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.
May 29, 2020
As a result of the positive COVID-19 cases from last Friday and Monday, we have continued to swab the affected long-term care house and the rehab unit. As a result of a second swabbing in the long-term care house that occurred on Wednesday of this week, we received news late yesterday afternoon that another resident came back COVID-19 positive. Please note that this resident was negative for COVID-19 during the first swab (last Friday). This newly positive COVID-19 resident from yesterday was temporarily moved from the long-term care house and relocated to our COVID wing on the rehab unit.
Due to HIPAA regulations, we will NOT reveal which house this resident resides in. I can tell you that as a result of this positive case, we will be swabbing all the other residents in the house; therefore, if you have gotten a call from one of our staff members informing you that your loved one will be swabbed, then you can make a good assumption that the positive case was in your house.
I know there is a great deal of anxiety that many of you are experiencing as family members due to all the media exposure on nursing homes at this time and COVID-19 cases and deaths. Please note that if there is a death on our campus related to COVID-19, you will get an email from me informing you of that. Not only does the facility want to be transparent with our family members, but I am also required by mandates from the Governor to let you know within a certain timeframe of any new positive cases as well as any resident deaths. The rumor mill within the community is extremely active right now; please know that there is a reporting system in place to get you correct information. Therefore, if you hear something about Sitrin and our residents and if you did not receive a notification from me, then it probably is not valid information. At this time, Sitrin has had NO deaths from COVID-19.
We have begun testing all of our employees twice weekly for COVID-19. At this point in time, all test results that we have received back from our laboratory have been negative. I will continue to keep you up-to-date on this.
Residents in the long-term care houses are currently on isolation within their rooms. I understand that this is tremendously difficult for our residents and for you as their family members. This is for their own safety now that we have had two long-term care residents test positive. Our priority is to get back to some type of normalcy for our residents. As soon as we can do this, we certainly will. However, we are working under directives that are issued by the Governor and Department of Health; therefore, there are many constraints involved.
We continue to follow all CDC recommendations in regard to stringent infection control procedures and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All staff has been trained on proper usage of PPE and the facility has an adequate supply on hand.
Please note that we are doing as much as we can to prevent the transmission of this disease including taking the necessary precautions so that our residents and staff remain safe. This is a difficult time for all of us; as always we appreciate your understanding and support.
Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us here.