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Wesley Health Care Center Updates for Families

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February 27, 2021

Hello Everyone:

I hope this note finds you well.

I’m writing today with an update regarding our COVID-19 positive cases that have occurred over the past week.

Everyone here at Wesley shares the frustration that you all feel with having gotten down to zero cases amongst both residents and staff to now having 2 new positive residents and 2 new positive staff.  The related suspension of visitation is nothing short of maddening.  I did include a few additional items about visitation as an addendum to this letter.

Proper use of PPE, having our staff behaving safely, not just while they are here caring for your loved one, but also when they are not working, and accessing the vaccine, are the best precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent the further spread of the virus.

  • We are very committed to the use of PPE everywhere on campus.  We discuss and reemphasize the need for PPE usage frequently and repetitively.  Just yesterday we had a follow-up meeting with managers to make sure that they are continuing to re-educate and remind staff on consistent and proper PPE usage.
  • We don’t have control of what our staff does during their off hours.  However, we can, and we do continually emphasize that they be safe, practice social distancing and wear a mask.
  • As you likely know, through the Federal Government’s vaccine distribution plan, the COVID-19 vaccine has been available to nursing homes in New York State since December 21st.  Wesley’s first vaccine clinic was on December 22nd.  As of today, over 80% of our residents have chosen to get the vaccine.  We have well over half of our staff who have also been vaccinated and that number continues to climb.

So, having said all this, why do we have four new cases at Wesley between our staff and residents?  It really does come down to vaccination.  Since the vaccine has been approved for use on an emergency basis by the FDA, no government agency can legally mandate that any group of people get it, i.e., the Government can’t tell healthcare workers that they must be vaccinated.  While it is a voluntary decision, we have provided education to staff on many levels promoting the vaccine.  We also have put together a series of drawings for cash prizes to help incentivize participation.

In the end, neither of the 2 newly positive staff members chose to be vaccinated–an incredibly frustrating point.  Regarding the 2 residents who are positive, they were both admitted to Wesley in late January and had not been vaccinated before coming to us.  In mid-February we were able to secure the first dose of the vaccine for both.  It does take 2 to 3 weeks for dose one to become fully effective.  They had not reached the 2-week mark before being diagnosed.  You need both doses and a few weeks of time to pass after dose 2 before the vaccine becomes fully effective.

What has not happened is that any of our fully vaccinated staff or residents have tested positive.  We are certainly pleased about this.

Please know that we are diligently working on securing additional vaccine through a variety of sources and we continue to be committed to practicing the most effective safety measures to mitigate COVID-19 at Wesley.   Again, I’m so very sorry for this negative move as we continue to work on preventing new cases.

Sincerely,

J. Brian Nealon, CEO

Additional Information regarding Wesley admissions and visitation during COVID-19

  • Wesley will continue to follow the resident admission processes that require a negative test prior to admission and for the resident to be placed on isolation in a designated quarantined unit for additional monitoring to limit the risk of new spread into the facility.
  • Resident testing is also conducted upon any new resident arriving in the facility; however, these test results are only determining a point in time and a resident status could always change. Additional facility-wide resident testing will continue to be conducted to ensure we identify and isolate positive cases as quickly as possible to limit any spread.
  • In addition, all new admissions are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine if they wish to receive it as soon as there is availability of the vaccine.
  • Visitation eligibility for any nursing home facility is, by New York State regulations, linked to a facility not having one or more positive cases.  Having just one case strips us of the ability to offer visitation.  This virus is unpredictable and, unfortunately, ongoing new cases will continue to require the 14-day visitation restrictions.
  • To clarify, once out of the 14-day period, with no new staff or resident cases, the facility can reopen visitation.
  • It is still unclear as to what the future of the nursing home environment and visitation will look like and we are continuing to adapt to changing requirements.
  • When we are able to resume visitation, in what we hope will be a couple of weeks, there will still be an array of restrictions similar to the plan that was in place last week.  Until COVID dissipates, this will be our collective new normal.  However, we will all be happy to at least have this new normal up and running.

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February 26, 2021

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

The Wesley Community was informed on February 25, 2021 that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Our facility status, in total, is 2 staff members and 2 residents currently positive for COVID-19. Resident testing completed on 2/22/2021 showed no additional positive cases. Staff members continue to be tested twice weekly as part of NYS DOH requirements on an ongoing basis.

