Long Term Care COVID-19 Updates

COVID Visitation Policy

12/5/2022Yesterday afternoon we were notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19. All residents will test Tuesday 12/6/22. We will continue to test residents at least weekly until we are out of outbreak status. We will also perform immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. We ask that visitors refrain from visiting if they have had an exposure to someone who is positive, have any symptoms of COVID, or who have had a positive test and are still within the healthcare criteria to end isolation. Masking is strongly recommended for all visitors who enter LTC during outbreak status. Please perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  

Date: December 5, 2022 

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0 
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents. 
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result. 
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0 
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 1 (4 total)
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order. 
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None 

12/3/2022This morning we were notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19. All residents will continue to be tested weekly on Friday. Resident testing was completed on 12/2/2022 and no positives were noted. We will continue to test residents at least weekly until we are out of outbreak status. We will also perform immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. We ask that visitors refrain from visiting if they have had an exposure to someone who is positive, have any symptoms of COVID, or who have had a positive test and are still within the healthcare criteria to end isolation. Masking is strongly recommended for all visitors who enter LTC during outbreak status. Please perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  

Date: December 3, 2022 

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0 
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents. 
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result. 
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0 
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 1 (3 total)
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order. 
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None 

11/28/2022This morning we were notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19. All residents will continue to be tested weekly on Fridays until we are out of outbreak status. We will also perform immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. We ask that visitors refrain from visiting if they have had an exposure to someone who is positive, have any symptoms of COVID, or who have had a positive test and are still within the healthcare criteria to end isolation. Masking is strongly recommended for all visitors who enter LTC during outbreak status. Please perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  

Date: November 28, 2022 

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0 
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents. 
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result. 
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0 
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 1 (2 total)
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order. 
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None 

11/24/2022This afternoon we notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19. All residents will be tested on 11/25/2022. We will continue to test residents at least weekly until we are out of outbreak status. We will also perform immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. We ask that visitors refrain from visiting if they have had an exposure to someone who is positive, has any symptoms of COVID, or who has had a positive test and are still within the healthcare criteria to end isolation. Masking is strongly recommended for all visitors who enter LTC during outbreak status. Please perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk. We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Date: November 24, 2022  

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0 
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents. 
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result. 
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0 
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 1
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order. 
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None 

11/7/2022As of yesterday, we have successfully completed 14 days without any new positive cases for staff or residents. LTC will no longer be in outbreak status. Residents will not be tested weekly at this time and will only be testing based off symptoms or exposures. Staff will continue to test based off CDC and IDPH regulations.  Effective immediately, LTC will adopt CDC guidance and discontinue universal masking requirements for employees due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Staff will be required to remask if certain requirements are met such as high community transmission level, outbreak status, taking care of residents on isolation requiring masking, or other case-by-case scenarios. HHH LTC will continue to do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and ensure that any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk. We thank you for your cooperation with the efforts we have set in place to protect our residents. 

Date: November 7, 2022 (Outbreak status beginning 10/22/2022)  

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents.
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result.
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 0 (2 total)
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order.
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None  

10/31/2022Weekly testing of residents occurred this morning with no new cases found. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Mondays during outbreak status and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. We continue to strongly encourage masking at all times while in the facility as we are in outbreak status. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk. We thank you for your cooperation with the efforts we have set in place to protect our residents.

Date: October 31, 2022 (Outbreak status beginning 10/22/2022)  

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents.
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result.
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0 
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 0 (2 total)
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order.
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None  

10/25/2022- On October 14, 2022, Illinois Executive Order 2022-21 was issued to eliminate the vaccination or testing requirement for Illinois health care workers and to eliminate the Illinois-specific face covering requirement for health care facilities to align with federal guidance. At this time, we are strongly recommending that any visitor entering Long Term Care during an outbreak wears a mask when in the facility. We also encourage that a mask is worn when visitation occurs outside of the resident’s room. Staff will continue to wear masks during outbreak status, if community transmission is high, in rooms of any residents with suspected or confirmed COVID, or if they have had close contact or a higher-risk exposure. Masking of staff will not be required if all of those criteria are not met. When Long Term Care is not in outbreak status, asymptomatic up to date and not up to date staff will no longer be routinely tested. 

Please see information below regarding Updated Health Care COVID-19 Requirements: 

Executive Order 2021-12 was amended and revised to align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) healthcare guidance CDC COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations released on September 23, 2022, and adopted by federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for nursing homes in QSO-20-39-NH. When the SARSCoV-2 Community Transmission Level for the area is high, CDC now recommends source control for everyone in health care settings when they are in areas of the health care facility where they could encounter patients. When SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission levels are not high, health care facilities may choose not to require universal source control. However, even if source control is not universally required, it remains recommended for individuals in health care settings who:  

• Have suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection or other respiratory infection (e.g., those with runny nose, cough, sneeze). 
• Had close contact (patients and visitors) or a higher-risk exposure (HCP) with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection for 10 days after their exposure. 
• Reside or work on a unit or area of the facility experiencing a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. Universal use of source control could be discontinued as a mitigation measure once no new cases  have been identified for 14 days.
• Have otherwise had source control recommended by public health authorities.  

