Dear Patients, Residents, Family and Staff:
We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well and in good health. We would like to provide you with a two-part update regarding our Charge Nurse who tested positive for the virus and regarding a Resident who tested positive at the hospital last night after being sent to the hospital for Covid-like symptoms.
Regarding the Charge Nurse who tested positive, she is currently still in isolation, and will continue to be for the remainder of her isolation period per CDC guidelines. We have every reason to hope that she’ll be able to make a full recovery and will be able to return to continue to take care of our Residents and continue to fight the good fight right beside the rest of our countless committed Healthcare Workers around the World right now. We encourage our readers to keep our Charge Nurse in your prayers.
We had a Patient on the 1st floor who was not feeling well last night and had symptoms that resembled the Covid virus; our Clinical professionals, along with the attending physician, decided to send this Patient to the hospital. The hospital contacted us and reported that the Patient had in fact tested positive for the virus. The Medical Team at the hospital is currently working diligently to intervene on our Patient’s behalf to provide her with the best possible outcome. We certainly encourage our readers to keep our Patient in your prayers as well.
We are happy to report that our Clinical Team completed a second round of testing this week on the 2nd floor where our Charge Nurse had been assigned and all tests returned Negative! We’ll continue with two more rounds of testing on 2nd floor next week to make sure that we remain in the clear. Our Clinical Team has also completed the first round of testing on 1st and 3rd floors (we are not suspecting 3rd floor concerns) and all test retuned Negative!
By having a Staff Member and a Patient test positive, we need to take further interventions to help prevent further Covid related concerns. For the time being, until you receive another Update Letter saying otherwise, here are the following interventions effective immediately:
- Temporarily halting visitations at this time, other than end of life or therapeutic/compassionate care visits (to be cleared by DON).
- All Residents and Patients will need to remain isolated in their respective rooms.
- All Residents and Patients will be encouraged to cover their faces (nose and mouth) while Staff provide cares in their rooms.
- All Staff will be required to wear KN95’s.
- Non-Vaccinated Residents and Patients will be tested daily.
- Non-Vaccinated Staff will be tested before their shift.
- Vaccinated Residents, Patients and Staff will be tested twice per week.
All of these interventions will remain in place until you receive further notice via an Update Letter. We will continue to collaborating with the Johnson County Health Department as they will continue to provide us with further guidance as we move forward with this plan.
We encourage everyone to remain diligent with the safety practices that are being put in place to help keep our Residents, Patients, Family Members, Staff and Community as Covid Free as possible. Flareups like these will continue to occur moving forward and we ask that you respect and abide by the interventions necessary to help contain them and to keep Everyone as safe as possible.
At your service,
The Leadership Team at Shawnee PARC