Waveny LifeCare Network COVID-19 Daily Update for Residents, Patients, and Families
The situation with COVID–19 is extremely dynamic in terms of health facility clinical environments, federal and local operating directives and emerging epidemiological research. We will continue to make informed, proactive decisions grounded in optimizing prevention, care and consistent testing/re-testing of our Patients and Residents.
As mentioned, we are continuing to increase qualified COVID -19 testing and re-testing frequency across our Patient and Resident base, enabling us to closely monitor, adjust and improve our care interventions, and client outcomes.
Testing is of two types:
1. Swabbing and re-swabbing to collect nasopharyngeal specimens (PCR). Like a snapshot, this provides an indication of who is infected at a fixed point in time, allowing for better isolation and targeting of recovery interventions.
2. Serological testing measures antibodies in bloodwork (IgG). This test’s advantage is that it indicates patient has been infected and the level of antibody production as their immune system responds to being exposed to an invasive virus. Antibody production can take up to 3 weeks to be measureable, and can indicate who theoretically should be immune to a pathogen (foreign invader). However the length of one’s immunity has not been established under evidenced based methods and could be compromised if a person is of advanced age with underlying co-morbidities like COPD, CHF, hypertension, diabetes or immune dysfunction.
Under all testing scenarios, we will continue to apply stringent clinical best practices and CDC, Connecticut DPH and Medical Director directives regarding safety, hygiene, preventive and recovery care, and responsively communicate these developments to our families.
The Village Many of our residents were tested and retested last week. Those results were as follows: 4 new positive tests from asymptomatic residents, and 13 negative test results. Two residents re-tested positive.
Care Center Many patients were tested and retested last week, as well. Those results were as follows: 9 new positive tests from asymptomatic patients, one patient was admitted to the hospital, and 6 test results came back negative. The Inn The Inn continues to have no positive cases of COVID-19.
Waveny Home Care No changes to report related to Home Care division clients. The Home Care Division will continue to assist local hospitals and healthcare providers in the home recuperation of their patients and residents.
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: 14 Village (Memory Care): 6 (4 new positives and 2 patients re-tested positive but are asymptomatic) Care Center (Full Skilled Nursing): 8 (net 8: 9 new positives less one hospital transfer)
Changes in the Number of Confirmed and Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases of Residents/Patients Currently Hospitalized: 1(from Care Center)
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: 0 Employees with Direct Care: 0 Employees with Non-Direct Care: 0
Changes in the Total of ALL Confirmed and Presumed COVID-19 Cases of Residents, Patients, and Employees: 15 Village: 6 Care Center: 9 Home Care: 0 Employees: 0
We continue to collaborate closely with local hospitals, public health officials, practice maximum clinical and safety measures to the best of our ability, and greatly appreciate the support from all parties in our community.
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. Our community is most grateful.
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. Our entire community is most grateful.
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