Re: COVID-19 Updates
Dear Patients, Residents, Family and Friends;
We are grateful to report to you that our Assisted Living Resident who was positive for Covid has returned to her apartment and is still feeling great. In addition, all of the Residents in Assisted Living have been tested and each of the tests have returned negative for the virus.
We currently do have two Residents who tested positive for Covid in our Covid Unit. Our Clinical and Environmental Team did a wonderful job at implementing our contingency plan to contain the potential spread of the virus as much as possible. The Residents are being taken care of and monitored closely by our dedicated staff and Medical Director group. Through testing, we did note that one staff member was also positive for Covid-19; this staff member was quarantined from the facility and is currently recovering at home.
On Wednesday, September 30, two State Surveyors arrived unannounced to perform an Infection Control Survey; they reported no concerns and no recommendations upon exit. They were complimentary of our infection control policies and procedures, staff education, and how the staff has handled having Covid positive cases. The Surveyors interviewed a random set of Residents which all were complementary of the staff and the care they’ve been receiving.
All Residents and Staff will continue to be assessed for signs and symptoms of the virus and will be tested weekly per the Johnson County Department of Health guidelines for the Yellow Zone. We are diligently collaborating with the Department of Health to ensure we are doing everything on our end to keep our Residents, Patients and Staff as safe as possible. Should a loved one begin to show symptoms and/or test positive for Covid-19, we will let you know as soon as possible and share the plan with you.
Good news! CMS is looking at reopening facilities again! We are currently devising a plan per CMS, CDC and JOCO Health Department. Visitations will be sporadic moving forward as the facility must be “Covid Free” for 14 days prior to allowing visitations. Therefore, every time there’s a new Covid case, the 14 day waiting period restarts. We can’t wait to be able to reconnect our Residents and Patients with their loved ones! We will keep you informed as we get more information on reopening and what that will look like for Shawnee PARC.
Thank you for your continued confidence to care for your loved one and for supporting us in our efforts to keep our Residents and Staff as safe as possible. Your discipline, dedication, and grace during this time is greatly appreciated.
At your service,
The Leadership Team at Shawnee PARC