October 16, 2020 Letter
Dear Residents, Employees, Family Members, Legal Representatives and Health Care Providers:
As of this week’s update, Kenosha County, the county in which Clairidge House is located, is considered a “yellow” county. With the recent explosion of COVID cases in Wisconsin, we are hopeful that Kenosha County does not turn into a “red” county in the coming weeks. When counties turn “red” signifying a higher county positivity rate, it is much more likely that nursing home staff members may be exposed while out in the community.
We continue to educate and support our staff members on measures to take to keep themselves protected. Clairidge House has conducted the required weekly staff testing, with all test results returning negative to date. The facility has the ability to immediately test any symptomatic residents with our in-house point-of-care testing machine, and all resident results have been negative to date as well.
If a facility has a positive resident or staff, the facility is considered to be in “outbreak.” A reminder that if one employee tests positive for COVID, even if the employee was exposed to the virus while out in the community, the facility is considered to be in “outbreak.” If this were to occur, we would begin testing residents and staff weekly until we reach a 14-day timeframe with no new positive cases.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), when a facility is in “outbreak”, all visitation is suspended until the outbreak is cleared. Virtual visits may still occur (e.g. Skype, FaceTime, etc.) as well as very limited end-of-life compassionate care visits. At this time, outdoor visitation is still being conducted at Clairidge House.
We know this is difficult for everyone. With community transmission on the rise in many areas, our staff remain dedicated to executing our infection prevention and control plan. One of the main predictors of COVID-19 affecting a long-term care facility is community prevalence. We continue to ask Wisconsinites to mask, maintain social distancing and perform thorough and frequent hand-washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. We are relying on our community members to assist us in getting through this pandemic.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the facility administrator, David Egan, at email@example.com, (262) 656-7500, or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Shellie M. Sonnentag, DNP, AGPCNP-C, CD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Real Property Health Facilities Corp.
435 Village Walk Lane Suite B
Johnson Creek, WI 53038