Sarcoxie Nursing Center COVID Update

 

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February 26, 2021

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 well being 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 0 (zero) resident and/or staff with new confirmed positive COVID-19  for a cumulative total of 12 (Twelve) 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

 

Attention Family Members:

Our outbreak testing is complete.  We are going to start allowing inside visits.  We have partitioned off a small section in the dining room with clear vinyl for visits.  Our main priority is to keep our residents safe.

I know this isn’t the perfect scenario, but we are trying.  Jasper County positivity rates are still too high to allow indoor visits with no safety partitions.

We will have a hug station set up at your request.  Granted this will be through a vinyl curtain with masks and shoulder length gloves, but it’s better than nothing.

If you would like to visit you must:

  1. Call the nursing center at 417-548-3434 M-F 8am–4pm to schedule a time to visit.
  2. You may schedule your visits from 9am to 7pm any day of the week pending availability.
  3. Visits will be limited to 30 minutes .
  4. Visits will be reserved for family members
  5. Visitors must be over the age of 18.
  6. Maximum number of visitors is 3 (three)

You will be screened in upon arrival and must wear a mask at all times while in the facility. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Please if you have been sick or don’t feel well, please for the sake of our facility DO NOT VISIT!

If we have a positive test of a staff member, all indoor visitation will be immediately stopped until we reach 14 days with no new cases.

 

Thanks for your understanding in this matter.