Regardless of the Community Transmission level, CMS allows residents and their visitors when alone in the resident’s room or in a designated visitation area to choose not to wear face coverings or masks.  

Executive Order 2021-22 (Vaccination and testing requirements) was modified to eliminate Section 2, which previously required health care workers in Illinois to be vaccinated or undergo regularly testing. This change aligned with CDC COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations released on September 23, 2022, and adopted by federal CMS for nursing homes in QSO-20-38-NH, which were both modified to no longer recommend routine testing of asymptomatic staff. Illinois-mandated vaccination and testing requirements have thus been lifted for health care facilities except for state-owned and state-operated facilities. Health care facilities should still continue to follow any applicable federal law and regulations, including federal regulations from CMS that still require staff at CMS-certified facilities to be vaccinated unless they have an exemption. Sections 5, 7, 8, and 9 of Executive Order 2021-22, as amended by Executive Order 2021-23 and Executive Order 2021-27 were re-issued and extended through November 12, 2022. 

Employers or facilities may choose to implement additional strategies in order to protect staff and residents from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. 

10/24/2022- On Sunday evening we were notified of a positive contract employee who tested positive, though they hadn't been in facility for greater than 48 hours from positive result. Resident testing was completed on all residents today and no positive cases were found. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Mondays and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. 

Date: October 24, 2022 (Outbreak status beginning 10/22/2022)  

Number of new resident COVID-19 positive tests: 0 
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all residents. 
*The includes reinfections > 90 days from a previous positive result. 
Number of new resident COVID-19 related expirations: 0 
Number of new staff COVID-19 positive / presumptive positive tests: 1 (2 total) 
*The facility is currently testing and retesting all staff per guidance and Executive Order. 
Cluster of new on-set of respiratory symptoms present: None  

10/22/2022- This evening we were notified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. All Residents will be tested on 10/24/2022. We will continue to test residents at least weekly and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Any visitation that passes the initial screen and can follow mask wearing at all times while visiting, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk. We thank you for your cooperation with the efforts we have set in place to protect our residents.

9/21/2022- As of today, we have successfully completed 14 days without any new positive cases for staff or residents. LTC will no longer be in outbreak status. Residents will not be tested weekly at this time and will only be testing based off symptoms or exposures. Staff will continue to test based off of CDC and IDPH regulations. HHH LTC will continue to do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.  

9/14/2022- Weekly testing of residents and staff has been completed with no new cases found. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Wednesdays and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Any visitation that passes the initial screen and can follow mask wearing at all times while visiting, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  We thank you for your cooperation with the efforts we have set in place to protect our residents. 

9/7/2022- Yesterday evening we were notified of one ancillary employee testing positive for COVID-19. All residents will be tested this morning. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Wednesdays and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident will be done. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary.  If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Any visitation that passes the initial screen and can follow mask wearing at all times while visiting, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk. We thank you for your cooperation with the efforts we have set in place to protect our residents.

8/31/2022- This afternoon we were notified that two LTC employees and one ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19. All residents were tested this morning with no positive cases found. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Wednesdays and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident will be done. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Any visitation that passes the initial screen and can follow mask wearing at all times while visiting, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  We thank you for your cooperation with the efforts we have set in place to protect our residents.  

8/25/2022- Weekly resident testing was completed yesterday with no cases found in any resident. There have also been no new cases in LTC staff or ancillary staff. Surveillance testing will continue until we have 14 days without a new positive case in residents or staff.  We continue to ask that you thoroughly complete the screening questions outside LTC prior to entering. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk.  With community transmission being high for Henry County, it is important that all visitors continue to follow masking guidelines while in LTC. We appreciate all your support in the measures we are taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the facility. 

8/18/2022- This morning we were notified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. All residents were tested this morning with no positive cases found. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Thursdays and immediate testing of any symptomatic resident. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary.  If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Any visitation that passes the initial screen and can follow mask wearing at all times while visiting, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  

8/5/2022- As of Friday 8/5/2022, we have successfully completed 14 days without any new positive cases for staff or residents. LTC will no longer be in outbreak status. Residents will not be tested weekly at this time and will only be testing based off symptoms or exposures. Staff will continue to test based off of CDC and IDPH regulations. HHH LTC will continue to do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. 

7/29/2022- Weekly resident testing was completed yesterday with no cases found in any resident. There have also been no new cases in LTC staff or ancillary staff since 7/21/2022. Surveillance testing will continue until we have 14 days without a new positive case in residents or staff. We continue to ask that you thoroughly complete the screening questions outside LTC prior to entering. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk.  With community transmission being high for Henry County, it is important that all visitors continue to follow masking guidelines while in LTC. We appreciate all your support in the measures we are taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the facility.

7/21/2022- This morning we were notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19. We will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Thursdays. Today’s testing showed no cases of COVID in any resident. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary.  If you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Any visitation that passes the initial screen and can follow mask wearing at all times while visiting, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We ask that you perform hand hygiene when entering the facility and frequently while in the facility to further minimize risk.  

