Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness. Because this is a new virus, information can change as we learn more. As always, we continue to follow proper health and safety precautions to ensure the well-being of our residents.
For more information, you can visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. A new viral outbreak is scary, but panic should not occur. If we take strong measures now, we may be able to reduce the impact of the virus.
Educating yourself and your family will greatly reduce panic and anxiety while aiding to prevent the spread of infection. The clinical presentation of COVID-19 includes a range of symptoms, from light coughing to severe pneumonia resulting in death. Fever, coughing, and shortness of breath are most common. Symptoms usually appear from two days to two weeks after exposure. Although there is uncertainty on the issue of “asymptomatic transmission” (if an infected person can spread the virus before they show symptoms, such as coughing, etc.), it is unlikely to contribute much to the spread of the virus. The highest risk of virus spread would be from a person who already has symptoms like fever and cough.
Our knowledge of the COVID-19 continues to grow as new information becomes available. At this time, initial reports indicate that, similar to influenza, this virus may be spread when a sick person coughs or sneezes. The vast majority of reported cases only experience mild symptoms and are well enough to stay home. As with influenza, elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to develop severe symptoms that may require hospitalization.
We are closely following the recommendations by federal and state agencies as well as the infection prevention procedures used during flu season: hand washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering coughs and disinfecting the environment.
Based on guidance received from CMS, our facility is now implementing limited visitation. This means visitors will not be allowed to enter the facility, except for certain situations, such as visiting a resident in end-of-life stages.
We are currently working on alternative means of communication so that you can stay-up-to-date and in touch with your loved one in lieu of visits.
Our top priority is resident and employee safety. The goal is to limit the possibility of exposure to the virus at our facility and if it is identified, to minimize the spread to anyone else. Please work with us during this time and respect all the temporary rules that we may have to put into place.