Dear Patients, Residents, Family and Staff:
On behalf of Shawnee PARC, we wish all of you a Happy New Year! We once again want to thank you for your continued confidence to care for your loved ones and for supporting us in our efforts during this pandemic. We would also like to thank you for your diligence in promoting safety practices throughout this Pandemic and your continued discipline with mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing.
We would like to provide you with an update regarding the cases mentioned previously, and also with new information and new interventions that have been put in place to keep our Residents, Patients, Staff and Families/Visitors as safe as possible during this Covid surge in our Community, our Nation and our World.
Unfortunately, Staff Members whose lab results were pending, four results returned positive for Covid; and thankfully one was negative. Staff Members are currently quarantining and will be allowed to return after the quarantine period is over and have been symptom free for 72 hours. Upon PCR tests returning positive on the one Resident who tested positive on Maple 2, the facility took additional steps to test all Residents and Patients. We were able to identify four more Residents yesterday who tested positive. Though challenging, a lot of efforts from so many Team Members came together to make nine room changes with all the precautions necessary for safe transitions and expand the Covid Unit to be able to admit all Covid positive Residents into the Unit. These interventions and expansion successfully took place yesterday. We want to thank everyone directly and indirectly involved in making this happen. These interventions have helped minimize the risk of a wide-spread problem as they have helped contain the virus as much as possible. We understand the science of how the virus spreads, and how it takes some time for the virus to begin to take form, and symptoms to begin to show. Therefore, we will re-test all non-infected Residents and Patients once again on Tuesday. If all testes return negative, we will notify the Department of Health to see if it would like to see another round of testing after that, or if we can consider this event resolved; we will keep you posted.
Until then, we are encouraging all Residents and Patients to stay in their rooms and to wear a face covering when a Staff Member enters the room to provide them with care. Read more