Covenant Living at Windsor Park has received new reports from the county health department regarding additional positive COVID-19 cases at our community. As of this morning April 2, we have a cumulative total of 11 resident cases (10 within skilled nursing, one in assisted living, and two skilled nursing employees).
Of the newly reported cases, we are saddened to learn that one of those individuals from skilled nursing has passed away at the hospital, where they were being treated for underlying health issues. This is the second individual who has passed. Our hearts and prayers go out to these families during this difficult time and for all who are impacted by this virus.
Our COVID-19 Task Force here at Windsor Park is meeting twice a day and we also hold daily meetings with our Central Office Task Force to monitor and address this rapidly changing situation during the pandemic. Even prior to having any cases on our campus, we immediately began following strict protocols for infection control, along with visitor restrictions. Additionally, we have taken the following measures:
- Increased disinfection cleanings to twice a day in any isolation room
- Additional cleaning and disinfecting in common areas of the healthcare center
- Additional housekeeping staff are assigned to Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living and not working in other areas
- All staff are required to wear masks in healthcare
- Following CDC requirements for use of PPE while caring for any positive COVID-19 resident
- PPE training for all shifts in nursing, housekeeping and dining
- Daily review of recommended infection control protocols for every shift
- Additional recruiting for key positions in healthcare including Nurses and Nursing Assistants
We continue to monitor all residents for any potential symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 and do health assessments and temperature screenings for all healthcare employees at the beginning and mid-shift. We are working closely with our local county health department, Illinois Department of Public Health, and medical director who give guidance on testing recommendations. Regarding widespread testing, at this time, COVID-19 testing has only been recommended for symptomatic residents.
Given the nature of this virus and results from testing being reported more quickly, we are prepared for additional cases. We are providing care for our residents in unprecedented times and we are thankful for the words of encouragement and support from the community.
Read the full 4/3/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here
The health and safety of all Covenant Living at Windsor Park residents and employees is our top priority as we navigate the current Coronavirus situation in our nation and at the local level. It is our commitment to do our best in keeping residents, family members and employees informed of what is a very fluid situation at our community.
As of this morning, Monday, March 30, we can confirm that we have seven individuals who have tested positive for the Coronavirus at our community limited within skilled nursing. At this time, we have no additional confirmed COVID-19 cases of any residents or employees. We continue to monitor all residents and employees who exhibit any symptoms and refer them to medical professionals for treatment or isolation.
The individuals and their families are in our thoughts and prayers. We remain in close contact with local and state health authorities and are working closely with them regarding preventive measures for the potential of the virus spreading. Our healthcare employees are being provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs) when working with symptomatic individuals and are isolating those individuals as well. We are also in close communication with our community medical director, who is a great ongoing resource for guidance and medical advice for our community.
Covenant Living at Windsor Park is following rigorous safety and infection-control protocols as outlined by health authorities and all remain in place to help in preventing any spread of the virus to our residents and employees. This includes a no-visitor policy within skilled nursing and restrictions within all areas of our community with health assessments and temperature screening protocols for employees, visitors, and contractors who come to our campus.
Read the full 3/27/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here
The health and safety of all Covenant Living at Windsor Park residents and employees is our top priority as we navigate the current Coronavirus situation in our nation and at the local level.
This afternoon we learned of two positive Coronavirus at our community. The first individual, one of our residents, was discharged from the hospital to our skilled nursing on March 13, has subsequently tested positive and diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual returned to the hospital yesterday, where they are currently receiving care.
The second individual was an outside community resident and direct admission from a local hospital to our skilled nursing and has subsequently tested positive with COVID-19. This individual returned to the hospital yesterday and is currently receiving care.
We have notified all of our residents, family members and employees regarding this situation.
The individuals and their families are in our thoughts and prayers for a full recovery. These are the first confirmed cases at Covenant Living at Windsor Park. Both cases have been reported to local and state health departments and we are working very closely with them.
Covenant Living at Windsor Park is following rigorous safety and infection-control protocols as outlined by local, state and federal health authorities and all remain in place to help in preventing any spread of the virus to our residents and employees. This includes visitor restrictions and health screening protocols for employees, visitors and contractors who come to our campus.
Read the full 3/20/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here
Read the full 3/13/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here
Covenant Living Communities and Services continues to stay on top of the latest regarding the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation and in our local communities. To date, none of our communities have been directly impacted.
However, due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus and in order to maintain a healthy community, we respectfully discourage all non-essential visits to our community. This request is for all individuals—including family members—as a preventive measure and precautionary step to protect our residents and staff until further notice.
Covenant Living is already following strict protocols and guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and local and state health departments. Our emergency response plans include everything from infectious control protocols, ensuring our health care employees providing care have adequate supplies to contingencies regarding dining services and activities, if necessary. In addition, we are reinforcing regular and thorough hand washing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and telling any employee who is sick to stay home.
It is important we all remain vigilant and pay close attention to our own health and places we visit, in particular if any resident, employee or visitor has recently returned from travel overseas or has any signs of illness.
We pray for those impacted by the coronavirus in our country and for the safety of our residents, employees and their families. Together with your vigilance, along with planning and preparedness, we can maintain a safe and health community in which we live and work.
The safety of our residents, employees and visitors is a top priority and it is important that we remain vigilant in protecting our residents and staff to maintain a healthy community.
Covenant Living Communities and Services is paying extremely close attention to the coronavirus situation in our country and on the local level at each of our communities. We have assembled a task force to monitor this situation, remain educated on the latest information from health officials, and implement any plans we have in place that may become necessary to ensure the health and safety of all of our residents, employees, family members and visitors. Our Central Office has a readiness plan for any potential COVID-19 outbreaks, in addition to our already established emergency response plans.
Our emergency response plans are developed following strict guidelines as recommended by local, state and national health officials. Those plans include everything from infectious control protocols, ensuring our health care employees providing care have adequate supplies to contingencies regarding dining services and activities, if necessary. In addition, we are reinforcing regular hand washing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and telling any employee who is sick to stay home.
It is important we all remain vigilant and pay close attention to our own health and places we visit, in particular if any resident, employee or visitor has recently returned from travel overseas.
We pray the Coronavirus situation across the world and here at home is short-lived and that the residents, employees, and their families of Covenant Living remain untouched. Together with your vigilance, along with our planning and preparedness, it will guide us to maintain a safe and healthy community in which we live and work.