October 16, 2020
Residents, Families and Partners:
As you are aware from our past communications, despite our continued focus on infection control and prevention, our Community has been impacted by the significant surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin and our county in general.
In an effort to get a clear picture of the current spread of the virus within the Community, we decided to test of all of our employees and residents. To date, all staff and residents have been tested. As a result of this testing, only 2 of our staff and 8 of our residents have tested positive.
The two staff that have tested positive were placed off duty, and we monitor them for eventual return-to-duty as per CDC and local health department guidelines.
Four of the residents that tested positive are now no longer infectious. Of the remaining four positive residents, two are asymptomatic and one has only mild signs and symptoms of the virus. Only one resident is currently receiving care outside of our facility, and we continue to monitor the resident’s recovery for eventual return to the Community.
We ensure all families of those residents who have tested positive are made immediately aware of the test results and are involved and informed in the subsequent health care needs of the resident. As families and residents are aware, we have been keeping them informed of all steps taken since our first resident was found positive back at the end of September.
We remain in close contact with our local health department and the state assisted living regulatory officials, and we are implementing their guidance. Our staff continue their diligent care to our residents, and we continue our efforts to mitigate and prevent viral spread.
Please continue to report any changes in conditions in yourself if you are a resident or your loved one within the Community. As previously advised, if you do feel like you or your resident loved one are experiencing any health changes, we would ask that residents stay in their rooms as much as possible while we obtain COVID testing or any other assistance you may need. The virus has presented in many different forms so any change in condition should be reported.
Please continue to reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance. We appreciate all the support, thoughts and prayers.
If you have an immediate concern, please email or call me. Our phone lines are often busy, especially after hours and on weekends.
Stacie Erdman, Executive Director