7/18/2022- This morning, we were notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday 7/15/2022. At this time, we will continue to monitor residents with weekly testing on Thursdays. Testing may be increased at any time to twice weekly and will continue to test any symptomatic residents immediately. Staff will continue to test in accordance with CMS and IDPH requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. We continue to ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. Visitors must follow the quarantine and isolation guidance for LTC residents listed below (shortened CDC time periods for general public do not apply): 

  • No visitor should visit for 10 full days after a positive test regardless of their vaccination status.  
  • Visitors who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and had close contact with a positive case are allowed to visit as long as they remain asymptomatic 
  • Visitors who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and had contact with a positive case should not visit for 10 full days following the last exposure 

With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter. 

7/12/22: On 7/12/2022, Oregon Healthcare Pharmacists were in LTC to complete a COVID vaccination clinic for residents and staff. We appreciate the continued support from residents and families to ensure our residents remain up to date with COVID vaccines as we try to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

7/13/22: Yesterday evening, we were notified that an ancillary employee tested positive for Covid-19.  At this time, we ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter. We will test all residents and staff in accordance with CMS requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. 

7/11/2022: As of Saturday 7/9/2022, we have successfully gone 14 days without any new positive cases for staff or residents. LTC will no longer be in outbreak status. Residents will not be tested weekly at this time and will only be testing based off symptoms or exposures. HHH LTC will continue to do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. 

6/24/2022: This afternoon we were made aware of an ancillary employee testing positive for Covid-19. No residents were found to be positive during this week’s testing. We continue to ask you that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. We will test all residents and staff in accordance with CMS requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary.

6/20/2022: This morning we were made aware of an ancillary employee testing positive for Covid-19.  At this time, we ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. We will test all residents and staff in accordance with CMS requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary. 

6/7/22: This morning we were made aware of 3 employees testing positive for Covid-19.  At this time, we ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you may have received, please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. We will test all residents and staff in accordance with CMS requirements until we have assured that testing is no longer necessary

2/25/2022: During out weekly testing on 2/24/22 and 2/25/22, we found no residents or employees positive for COVID-19. This testing concludes our outbreak testing as we have been Covid negative for 14 days. We will no longer be testing vaccinated residents or staff weekly. They will return to symptomatic testing only at this time. HHHLTC will do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. 

2/11/22: We found out yesterday that we have two positive staff members. One of the employees had not been to work for more than 48 hours. All residents were tested for routine weekly testing and no new positive cases were found for residents. Also, the last 2 COVID residents were moved from the COIVD unit and back to general population on 2/7/2022. Residents will continue to be tested every Thursday and staff will be tested every Friday. HHHLTC will do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

2/4/2022: During the week we have found 4 LTC employees to be positive for COVID. 1 staff member on each of the following dates: 1/30/22, 2/2/22, 2/3/22, and 2/4/22. All residents were tested on 2/3/222 and no new positive cases were found. Two residents remain on the COVID unit and will be returning to general population on 2/7/22. Residents will continue to be tested every Thursday and staff will be tested every Friday. HHHLTC will do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. 
 

1/27/21: We currently have 2 additional residents testing positive and on our Covid unit. Our goal will to return each of 4/6 residents to general population on 1/28/22 and the other 2 on 2/7/22. HHHLTC will do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening and can follow mask wearing, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

1/13/21: Yesterday we concluded surveillance testing for all staff and residents. Unfortunately, 2 residents were found to be positive for Covid-19. Please know that a Covid-19 unit has been created at the end of the long hallway and those residents will be cared for with the goal to return to the general population 1/23/22. HHHLTC will do our very best to follow best practices to reduce spread and see any positive patients get the best care possible. Due to the number of positives in the community and among staff, we will be testing again tomorrow 1/14/22. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation that passes initial screening, will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

1/12/21: Yesterday morning and night, we were made aware of 1 positive ancillary staff member, 1 positive LTC employee, and 1 family member who have been on the LTC unit.  Due to the number of positives in the community and among staff, we will be testing this morning and we will follow up on 1/19/22 and 1/26/22. We ask that if you are experiencing ANY symptoms or are aware of ANY exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

1/4/21: This afternoon, we were made aware of a positive Covid-19 test for an LTC employee. This positive will create a shift in testing operations to cause our next test date to be 1/6/22 and we will follow up on 1/13/22 and 1/20/22. Please know that it is our goal to assure that your loved ones remain safe and have the best care possible. We ask that if you are experiencing any symptoms or are aware of any exposure that you please wait to visit your loved ones until you have given enough time to mitigate risk. With that said, all visitation will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

12/30/21: Over the last 48 hours, surveillance testing has resulted in 2 ancillary staff members and 1 LTC staff member that are positive for Covid-19. While the LTC member has not worked on the unit in over 48 hours, we will enter a revised Covid Testing Protocol to assure the safety of LTC personnel and residents. Testing will begin on 12/31/21 and be done weekly for 2 more weeks to catch and contain any spread. All visitation will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

12/26/21: We found out today that we have a positive staff member. This member tested as soon as they began experiencing symptoms in order to mitigate risk to our residents, families, and employees. Regardless, we will enter our Covid Testing Protocol to assure the safety of LTC personnel and residents. Testing will begin on 12/28/21 and be done weekly for 2 more weeks to catch and contain any spread. All visitation will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21.

