01-05-2022: VISITATION UPDATE
- One resident has tested positive for COVID
- Additional staff members have tested positive COVID
- All units still allowing visitation under CMS guidance
- Indoor Group Activities remain postpone
Today, one resident has tested positive for COVID 19 and has been placed in an isolated zone. This resident is from the 800 unit of the Hamilton Terrace building and has no roommate. The family of this resident has been contacted. All residents and staff of the 800 unit have also been tested, and there are no other positive test results at this time. Staff providing care to this resident are following CDC and CMS infection control protocols to help prevent any cross contamination. We will continue to isolate this resident in a separate zone from all other residents until the virus has past and we obtain a negative test result showing the resident is no longer contagious.
Additional staff have tested positive such that we have a total of 21 staff with active COVID 19 and off of work. The units involved among these staff are 600, 700, 800 and 900 units of the Hamilton Terrace building as well as West 2, East 3, and West 3 of the Dalton Place building. Our Food and Nutrition Department and Business Office have also been affected.
All CDC and CMS infection control and testing guidelines are being followed in an effort to protect all staff and residents. Each resident and staff member on the nursing units in the buildings listed above and staff in the Food and Nutrition department and the Business Office have been tested and are now placed under a 14 day observation period. None of the additional testing thus far has resulted in COVID 19 positive results.
Visitation on each of the nursing units is still allowed to continue as long as each visitor is appropriately screened at our front gate and then wears a mask, keeps socially distanced during the visit, and follows hand hygiene protocols.
Should any of our ongoing testing during the 14 day observation produce another covid positive result, the family of any covid positive resident will be contacted right away, and all families will be notified of changes to the observation period.
If you have any questions concerning these matters, you can contact the Unit Managers or Social Workers of your loved one’s unit using our number 423-490-1599 and asking for them by name.
Currently all of our nursing units in both the Dalton Place building and the Hamilton Terrace building are allowing visitation. The only exceptions at this time are any newly admitted residents who are unvaccinated. They must first complete a 14 day isolation period prior to any visitation. If your loved one is newly admitted, you can contact their social worker or unit manager to confirm the date isolation will be completed.
Otherwise, all visitors of residents in both the Dalton Place and the Hamilton Terrace buildings are welcome and are to follow these guidelines when visiting:
- By CDC guidance that CMS requires we follow, visitors inside the buildings are to be masked. Because not all patients are vaccinated, visitors and patients wishing to visit without masks are to conduct their visit outdoors. Visitors may also be required to wear additional personal protective equipment that we will supply while in the room visiting a resident depending on the status of the unit and the status of the resident. Keep in mind that our patients are at our center because their health is already compromised. Let’s join together in helping keep them safe while inside! Afterhours visits can be provided by contacting your loved one’s social worker.
Also, Indoor Group Activities remain postpone at this time due to the high positivity rate Hamilton County which is above 10%. Once the county the rate goes back below 10% for two weeks, we will be able to allow Indoor Group Activities again.
Thanks for your understanding!
Dave Boozer, Administrator