With reports that individuals in our region have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to update you regarding additional steps we are taking to ensure that those who live and work at a Presbyterian Homes & Services community remain safe and healthy.
Again, at this time, no one at any PHS community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. However, out of an abundance of caution we are following guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to limit visitors except for special circumstances, such as end-of-life, when a visitor is essential for a resident’s emotional well-being and care. Such visits will be limited to minimize exposure beyond the family member.
We are also directing vendors and volunteers to not enter the building if they are currently feeling unwell or are experiencing respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, a fever or shortness of breath) OR if they recently traveled to a geographical area considered high-risk for the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the CDC, OR if within the past 14 days they have taken a recent trip on a cruise ship or participated in other settings where crowds were contained to a common location.
As we posted earlier, we continue practicing standard protocols and procedures to prevent or limit the spread of infectious disease in our senior living communities as well as maintain our staffing and supplies. We have also updated the PHS Coronavirus Prevention Updates page on our website.
We’re grateful to the PHS staff, residents, families, volunteers and friends for standing with us in this effort. Let us all be encouraged by these words from scripture, “They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid.” (Ezekiel 34:28)