12-29-2021: VISITATION UPDATE
- 4 staff members have tested positive COVID
- All units allowing visitation
- Indoor Group Activities remain postpone
Three of our staff working on the 600 and 700 units have tested positive for COVID 19. One member of our Food and Nutrition staff also tested positive. These staff members have been removed from the schedule and will not return to work until they are no longer positive. 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 600 and 700 units and staff in the Food and Nutrition department were tested today. No others had a COVID 19 positive result.
Be aware that the 600 and 700 units have been placed under a 14 observation and isolation period which includes ongoing testing of staff and residents per CDC and CMS guidelines.
Visitation on the 600 and 700 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 600 and 700 Unit Manager Roxana Johnson or the Social Workers Kristen Bowers and Adeline Mayes 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.
Regarding Indoor Group Activities, we have had to halt these activities due to the high positivity rate Hamilton County which is above 10%. Once county the rate goes back below 10% for 2 weeks, we will be able to allow Indoor Group Activities again.
Thanks for your understanding!
Dave Boozer, Administrator