All units are considered on isolation and are required to follow full droplet precautions when entering any resident room for any reason, for any duration of time, as well as follow additional PPE requirements and facility-wide restrictions listed below until tentatively March 12, 2021 per the NYS DOH guidelines:

  • All Units require Full Droplet Precautions to be followed by all staff upon entering any resident room, for any duration of time. Note: Full Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and Eye protection.
  • 2 Victoria requires Full Droplet Precautions immediately upon entering the unit and at all times.
  • 3 Springs requires an N95 mask or PAPR hood and enhanced precautions to be followed until further notice.
  • Staff working on 3H & 2H are currently recommended to wear a KN95 or N95 out of an abundance of caution due to the new positive resident case identified and due to 2H being permanently designated as a quarantine unit.
  • Eye protection and KN95 or disposable Surgical masks are required by all staff, and always while on premises. No cloth masks or vented masks are allowed. Eye protection is defined as goggles or a face shield.
  • All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated. Individualized resident use of the hallway, dining room, or use of a lounge may be permissible to reduce room isolation if warranted.
  • All communal dining, group activities, beautician services and group therapy are required to be discontinued.
  • All residents should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason.
  • Resident outside appointments is discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary.

Safety Measures and In-Person Visitation Update:

According to the NYS Department of Health guidelines, Wesley Health Care Center is only eligible to initiate in-person visitation, as well as reopening of communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas, if there are no new staff or resident cases within the facility for a period of 14 days. Based on this new positive case, as of this letter, in-person visitation, window visits, communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas are required to be discontinued effective immediately, according to NYS guidelines to limit spread throughout the facility until tentatively March 12, 2021.   

Testing:

Facility-wide Resident testing is planned for:

  • Monday, March 1, 202
  • Monday, March 8, 2021

Services Continuing on All Units:

  • Skype/Virtual Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units (In-room Services only with individualized limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.
  • Individualized activities, therapy services and restorative nursing will continue with resident masking.

Visitation Scheduling:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online during this time for virtual visit scheduling at: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”).

Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio, at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

Communication Updates:

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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February 25, 2021

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

The Wesley Community was informed on February 24, 2021 that two Residents at Wesley Health Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident resided on 2 Hathorn and the other resident resided on 3 Hathorn. Both resident representatives have been notified and these individuals were immediately relocated to the 3 Springs COVID Unit to complete a 14-day quarantine and until a negative COVID-19 test is received. All remaining residents residing on 2 Hathorn and 3 Hathorn test results were received and were negative.

The remaining facility-wide test results that were conducted on Monday, 2/22/21 were received and resulted in no other positive COVID-19 resident cases.

Our current facility status, in total, is 1 staff member and 2 residents’ currently positive for COVID-19.

All units are considered on isolation and are required to continue full droplet precautions when entering any resident room for any reason, as well as follow additional PPE requirements and facility-wide restrictions listed below until tentatively March 11, 2021 per the NYS DOH guidelines:

  • All Units require Full Droplet Precautions to be followed by all staff upon entering any resident room, for any duration of time. Note: Full Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and Eye protection.
  • 2 Victoria requires Full Droplet Precautions immediately upon entering the unit and at all times.
  • 3 Springs requires an N95 mask or PAPR hood and enhanced precautions to be followed until further notice.
  • Staff working on 3H are currently recommended to wear a KN95 or N95 out of an abundance of caution due to the new positive resident case identified.
  • 2 Hathorn is permanently considered a Quarantine Unit requiring Full Droplet precautions upon entering any resident room, for any duration of time. KN95 or N95 Masks are recommended to be worn on this unit.
  • Eye protection and KN95 or disposable Surgical masks are required by all staff, and always. No cloth masks or vented masks are allowed. Eye protection is defined as goggles or a face shield.
  • All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated.
  • All communal dining, group activities, beautician services and group therapy are required to be discontinued.
  • All residents should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason.
  • Individualized resident use of the hallway, dining room, or use of a lounge may be permissible to reduce room isolation if warranted.
  • Resident outside appointments is discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary.

Safety Measures Update:

According to the NYS Department of Health guidelines, Wesley Health Care Center would only be eligible to initiate in-person visitation, as well as reopening of communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas, if there are no new staff or resident cases within the facility for a period of 14 days.

Based on this new positive case, as of this letter, in-person visitation, window visits, communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas are required to be discontinued effective immediately, according to NYS guidelines to limit spread throughout the facility until tentatively March 11, 2021.   

Testing:

Facility-wide Resident testing is planned for:

  • Monday, March 1, 2021
  • Monday, March 8, 2021

Services Continuing on All Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units (In-room Services only with individualized limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.
  • Individualized activities, therapy services and restorative nursing will continue with resident masking.

Visitation Scheduling:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online during this time for virtual visit scheduling at: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”).

Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio, at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

In-Person Visitation Status:

Reopening for in-person visits will have a final date determined and communicated in the coming weeks when Wesley becomes eligible for visitation according to the new NYS DOH visitation guidelines.

