Latest Coronavirus Updates

 

Memorandum

To:         All Families and Friends of The Davis Community
From:    Angie Barr, Administrator
Date:     October 16, 2020
Re:        COVID-19 Update and Positive Cases
 
The New Hanover County COVID positivity rate is something we monitor closely as it is one of the factors in decision making regarding testing frequency and visitation restrictions.  The New Hanover County rate has increased slightly from 4.7% to 5% this week.

We have seen no new cases in the last week.  The COVID unit remains open caring for recovering residents from Champions.  All follow-up testing of residents at Champions has been negative. 

We continue to test employees at Champions Assisted Living bi-weekly.  Employees and residents at the Health Care Center are being tested weekly.  Employees at Cambridge are being tested weekly.  Residents at Champions and Cambridge will continue to be tested based on symptoms of illness or identified potential exposure. 

As a reminder (Health Care Center):  As we continue to test residents each week, because of the volume of weekly tests, we will make this initial notification to you about weekly testing versus calling you every Friday to inform you of the next test.  We will notify you if we are unable to obtain a sample from your loved one.  Test results are returning in approximately 48 hours.  We will contact you if your loved one tests positive, otherwise your loved one’s result was received as negative.  If your loved one presents with new onset of symptoms, we will contact you, as this will result in an additional test for your loved one and will follow up with the results of that test.  The test swab being used is an anterior nasal swab, which is much less invasive that the original swabs.  Given the frequency of testing, we are pleased that there is little or no discomfort with the test swab. 

 

 

Cumulative data since the onset of the COVID pandemic in March 2020 includes:

  • 53 employees:  19 at Champions, 32 at the Health Care Center, 2 at Cambridge
  • 27 residents:  13 at Champions, 14 at the Health Care Center, 0 at Cambridge
  • 3 resident deaths associated with COVID-19:  2 at the Health Care Center, 1 at Champions

 

Health Care Center Outdoor Visits commence on 10/12/2020
Below is the procedure for scheduling and participating in outdoor visits.  This will be new for all of us so let’s be patient and work together to find our new normal in the process.  We are thrilled to see you soon!  Any questions about this process can be directed to Ruth Finch, Administrator at ruthf@thedaviscommunity.org.  
 
1.   Visitation will be scheduled with:

2.  Visitation will occur outside.
3.  Visitations will occur Tuesday through Thursday, with time slots from 9am -11:45am and 1:30pm – 3:30 pm.

  • Tuesday – Artisan / Breakers / Club / Pavilion (not on quarantine)
  • Wednesday – Riverbend / Light Keepers / Timberline
  • Thursday – Sinclair Hogue / Walker Taylor 

4.  Each scheduled visit will be 30 minutes, and rain dates can be rescheduled to Friday mornings from 9am – 11:45am of that week.
5.  All visitors must wear a mask at all times and maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from the resident and the facility representative. Only 2 visitors per visit.
6.  The facility will provide a mask for the resident, but we ask that all visitors bring their own mask to wear.
7.  Visitors, residents, and the facility representative must use alcohol-based hand rub before and after visitation.
8.  The visitors will be screened for a fever and other symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever equal to or greater than 100F, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills or new onset of loss of taste or smell) by the facility representative.
9.  The visitation area will be sanitized after each visit with EPA-approved disinfectant for SARS-Cov-2.
10.  We will monitor the process and circumstances closely and will alter visitation practices based on disease transmission in the facility or community, visitor non-compliance, or other factors. 

This week’s visit were very successful!  Please be reminded that the guidelines listed here are REQUIRED.  If you are not able to adhere to the visitation guidelines we will not be able to accommodate the visit.  There were challenges this week with adherence to the 2 visitor rule.  Please do not put the staff facilitating your visit in a difficult position by not adhering to the guidelines.  They have been instructed to contact management and security when needed when situations arise.  We are not trying to make the process difficult but we are not permitted to deviate from these guidelines and failure to adhere to them puts the entire organization at risk related to visitation.  Please help us stay in compliance with the visitation requirements.
 
Voting
Your involvement is crucial for the voices of our residents to be heard!  Ballot requests for the November 2020 Election may be made by:

  1. ONLY a POA or family member can request an Absentee Ballot.
  2. ONLY a POA or family member can fill out the Voting form.

Family can request an Absentee Voter Ballot from the website, and print the form from there or have it mailed. The ballot should arrive within a couple of days. These ballots will start to be mailed out on September 4th.  Once printed and given to the resident, the resident is the only person who can fill out the form. The only help that can be given to a resident in reading and filling out the form, can be done by a family member, a legal guardian, or a MAT (Multi-partisan Assistance Team) volunteer.   Once the request for an absentee ballot has been filled out by the resident, there are three options to send the completed request to the Board of Election. 1) Fax 2) Scan or 3) US mail. No walk-in drop offs allowed. The deadline for requesting an Absentee Voting Ballot application is October 27, 2020.  Election Day Is November 3rd, 2020.  Absentee Ballots are valid, if the post mark date is November 6th by 5pm or before this date.  If you need to find out if a resident is registered or needs to update their address, you can go to the New Hanover Board of Elections and go to “Tools”, put the residents name in, and search their status. It will guide you how to complete or update what steps need to be completed.    

A family representative chosen by the resident may assist with Absentee Ballot Voting. A visit may be scheduled via the outdoor visitation procedure above to facilitate this process.

Construction News
The new construction project occurring in the center of the main building at the Health Care Center is underway! The building will essentially be a brand-new building with the exception of the exterior walls. The new and improved amenity spaces for residents will include a library, living room, chapel, restaurant, music and art room, community playhouse with stage for performances and a movie theater as well as a beautiful indoor water feature. We are very excited about this space for our long-term care residents across the Campus.  You will see construction fencing and trailers as evidence of the start of the construction when you are on Campus.  Completion date is December of 2021.  

End-Of Life Visitation
Guidelines for end-of-life visitation have not changed.  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.  These guidelines also apply to the COVID unit:

  • 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, dress in proper PPE 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 full personal protective equipment as dictated by the area being visited 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, dress in the required PPE 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.

Wellness Center
We are excited to announce the reopening of Davis Wellness has been very successful this week.  We are glad to see Members getting back to a more normal routine.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Emily Moss, Wellness Coordinator, at DAVISCWD@fprehab.com.

Infection Control Procedures
Daily phone calls are being made to cancel or reschedule non-critical community appointments.  Telehealth is being used for most appointments and by attending physicians on our Campus.
 
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.

Our Facebook Live Event
Our October 14th Facebook Live Event was a discussion of how The Davis Community is dealing with COVID while attempting to “find a new normal” for residents, employees and families. if you missed the event you can view the recordng on our Facebook Page. 

If you have questions about the implementation of our planned strategies going forward, please ask.  We are here to serve you and your loved one.  Our Infection Control Team Line at (910) 726-9882 continues to be available for questions, concerns or information regarding surveillance and I am always available as well.  Please call us without hesitation.  This phone line is monitored throughout the day, 7 days a week and we are thrilled to see an increase in the numbers of calls with great questions.

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!  We miss seeing you all!  This continues to be 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!

 

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