11/26/21: We have concluded testing for LTC residents and are pleased to announce no positive tests. We will do a final round of testing next Friday for all residents and employees with hopes that we can return to normal protocol following that date. As stated before, we will continue to welcome visitors and hope that you get a chance to enjoy this holiday season with your residents.

11/18/21 We found out today that we have a positive ancillary staff member This member does not provide cares but was around residents. We will be testing all residents and staff for LTC starting tomorrow for COVID-19, and then next week and the week after to assure no developmental spread on the unit. All visitation will continue to be welcomed to enter per CMS’s new regulation from 11/12/21. 

11/03/21 On November 10th, I will have the ability to offer booster shots for employees, residents, and family members of residents. Our goal is to begin resident boosters around 9:30am and then would offer employee boosters starting around 10:30am. Family members would then begin around 11:30am. Oregon Pharmacy, who will be providing the doses, has access to all 3 manufacturers, and can provide boosters or initial doses. It is recommended that those eligible to get a booster stay with their prior manufacturer, but this is not required. 

Criteria to receive booster:

Janssen: must be 2 months post initial vaccination 

Moderna: must be 6 months post initial vaccination 

Pfizer: must be 6 months post initial vaccination

All Vaccine Manufacturers: please read the attached EUA for the manufacturer that you want.

If you are interested in receiving an initial dose or booster, please respond to me with the following:

  1. Name: 
  2. Will this be for an Initial vaccination or Booster?: 
  3. Which vaccine manufacturer type (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen) do you want: 
  4. Complete the consent form and bring to the LTC vestibule (bottom of the ramp) on Novemer 10th, 2021 around 11:30am. If there are a lot of employees interested, I may ask you to come later than 11:30am. 

COVID-19 VACCINE CONSENT FORM

Janssen EUA

Moderna EUA

Pfizer EUA

 

Memo1 10/20/21: Testing has concluded for affected employees and residents this week. We are happy to report that no new positives were found. We will have one more round of outbreak based testing that will occur early next week and then will return to baseline testing per IDPH requirements.

Memo2 10/20/21: Hammond Henry LTC is happy to announce that our Pfizer booster shots (only one approved for widespread 3rd shot/booster) will be provided 11/10/21 for all residents and any staff that wish to receive it. With this memo, please also note the consent forms and informational sheets. 

10/13/21:Testing has concluded for affected employees and residents. Due to resulting positive staff members not including direct care staff or residents, we will be opening our doors to visitors and non-essential staff again. However, we would like to make it clear that masks must be worn at all times, hand washing should happen pre and post visit, and screening forms need to be filled out accurately and honestly. Hammond Henry Hospital has 3 ancillary staff members that tested positive for Covid-19. These members were all located in the same department and had minimal exposure on the unit over the past week. Still, we will have 2 more rounds of testing to assure that everyone stays negative and safe.

10/12/21:We found out today that we have a positive ancillary staff member This member does not provide cares but was around residents. We will be testing all residents today for COVID-19 and will continue to test all employees today and then again in 5-7 days. All visitation will be shut down until our tests have returned with no new positives. Please stay posted to these updates for reopening.

8/27/21: 

Visitation Tip Sheet

Visitors no longer need to schedule their visits with the Activities Department unless you wish to have more than 2 people visit a resident - Please call 309-944-9155 for a larger party than 2.

  1. Visitors will fill out the Visitor Screening Form entirely – see example provided at the vestibule.
  2. Visitors check in at the nurse’s station to assure that they have completed the screening form.
  3. Once approved, the visitor may proceed with their visit and keep their screening form until they are ready to exit.
    1. Visitors are not to seek out visitation with other residents
    2. Visitors may visit with other residents at 6-foot distance if the opportunity is welcomed by that resident and occurs spontaneously
    3. Visitors may visit with other residents within 6-foot distance if the opportunity is approved by that resident and occurs spontaneously
  4. Approved Visitor Screening Forms will be filed in the Visitor Binder for potential contact tracing needs should an outbreak occur. These forms should be turned in and initialed by staff upon exit so that exit time may be filled in.
  5. A mask MUST be worn by any/all visitors, always, while within the LTC building and courtyard. Visitors who cannot follow this requirement will be asked to leave. During visitation and care activities, residents MUST also wear a mask.
  6. If a resident or visitor is unwilling to wear a mask during a visit, the visitor or resident may ask to speak with Wyatt Brieser for clarification and options (example: face shield, window visit, vestibule visit, etc). LTC staff does have the ability to end a visit and ask someone to leave if they have not followed appropriate guidelines.

8/02/21: 

 As we continue to work toward reopening, I wanted to share with you some updates to our visitor screening requirements. Beginning August 1st, any visitors wishing to enter the unit will need to follow the policy which is provided at the screening station and on our website. A tip sheet is also provided below and at the screening station. We appreciate your interest and diligence in keeping the residents safe. 

