WOODLAND PARK - COVID-19 UPDATE
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August 7, 2020
Dear Residents, Family members, and Friends:
Woodland Park Rehabilitation and Care Center has been following the guidance and directives of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the County and State Health Departments regarding COVID-19 and infection control and prevention. Despite our best efforts to prevent COVID-19 from being introduced into our facility, we can confirm that we had two residents and one staff member test positive for COVID-19 on August 4. The residents were transferred to another skilled nursing facility to receive care on its COVID unit. The staff member will not return to work until medically cleared to do so.
The facility had a COVID outbreak from mid-April to early June. Since mid-April, the total number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 36. Of those, 28 residents recovered. It is with great sadness that we report that six residents passed away. We are heartbroken over this and extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the residents. Decisions regarding transfer of positive residents to the hospital are made in consultation with the hospital, the resident’s physicians, and the resident’s family. We have no instances of three or more staff or residents with new-onset respiratory symptoms within the past 72 hours.
Regarding staff, we have had 17 staff members test positive for the virus since early April, 16 of whom recovered. Staff members who test positive will self-isolate at home and will not return to work until medically cleared to do so. All staff members are screened before entering the facility and are sent home if they report any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness in accordance with CDC guidelines.
We are working diligently to limit the spread of the virus to other residents of the facility and are communicating this news to our residents, staff, and their loved ones.
We are strictly limiting access to the building and carefully screening all people entering our facility in accordance with CDC and CMS guidelines. At this time, we are only allowing essential visitors or essential vendors to enter the building on a case-by-case basis. We are also following the CDC and CMS guidance that applies once a nursing facility has a confirmed COVID-19 positive case, as well as working closely with our physician partners and the County Health Department.
Our top priority remains the safety of staff, residents, and visitors. This includes making sure all of our employees and staff throughout the facility understand how to protect themselves and the residents in their care.
We are dedicated to providing quality care for our residents. We will continue to fight to keep our residents and staff safe.
Please reach out directly to the Facility Administrator with any questions or concerns that you have.
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