December 1, 2020 Letter
Dear Residents, Employees, Family Members, Legal Representatives and Health Care Providers:
All counties in all states where we have a nursing home or assisted living facility continue to be designated “red” for COVID positivity rates, with Silver Bow County in Montana with the highest positivity rate of 29.6%. Our Wisconsin counties range between 15.0% to 22.6% positivity rates, followed by Indiana counties falling between 12.1% and 19.1% positivity rates. For this reason, we are only able to accommodate compassionate care and end-of-life visits at this time.
Due to this ongoing surge in community COVID spread, we have taken heightened measures to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff members. Instead of wearing surgical masks, we have switched to the full-time use of KN95’s and N95’s. To the extent we are able, we are having prior positive COVID staff provide care for residents who have never tested positive. By doing so, these residents will not be exposed to the virus by a staff member who is an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. All of our employees are also completing additional COVID training provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) specifically for nursing homes.
We are awaiting word from our state and federal agencies on the plan for a Coronavirus vaccination for our residents and staff. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are meeting today to determine the order in which people receive the vaccine. We are hoping to be selected for “Phase 1A” of vaccine administration. We should know much more about this by next week’s update.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the facility administrator or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Dr. Shellie M. Sonnentag, DNP, AGPCNP-C, CD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Real Property Health Facilities Corp.
435 Village Walk Lane Suite B
Johnson Creek, WI 53038