Visitation Tip Sheet

1. Visitors no longer need to schedule their visits with the Activities Department unless you wish to have more than 2 people visit a resident - Please call 309-944-9155 for a larger party than 2.

2. Visitors will fill out the Visitor Screening Form entirely – see example provided at the vestibule.

3. Visitors must turn their screening form into an LTC employee and have them initial the form for entry to visit a resident.

4. Once approved, the visitor may proceed with their visit.

a. Visitors are not to seek out visitation with other residents

b. Visitors may visit with other residents at 6-foot distance if the opportunity is welcomed by that resident and occurs spontaneously

c. Visitors may visit with other residents within 6-foot distance if the opportunity is approved by that resident and occurs spontaneously

5. Approved Visitor Screening Forms will be filed in the Visitor Binder for potential contact tracing needs should an outbreak occur.

6. A mask MUST be worn by any/all visitors, always, while within the LTC building and courtyard. Visitors who cannot follow this requirement will be asked to leave.

5/12/21:

Last night (5/11/21), we were notified that an employee at HHH LTC was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary oversight entities and are isolating and following PPE as is required by IDPH and HCHD. This means that there will be no visitation for 5/12/21, and as long as no new positive tests are found, the unit will be back open on 5/13/21. The employee had not been in the LTC for >48 hours prior to the test and so we are hopeful that there will be no further concern. However, we will provide updates as necessary if there were to be further concern.

4/13/21:

Tip Sheet for HHH-LTC Visitation

Visitation

  • Allowed based on scheduling with Activities Department (309) 944-9155 on first come, first serve basis.
  • All visitors will be screened at East Entrance of hospital and perform hand hygiene pre and post visitation.
  • It is recommended that residents and visitors wear masks and always sustain 6 feet social distancing.
  • Visitors are required to always wear a mask within HHH-LTC grounds.
  • Visitors must keep 6-foot separation from residents that are not included in the scheduled visit.
  • Maximum of 2 visitors at any time (special considerations to be reviewed upon request)
  • Once screened, visitors will ring doorbell outside HHH-LTC double doors and will be greeted and directed by HHH-LTC staff.
  • Visitors are not to leave a resident room or area without informing staff.
  • 6-foot social distancing and masking is always recommended for all visitors and residents.
  • Visitors are responsible for keeping 6-foot social distance from all other residents.

Special Considerations

  • To gain leniency for a special occasion or need, contact the Activities Department at (309) 944-9155 to explain need and allow for a review of the situation.
  • Any time that slots are filled, or shutdowns make it difficult to perform visitation, friends and family are welcome to check the resident off the unit. Unvaccinated residents may be subject to observation or quarantine upon return.

*** If a resident or visitor cannot follow the guidelines listed above, that resident and/or visitor will lose the ability to participate in visitations and the resident may be placed on isolation precautions to assure the safety of others.

*** For questions or concerns, contact (309) 944-9155, (309) 944-9156, or (309) 944-9145.

3/28/21: This afternoon we were notified that an employee at HHH LTC was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary oversight entities and are isolating and following PPE as  required by IDPH and HCHD. This means that there will be no visitation for at least 2 weeks (updates will be made available at time of reopening) as we navigate through the reopening process. We will still have fence and window visits available. Please feel free to bring phones for improved communication.  We also have the ability to do facetime visits. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For questions, please contact Wyatt Brieser at (309) 944-9156.

Below is the progression that we hope to move through in the coming weeks.

  1. Phase 1 from 3/28 through 4/11
    1. Employees and residents will both test on Sunday or Monday of each week
    2. All employees in N-95s for these weeks
    3. Visitors will not be allowed in the unit during this time, except for compassionate care and case specific concerns.
    4. Window and fence visits are allowed to occur
  2. Phase 2 from 4/12 through 4/26
    1. Testing will revert back to once monthly for all employees and no residents will need to be tested further unless symptoms appear
    2. All employees can return to surgical mask use
    3. Visitors may return to courtyard and vestibule visitation
  3. Phase 3 possible by 4/27
    1. Updated visitation policy for visitors to begin re-entry to the unit

3/2/21: We are happy to announce that we have entered Phase 3 of reopening. With this, we will now be allowed to facilitate indoor visitation in our welcome area/vestibule, just outside of the LTC doors. We will continue these options until IDPH and CDC allow for more leniency or if we were to regress back to outbreak status (pray that we can avoid regressions). With this memo posting, please also find the updated visitation guidelines and options. All visitors are responsible for reviewing these policies and following them in order to keep each other safe and hopefully allow for further leniencies as risks reduce over time. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Fortune, Activities Director at (309) 944-9155 or Wyatt Brieser, Manager at (309) 944-9156.

1/18/21: With the lifting of Tier 3 mitigation for Henry County, we are excited to begin calculated reopening so that families can return to visiting with loved ones once again. This is in no way a return to pre Covid-19 activity, but we are thankful to be taking steps in the right direction. Please see the new policy posted for instructions. If you would like to begin the essential caregiver vetting process, please contact Diane Fortune, Activities Director at (309) 944-9155 or Wyatt Brieser, Manager at (309) 944-9156.

