Latest Coronavirus Updates

MEMORANDUM

 To:       All Families, Visitors, Volunteers and Friends to The Davis Community

From:   Angie Barr, Administrator

Date:    May 29, 2020

Re:       COVID-19 Virus Prevention Update

Good news!!  I do not have much to report to you again this week.  We continue to have NO positive cases of COVID-19 amongst residents.  To date, we are holding steady at two confirmed employee COVID-19 cases.

Only new news of the week:

The week of June 8-12, 2020, we are planning Family car parades around the Campus for all of our residents and hope you will join us for the fun!

Parade schedule:

  • Monday, June 8 at 2:00pm for the Walker Taylor, Artisan, Timberline Houses
  • Tuesday June 9 at 2:00pm for the Lightkeeper, Breakers, Haven and Riverbend Houses
  • Wednesday June 10 at 2:00pm for Champions Assisted Living Memory Care, 2nd Floor South and 3rd Floor South
  • Wednesday June 10 at 2:00pm for the Sinclair-Hogue House

**For our residents in Sinclair Hogue we will modify the process and will have family cars stationery and residents parading by the cars-Family cars should enter the Campus and line the parking area between Sinclair-Hogue, Artisan and Timberline.  Please back into your parking space for the best parade experience.

  • Thursday June 11 at 2:00pm for the Rehab Pavilion and Club

Thursday June 11 at 11:00am for the Cambridge Village Campus at 83 Cavalier Drive

Thursday June 11 at 2:00pm for Champions Assisted Living 1st Floor North, 2nd Floor North and 3RD Floor North South

  • Friday June 12 will be a tentative reschedule day in the event of bad weather earlier in the week

Logistics:

  • Families are encouraged to decorate their vehicle with signs, posters, balloons. HAVE FUN!
  • Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles for the parade.
  • Please do not bring handouts or gifts for delivery during the parade. Please use our current system for deliveries to allow proper sanitation
  • Please make a paper sign to display on your car dashboard with your loved one’s name and household name so we are sure you do not miss your loved one
  • Enter at the first Campus entrance for “Service deliveries” and follow the pace car
  • The parade will be slow moving to allow cars to slow down when they reach their loved one for some much-needed waving, whoopin’ and hollerin’ and kiss blowing from their vehicles 😊 Please be patient. It will be worth the wait!

During these unprecedented times we need the fun more than ever.  We hope you will make time to join the parade!

We continue to prepare and plan for universal testing as the CDC and CMS prepare additional guidance on the testing of all residents and employees.  Options for testing continue to be evaluated given the large numbers of individuals that would need to be tested across our Campuses initially and with some frequency going forward.  I will keep you updated and aware of the changing mandates and implementation via these weekly memos.

Plans are finalized for the care of any residents with COVID-19 in a dedicated unit in the Pavilion at the HCC.  It is the plan to move any positive case from our Cambridge Campus, Champions or the Health Care Center, if/when appropriate, to this area for care for the duration of their illness due to COVID-19.

You will continue to be updated with any new information regarding positive COVID-19 cases.  We are working diligently to care for your loved ones and for our employees caring for them.  We have established an Infection Control Team Line at (910) 726-9882 for questions, concerns or information regarding surveillance.  Please call us without hesitation.  We are here to serve you.  This phone line is monitored throughout the day, 7 days a week.

We continue to operate in our restricted mode per the President and NCDHHS requiring restricted visitation of ALL visitors until further notice.  This requirement does not change as the State of NC moves into Phase 2.  End of life visitation continues as follows per NCDHHS:

Facilities should restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situations. In those cases, visitors will be limited to a specific room only. Facilities are expected to notify potential visitors to defer visitation until further notice

 If your loved one is at end-of life then visitation may be permitted at the discretion of the facility with the following screening/criteria.  If the screen reveals any concern, visitation cannot be permitted even in end-of-life situations:

  • You will be asked to complete and sign the visitor screening form acknowledging the accuracy of the information you provided.  The staff member opening the door will take and record the temperature of the visitor being considered for entry.
  • If all questions on the screening form are answered “no” and the temperature is within normal limits, the visitor will be directed to wash their hands in the closest bathroom and visitation may be permitted.  Instructions for proper handwashing are posted in each bathroom.
  • If the visitor answers yes to any question or has a temperature greater than 100°F the visitor will not be permitted to gain entry even in end-of life situations.
  • Those visitors that are permitted, must wear a facemask while in the building and restrict their visit to only the room of the resident they have been permitted to visit.  No visits to any common area or corridor beyond the direct path from the door to the room is permitted.
  • Family visitation for end of life is still permitted. Only 2 immediate family members may visit at a time.  The 2 immediate family members should be screened, wear a surgical facemask and be escorted directly to the resident room and directly back out the front door by a staff member.  If the resident is in a shared room, only 1 family member at a time is permitted. Surgical masks should be used by families and reused for more than one visit.

We are happy for you to visit your loved one through their window where possible based on room location.  Courtyard visits between residents and families should occur with the family member in the courtyard and the resident at their room window.  The glass window can provide a needed barrier to avoid possible transmission.  The window will allow you to see each other while talking via phone.

Daily phone calls are being made to cancel or reschedule non-critical community appointments.  Telehealth is being used for most appointments.

Staff continue to wear masks at all times when in resident care areas and our residents appear to be accepting this as a new normal during this time.

All employees continue to be screened at the beginning of their shift before permitted to work.  All communal dining and all group activities have been cancelled.  Dining is being accommodated in a variety of ways with staggered dining times to reduce numbers of people in dining rooms, in room dining if appropriate and 6 foot or greater spacing for those dining in the dining room and requiring feeding assistance or prompting for proper nutritional intake.  Small group activities and intimate 1-on-1 opportunities for socialization have replaced our typical large group activities.

Please understand that these strategies are for the safety of our residents in our effort to prevent the unknowing spread of infection.  We understand that they may also prevent you from physically seeing your family member or friend.  We are calling the primary resident contact regularly and have capability for various avenues of video chat as well.

Thank you for your kind words sent via phone, our website and our Facebook page.  Thank you for the sweet treats being dropped at entrances for staff working and thank you for your patience during this difficult time.  Our team of caregivers is known to rise to the occasion and this event is no different.  They are our heroes.

Hang in there folks!  I know the days are getting long but this is a marathon not a sprint for us in this fight against the virus for our residents.  If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to make this time away from your loved one more tolerable or if I can provide any more or better information, please do not hesitate to let me know at my email address below.

Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions at angieb@thedaviscommunity.org.  Stay safe!