Sarcoxie Nursing Center COVID Update

December 1, 2020

 

To our residents and family members:

We want to provide you with and update on the situation at Sarcoxie Nursing Center regarding the novel coronavirus of COVID-19, including the number of confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority.

We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facility.

  • We currently have 1 (one) resident and/or staff with new confirmed positive COVID-19  for a cumulative total of 8 (eight) cases  associated with our facility since May 8, 2020.
  • We have 0 (zero)  new clusters of three or more residents and/or staff with signs/symptoms that could be consistent with Covid-19 for a cumulative total 3 (three) clusters since May 8, 2020.

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment.  We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive. We are staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.  We are also following guidance from the CDC, CMS, and DHSS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19

Resident safety is a top priority for Sarcoxie Nursing Center Every resident and family should have a clean, safe living environment. We agree that the spread of this novel virus is a critical issue that requires attention. Our goal is to try and keep the virus out and if it is found in the center, to minimize the spread to anyone else.

We have reviewed and updated our infection prevention and control plans and our emergency communication plan.

We have reinforced to our staff that anyone who is sick should stay home, and we are screening all essential personnel as they enter the building.

We are following the same infection prevention procedures used during flu season: handwashing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering coughs, and disinfecting the environment.   All staff are wearing cloth face coverings while in the building for source control.

We are following guidance from the federal and state government that restricts non-essential individuals, including family members, contractors, and volunteers from visiting our facility for the time being. We will make accommodations for family members whose loved one is near end-of-life; however, it is critical that we do all that we can to protect our residents and patients from this virus.

We need family members to give us the most current emergency contact information, so we can continue to keep them informed should there be any new developments.

If you have any questions feel free to call us at 417-548-3434.

Thank you,

Johnna Greathouse
Administrator