1/6/21: We are pleased to announce that our first round of Covid-19 vaccines were provided to all residents and staff that provided consent on Saturday 1/2/21. Thankfully, there were no significant reactions to the vaccines and all residents and staff are well. This marks the next step in making sure that we are prepared for reopening activities—which we will look to begin as soon as IDPH and the governor end Tier 3 Mitigation and we are again eligible to enter Phase II of “reopening status”.

Walgreens is scheduled to return in 3-4 weeks to provide our second dose of the vaccine. Please continue to pray for no positive test results on the unit, improving positivity statistics, safe/effective distribution of vaccinations, and continued progress toward a pre-COVID atmosphere. Please also keep an eye out for our policy which is going through an approval process which highlights the “Essential Caregiver” requirements. This policy is how we will go about opening the LTC to more possibilities of visitation. It is in no way an immediate return to our pre-COVID days, but it should at least grant families some access to loved ones and provide a calculated step in the right direction. As always, things could change and are dependent upon state regulations, but at least there is some hope for all of us to see more of each other in 2021.

12/21/20: Unfortunately, we found out today that we have a positive ancillary staff member and a positive full time staff member that are positive for COVID-19.  The full time staff member has not worked and been quarantining due to family exposure so there has been no resident contact since her testing positive. The ancillary staff member was on the unit briefly and we believe followed all necessary precautions to lower our risk. Just the same, we will continue our testing of residents and employees to sustain safety. This means that we will be another 2 weeks before eligible for reopening, which is necessary for IDPH and governor ordered mitigation at this time as well.

12/16/20: We are excited to announce that residents were tested this morning and results came back negative for all. This means that we will stay eligible to enter phase II of reopening once the governor and IDPH lift tiered mitigation for the state and counties. Therefore, at this time, we still cannot do indoor visitations but are hopeful that it will be available soon. We do still recommend that you do window visits and utilize our tablets for Facetime. I’d also like to acknowledge that there is a lot of frustration with the holidays and the continued limitations for seeing residents. Please understand that we have come all this way with minimal exposure and are about 1-2 months away from having vaccination regimens completed. Please let me know if there is a frustration that can be met but also consider that we are nearing an improved safety for allowing more visitation.

12/15/20: Dear Resident/Family Members,

By now you have probably learned that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be approved and ready for distribution to the healthcare workers and residents in long term care. We have long awaited this exciting news.

We understand that some of you may be concerned about the safety of these new vaccines, as they have been developed and tested far more quickly than those in the past. We want to assure you that the speed with which these vaccines were developed is not due to skipping important safety steps, but rather the result of focused, collaborative work performed by experts across the globe. Vaccines approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines and have been tested in tens of thousands of people, including older adults. Two independent advisory committees of experts from academic institutions also monitor vaccines to ensure their safety.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require two separate doses given about three or four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine. Participants of clinical trials have reported experiencing short-term side effects after being vaccinated, with more pronounced discomfort after the second dose. These possible side effects include headache, muscle pains, fatigue, chills, fever and pain at the injection site. Sometimes there is misunderstanding about the cause of these reactions, as you may have heard someone say a vaccine has “made them sick” or given them the disease that the vaccine was intended to prevent. We want to be clear that this is not the case. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you a COVID-19 infection. The vaccine works by helping the body create antibodies to fight off the virus. Feeling discomfort after getting the vaccine means that the vaccine is doing its job and your body is making antibodies.

We, along with thousands of other long term care facilities, are participating in a program with the Centers for Disease Control to help us most efficiently distribute these vaccines to our residents free of charge once they are available. We will keep you informed of this process as we move forward. Our staff will also have the opportunity to get vaccinated through this program, if they have not been vaccinated previously.

I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, its possible side effects, and what to expect after you or a loved one receives it. As we have been saying over the course of this difficult year, we are all in this together. Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents have been and remain our top priority. We are hopeful that these COVID-19 vaccines will eventually enable to us enjoy life with our loved ones once again.

Sincerely,

Wyatt Brieser, Manager of HHH LTC Living Center

309-944-9156

Covid Vaccine Presentation

Covid Vaccine FAQs

12/11/20: Around 2300 on 12/10/20, we were notified that a resident was likely positive for Covid-19. This has now been confirmed and we are saddened to announce this, especially in approach of the holidays. Please know that we will do everything possible to provide a quality holiday experience for your loved ones. We will need to go 14 days without another positive in order to return considerations of Phase II (Also dependent on tier mitigation in Henry County/Illinois). 

ADDENDUM Memo 12/11/20: Around 2300 on 12/10/20, we were notified that a resident was positive for a non-COVID-19 lab. I am sorry to have created any anxiety but am happy to report that we are Covid-Free at this time and I am retracting the earlier COVID-19 memo sent this morning.

12/9/20/20: All residents were tested today for COVID-19. Thankfully, all test results were negative. We will be eligible to begin indoor visitations beginning December 14th, as long as we do not have any new positives and Illinois is not still in tiered mitigation.

