August 16, 2022: COVID-19 Update

August 16, 2022

Family Update August 16, 2022

COVID-19 Update:
Outbreak(s) at RHC:
  • We have one COVID-19 outbreak on CD2 in our PCH at this time.
    • Two residents and two staff have tested positive for COVID-19, and five symptomatic swabs are pending.
    • Red Zone signage is in place on the COVID-19 positive resident’s doors.
    • Outbreak signage is in place on the unit.
    • General Visitors are not allowed onCD2 at this time.
    • Designated Caregivers are encouraged to use virtual visits but if required, can visit with full knowledge of risk of exposure and supervised with putting on and taking off their PPE.
    • Staff are wearing N95 masks and full-face shields and cohorting to each side as best as possible and a PPE donning and doffing station has been set up outside the unit.
    • Residents are currently restricted to the unit, are allowed out of their rooms with masks if possible.
    • Dining Room meals are suspended at this time, and residents are assisted with hand hygiene before meals.
    • Group activities are cancelled at this time.
    • Daily symptom checks are occurring.
    • Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces, at least twice daily, and when visibly soiled is in place.
    • Enhanced PPE and Hand Hygiene audits are in place.
    • Additional staffing has been requested.
  • We do have a few residents/patients who are on enhanced isolation precautions and are isolating in their rooms due to a high-risk contact with a positive family member or visitor.
Vaccine Clinics:
  • We held our latest vaccination clinic on August 3rd.  Nine first or second booster doses were given to eligible residents/patients.
  • Masks continue to be required to be worn by all staff and all families and visitors at RHC and in all health care facilities.  If you are visiting outdoors, masks are no longer required.  You still need to come into the facility wearing your mask, be screened and put on the mask provided to you.  Eye protection is available if you wish.
Designated Family Caregiver/Essential Care Partner/General Visitor:
  • MAXIMUM 2 VISITORS AT A TIME, IN ROOM (exception: 4 allowed at end of life)
    • This includes Designated Caregivers and General Visitors and children.
    • Our screeners are tracking how many visitors are signed in, by room.
      • Residents/patients and family, please organize your visits to comply with the visiting restriction of two visitors per room at one time.
        • Please do not wait in the cafeteria until the previous visitors leave.
        • You are welcome to wait outside or in your car
      • Please remember to sign out when you leave
  • Outdoor visits and walks are encouraged.
  • Designated Caregivers can visit outside of the resident/patient room, providing that physical distancing can be maintained from other residents/patients and their Designated Caregivers
  • Please wear your mask for the duration of your visit (indoors), practice good hand hygiene and you are encouraged to maintain physical distancing.  Following these precautions is for the benefit of all residents/patients.
  • Please, no eating or drinking in the resident/patient’s room.
  • Please screen for illness, do not come to visit, even if slightly ill.  Do let us know if you are awaiting a test result or if you have tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Visiting hours are 1030-2000.  Exception: 24/7 visiting for Designated Caregivers at end of life
  • Small group programming, physically distanced, is occurring for residents, and will continue for units not in outbreak.
  • New admissions will be quarantined for 10 days, staying in their room without the enhanced isolation precautions.

Thank you all for your support. Be well.

RHC Leadership

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