May 7, 2020 6:00PM Waveny LifeCare Network COVID-19 Daily Update for Residents, Patients, and Families
Our continued timely and transparent reporting to our families is paramount. It is also a critical aspect of our collaboration and compliance with federal, state, and local health authorities.
With regard to Waveny LifeCare Network’s reporting requirements with Connecticut Department of Health (DPH), we submit a COVID-19 Case Report Form (CRF) identifying Residents, Patients and staff with positive laboratory test results. If an individual tests positive multiple times, a new CRF must be submitted for any positive test administered greater than 30 days since the last positive test.
As a Medicare facility, we also comply with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) COVID-19 reporting requirements by submitting data to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). These reports cover include information on suspected and confirmed COVID-19 Patients, Residents and staff, PPE, hygiene supplies and protocols, clinical preparedness and - consistent with these Waveny Daily Updates - Resident, Patient and family notifications.
As the COVID -19 crisis continues to unfold, to ensure proper clinical oversight and implementation, we are likely to have increased reporting requirements from multiple authorities through designated channels.
That said, our top priority is to closely comply with these directives, and to the best of our ability, exceed our families’ expectation as to timely and responsive reporting on their loved one’s wellbeing & clinical outlook, and our part in strongly supporting their safety and recovery.
Consistent with our previously mentioned commitment to scale qualified testing protocols, today we are conducting PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) retests for 12 patients who previously tested positive.
We will also begin serum IgG testing on our first two Residents within the next couple of days (blood serum antibody measurements).
Waveny’s aggregate data can be found at: waveny.org/daily-statistics The Village There are no status changes to report for our Residents, they continue to rest comfortably under continued close observation.
Care Center We discharged one patient to the hospital for closer blood oxygen level monitoring. 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: -1 Village (Memory Care): 0 Care Center (Full Skilled Nursing): -1 (One patient discharged to hospital for O2 sat level monitoring)
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: 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: 0 Village: 0 Care Center: 0 (Net 0 - one patient discharged to hospital from Care Center) Home Care: 0 Employees: 0
Our leadership team continues to work in close coordination with federal and local healthcare authorities, clinicians and other key stakeholders, with the ongoing practice of maximum preventive and safety measures for best possible outcomes.
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 and engagement is greatly appreciated and encouraged.
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 or questions.
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