12/2/20: All residents were tested today for COVID-19. Thankfully, all test results were negative. We will be eligible to begin indoor visitations beginning December 14th, as long as we do not have any new positives and Illinois is not still in tiered mitigation.

11/27/20: This morning we were notified that a staff member for the LTC was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary contacts and are isolating and following PPE as is required by IDPH.  I am sorry as I know that each positive case creates an amount of anxiety. Please know that Hammond Henry and our LTC employees are doing everything that we can to keep your loved ones safe. 

11/24/20: This morning we were notified that an ancillary staff member for the LTC was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary contacts and are isolating, and following PPE as is required by IDPH. I know that each positive case creates an amount of anxiety. Please know that Hammond Henry and our LTC employees are doing everything that we can to keep your loved ones safe.

11/23/20: This morning we were notified that an ancillary staff member for the LTC was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary contacts and are isolating and following PPE as is required by IDPH. I know that each positive case creates an amount of anxiety. Please know that Hammond Henry and our LTC employees are doing everything that we can to keep your loved ones safe. 

11/19/20: This morning a resident on the LTC was found to be positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary and are isolating and following PPE as is required by IDPH. I know that each positive case creates an amount of anxiety. Please know that Hammond Henry and our LTC employees are doing everything that we can to keep your loved ones safe

11/13/20: This evening we were notified that an employee on Long Term Care Living Center was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary and are isolating and following PPE as is required by IDPH. I am sorry as I know that each positive case creates an amount of anxiety. Please know that Hammond-Henry Hospital and our LTC employees are doing everything that we can to keep your loved ones safe. 

11/12/20: This morning we were notified that a LTC resident tested positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary and are isolating and following PPE as required by IDPH. This means there will be no outdoor visitation for at least 2 weeks as we navigate through the reopening process. We will still have fence visits, but the residents will be required to stay on the concrete sidewalk. Please feel free to bring phones for improved communication. We also have the ability to do facetime visits.  

11/5/20: This morning we were notified that an employee who is involved on the LTC was found positive for COVID-19. We have notified all necessary parties who have had contact with the staff member and are isolating and following PPE as is required by IDPH. This means that there will be no outdoor visitation for at least 2 weeks as we navigate through the reopening process. We will still have fence visits but the residents will be required to stay on the concrete sidewalk. Please feel free to bring phones for improved communication.  Sorry for any inconvenience. 

11/3/20: It is unfortunate that we must report that indoor visitation, salon services, and increased numbers at communal dining will be suspended with Governor JB Pritzker’s order for Illinois regions to observe “Tier 1 Mitigation” within their current phases. Please know that our LTC and Activities staff will do our best to provide entertainment and stimulation for residents while Illinois works its way through this most recent surge in numbers. If Illinois is unable to show improvement over the next 16 days, we could potentially move into “Tier 2 Mitigation” and if we improve and they remove “Tier 1 Mitigation” then we will be allowed to return to prior Phase 3 activities 14 days after lifting tiered mitigation.  

10/27/20: On Wednesday, October 28, Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care (LTC) Living Center will begin indoor visitation at the LTC lobby desk (outside the LTC double doors). Visits will be by appointment only and should be directed through the Activities department by calling 944-9155, the same process as Gazebo visits. Activity staff will schedule and provide infection control procedures. With COVID numbers rising in area counties, please understand that failure to follow the rules will result in losing visitation rights. Let’s all do our best to be mindful so that we can continue to make reopening progress.

10/22/20: Monday October 26, 2020, we are pleased to welcome Lorri Yeater a licensed hairstylist from Geneseo to our LTC facility. We will have scheduled appointments for each of our residents. Starting with haircuts and then hopefully extend to perms as time allows. Please be patient with us during this time. A haircut and style is $30 and a perm and style is $65. 

Illinois Department of Public Health Updated Interim Guidance for Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities and Programs: Phased Reopening

10/21/20:  A newsletter (click to view) was provided to all residents to educate them on emergency operations planning. If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to call Wyatt Brieser at 309-944-9156. This week we have been provided with reopening documentation from Illinois Department of Public Health. We will be working on reopening Long Term Care to indoor visitations and providing salon services as soon as possible. Please be patient with the process as this information just came out today and we will need to have all necessary pieces met before we can implement them. We continue to perform weekly COVID testing for all employees involved on the LTC floor. Please continue to pray for our unit to remain COVID free as numbers around us are spiking.  

10/16/20: Testing was performed this week for all staff. There were no Long Term Care staff or ancillary staff members that tested positive. We also had communication with the Henry County Health Department (HCHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding Phase III reopening. HCHD approved our request but during a conference call with IDPH reported to us that there has been a change in CMS literature which now requires phase regression with positive employee or residents. Due to this, we are at somewhat of a stand still as they have not produced the literature specifying the change and we are in Phase II according to the new information. The administrative team is meeting to work through the logistics of moving into Phase III. Please consider contacting IDPH with concerns at 217-782-5180. Request to speak with someone in “special investigations”. I was informed they are handling concerns and complaints regarding phase reopening guidance (and the lack thereof). Just so that everyone is aware, I have contacted the number and was directed to an answering machine. I notified them that I want a call back and that I would be directing family complaints to this number.

