CORONA VIRUS UPDATES
An Update for Families and Loved Ones
Friday, June 19, 2020
June 19, 2020
Dear Family Member,
I would like to take this opportunity to provide updates as to the Home’s current status:
We currently have no positive cases of COVID-19 in either the SNF or the ALP. This is attributed to the exemplary job that our facility staff is doing in adhering to Infection Control Policies.
Some family members have questioned us about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Although we are following the CDC Guidelines for preservation of PPE, we are presently not in danger of running short.
As per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.30, all staff are being tested for COVID-19 twice per week.
The NYS Department of Health is conducting surveys of all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state. These are called Infection Control Focus Surveys. On June 15, 2020, the SNF had such a survey. At the end of the inspection, the surveyors informed us that there were no issues with the care provided to our residents. In fact, they complimented us on our performance. We are currently awaiting the written confirmation.
As we move into Phase 2 of NYC reopening, our many professional associations are working with the Governor’s Office and the NYS Department of Health regarding a plan to permit visitation in nursing homes. When this does occur, it will be implemented gradually. Initially, there will be strict rules regarding the allowable visiting hours as well as the number of individual’s permitted to visit. I am monitoring this issue very closely.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks.
Thank you to our staff who have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible care to our residents. Their loyalty and dedication are second to none. They are truly the Heroes of Healthcare.
Thank you to all of our families who have been very patient and supportive of our efforts.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our residents. They have been sequestered here without any visitors for almost 100 days. Although we have tried our best to “bring the outside world in” by utilizing various video chat programs, it is simply not the same. Our residents have been very strong and understanding during this difficult period.
I will keep you updated as information becomes available.
Stay Safe and God Bless you.