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.

COVID-19 Visitation Update:  01/25/2023

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 currently have three (3) COVID-19 positive employees who are furloughed. In addition, we have had two additional residents test positive for COVID-19 bringing our total number of residents on the unit to eleven (11). These eleven (11) residents continue to be on transmission-based precautions. 
  • If you are visiting residents on the COVID-19 wing, you MUST still come to the front entrance to be screened and complete paperwork. At that point in time, our receptionist will direct you to the outside entrance (off Tilden Avenue) to the wing and will provide you with the proper PPE that must be worn while visiting. The gown should only be applied when you enter the room and then disposed of in the red bag located in the room when you leave the room. The face shield should also be thrown away in the red bag when you leave the room at the end of your visit. At the conclusion of your visit, you will exit out that same doorway you entered!
  • 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! In addition, ALL visitors must wear a face mask when visiting residents. 
  • In addition, 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 into the building, and show us your result on your cell phone. If your result is POSITIVE, please do NOT come back into 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 into 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 30 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 nursing home, 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 and please wash your hands before and after visitation. As a reminder, visitation ONLY occurs in the resident’s room. Visitors are NOT permitted to be in common areas while visiting, including dining rooms, living rooms, or sitting in hallways. COVID positivity rates are still high within the community; therefore, we are continuing to follow all infection control guidelines for the safety of our residents and staff members. 
  • Lastly, we are currently offering the new Bivalent booster vaccine to all our residents who are eligible (eligibility is defined as two months post the primary vaccine series or any booster dose). If you are interested in having your resident receive this vaccine, please reach out to the social worker/case manager who is assigned to their house/unit.

Thank you for your immediate attention to these items.

Sincerely,

Brenda Cobane

VP of Long-Term Care Services

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