August 7, 2020
The weekly testing results for Landmark Medical Center had one positive employee and one inconclusive test on one resident. The resident was tested again and was found to be negative. We remain committed to weekly testing as this is the best indication we have of Covid-19 being in the facility. We remain able to admit and discharge residents, but remain closed for visitations. We want to remain as safe as possible and encourage you to call our Social Service Designee to make arrangements to visit over the phone, writing letters, or other media platforms. We have cumulative totals of 22 staff who have tested positive and 30 residents who have tested positive.
We are happy to report that this week’s round of testing has us remaining with no COVID positive residents or staff. We have two new admissions this week. They will remain in isolation for the next 14 days and will be tested upon admission and on the 14th day of isolation. Due to the fact that we have the new admissions, we are considered “Yellow” which means we have exposure and all staff must wear goggles, face shields, and KN95 masks. Our cumulative totals remain at 21 staff testing positive and 30 residents testing positive over the course of this virus. We have no news on visitation as the surge in cases remains high and we are aware of outbreaks in the community. We continue to encourage you to call, write, or contact Social Services to arrange a phone call. We wish you well, stay safe, wear a mask, and be healthy.
This week Landmark Medical Center remains COVID-19 free. We are doing everything we can to keep things that way. Good infection control standards and constant review of our protocols assist us in our efforts to remain “Green”. Regrettably, this means that because the virus has surged we are holding back on visitations. We continue to encourage your calls and letter writing to your loved ones. We also have Skype, Zoom and FaceTime calls that can be set up by Social Service for you. Monday, July 20th we tested 25 employees and 7 residents. We did not have any positive or undetermined tests and all tests were returned negative. Our cumulative totals remain at 21 positive employee and 30 positive residents throughout the course of onset of the COVID-19 virus. We hope you have a peaceful weekend and stay safe.
Landmark remains Covid-19 free with testing to continue weekly. We are currently testing every Monday with a random sampling of 25% of staff and 10% residents. One resident result from this week was undetermined, so they have been placed in isolation until a second test result can be obtained. We have two new admissions this week (the first in over three months), they are in isolation for 14 days from the date of admission. We have tested them for Covid-19, however, results will not subtract from the 14 days in isolation. We are admitting residents who have no signs or symptoms of Covid-19 and have been on a Covid-19 free unit prior to admission. We remain with cumulative totals of 21 staff and 30 residents who have tested positive since the time of pandemic onset. We continue to follow all State, Local, and Federal regulations related to Covid-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Remember to contact us if you would like to visit with your family members via Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or telephone call. Residents can also be reached via payphones on the nursing units. Be well, stay safe, and enjoy your weekend.
We have tested Green this week, meaning we are clear of any positive cases of Covid-19. We remain at a cumulative total of 21 positive staff and 30 positive residents. We will resume admissions and discharges next week. Each admission will be put in isolation for a total of 14 days after admission. We continue to work closely with the Department of Public Health for any new update or revised mandates. We also continue to provide residents with Zoom calls to family members and encourage telephone calls and letter writing.
Landmark Medical Center has passed through four all facility tests for Covid-19. We have been given permission to open our facility up for admissions and discharges. To date, we have had 21 positive staff and 30 positive residents. All persons who tested positive have had no serious medical complications associated with the COVID virus. We will begin the next phase of testing for Covid-19 on Monday, July 6. In this phase, we will be testing 25% of staff and 10% of residents on a weekly basis. We hope you all have a safe 4th of July.
We have completed our third facility-wide testing. Residents were tested on June 19 and staff were tested on June 22. We are happy to report that all residents tested negative. Our staff also tested negative with the exception of one staff whose test is not in yet due to testing late in the week. Over the course of this pandemic, we have had a total of 30 positive resident tests and 21 positive staff tests. We have been successful in containing the outbreak and we cautiously move toward opening up for admissions and discharges. We have been discussing when we will open for visitations. More information will be available at the end of the month of July. Regulations state that after the second phase is completed (no positive tests x2 for staff and residents) we must wait 28 days to begin visitation. We wish you and yours well.
Weekly testing is ongoing for all staff and residents who have tested negative. Results from the facility testing on June 12, 2020, were received with all residents testing negative and five inconclusive for staff. All inconclusive staff has been retested. Our cumulative total of positive COVID tests are as follows: thirty residents have tested positive and twenty-one staff has tested positive. All positive individuals have recovered after being put in isolation and are doing well. We continue to follow all CDC, CDPH, and Public Health guidance. We have a healthy supply of PPE. We hope you are safe and are remaining well.
During our testing on June 5, we identified two positive residents and one positive staff, all are asymptomatic. The last update mentioned the inconclusive residents as well. Of those inconclusive residents, one remains inconclusive and the rest are negative. We will conduct another test on residents on June 12 and on June 15 will be the test date for our employees.
