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September 27, 2022

Dear Residents, Family, and Staff of Wesley Health Care Center:

Wesley Health Care Center has identified two new COVID-positive residents and two new COVID-positive staff cases since the last notification on 9/26/22. One of the resident cases resides on 5 Springs and one resident case resided on 3 Victoria. The 3 Victoria resident was relocated to 5 Springs temporarily following cohorting practices. One staff member had indirect resident care and services responsibilities on 3 Hathorn. Another staff member had direct resident care and services responsibilities on 2 Victoria and 5 Springs. 5 Springs, 3 Victoria, 2 Victoria, and 3 Hathorn residents were tested today and received negative test results except the two residents mentioned above.

STAFF TESTING REQUIREMENTS: Staff members who worked on these units require routine testing to be conducted onsite at Wesley. Please refer to their email and The Wesley Web under ‘Administrator Updates’ for further staff COVID requirements and staff testing related to active cases.

5 SPRINGS REMINDERS:

  • Group activities and communal dining are cancelled until further notice.
  • Visits may continue, however are recommended to be decreased or withheld at this time to limit spread.
  • Staff members are asked to limit unnecessary travel to and from this unit.
  • Therapy Services can continue, however should occur in the room.
  • Residents who are not on isolation for any reason, may continue to leave their room if necessary, however, should be encouraged to mask and socially distance when out of their rooms as much as possible. Independent residents are encouraged to limit unnecessary travel off the unit.

UPDATED PPE REQUIREMENTS: The facility is considered in ‘outbreak status’ until 10/11/22, end of day.

  • At this time, the facility currently has 16 active positive resident cases, all residing on 5 Springs and two additional exposed roommates on 2 Hathorn.
    • All staff, contracted staff, vendors and visitors traveling to 5 Springs are REQUIRED to wear eye protection and a N95 at all times.
    • N95 masks require a staff assessment for proper fit. If you may work on 5 Springs and have not been assessed this year for an N95 Mask, please contact Employee Health as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Quarantine Unit(s)Outbreak Testing Scheduled on: Outbreak Testing Scheduled on:Outbreak Testing Scheduled on:14-day Period Quarantine End Date
5 Springs 9/26/22 (Complete)10/3/2210/10/2210/11/22
3 Victoria 9/26/22 (Complete)10/3/2210/10/2210/11/22
2 Victoria 9/26/22 (Complete)10/3/2210/10/2210/11/22
3 Hathorn9/26/22 (Complete)10/3/2210/10/2210/11/22
  • Additionally, the facility currently has 6 positive staff cases.

Thank you for your continued vigilance in following NYS DOH safety protocols.

Sincerely, Jessica Florio, Administrator

Administrator Letter Re: Boosters 9/8/2022:

September 8, 2022

Dear Staff, Residents and Families of Wesley Health Care Center,

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new ‘updated’ formulation of the COVID-19 booster vaccine, known as the ‘Bivalent’ booster. This  booster vaccination offers better protection against COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant that continues to spread across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all individuals age 12 years and older receive an updated COVID-19 booster as soon as they become eligible, as well as urging individuals to receive this booster before a possible surge in COVID-19 illnesses expected later this fall and winter. While we are providing details and encouraging those who are eligible to receive the booster, it is NOT currently mandated by NYS DOH for residents or staff.

The new updated booster targets the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are more transmissible and more likely to be able to evade antibodies made against earlier subvariants. All individuals who are eligible, including those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, are recommended to receive one dose of the updated vaccine at least two months since their last COVID-19 dose (either the final primary series dose or the last booster).

Additionally there has been a significant change to how vaccines are distributed to patients which we would like to make you aware of; Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen will no longer be authorized for use as boosters doses. They will continue to be available for primary series only. To further clarify, this means that only the new Bivalent vaccine will be able to be given as a booster dose to all staff and residents interested in receiving a booster moving forward. The new Bivalent vaccine is the only authorized single booster dose that is currently available according to the FDA, starting 9/2/22.

As we are getting closer to the fall and winter months, we can expect an increase in COVID cases and illnesses, and we highly encourage residents and staff to stay protected against the COVID virus by receiving the Bivalent booster as soon as possible. Our Medical Director has advised that our residents and staff that have previously received the older version of the booster vaccine, to consider receiving this new booster as soon as possible, but not within 2 months since you have received your last booster. Doing so, will offer you additional protection against the omnicron variant. To be clear, that while recommended, this is NOT required as of this letter.

Wesley has ordered another supply of Pfizer, Moderna and Bivalent vaccine doses, and expect them to arrive in the next few weeks. We welcome and encourage all eligible staff who are interested in receiving this vaccine to begin contacting Employee Health now at 518-691-1429 to inform them of their interest in receiving the booster dose, or stop into the office at any time when convenient.

Residents or Resident Representatives interested in receiving the new Bivalent booster or a primary dose series, should contact their RN Unit Coordinator no later than September 13, 2022 to secure their booster dose. Doses will be distributed to each unit.

Vaccine Eligibility Criteria:

Moderna: Individuals 18 years or older: eligible if it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary vaccination series, or two months since they have received the most recent booster dose with any approved movovalent vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer).

Pfizer: Individuals 12 years or older: eligible if it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary vaccination series, or two months since they have received the most recent booster dose with any approved movovalent vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer).

Janssen: Individuals 18 years or older: eligible if it has been at least two months since they completed their one-shot primary series, or two months since they have received the most recent booster dose with any approved monovalent vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer).

If you are a staff member and have any questions related to the new vaccine or eligibility please contact Cindy Pulver at 518-691-1429.

Residents or Resident Representatives may contact their Unit Coordinator for further questions related to the vaccine or eligibility.

Thank you all for your continued efforts to mitigate spread of COVID among the facility for our residents and staff.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio

Administrator

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