825 Carillon Drive
Bartlett, Illinois 60103

A Message Regarding COVID-19

TO                 All Residents, Their Families and POAs

                       All Staff Members

FROM           Gigi Walker

DATE           October 28, 2020

SUBJ             UDPATE: Positive Test Result for One Employee

As a result of our ongoing testing for the virus, we were notified that that one staff member received a positive result for COVID-19 for a test taken last week.

This Dining Services employee, who is asymptomatic, last worked on Friday, October 23, in the healthcare center. This staff member is isolating at home and will return to work, when appropriate, in accordance with IDPH guidelines. Please respect the privacy of this person by following HIPAA guidelines.

This is the third employee who has tested positive during the past week. In addition, we are taking into account the escalating positivity rate for the area surrounding Clare Oaks’ campus. On Sunday, the rate for suburban Cook County, where we are located, has increased for eight consecutive days and reached 7.5 percent and nearby DuPage and Kane Counties now are put on restrictive measures due to their 9.3 positivity rate.

Therefore, we will be taking measures to protect the residents and staff of Clare Oaks.

Under the guidelines of IDPH, the Assisi Healthcare Center (Assisted Living, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing) are now at Phase 1, the most restrictive status. We will remain at Phase 1 until we have satisfied the conditions to advance to Phase 2.

The following changes are in place effective immediately:

  • All visits will be conducted virtually and can be scheduled in the same manner as the on-site visits that we could previously offer
  • All residents will be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis
  • All activities, communal dining and the beauty salon are not available at this time.

The changes that were implement for Independent Living residents earlier this week  remain in effect for the next 14 days based on the assumption there are no new cases of the virus in this area:

  • No visitors will be allowed into the building.
  • Meals will be provided on a carryout basis only.
  • The beauty salon will remain open.
  • Group activities on campus are suspended, including Mass, Communion and exercise classes.
  • BINGO will be available on the phone line.

Clare Oaks continues to adhere to all guidelines

At Clare Oaks, we remain committed to following all protocols and practices prescribed by our local and state health departments as well as the CDC and CMS to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • All staff members continue to wear the appropriate PPE, which may include gowns, masks, and goggles or face shields, in order to prevent the spread of infection.
  • We continue to screen employees when they start each shift and during each shift.
  • Staff members are tested for COVID-19 based on guidelines from IDPH and CMS.
  • Our housekeeping team remains steadfast in frequently disinfecting our campus following IDPH and CDC guidelines.
  • We closely monitor all residents in Assisi Health Care Center to detect signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We continue to educate residents in Independent Living about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and have instructed them to report to staff if they are experiencing any of those symptoms.

We understand that this is disappointing, but this measure is important to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are all committed to fighting together to abate the spread of this virus. 

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

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