June 2, 2020
Hello Rosa Coplon Families and Responsible Parties,
As promised, I’m writing to share the results of the COVID-19 testing of all of our Rosa Coplon Living Center residents performed last week by the Department of Health. This testing is part of New York State's plan to test all nursing home residents. Broad-based testing helps us to identify cases more quickly so that we can prevent and contain the spread of the virus, especially in individuals who are not showing symptoms.
All the results are in, and we have identified a few new positive cases of COVID-19 in residents who do not have symptoms.
- Out of all the residents tested within the facility, six residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Again, none of these residents were showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Residents who tested positive are from the same two units where COVID-19 was first identified in our facility. None of the other units had any positive cases identified by the Department of Health. These result show all of the great practices by the staff, including using proper personal protective equipment, utilizing social distancing, preventing cross contamination. We couldn’t be more proud of our staffs' efforts.
- Our nursing team has called designated family members and responsible parties to share test results.
We continue to follow strict infection control guidelines, including:
- Residents who are positive are in quarantine to minimize the chance for the virus to spread. Staff members interacting with the residents are using the appropriate and necessary personal protective equipment to protect themselves and other residents from the spread of the virus.
- All residents are screened for fevers every 8 hours and monitored for signs and symptoms for the virus on every shift.
- Employees wear masks at all times, are screened daily, and tested for COVID-19.
- Science-based, comprehensive disinfection practices include a pulsed UV disinfection system proven to eliminate pathogens such as coronavirus from surfaces in seconds. This cutting-edge technology is used in many hospitals. We also practice a 7-step disinfection process that follows CDC infection control guidance using hospital-grade disinfectants.
- We continue to practice social distancing with all residents by staying a minimum of 6 feet away from others.
The health and well-being of our residents remains our top priority. We continue to follow all procedures recommended by the Department of Health in an effort to combat and reduce the spread of the virus.
Thank you for the encouragement you have given to our staff. We have received many thank you notes and kind words, and we really appreciate the support you have given to us.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.