Dear Gardenview Assisted Living Community Members,
We conducted all staff and resident testing earlier this week and detected 6 additional residents and 2 additional staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, all of these new cases are likely linked to our original case, according to Winnebago County Health Department. None of these residents are showing any symptoms as of now. We will continue to test residents and staff weekly until further notice. We continue to monitor all residents each shift and all staff before they begin working. We wish to assure you that even with staff being off, we are able to care for the residents adequately.
I notified Winnebago Public Health officials as required and we are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread of this virus. We want to make our residents, their families, and our dedicated staff are aware of this situation. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community. We must also recognize our team for the concern and commitment they have shown to our residents during this challenging time.
Thank you all for your continued support, thoughts and prayers for our residents and team members! If you have any questions, please call me at 920-733-4305.
Today, a case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, was diagnosed in 2 residents. The residents starting showing symptoms on Monday and were immediately isolated. All residents and staff members were tested and all test results have returned negative at this time. We will continue to test all residents and staff weekly until further notice. We continue to monitor all residents each shift and all staff before they begin working.
I notified Winnebago Public Health officials as required and we are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread of this virus. We want to make our residents, their families, and our dedicated staff aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are on top of it.
Developments are changing day by day, minute by minute. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community. We must also recognize our team for the concern and commitment they have shown to our residents during this challenging time.
Thank you all for your support! We will provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please call me at 920-733-4305.
There has been a confirmed positive COVID case in one staff member that was present at Gardenview Assisted Living. The staff member was last here on October 18th and had known exposure in the community. The staff member had been off duty ever since.
We will test all staff and residents this week and the staff again next week. I have reported the result to Winnebago County Public Health as required. Winnebago County has evaluated the exposure risk for Gardenview Assisted Living staff and residents. We will take all measures as directed by Winnebago County.
In the meantime, residents and staff will continue to be closely monitored for symptoms and steps taken if needed for their care. All scheduled visits will need to stop until such time as we are cleared by Winnebago County Public Health from this exposure.
The community spread of COVID 19 in our area is at an all-time high and is continuing to grow. We will put all required resources and time into managing it.
We will continue to keep you updated.
Thank you for your patience, care and understanding.
There has been a confirmed positive COVID in one staff member that was present at The Gardens of Fountain Way. The staff member was last here on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020. The staff member had been off for two weeks prior to this date and has been off since October 6th. We tested all staff members last week and everyone else tested negative.
We will test all staff and residents this week and the staff again next week. I have reported the result to Calumet County Public Health as required. Calumet County has evaluated the exposure risk for The Gardens of Fountain Way staff and residents. We will take all measures as directed by Calumet County.
In the meantime, residents and staff will continue to be closely monitored for symptoms and steps taken if needed for their care. All scheduled visits will need to stop until such time as we are cleared by Calumet County Public Health from this exposure.
As we all know, the community spread of COVID 19 in our area is at an all-time high and is continuing to grow. This instance is the first in nearly seven months at The Gardens of Fountain Way of this pandemic for us. We will put all required resources and time into managing it.
All staff and residents have tested negative at Gardenview. We will continue to keep you updated.
Thank you for your patience, care and understanding.
Tanya Clark, Manager
The Gardens of Fountain Way
Earlier today, 10/2/2020, we were notified that one of our staff members has tested positive for COVID. This staff member was last present at GardenView Assisted Living on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 and had limited contact with staff and NO resident contact. The staff member reported symptoms Wednesday night.
We completed a routine universal testing on Wednesday, 9/30/2020. Our Infection Preventionist Nurse has reported the result to Winnebago County Public Health as required. Winnebago County has evaluated the exposure risk for GardenView Assisted Living staff and residents. While the exposure risk has been deemed low, we will take all measures as directed by Winnebago County. This will include testing of all staff early next week. The results from our Wednesday testing of staff have shown all negative results, so that is a good start. Residents at GardenView will be tested today, 10/2/2020, and results should be available by Sunday or Monday. We will take additional testing measures if they are indicated, next week.
In the meantime, residents and staff will continue to be closely monitored for symptoms and steps will be taken if needed for their care. All scheduled visits will need to stop until such time as we are cleared by Winnebago County Public Health from this exposure.
As we all know, the community spread of COVID 19 in our area is at an all time high and is continuing to grow. This instance is the first in nearly six months of this pandemic for us. We will put all required resources and time into managing it.
Thank you for your care and understanding. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Dear Oakridge Gardens Community,
It’s been a few weeks since my last communication and I want to keep you updated on rebuilding and reopening after the fire.
We have completed mitigation and recovery from water and smoke damage and will get power turned on this week – these are the first steps that need to be taken to reopening. We are now busy planning for rebuilding Cedar Ridge, Oaks and Rehab North with our partner Community Living Solutions (CLS). We look forward to also working with CLS to rebuild Rehab West. We are excited this planning and work has begun.
Before we’re able to start rebuilding, the facility has to go through an inspection to determine the cause of the fire. Due to circumstances beyond our control, that inspection has been delayed, so the entire timeline has been shifted. We’re hoping to have the inspection completed by the first week of September and then work on the facility would begin soon after.
