Facility COVID-19 UPDATE:

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As of 9/29/22:  Staff Positives: 1   Residents Positive:  9

 

 

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As of 9/29/22:  Staff Positives: 1  Residents Positive: 9

September 29, 2022

Unit Three East is currently on Transmission Based Precautions (quarantine) due to COVID-19 exposure and is in the process of required serial testing for 14 days. As per Department of Health requirements, all visitors to the unit must wear facility provided PPE (Gown, K95 or N95 Mask, Goggles/Face Shield), use AB hand sanitizer prior to entering the unit.  Visitors must discard PPE in designated bins before leaving the unit.

 

 

September 9, 2022
Dear Family and Friends,

I wanted to update you on COVID-19 concerns. Since last weekend, we have experienced a number of positives tests for both residents and staff. It seems that this virus just won’t go away. I wanted to let you know what we are doing in response to this continuing issue.

Currently we have 9 residents who have tested positive over this past week and 9 staff. Here is a summary of our action plan based on our policy and recommendations from the area Suffolk County Department of Health.

• All positive residents have been moved to our COVID unit, 3 West and are being care for
by staff solely assigned to them. After a period of precaution, they will return to their home unit.

• Due to the number of residents who tested positive traced to 2 West, we have placed that
Unit on precautions to limit any potential spread.

• Staff and residents who were potentially exposed are, and will be, under a testing schedule
to identify any new cases.

• Staff who have tested positive (at MRR or outside in the community) are furloughed from
work for 7 full days and must be negative before returning to work.

• We continue to educate and observe staff to insure all infection prevention strategies are
In place and being followed. All staff who are not up to date with vaccines (either one booster
or two depending on age) are tested weekly as a precaution. NY State continues to have a high
rate of community transmission of COVID and all facilities must follow this testing pattern.

• We continue to test all visitors and required screening upon entry to the facility

• We continue to conduct rigorous cleaning and disinfection throughout the home daily, using
products designated for killing the COVID19 virus.

COVID19 continues to challenge all facilities as this virus continues to spread. We are grateful that vaccines appear to lessen the severity of illness. We continue to urge everyone to use safe practices at home and at work. We continue to vigilant in this fight to keep our residents and staff safe.

Brenda Burton

Administrator

 

 

Facility COVID-19 UPDATE:

Please click here: Family Update Negative Test Mandate 2C 1.13.22 to read important visitation information from Brenda Burton, Administrator.

 

January 13, 2022 Per NYS Department of Health the following are requirements for visitation:

Mask, Personal Protective Equipment, and Physical Distancing Requirements for
Visitors:
All visitors must:

Wear a well-fitting non-surgical paper mask or a mask of higher quality (i.e., surgical mask, KN95 or N95) at all times during any visitation at the facility. If the visitor wishes, a cloth mask may be placed over the paper mask. The masks must cover both the nose
and the mouth; and physically distance from facility personnel and other patients/residents/visitors that are not directly associated with the specific resident(s) being visited by that individual.

Testing for Visitors:

In addition, all nursing homes licensed and regulated by the New York State Department of Health must verify that visitors have received a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result one day prior to visitation for antigen tests and two days prior to visitation for NAAT (e.g. PCR) tests.

All visitors may use either NAAT testing or antigen testing. This means, for example, that a test for a Sunday visit should be conducted no earlier than Saturday if it’s an antigen test or Friday if it’s a PCR test. Any PCR or antigen test used must either have Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Facilities can offer to conduct onsite testing of visitors, if practical. Facilities must have policies and procedures in place to review and report results of SARS-CoV-2. Records of SARS-CoV-2 tests must be made available, upon request to the local health department (LHD) and the New York State Department of Health. For visitors who visit for multiple days, including a visitor who comes every day, proof of negative testing is required as often as feasible, at a minimum every third day (meaning at a minimum testing is required on day one, day 4, day 7, and so on). New York State shipped iHealth OTC COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests to every nursing home in the week of January 3, 2022, with shipments arriving by January 10, 2022. A nursing home should provide a visitor with an iHealth OTC COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test if he/she does not have other valid proof of a negative test conducted in the required timeframe, and the visitor should test him/herself at the facility. The results of self-testing for visitors will not need to be reported either to ECLRS or to HERDS. Exemptions:

Please click here: Health_Advisory_Nursing_Home_Visitation_1-12-22_(003)_1642023748986_0 for full advisory.