Waveny LifeCare Network COVID-19 Daily Update for Residents, Patients, and Families
As we head into a new week, we continue to be vigilant in supporting the dynamic needs of our patients and residents, both in good health and recovery - as well as their families. Thank you for your ongoing support and responsiveness.
We are closely monitoring the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our organization, implementing ongoing best practices to protect the health and well being of those in our care, and dedicated to maintaining the highest level of communication and service.
Included in those best practices is a COVID-19 testing and re-testing protocol to ensure we have the most current health status on our patients and residents possible. Known as a nasopharyngeal swab, after the procedure it is sent to a lab for testing. Testing cycle times can take on average from 24 to 48 hours.
The Village Five Village residents who are now asymptomatic were re-swabbed today. We are awaiting their test results.
Care Center We are re-swabbing one patient, and initiated three new swab tests today. Another patient previously sent to the hospital for an unrelated impairment has tested positive for COVID-19 and is resting comfortably there.
The Inn The Inn continues to have no positive cases of COVID-19.
Waveny Home Care No changes to report for our Waveny Home Care division. They continue to provide support to our community residents in their homes in a safe, preventive manner including their use of PPE.
Equally critical is ensuring we have the best trained, most capable and prepared staff to support each of our residents’ and patients’ needs. We welcome back an additional two employees (a total of four altogether) who are now cleared to return to work after previously testing positive for COVID-19.
As mentioned, they, like all employees are subject to ongoing daily screening and preventive measures, including screening staff prior to each shift, sending any employee home to await test results if they show symptoms of illness. The use of Personal Protective Equipment by all at the Village, Care Center, Inn and Home Care staff continues to be mandatory while at work.
Below is Today’s Daily Update, which 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 Village (Memory Care): 0 Note: Five previously swabbed were re-swabbed Care Center (Full Skilled Nursing): 0
Changes in the Number of Confirmed and Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases of Residents/Patients Currently Hospitalized: 1
Changes in the Number of COVID-related Deaths (confirmed and presumed): 0 Village: 0 Care Center: 0
Changes in the Number of Employees who are COVID-19 Positive or Presumed Positive: -2 Employees with Direct Care: 0 Employees with Non-Direct Care:-2 (Two previously tested positive are now cleared for work)
Changes in the Total of ALL Confirmed and Presumed COVID-19 Cases of Residents, Patients, and Employees: -1 Village: 0 Awaiting new swabs Care Center: 1 One new positive test at hospital Home Care: 0 Employees: -2
Our leadership team is unwavering in our commitment to collaborate closely with local hospitals, public health authorities, clinicians and other key stakeholders, and continues to enforce practicing of maximum safety and preventive measures.
Your nursing supervisor will have specific medical details on your family member. Please continue to reach out to them on clinical issues and to me on non-clinical issues. We will continue to provide consistent written communications during this pandemic. Aggregate data can be found at:waveny.org/daily-statistics
Please continue to keep each other in your thoughts and prayers, and know that every day, we are working as diligently as possible to earn your continued patience and support. Your feedback has been constructive and is greatly appreciated. Our entire community is most grateful.
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