As of today, July 1, 2020 we have a total of seven staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them were immediately removed from the schedule and are required to be quarantined at home and have two negative tests before they will be allowed to return to the facility for any reason. This number includes the four staff members mentioned in last week’s update.
The resident that was sent to the hospital on 6/25/2020 did test positive for COVID-19 and is still in the hospital. This resident cannot be readmitted into the facility until two consecutive negative tests are received. However, the good news is that none of our current residents are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
Due to the recent spike in cases here in Okeechobee County, we are continuing to be extremely vigilant in monitoring all staff and residents, and residents continue to be monitored multiple times a day for COVID-19 symptoms. All direct care staff are now being required to wear face shields or goggles in addition to masks, and we continue to limit access on all wings to required staff.
Please avoid bringing any items to the facility for your loved ones unless necessary for critical care and then only if you have spoken to a member of management prior to arrival. All items are being screened and will remain outside the facility until processed for infection control.
Beginning today, all staff are being tested for COVID-19 and the State has mandated that we test all staff every two weeks for at least the next ninety days. This is being done on site here in our facility by trained staff members.
We are reconsidering family visitation to occur outside our main lobby with strict no-contact orders and hope to have a policy and procedure in place soon. We will notify you on this in our next update.