TO All Residents, Their Families and POAs
All Staff Members
FROM Gigi Walker
DATE October 31, 2020
SUBJ UDPATE: Positive Test Results for Three Staff Members
As a result of our weekly testing protocol for the virus, we were notified late on Friday, October 30, that three staff members received positive results for COVID-19 tests administered by Clare Oaks.
During the week of October 26, we tested 161 employees. One hundred fifty-seven staff members received negative results for the virus and one test is still being processed. Sixty-nine residents living in the Assisi Healthcare Center were tested and we await their test results.
All three, who were asymptomatic, were working here when the processing lab sent its report. Senior staff members met with each person and they immediately left our campus. These staff members—a nurse, a housekeeper and a member of the administrative team— are 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.
We have completed all contact tracing with residents and coworkers to ensure the protection and safety of anyone who may have been unknowingly exposed to the virus.
Region 10 first to concurrently exceed two metrics
As you know from news reports, Illinois reached another milestone this year with a total of more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19. And Region 10, which includes suburban Cook County where Clare Oaks is located, is the first Region to surpass metrics for two State-set thresholds—a surging number of positive tests results for eight consecutive days leading to the most recently reported positivity rate of 11 percent on Tuesday, October 27, and a 64 percent escalation in hospital admissions during the last 10 days.
It is imperative for Clare Oaks to adjust daily life by instituting more restrictions to protect residents and staff members. Under the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Assisi Healthcare Center (Assisted Living, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing) is now at Tier 1, a phase designated by the spike in occurrences of the virus in our entire Region.
Effective immediately, all staff members across the campus wear a face shield whenever they are within six-feet of another person. All staff who are within six-feet of a resident in the healthcare center also will wear a respirator.
In addition, the following for the Healthcare Center remain in place:
- All visits are 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.
Changes implemented for Independent Living residents earlier this week remain in effect and will be evaluated based upon the status of COVID-19 on our campus:
- No visitors are allowed into the building.
- Meals are provided on a carryout basis only.
- The beauty salon will remain open
- Group activities are suspended, including Mass, Communion and exercise classes.
- BINGO is 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.