Hi Family & Friends,
Our positivity rate in Polk County climbed to 10.24% and we are testing employees twice a week. Last week’s COVID testing yielded one positive ancillary staff member. Per regulation, all residents of Porter McGrath will undergo outbreak testing for the next two weeks or until no other positive case.
Guardian Pharmacy will be onsite on Friday, April 30th from 1-3pm for a Moderna vaccine clinic. This is open to staff, residents, and family members. If you would like to be placed on a list, please contact Pam Herbert for Assisted Living, Stefanie Nelson for Porter McGrath, or Kim Roberts if you are a staff member of or a staff member’s family member. You will need to fill out a consent form and give provide a copy of your pharmacy prescription card, if any. We continue to promote participation in onsite vaccination clinics and share educational materials to employees.
Polk County Health has reported Seasonal Flu is down, RSV is up and Norovirus is still present and we should continue to wash hands with soap and water.
These following core principles are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for nursing homes and should be adhered to at all times.
“Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention
• Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions about and observations of signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days (regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status)
• Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred)
• Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose)
• Social distancing at least six feet between persons
Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.
Outdoor visitation is preferred even when the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Outdoor visits generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow. Therefore, visits should be held outdoors whenever practicable.
Indoor visitation is allowed for all residents except for a few circumstances when visitation should be limited due to a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. (note: compassionate care visits should be allowed at all times, for any resident (vaccinated or unvaccinated) regardless of the above scenarios. Please contact someone from the clinical team.) These scenarios include limiting indoor visitation for:
Unvaccinated residents if our county’s positivity rate is >10% and <70% of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated;
Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated until they have met the criteria to discontinue Transmission -Based Precautions; or
Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine.”
Stay safe and be well,
Maria E. Rivera RN,BSN