June 29, 2022 COVID-19 Update

29 June 2022

Family Update June 29, 2022

COVID-19 Update:

Outbreak(s) at RHC:

  • We have no active COVID-19 outbreaks at this time at RHC
    • We do have one resident positive for COVID and a few residents/patients who have been swabbed and are awaiting their COVID-19 test result
    • 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


  • To date, we have had 224 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, community acquired, as well as staff who are recovering and returning to work

Vaccine Clinics:

  • We held our latest vaccination clinic today, June 29th.  Eighteen first or second dose boosters 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.
  • The guidance remains the same for staff – they must wear their eye protection during all interactions with residents/patients/clients, in-room and in the care environment.   If staff remove their eye protection, they must clean and disinfect before putting back on, and store appropriately (Ziploc) or discard and obtain a fresh pair.  For staff who work in non-direct care areas (kitchen, laundry, etc.), the requirement remains the same (medical mask unless physical distancing can’t be maintained)

Designated Family Caregiver/Essential Care Partner/General Visitor:

  • The following changes are effective June 30th:
  • The new term is Designated Caregivers.  These are people who provide physical, psychological and emotional support, as deemed important by the resident/patient.  This care can include support in decision making, care coordination, and continuity of care.  Designated Caregivers are family, close friends or other caregivers and are identified by the resident/patient or substitute decision maker (SDM).  Up to 4 Designated Caregivers may be identified per resident/patient. Designated Caregiver replaces designated family caregiver and essential care partner.
  • General Visitors are family and friends who visit for social reasons.  Their time spent with the resident/patient is discretionary and short term.  They are not involved in the care of the resident/patient.
  • 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 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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