Because of the delay in the investigation, we are now hoping to reopen Rehab North, Cedar Ridge and Oaks possibly in December. We still don’t have an expected re-open date for Rehab West. We will be reaching out to you directly as we have more information on expected move-in dates.
I understand that it’s hard to feel connected during a time when connectedness is difficult to begin with. To that end, we are putting a focus on communication and will be launching a revamped printed newsletter and will be putting more content on our Facebook page. If you would like to share ideas of what you’d like to see, please email email@example.com.
Again, I am so grateful for your patience and understanding. Please know we’re doing the best we can to get our facility back open quickly and safely. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or comments as we move through these next months, please don’t hesitate to call me, Caitlin or Andi at (920) 739-0111.
Michael T. Schanke
At present none of our three locations, Oakridge Gardens, GardenView or the Gardens of Fountain Way have any positive cases of COVID 19. We continue diligent screening of all staff and residents. We have undertaken a number of readiness activities and continue apace in order that we are prepared to deal with a positive case.
As many may know, the State has made testing kits available in order that we may test all staff and residents. This is a good start to helping us manage the virus in our communities. Hopefully it won’t be the last. Testing a wide group of people in a setting like ours is called a Point-prevalence survey (PPS). It is meant to take a global look at a setting. PPS are used in healthcare facilities to identify the number of people with a disease or condition at a specific point in time. A PPS is a snapshot that identifies who might have been exposed to a specific infectious disease, regardless of who is exhibiting symptoms at that time. Our aim is to understand our COVID state, specifically looking to identify the asymptomatic positive we hear so often about. We will be conducting roughly 238 tests.
We will be conducting our COVID 19 PPS next week, beginning on May 18, 2020. We have a significant number of residents and staff to test so this will take a few days to complete. Testing results will take at least 48 hours to return, dependent on the volume at the State lab and will be returned in the order they are submitted over the several days we will be testing. We will of course, keep everyone appraised of our results.
Thank you for your continued support as we work through this ever-evolving journey to defeat this virus.
As we all know, COVID-19 continues to affect a growing number of people across the U.S. and around the world. We have continued to monitor our residents and staff on a more than daily basis and will continue to do so.
At this time, we have no cases of COVID-19 and will make every effort to mitigate the potential. We continue our investments in process, education and equipment to deal with the potential. Like any complex healthcare organization, we deal with many moving parts on any given day. Our focus each and every day is to do our best to manage the situation in front of us, which is the potential exposure to COVID-19.
One area you often hear or read about is the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare settings.
Our supplies remain adequate and while they don’t tend to grow over time, we have maintained adequate levels for the safety of our staff and residents. It will continue to be a challenge though and we utilize strategies to safely conserve and extend our current inventories. We have also made purchases of products and technology in order to move away from the “disposable” PPE healthcare has relied upon for so long. One proactive example is our purchase of helmet mounted air purifiers for our staff to use in place of disposable N95 masks should the need present. These helmets are state of the art PPE and are essentially infinitely reusable. These units have a long production lead times due to demand, but will definitely still be of immense value when they arrive. There is little doubt that we will be employing mitigation and PPE strategies well into the fall. Another example is our purchase of special purpose negative air modules for use in designated patient care rooms in the event we have need of specific isolation protocols. While negative air pressure rooms are not required for the management of COVID-19, it is definitely the best way to approach it. These specialized units prevent the air from leaving a room, filter it and discharge it out of the building. It is a preventive strategy and one you won’t find in many LTC facilities. Again, there is a lead time to manufacture, but they should arrive in mid to late May. These two examples represent significant capital investments in the short term, but will be utilized in the future for many different applications. We have long used different levels of patient care “precautions” and PPE in the delivery of care. We will move away from the “disposable PPE” mentality.
Our staff of dedicated people in all departments continue to report for duty and care for the elders at Oakridge, Gardenview and The Gardens of Fountain Way. They are doing great work and have not wavered in their commitment to care, they are essential in so many ways and deserving of thanks.
We hope you are all well and doing your best to stay Safer at Home!
There have been many changes in just a short time because of the COVID 19 virus. What has not changed is the understanding and cooperation we have received from all of our staff, residents and families in what is uncharted territory for our entire society. Much has been asked of all of you and you have given your best.
We remain committed to ensuring our residents and staff remain healthy. We continue to see many changes and new rules from Federal, State and now local government. This presents an obvious challenge in that we have to reconcile all of them almost on a daily basis. Sometimes they say slightly different things about the same subject. That’s inevitable I suppose, we are all doing our best to make the right decisions with the information at hand.
Visitation remains as “essential” only. We have no indication it might be possible to relax this policy, but you can be sure we will celebrate that day together when it does come. We continue to screen all staff and residents on a daily basis, following CDC guidelines for health care. The Safer At Home Act is new for all of us, but our staff, vendors and support agencies are all considered essential so there will be no interruptions in availability. While this act may be difficult for some to comply with, it is a bold and necessary step to stop the spread of this virus and I thank our Governor for his actions.
More changes and challenges are sure to come to all of us, both in the facility and out in the community.
I close by offering a prayer that I received from our friends at Shepherds Care ministry related to the current crisis, I keep it on my desk: I pray the residents and care givers can be spared any overwhelming impacts and God will hasten the day when they can be fully accessible again.