Friday, May 8, 2020
As part of our ongoing effort to show transparency during this pandemic, we gladly give this weekly update. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 30 COVID-19 tests completed in our licensed facilities. Of the 30 tests, 27 tests were negative and 3 employees in the nursing facility were positive with only one having limited resident contact while wearing proper PPE. Roughly 50% of those tested were employees and 50% were residents. There are no test
s results pending. We do expect employee testing to start next week as we await the tests to arrive on site. Please read this paragraph carefully to avoid miscommunicating information.
The Eventide Campus Team is caring for the most vulnerable citizens during this pandemic and do not take our responsibility lightly. We are committed to working diligently for the safety of all residents and team members. Our team members have been outstanding in doing what is asked of them and following many new policy changes. They truly are heroes. The residents are resilient during these times and have done very well adjusting to the new way of life around campus. We are in this together…and together is how we will overcome this.
As places begin to re-open around Iowa, we must continue to remain cautious and take proactive measures. We know long term care facilities will continue to have visitor restrictions for some duration going forward as these facilities are listed in Phase III of the Government’s Opening Up of America plan. Why? Because long term care facilities are home to the most vulnerable population, and we cannot rush services back so quickly. We certainly understand these are difficult times for everyone and can only imagine what the new normal will look like as COVID 19 is now part of our world.
Currently, the data shows 149 positive cases in Crawford County. Crawford County ranks #7 out of 99 Iowa counties as the highest number of cases per 100,000 population. Our community contains employment industries that are considered “hot spots” and experiencing an increase in positive cases daily. Therefore, we will continue to assess residents every shift and monitor closely for any changes in condition. Our team members are screened at the beginning and end of their shifts plus are encouraged to stay home if they share a household with someone who is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed.
In closing, we want to thank our friends and families for your words of encouragement and support. We cannot stress enough the value of your positive words. We will post an update weekly in addition to keeping our residents and resident representatives updated. In the meantime, please reach out to Administration for questions or just to talk about how things are going. Please continue to pray for our entire community.
If you have questions, contact CEO Mindi Baker at 712.263.3114.