01-14-2022: VISITATION UPDATE
- Remain with 3 residents positive for COVID
- Additional staff members have tested positive COVID
- All units still allowing visitation under CMS guidance
- Vaccine Mandate implementation status
- Indoor Group Activities remain postpone
We have not had any additional residents test positive for COVID 19 since the 01-11-2022 update below. The 3 residents who are positive remain placed in quarantine and isolation from all other residents, and the staff providing care to these residents are following CDC and CMS infection control protocols to help prevent any cross contamination. We will continue to isolate these residents until the virus has past and we obtain a negative test result showing they are no longer contagious.
Additional staff have tested positive since 01-11-2022. Accounting for staff who have now recovered, we currently have a total of 25 staff members who are positive. Per CDC and CMS guidelines, we are conducting ongoing testing of all residents and staff on the following units: 600, 700, 800, East 1, West 2, East 3, and West 3. Other departments that have been affected are also being tested.
Should any of our ongoing testing produce other covid positive results, the family of any covid positive resident will be contacted right away, and all families will be notified of any visitation changes.
Visitation on each of the nursing units is still allowed as long as each visitor is appropriately screened at our front gate, wears a mask, follows hand hygiene protocols, and keeps socially distanced during the visit. The only exceptions are with regard to newly admitted residents who are unvaccinated or any current resident who has tested positive for COVID 19. Such residents must first complete an isolation period prior to any visitation. If your loved falls under one of the two categories, you can contact their Social Worker or Unit Manager to confirm the date isolation will be completed and/or to ask about Compassionate Care visits.
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.
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.
With the Supreme Courts decision yesterday to allow the Medicare based COVID 19 Vaccine Mandate to proceed, we are very well positioned to fully comply with the requirements of the mandate by the phase 1 and phase 2 deadlines of January 27th and February 26th respectively.
Lastly, 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