JULY 13TH COVID-19 UPDATE:
At this point, there are no COVID positive residents inside of our facility.
In addition to the testing for our residents, we have continued to follow all measures we had previously put in place:
- Therapeutic Recreation being conducted via CTV Channel broadcasted to each room
- Digital Visitation through our concierge team
- Screening employees for any symptoms prior to entering our community
- Providing and wearing regulation approved PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Routine Commercial Disinfecting Service of all hallways and common areas-
- Close communication with local and state health officials
There were 0 new confirmed resident infections of COVID 19 in the past 24 hours. This keeps our cumulative total # of residents at 59. At this time, we have seen 39 residents recover.
There were 0 new confirmed staff infections of COVID 19 in the past 24 hours. We have seen 1 staff members recover in the last 24 hours. This number keeps our cumulative total # of staff to 51. At this time, we have seen 50 staff members recover! The last staff member is still on leave.
With this being said, as of today, we are happy to report that there are currently no residents inside of The Diamond that are positive with COVID-19. This has been a long war, with some battles being won, and some being lost. There have been many ups and downs along the way. Our team has not been spared of this, but together we worked as a unit, with residents, staff, and families, to do everything in our power to fight this awful pandemic. While we are relieved, we are certainly not out of the woods yet. We are continuing to adhere to the strictest guidelines and procedures to ensure the continued safety of everybody at our facility.
Please understand that testing, at best, determines whether someone has the virus. It does not determine who will become fatally, seriously, mildly ill or who will remain asymptomatic. False negatives and false positives have also been reported. Likewise, a negative test does not mean, at this time, that a person will not develop signs or symptom of the disease. Beyond testing, other statistics can be materially misleading. There may be under-reporting in nonregulated communities such as towns and cities because of the lack of a system to collect data; lack of availability of testing; and lack of ability to detect when COVID 19 contributed to a stroke, heart attack, blood clot or other symptom which causes a death.
In a nursing home, residents are monitored frequently for signs and symptoms but the CDC symptom list has changed and may be incomplete. All the symptoms of COVID have not been identified. Scope of testing of non-symptomatic residents is largely determined by the local department of health policy and availability of tests. A death is classified as a COVID 19 death whenever a COVID 19 positive person passes, no matter whether COVID 19 had anything to do with that death or not and no matter whether the facility is permitted by advanced directive to use life-saving measures or not. COVID 19 has been deadly but there are likewise those, even those who have other illnesses and/or of advanced age that have pulled through and returned to baseline. All the factors that lead to dramatically different results are being studied, but there is no FDA approved treatment plan and indeed almost no guidance on this subject from governmental officials at all. Each treating physician is left to determine how, and if, to treat COVID 19. At the Diamond Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, the Medical team is led by Dr. Roman Koldayev who has been consulting with other treating physicians, and experts in the field in an attempt to create medically sound plans for our Residents.
Families of infected residents have all been notified in the event that your loved one has been affected by the New Corona Virus, but that does not mean that each and every family member has been notified. If you are not the person responsible for your loved one’s care, please check with the person who is for updates. If you are the person who is responsible for your loved one’s care, please share this letter and other information with other concerned friends and family members.
We thank those who have expressed support, shown kindness and appreciation to our professional and dedicated staff. We cannot assure success or that governmental guidelines and directives will be judged kindly in hindsight after more facts are information becomes available, but we are working hard to prevent spread. We love our residents and are dedicated to their care. We have never felt as close to one another as we do in these times of adversity and know that while you are not physically here with us, we feel your support and hope you feel ours. We will not be perfect, but we will do our best to continue to communicate about the Facility generally and keep you up to date. We hope you are doing well, stay healthy, and are doing your part to keep others safe.
If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Administrator Clara Tryon, at (518) 235-1410. Alternatively, if you desire to communicate anonymously, please call the Complaint and Compliment Hotline at 800-610-2544 or send an e-mail to REPORTS@SNFHOTLINE.ORG. This hotline is administered by an independent third party to help assure your voice will be heard without disclosing your name.