COVID-19 Updates

In order to maintain transparency with our resident and patient families in regard to COVID-19, we will be sending census updates as they occur on our current COVID-19 wing. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email us.

Updates

COVID-19 Visitation Update:  05/15/2022

Please forward this to ALL your family members who may be coming to visit as there are still many visitors who are unaware of the testing requirements.

  • We have recently been informed that we have a COVID-19 positive employee, bringing our total furloughed employees to three. The units/houses that are currently on transmission based precautions is the Aspen House and the inpatient rehabilitation unit.  There are no COVID-19 positive residents on our COVID unit.  
  • If you are visiting in a house/unit that is on Transmission Based Precautions, you will be required to wear the PPE we provide for you, i.e., N95 mask, face shield, and isolation gown. The isolation gown is ONLY worn in the resident room (needs to be applied when you enter the room) and disposed of in the red bag in the resident room prior to exiting the room. Please do NOT wear the gown in the hallways! The face shield can be reused, please see a staff member for instructions on how to clean it. PPE will be available at the main receptionist desk for all visitors who will be visiting in those houses that are on Transmission Based Precautions. If you choose to not wear the PPE, then you will not be permitted to visit at this time.
  • Just a reminder to ALL visitors, you MUST be screened every time you visit which includes having your temperature taken at the kiosk at the front entrance to the main building. These guidelines have not changed and continue to be in effect until further notice!
  • Just a reminder that per New York State Department of Health, we are still requiring all visitors to have a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of visiting.  We continue to distribute home test kits for your use. 

      Instructions for use:

-    Each visitor will receive one test kit at a time as we have limited supplies. Because we have a limited supply, a visitor must be present in order to receive the kit, meaning that a visitor will not be given tests to take home to the rest of their family members. These test kits have been provided to us from New York State; therefore, as long as we continue to receive shipments, we will continue to supply you with these tests.  

-    When you come to visit, each visitor will receive a test kit to take home with them which needs to be utilized within 24 hours of your NEXT visit. If you arrive at the facility and you do NOT have a negative COVID-19 test result, we will give you a test kit upon arrival so that you can test in your car. Instructions are in the bag. You will self-administer the test and let it “sit” for the timeframe as stated in the instructions while you wait in your car. At the end of that time, you can take a picture of the test strip, come back in to the building, and show us your result on your cell phone. If your result is POSITIVE, please do NOT come back in to the building. You can call us at 315-797-3114 and inform the receptionist. If you do not have a cell phone and cannot take a picture of the test strip results, you can put the test strip back in to the plastic bag and bring it in to the facility to be read by the receptionist.

-      If you have a negative PCR test, it can be dated within 48 hours of your visit.

-    The Visitor Screening Form has been revised so that when you sign, you are attesting to the fact that the test result is YOUR result and not that of someone else and that you performed this test within the last 24 hours of your visit.   

-     If you test positive, you must notify us at 315-797-3114. In addition, you cannot return to the building for 10 days as opposed to the 5 days as previously stated; these are new guidelines from the CDC for nursing home visitors only. In addition, you MUST present a negative test before returning for visitation.

-     If you have had COVID within the past 90 days, you must still test in order to visit. If you test positive as a result of testing, you will be excluded from visiting for the 10 days and must have a negative test to return. Please note that this is a requirement from NYS Department of Health…NOT Sitrin.

  • Although the mask mandate has been lifted in public areas, please note that because we are a health care facility, you are still required to wear a mask at all times within the building. Please also continue to keep your social distance from other residents, family members, and staff while visiting. COVID positivity rates are still a factor within the community; therefore, we are continuing to follow all infection control guidelines.
  • Lastly, we will be offering the second booster vaccine to all of our residents who are eligible (eligibility is defined as four months post the first booster dose). If you are interested in having your resident receive this second vaccine, please reach out to the social worker/case manager who is assigned to the house/unit.

Thank you for your immediate attention to these items.

Sincerely, 

Brenda Cobane

VP of Long-Term Care Services

 

 

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