10/8/20: Testing was performed this week for all staff. There were no positive tests found and we are now eligible for Phase III reopening per CMS guidelines. We are hopeful that IDPH and HCHD provide us with approval for Phase III soon. Please continue to check this website frequently for reopening guidance should our facility be able to allow further latitude with visitation and family entry.

9/24/20: Today we were made aware that an ancillary staff member tested positive for COVID-19. We have contacted HCHD and will be testing all residents and staff on Tuesday, 9/24/20, per their guidance. Please know that if staff or residents begin to demonstrate any symptoms, we will re evaluate and potentially test sooner than 9/24/20. Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.  

9/21/20: All testing from 9/15/20 has returned in good standing and our facility is officially ready to enter Phase II of reopening. All families are welcomed and encouraged to contact the Activities department (309-944-9155) and set up a time to visit with your resident in the Gazebo. Please read the visitation policy attached below for regulations. 

9/15/20: all staff was tested on 9/8/20 with no positive results from that testing cycle. Today staff tested again and we will await results – to hopefully be obtained by 9/18.

If HHH LTC can sustain a COVID-19 free status and receive HCHD/IDPH approval, courtyard visits could begin as early as 9/21/20. This will signify that we have reached Phase II of reopening and will have improved access for residents and families to spend much needed time with each other. A posting will occur on 9/21/20 if outdoor visitation can begin again.

9/2/20: all residents and staff were tested for Covid-19. We are awaiting those test results and are hopeful to take down our Covid-19 unit. We are currently without any known Covid-19 cases and all residents have returned to general population at this time.

We are awaiting further information from HCHD regarding reopening possibilities due to positivity rate in Henry County >5%. Due to these percentages and because we are awaiting test results, we will not be opening Gazebo visits until further notice. If you would like to see your resident, you may still opt to stand outside of the gated courtyard, and we can bring residents out to talk with you from the sidewalk. Note that you may need to utilize a phone to be heard clearly. We can sanitize a phone to be used by the resident if this is an option you would like to use. As always, we are here for you if you have any questions or concerns and will do our best to keep your family members and friends safe during this pandemic.

8/14/20: as of August 14, 2020, there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 identified in an asymptomatic resident on Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Living Center. Testing was performed in response to a positive employee test which was reported on August 13, 2020. This website post, plus written and verbal notification was provided to residents. Employees were all notified by phone.


Addendum
8/13/20: as of last night, the LTC was made aware of an asymptomatic employee carrier of Covid-19. That employee will quarantine at home until they are no longer infectious. Due to the positive test, we will return to testing all residents and staff weekly to assure that we keep everyone safe. This also means that we will not have gazebo visits at this time as IDPH requires 14 days without any new positives in order to allow our gazebo visits. As always, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Addendum #2
8/13/20, all LTC residents were tested and found to be negative for Covid-19

Addendum 
7/31/20 regarding LTC visitation of residents - Outdoor Visitation for Residents 
At this time, the LTC is not performing “in courtyard visits”, you are welcome to stand outside of the courtyard and speak with your resident if they wish to come outside – they will need to remain on the sidewalk within the courtyard. Also, you are welcome to perform window visits or we have Facetime access through the Activities Department. To set up a Facetime meeting, please contact Diane or Haley at 944-9155. As soon as IDPH allows for further contact with residents, we will update this website and schedule those meetings. We hope to facilitate as much interaction as possible as we progress safely through this COVID season. 

Addendum
7/21/2020, COVID-19 testing was completed on all employees and residents. No new cases of COVID-19 were found in employees or residents.  Testing will continue to be done for all residents on the unit who demonstrate symptoms and weekly for all residents and staff. As directed by IDPH and the CDC, it has been required that all employees will wear a face shield in addition to a mask when providing direct patient care.

Addendum
7/18/20, Hammond-Henry Hospital identified a second resident positive for COVID-19. The resident was placed on a COVID-19 unit on the LTC separate from general population. Testing will continue to be done for all residents on the unit who demonstrate symptoms and weekly for all residents and staff.  

Addendum:
7/15/20, Hammond Henry Hospital identified an employee positive for Covid-19. The employee was sent home immediately with consultation provided by the physician. We will continue to contact trace and test as is necessary to assure that all positive cases are identified and to keep all residents and staff safe. 

 

To:                      All Concerned Individuals
From:                  Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Living Center
Date:                   7/14/20
Regarding:           COVID-19 positive test

For any questions, please contact Wyatt Brieser, Manager LTC, at 309-944-9156, or Julie Theill, Director LTC and Rehab Services, at 309-944-9151.

There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Living Center (LTC). The resident was moved immediately to our inpatient unit for care and monitoring and is doing well. Please know it is our absolute goal to keep all residents and staff safe and we will do everything that we can to be transparent and proactive in our care.

 

Click on the links below for updated information regarding Long Term Care and COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing  revised: 10/29/2020

Positive Test Plan on LTC

Letter To Reps

Infection Control Policy