Geer Nursing Covid Notice 5-12-22

Geer Nursing Covid Notice 5-12-22

May 12, 2022

To Geer Nursing Residents and Families:

Today we must report that one additional staff member has tested positive for Covid-19 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  This appears to be community acquired with no exposure to residents.  far symptoms are mild, and we anticipate a full recovery and a return-to-work status next week.  We are completing a full round of testing of all staff, as part of our contact tracing procedure.

We are also testing all residents who were exposed.  We will notify you immediately and provide guidance regarding treatment options if we determine that your loved one has been exposed, or tests positive for the virus.  Fortunately, Geer’s vaccination/booster rate is close to 100%. When individuals do become ill their symptoms tend to be less severe and they recover quickly.  All staff and residents will be monitored closely.  We will continue to post regular updates on our website at www.geercares.org.

We have implemented a new kiosk Health and Temperature Screening System in our lobbies that will help us more closely monitor, track and report on visitors in our buildings. You will now be required to use this system and wear a name badge as an indicator that you have signed in and been verified.

On January 19, 2022, Governor Lamont released a new executive order requiring all nursing home visitors show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result prior to visiting a nursing home resident.

  1. Proof of Vaccination Booster or Testing for Visitors and Primary and Secondary Essential Support Persons. Notwithstanding Section 19a- 550(b)(12) of the Connecticut General Statutes or any other statute, regulation, local rule or ordinance or provision of law, a nursing home shall require a visitor or primary or secondary essential support person prior to visiting a nursing home resident to either:
    1. provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, if eligible under FDA or CDC guidance, have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster; or
    2. provide paper or electronic proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from either:
      1. a rapid antigen test completed within the previous forty-eight hours; or
      2. a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test completed within the previous seventy-two hours; or
  • Take a rapid antigen test at the nursing home in a form and manner as directed by the Department of Public Health.
  1. Infection control procedures. Visitors should follow the same PPE guidance as staff and wear a well-fitting mask during their visit. New visitors should speak with Cady Bloodgood, Director of Nursing, before their first visit so they can review the guidance.

We need your help in battling Covid-19 – As we have learned, vaccination is not a guarantee against infection. Please visit the CDC website to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your contact person listed below:

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to keep our residents safe.

 

 

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