Published: March 12, 2020
We want to firstly thank you for being understanding and proactive with us at the facility as we undertake efforts to reduce the potential for the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, we wanted to also update you on the status of our situation.
The Las Vegas health care community has now seen its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. That means that the person of interest has tested positive locally, and is awaiting secondary verification by the CDC. Based on this change of events, the facility is advancing to our next phase of precautionary measures.
Effective immediately. we are closing our dining room, and all guests will receive their meals bedside. We are taking this step because having many people in small spaces increases the risk of transmission of infection. We ask that you please bear with us as passing meals in this manner does take more time. We are also eliminating group gathered activities. As a reminder, we are taking these steps out of an OVERABUNDANCE OF CAUTION, and there are NO guests in this facility suspected of having COVID-19.
We will continue our screening efforts of any visitors coming to the facility. As you have probably seen, we have posted “STOP” signs at our front door asking you to see the receptionist before entering the facility. The receptionist (or other designated staff) will be asking you three questions pertaining to the past 24-hours: 1:
1.Have you had a fever?
2. Have you had a cough?
3. Have you had any shortness of breath?
We are also asking if you have traveled outside of the country in the past 14 days. If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE FACILITY. Our elderly population is at much greater risk than the general population, and we must make these efforts to protect them.
Thank you again. We will keep you updated as situations change.
Tracy Brantley, RN, MBA/MHA, LNHA