Nursing Covid-19 update 1/4/2021

Nursing Covid-19 update 1/4/2021

January 4, 2021

To Our Residents and Family Members:

Last week we reported that the results of our staff testing on 12/22/20 resulted in two positive cases. To our knowledge we do not have any more positive staff. Due to increased testing demand across the state, we do not have all test results from last week’s PCR testing for residents or staff. All staff were tested with rapid antigen tests at the end of the week and those results were all negative. All staff and residents remain without signs or symptoms of Covid-19.

Physician One and DPH are aware of the delay in results from the current lab source (Sema4) and have decided to change lab partners starting this week in hopes to get quicker turnaround times for results. The new lab source is the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

We want to assure you that all necessary precautions have been maintained and continue to be maintained to prevent any spread of the virus to other residents or staff. Our residents continue to be monitored closely for any signs or symptoms of Covid-19. If your loved one should test positive or become symptomatic of Covid-19 we will notify you immediately. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we prevent the spread of Covid-19 within Geer Nursing, including staying in very close communication with local and state health experts to ensure that we are taking all the appropriate steps.

Reminders:

Vaccination Dates for Geer Nursing and Rehab Residents and Staff:

  • Tuesday 1/5/2021      9:00am – 5:00pm – initial vaccine dose given
  • Tuesday 1/26/2021 9:00am – 5:00pm – “Booster” dose for those who received initial dose on 1/5/21 or initial dose for those who did not receive the vaccine on 1/5/2021
  • Tuesday 2/16/2021 9:00am-5:00pm- “booster” dose ONLY for those who received initial dose on 1/26/2021

*Please return the consent forms for vaccination immediately if you have not done so already.

Please email the forms back to us or drop them off if you plan or your loved one plans on being vaccinated tomorrow. If you have not received consent forms or are unable to obtain the electronic forms, please contact us today. You can download the forms here return them via email to Melissa Foley at coronavirusquestions@geercares.org or fax to (860) 824-3994.

Testing: We will continue to take all necessary precautions after the vaccine is administered, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting routine testing to ensure the safety of our Residents and Staff. Staff at Geer Nursing and Rehab will continue to be tested twice per week and Residents will be tested weekly.

Visitation: We will continue to offer virtual and window visits on a scheduled basis through our recreation department. To schedule a visit, please contact Jill Simmons, Recreation Director at 860-824-3831 or jasimmons@geercares.org. In person visits remain on hold until we can produce negative results for both residents and staff for a full 14-day period.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how you can help prevent the spread at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

If you have any questions regarding Geer Nursing residents, please contact Director of Nursing Cady Bloodgood at (860) 824-3825 or cbloodgood@geercares.org, or Infection Preventionist Melissa Foley at (860) 824-3861 or coronavirusquestions@geercares.org

January 4, 2021 News