Landmark Medical Center has completed its second round of testing for the Covid-19 Virus. We have two residents who tested positive. These residents are asymptomatic and are comfortable in the Red Zone. They are isolated from all other residents. We also have 11 residents who had to be tested again as their tests were inconclusive. Following best-practice standards, we immediately re-tested these residents. We have no residents in the facility showing any symptoms from Covid-19. We have a healthy supply of PPE and remains dedicated to the highest level of care we can bring our residents. Till the next time stay well and safe.
Landmark Medical Center has completed its second round of COVID-19 testing for our residents. We will complete our second round of employee testing on Monday the 8th of June. We are planning on a third testing for the residents on June 12th and for staff on June 15th. We are happy to report that all residents who were in isolation remained asymptomatic, healthy, and are now out of isolation. We are also happy that our employees who have been home in isolation are returning to work and are in good health. We wish you all good health and safekeeping. If you would like to talk with your family member please call and talk with our Social Service Department so we can assist you with that.
Currently Landmark Medical Center has 15 additional residents who tested positive and who are all asymptomatic. We have created a unit that allows the residents to move around while being kept from the other residents who tested negative. We have three additional staff who tested positive (also asymptomatic). We continue to be vigilant in protecting all residents and staff.
Landmark had a full facility-wide test of COVID-19 on 5/20/2020. All residents and staff have been tested. We will follow our Mitigation Plan and Enhanced Infection Control Protocol as the results become available. This week two more staff who have been isolating at home have tested positive. We have had 16 staff test positive prior to our mass testing. Three of these employees have returned to work and we hope that all the affected staff will make a full recovery and return to work soon. We continue to have good staffing levels with some adjustments to the schedule.
We have three more staff who have been confirmed positive and four staff at home with symptoms of COVID-19 waiting for their test results. We have had no residents with symptoms of COVID-19 this week. We continue to follow the Enhanced Infection Control Protocol and staff continues to wear masks.
Five staff have been off work for suspected COVID-19 and four staff were confirmed. One staff at home is waiting for test results. The residents have come out of isolation and we have no new reports of suspected COVID-19 symptoms in our residents. We are following all Enhanced Infection Control Protocol and all staff continues to wear masks.
Three staff have been confirmed positive for Covid-19 and are isolating at home. Of the four residents who were in isolation, three have been tested positive. One is not positive but remains in the cohort group and in isolation. All staff are following Enhanced Infection Control Protocol and we are following all CDC, CDPH, and Public Health guidelines. All staff are wearing masks.
One employee has tested positive and is currently in isolation at home. Four residents are in isolation for suspected COVID-19. Residents will be in isolation for 14 days. Staff are following Enhanced Infection Control protocol. All staff are wearing masks.
On March 11, 2020 Landmark Medical Center began testing all persons entering the facility for there temperature. All visitations, pass, and outings were canceled and just about everything about business as usual changed. We make the floor to assist residents in staying 6 feet apart. We stopped having groups with more than 10 persons including staff. We began an alternative dining program and snack program and we continue to make adjustments as new information becomes available. We are able to connect residents with FaceTime and Zoom for visits with family. We also encourage phone calls and letter writing. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
COVID-19 Information and Precautions
We recognize that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are at high risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases including COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). Our utmost concern is for the health and well-being of each of our residents and to ensure our staff is healthy and able to continue to care for residents.
We continue to take cautionary measures and follow CDC guidelines. We are also receiving information from state and local officials. Please review this information and see the precautions we are taking to protect against COVID-19.
The measures we are taking include:
- Clear and constant communication with staff, residents, and visitors
- Posting signs and reminders at the facility
- Communicating verbal answers from staff to residents and visitors
- Posting information to our website
- Protection with our workforce includes:
- Screening employees and residents for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, difficulty breathing)
- Sick leave policies are non-punitive and flexible
- Encouraging sick employees to stay home and call in replacement staff
- Training and ensuring proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Protection with our residents includes:
- Separating residents who show respiratory symptoms away from others
- No field trips and activities outside the facility
- Having activities that allow residents to maintain safe distances from others
- Allowing for in-room dining to reduce the risk of spreading disease
- Increasing cleaning in common areas (therapy rehabilitation area, dining area, activity area, lobby area, etc.)
- Protection of all visitors, vendors, and deliveries includes:
- Restriction of all visitors (only “end of life” exceptions made)
- Restriction of all vendors (attention to social distancing recommendations)
- Encouraging family and friends to reach out socially (phone call, video conferencing) to residents to help with feelings of loneliness and isolation
We appreciate the confidence and trust you have in us to care for family members. We will keep you informed as we navigate the ongoing situation.