized your hands upon entering the facility, completed the screening log (to include temperature taking/recording), you are wearing a nose to chin mask, and social distance (vaccinated visitors must also do the same prior to arriving at the Resident’s room).
Visitors can contact Winnie at 913-401-3819 or WBanda@thehealthcareresort.com to schedule a visit/outings with a Long-Term Care Resident; and contact Cena at 913-229-2859 or email@example.com to schedule a visit/outings with an Assisted Living Resident. Visits can be scheduled upon schedule availability seven days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you are an unvaccinated visitor and decide not to schedule a visit ahead of time, if there is room in the lobby area to social distance away from other people, you are still welcome to visit your loved one; however, if the lobby is at socially distance capacity, we will encourage you to schedule a visit or come back at a later time when the lobby is more open.
Again, our number one priority is to keep our Patients, Residents and Staff as safe as possible through this Pandemic. Mandates, guidelines, practices, PPE, etc. are only as good and effective as Visitors and Patients/Residents who are willing to abide by them; we request that you do your very best to ensure the safest visitation/outing experience possible for the sake of yourself, your loved one, and for the rest of the facility, as exposure to the virus has the potential to spread through the entire building and expose many lives to having their health compromised and even death. Failure to follow safety practices could abruptly end your visit and potentially your ability to have future visitations. We appreciate your compliance and discipline with all visitation and outing practices.
As always, thank you again for your continued confidence to care for your loved one and for supporting us in our efforts during this pandemic.
At your service,
The Leadership Team at Shawnee PARC