June 12, 2020
Dear Rosa Coplon Families and Responsible Parties,
I’m writing to you this week with some great news. You’ll recall that last week I shared results from New York State’s effort to test all nursing home residents for COVID-19. I indicated that the testing at Rosa Coplon Living Center resulted in the identification of six cases of the virus in residents who did not have any symptoms of the disease. I’m pleased to be able to tell you that all six residents have been “cleared” as of June 11
. That means they present no risk for spreading the illness, and that we do not have any COVID cases onsite in our facility. This is really good news.
Our hard-working and dedicated staff members have done great work in minimizing the spread of the virus. Their efforts, along with your cooperation, encouragement and support allowed us to get to this point.
Rest assured, however, that we continue to follow the strict infection control guidelines that have worked so well for us. These include:
- Residents who develop symptoms or who test positive will be quarantined 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 minimize 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 when possible.
One change has taken place with employee testing for COVID-19. New York State has reduced the testing requirement from twice a week to once a week, based on very low percentages of positive cases. We will continue to follow the state’s guidance around testing and will also continue to screen all employees daily.
As I have said before, the health and well-being of our residents is our top priority. We will not let up on our efforts to protect your loved ones.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.