To: All Families, Visitors, Volunteers and Friends to The Davis Community
Date: March 25, 2020
Re: COVID-19 Virus Prevention Update
The President and NCDHHS continue to require restricted visitation of ALL visitors until further notice. 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 visit 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.
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.