Memo-Point Prevalence Survey Results and COVID-19 Outbreak Plan-July 28, 2020

FROM: John Burns, President and CEO

SUBJECT: Point Prevalence Survey Results and COVID-19 Outbreak Plan

DATE: July 28, 2020

Point Prevalence Survey

On July 20 and 21, Westminster Canterbury partnered with Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the National Guard to conduct a Point Prevalence Survey (PPS), testing all residents and staff within two days.

• 728 residents and 595 employees were tested, totaling 1,323 tests.

• 1,313 were negative.

• Six tests were voided and retested on Friday. All six were negative.

• Two Parsons Health Center residents who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 came back positive as part of the PPS.

• Two employees tested positive and are at home in quarantine.

These results are possible thanks to everyone taking personal responsibility. Wearing masks, frequently washing or sanitizing hands and maintaining social distancing are key to controlling the spread.

COVID-19 Outbreak Policy and Plan

The Incident Command Team and Health Services and Assisted Living leadership in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) developed a COVID-19 Outbreak Policy and Plan. This plan would be enacted in the event three or more residents test positive for COVID-19. Our first cases were on the same hallway, so we did not have to enact this policy. On July 23, VDH advised that due to the two most recent resident cases, from different hallways, we should enact the outbreak policy.

A COVID-19 positive unit was created on the third floor of Pavilion, an area of Assisted Living located directly beside Parsons Health Center. Residents who previously lived in this area of Pavilion moved to other areas of the campus. In May, we communicated with the affected family members about the potential for these moves.

On Friday, July 24, the four residents testing positive for COVID-19 moved to Pavilion Third Floor. A dedicated staff team will only work in this area. It will be closed to all residents and staff except the assigned care teams.

Staff working on this COVID-19 unit with positive residents will be protected with all required personal protective equipment, including wearing N95 masks for which they are fit-tested to ensure the best protection, gowns, gloves and eye protection. This protection is challenging to work in for the duration of the shift, but staff have maintained great attitudes and are offering the best care to our residents.

A listing of residents and employees testing positive in July follows.

Resident Cases in July

• July 6 and 8: Two residents from Parsons Health Center Second Floor. The first is asymptomatic and doing well. The second is improving daily.

• July 17: Resident from Parsons Health Center First Floor who has mild symptoms

• July 22: Resident from Parsons Health Center First Floor, who was asymptomatic, has tested negative twice and returned home.

Employee Cases in July

• July 5: Housekeeper in The Gables and Monticello, who has since tested negative twice and returned to work

• July 7: Housekeeper in New Employee Orientation

• July 10, 13, and 16: Three certified nursing assistan
ts (CNAs) who worked on all three floors of Parsons Health Center
• July 20: Genesis Rehab licensed physical therapy assistant (LPTA)

• July 22: CNA on Parsons Health Center Second Floor and overnight Security officer

• July 23: Dining employee

• July 24: Housekeeping employee

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