Current Facility Reporting
Positive Cases at Avon Oaks Nursing Home and Assisted Living (Including Porter Assisted Living and The Gardens Assisted Living)
Current Week: 6 in our COVID unit
Staff: Includes staff in Avon Oaks Nursing Home and Assisted Living
Current Week: 3
Contractors: See below for who is included in Contractors
Current Week: 0
The Federal Government now requires skilled nursing facilities to test or verify testing from any contractor providing services to the facility or residents on the same testing frequency that the facility is required to test staff. These include but are not limited to: transportation services, physicians, nurse practitioners, hospice care providers, plumbers, electricians (if they will be having any contact with residents), etc. If any of these individuals test positive, facilities are required to report them as a facility positive. Under this guidance, facilities are required to initiate Outbreak Testing (immediate testing of all staff and residents) regardless of potential exposures, use of PPE or contact tracing.
Respiratory Illness: 3 or > residents or staff members with new onset of respiratory illness in last 72 hours: No
We are doing "Outbreak Testing" per regulations due to positive staff and residents - Staff and residents tested will be tested every 3-7 days until we go 14 days without a positive staff or resident.
The staff testing requirement for nursing homes in Ohio changed on December 21st. Per Ohio Dept of Health, all nursing homes in Ohio are required to test staff twice weekly regardless of the positivity rate or color code of the county.
While Lorain County is a red county according to federal county positivity rate listing Avon Oaks is not permitted to have any indoor visits. This continues until Lorain County spends at least 14 days back down in yellow.
This is the link to where we are required to check Lorain County Federal positivity rate weekly on Mondays. About halfway down under COVID 19 Testing click on the link to check county positivity rates. https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg/
According to the State of Ohio, Lorain County is a purple county. PLEASE limit any unnecessary visits, travel or congregation with others. Here is the link to check Lorain County on the State of Ohio color map. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system
Believe me, I know this is confusing, so if you have any concerns or questions please call me. 440-934-3808 is my desk phone. I do see my messages in my email and will check that daily. Thank you for your understanding. Colleen
Vaccination provided at Avon Oaks was the Pfizer Vaccine through Walgreens. Walgreens pharmacists vaccinated residents and staff.
First dose for residents and staff was December 30. 99% of residents received the vaccine.
Second dose for residents and staff was completed January 20th and also any staff who did not receive the vaccine on December 30th and wanted it received it on 1/20. 86 staff/contractors received their 2nd dose on 1/20. 24 staff received their first dose on 1/20.
Feb 10th Walgreens pharmacists will be back to Avon Oaks to give the 2nd dose to those who got the first dose on January 20th.
At this point it will be around February 3 when the residents and staff who received the vaccine on 12/30 and 1/20 will achieve immunity and we will work with the pharmacy partnership program to continue to vaccinate any new residents or staff as able.
It is uncertain what effect the vaccine will have on family visitation and testing. When we know more we will communicate that here. We are hopeful with more people getting vaccinated testing can decrease and visitation can increase.
Sadly, I do not expect us to be allowed to permit indoor visits any time soon. Again, Lorain County would have to spend at least 14 days back in at least the yellow category until we would be permitted to have indoor visits. We are investigating ways we can have sheltered areas outside for families to sit at a closed window visit while being sheltered from the weather.
If the policies and procedures below are not followed you may not be permitted to visit at the discretion of Administration.
Visit Scheduling Procedure:
Please call Activities Department at Avon Oaks to schedule an Indoor Visit, Outside visit or Open Window Visit.
You do not need to schedule this type of visit ahead of time, but you will need to call to have the resident taken up to the window. The window must remain closed. No time limit necessarily but be mindful of meal times and care issues please. If you need a staff member inside to assist for the visit there will be time limits. Do not move or remove the screen. Again, window must remain closed.
We will continue to update you via our text messaging system and on this page, of any policy changes. The guidance regarding visits will likely change from time to time and we will make sure you are aware of any changes as soon as possible. Call Terri Occhionero, Activities Director or Colleen Costello, Administrator, if questions.
What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to my loved one and other residents while visiting?
Please also see CDC http://CDC.gov and Ohio Department of Health https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home for more information.
The staff of Avon Oaks will be requiring that you wear a face mask or face covering, sanitize your hands prior to entering the visitation area and at the end of your visit, try not to touch your face. Refrain from touching your family member or friend while visiting. If you or your loved one feel sick prior to visiting, understand the importance of rescheduling your visitation time. If you travel or are around groups of people or have known exposure ask your county health department or physician for guidance.
COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is a respiratory disease. Symptoms, which generally appear two to 14 days after exposure, may include fever, cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of sense of smell or taste, body aches. These symptoms range from mild to severe; however, some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms which is why it so important to wear a mask while visitation is taking place. It’s important to fully respond to all the screening questions you are asked in terms of symptoms or contact with individuals either with active COVID-19 or who have been exposed to COVID-19.
COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) with one another and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
Older adults may show very different signs and symptoms, such as lethargy, disorientation and general fatigue. Older adults, people with chronic health conditions, and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to become more severely ill which is why all recommendations need to be followed during visitation with your loved one.
This time has been difficult for everyone involved. You, as Family members/Friends, have done an amazing job helping our community keep your loved one safe. We understand and appreciate your role in this as well.
We look forward to the beginning stage of this reopening for both you and your loved one. We are here to assist in any way possible during this transition and appreciate your efforts to continue to keep your loved one safe and healthy.
Thank you for being supportive, patient and for following our protocols so we are able to continue to visit safely.
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