Update on COVID19
It is with heavy hearts that we report that one of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. Families have been notified by email and a letter has been sent to those family members without an email on file. Staff were also notified. As we have mentioned before, our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and staff. We also take our staff members right to privacy seriously and therefore will not release any further information.
As stated in our previous update all residents and employees were tested on Thursday, May 21. All residents and staff have tested negative. The resident that had previously tested positive, has met the criteria for recovery and is back in his home. While we are happy to share this news, we understand that we must continue to take aggressive preventive action to minimize the impact of the virus on the men and staff at Good Shepherd Manor. We will update again, once we have heard back from all staff with their test results. We will continue to implement intervention and mitigation recommendations from Kankakee County Health Department, IDPH, and other regulatory bodies as the situation evolves.
As stated before, guidelines from CDC and IDPH change frequently. Our leadership team is included in the IDPH alert system and participates in weekly training to ensure that we remain current in our prevention and mitigation strategies. We hold weekly training and communication teleconferences to all personnel and distribute print material often so that all personnel remain up to date as well.
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING REQUIREMENTS AND TESTING
We are following the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health with regard to our workforce. Those requirements include:
- All employees enter at a central location and are screened pre-shift and mid shift for: Fever of 100 or greater, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, new or unusual headache, chills or shaking with chills, and muscle pain.
- If any fever or symptoms are noted at pre-shift or mid-shift screening, the employee is immediately excluded from the workplace and required to report for testing. They are excluded from the workplace from the length of time appropriate to their test outcomes in keeping with IDPH guidelines.
- The Kankakee County Health Department is notified of any employees deferred from the workplace and provides guidance with return to work.
- Universal face mask use at all times on duty
- Hand hygiene upon entry and at all points of care
- Hourly cleaning and disinfection of all hard surfaces
- Use of PPE appropriate to individual care giving situations
Additionally, all men must wear cloth face coverings when they are outside of their rooms. The full set of guidelines that we are required to follow is too lengthy to communicate in an email, but is available here: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/IDPH%20LTC%20Guidance%20updated%205.7.20.pdf
Governor Pritzker has announced that he intends to make testing available or required for all nursing homes, however there is a prioritization for this and we have not been notified of any state mandated testing for our site. It is important to note that our CILA homes do not fall under the Nursing Home Act and may or may not be included in mandatory state testing. This determination would be made at State and Local levels and communicated to providers. We will follow all directives of the authorities with regard to additional testing
In order to ensure the safety of our residents and staff, Good Shepherd Manor initiated contact and has partnered with the Kankakee County Health Department and Riverside Medical Center to complete on-site universal testing of all men and staff. The date for that event is 5/21 and logistics will be arranged in keeping with CDC guidelines by the team that RMC sends.
Guidelines from CDC and IDPH change frequently. Our leadership team is included in the IDPH alert system and participates in weekly training to ensure that we remain current in our prevention and mitigation strategies. We hold weekly training and communication teleconferences to all personnel and distribute print material often so that all personnel remain up to date as well.
OLDER POSTS: As always, the health and safety of our residents, staff, and families remain our top priority. The situation with Covid-19 continues to develop and there are now over 79,000 cases in Illinois, over 3,400 deaths, and over 810 cases in Kankakee County with 33 deaths. As of 5/13/2020 we have been notified that one resident has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He is currently in isolation and is being provided care consistent with the recommendations of the physician and the health department.
All Residential services at Good Shepherd Manor remain operational. Staff is working hard to keep men safe, healthy, and engaged in activities during this difficult time. We have been truly blessed by the creativity and determination of the staff that comes here to serve the men.
We continue to take aggressive preventive action to minimize the impact of the virus on the men and staff at Good Shepherd Manor. The following steps have been implemented at GSM:
- Must be worn by all personnel at all times, covering mouth and nose
- Must be worn by all men outside of their rooms or when staff need to enter
- Everyone must sanitize or wash hands immediately upon entry to all group homes
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently and at all 5 points of resident care
- Prompt and assist men to wash or sanitize their hands frequently
Increased Cleaning and Disinfection:
- All hard surfaces must be disinfected hourly and after being touched:
- Light switches, door knobs, remote controls, chair arms, table tops bathrooms, fridge/microwave handles, etc.)
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between all people
- No group dining or activities
- No more than 9 people in any room and at least 6 feet of space between all people
Don’t Touch Your Face & Follow Cough/Sneeze Etiquette
PPE: masks on properly, gloves for any resident contact, eye protection for high contact activities, gowns for care of ill men, follow donning/doffing procedure
- Must NOT to report to work ill
- Must be screened pre-shift and at 4 hour intervals while working for fever and symptoms
- Will report to RMC for testing if excluded due to fever or symptoms
- Must have full vitals, including pulse ox, checked & documented at 6a, 2p, & 9p
- Must be directed to room immediately if any symptom is noted and notify nursing & supervisor
- May need 4 hour pulse ox checks in some situations
- No visitors
- Only essential personnel & repairs
- All deliveries outside through approved vendors, NO shopping, takeout, or meal delivery
- Exchange of paperwork, supplies, etc. is contactless to the extent possible
We will continue to monitor developments and follow the directions of health experts and authorities. We appreciate your support, concern, and patience as we work to respond to this global health crisis.