As we celebrate Easter and Passover please keep our residents, patients, families, staff and community in your prayers.
Please remain safe and continue to practice social isolation and distancing to help our community minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Today’s Daily Update reflects only the changes from yesterday’s information as it relates to the COVID-19 virus and Waveny’s patients, residents, and caregiver status.
Changes in the Number of Confirmed and Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases of Residents/Patients Currently Residing within Waveny: 0
Changes in the Number of Confirmed and Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases of Residents/Patients Currently Hospitalized: 0
Changes in the Number of COVID-related Deaths (confirmed and presumed): 0
Changes in the Number of Employees who are COVID-19 Positive or Presumed Positive: 3
Employees with Direct Care: 1
Employees with Non-Direct Care: 2
Changes in the Total of ALL Confirmed and Presumed COVID-19 Cases of Residents, Patients, and Employees: 3
Care Center: 0
The increased incidence of COVID-19 positive cases in our surrounding communities continues to place our healthcare workers at-risk for acquiring the virus. We continue to offer housing alternatives to further shield them and to minimize the risk of exposure from the outside community. This comes, of course, with the added sacrifice of separation from their loved ones at home.
While many of our non-direct care division employees have been working from home since the 29th of March, we will continue reporting all staff test results regardless of their employment status, i.e. if they have been working from home, part-time, or per diem.
We continue to take preventive measures including individual screening staff prior to each on-site shift, sending any employee home to await test results if they show any symptoms of illness, and mandating the use of Personal Protective Equipment while at work.
We continue to be so grateful for the dedication of our caregivers and entire staff who come to work each and every day. We have a full team on duty this holiday weekend and every patient and resident continues to be closely monitored for symptoms every day and throughout the day. We must remain vigilant and redouble reinforcement of our protocols. We ask that the community continue with their social isolation and practices consistent with the CDC’s guidelines.
With reference to our residents and patients, we look forward to the return of our Village residents from the hospital, a continued recuperation of those afflicted by the illness, and what’s been a high level of support, cooperation and engagement from our families and community.
If our direct care staff observes symptoms in a resident or patient, we will notify the family and physician, and take measures according to the Medical Director or patient’s personal physician’s directive. Should testing be ordered, we will swab our residents and staff on-site and we are seeing improved turnaround times of test results. There continues to be no resident or patient test results outstanding at this time.
Please continue to reach out to your nursing supervisor for specific medical details on your family member, and non-clinical issues to me. We will continue to provide daily written communications during this pandemic. Aggregate data can be found at https://www.waveny.org/daily-statistics
We understand that the lack of visitation opportunities during this crisis has been difficult on everyone. Especially over this holiday weekend, our staff is doing their best to help as many families as possible make virtual connections with loved ones. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work to fulfill your requests.
Our leadership team remains in daily contact with local leaders, local hospitals, and other key stakeholders working to stay abreast of the latest information. We deeply appreciate the tremendous cooperation being displayed by all parties to keep the health and safety of our Residents, Patients and Caregivers, as well as the general public, our collective top priority.
No matter how you celebrate the upcoming holidays, please keep each other in your thoughts and prayers. We are all in this together. Thank you for your continued patience, support and feedback. Our entire community is most grateful.
May 13, 2020
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