Communication Updates:

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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February 23, 2021

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

On Monday, 2/22/21 the New York State Department of Health issued new visitation guidance and recommendations regarding general nursing home (NH) visitation that aligns with CMS and CDC guidelines. Based on these most recent guidelines, visitation will be much different than it has traditionally been prior to COVID-19 for our residents and families for the foreseeable future. However, new visitation guidelines offer a new hope for residents and their families to be safely reunited soon.

Beginning Friday, February 26, 2021, nursing homes may expand visitation under this revised guidance if they are able to continue following the core principles of infection control and prevention, and have met all of the conditions listed within the NYS DOH guidelines. In order for a Nursing Home to be eligible for initiating a new safe and controlled visitation plan for residents and their families, the nursing home must have no new onset of COVID-19 staff or resident cases in the last 14 days and the facility must not be conducting outbreak testing.

Unfortunately, based on the new positive staff case that was previously communicated on Sunday, 2/21/21 and the facility-wide testing taking place as a result, Wesley Health Care Center would not be eligible to re-initiate visitation following these new guidelines until tentatively, the week of March 8, 2021.

The revised visitation guidelines are being thoroughly reviewed and new visitation procedures for our residents and their families will be communicated after Wesley meets all of the necessary requirements listed in the new guidelines to ensure the safety of our residents, staff and visitors. The facility will continue to follow and implement necessary protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus, while allowing for our residents and their families to once again be together.

Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to follow these new guidelines issued by NYS DOH.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

A link is included below for reference:

NYS DOH NH_Visitation_Guidelines_2-22-2021

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February 21, 2021

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

The Wesley Community was informed on the night of February 20, 2021 that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.  The facility will follow necessary protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus throughout the rest of the facility.

Our current status, in total, is 1 staff member and zero residents currently positive for COVID-19.

Due to this new positive case, all units are required to re-initiate full droplet precautions, additional PPE requirements and follow facility-wide limitations listed below until tentatively March 7, 2021.

  • Eye protection and KN95 or disposable Surgical masks are required by all staff, and at all times. No cloth masks or vented masks are allowed. Eye protection is defined as goggles or a face shield.
  • All Units require Full Droplet Precautions to be followed by all staff upon entering any resident room, for any duration of time. Note: Full Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and Eye protection.
  • 2 Victoria requires Full Droplet Precautions immediately upon entering the unit and at all times.
  • While now considered a recovery unit, 3 Springs still requires an N95 mask and enhanced precautions until March 4.
  • All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated.
  • All communal dining, group activities, beautician services and group therapy are required to be discontinued.
  • All residents should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason.
  • Individualized resident use of the hallway, dining room, or use of a lounge may be permissible to reduce room isolation.
  • Resident outside appointments are discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary.

Safety Measures Update:

According to the NYS Department of Health guidelines, Wesley Health Care Center would only be eligible to initiate in-person visitation, as well as reopening of communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas, if there are no new staff or resident cases within the facility for a period of 14 days.

Based on this new positive case, as of this letter, in-person visitation, window visits, communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas are required to be discontinued effective immediately, according to NYS guidelines to limit spread throughout the facility.    

Testing:

All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests.

Resident testing is planned for:

  • Monday, February 22, 2021
  • Monday, March 1, 2021

Services Continuing On All Units:

  • Skype/Virtual Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units (In-room Services only with individualized limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.
  • Individualized activities, therapy services and restorative nursing will continue with resident masking.

Visitation Scheduling:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online during this time for virtual visit scheduling at: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”).

Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio, at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

In-Person Visitation Status:

Reopening for in-person visits would occur tentatively the week of March 8, 2021 with a final date yet to be determined and communicated in the coming weeks.

While recent media reports have claimed new visitation guidance will be communicated in the coming week, it is unclear how a positive staff or resident case may affect nursing home visitation according to these new guidelines. Wesley will communicate next steps as soon as they are determined based on these new guidelines. Until then, all requirements identified within this letter will remain in place until further notice.

Communication Updates:

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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February 17, 2021

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

At this time, one resident continues to test positive for COVID and remains quarantined on our designated COVID Unit. We are hopeful that may change in the coming days. Currently we have no positive staff members. We will conduct facility-wide COVID-19 testing as part of our continued surveillance on Monday, 2/22/21. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received.

As previously communicated, ONLY the 3 Springs COVID-19 Unit and 2 Hathorn Quarantine Unit, are required to follow Droplet Precaution Isolation PPE requirements upon entering all resident rooms or for direct resident contact. All other units should follow PPE requirements per the type of isolation that a resident may be under surveillance for. As always, Standard Precautions should be observed in all circumstances.

Eye protection and KN95 or Surgical masks are still required by all staff, and at all times. The 3 Springs COVID-19 unit still requires N95 masking.

The following operations can continue on all units except 3S & 2H:

  • Communal dining at half capacity and with 6 feet social distancing maintained.
  • Group activities with our Life Enrichment team which should be limited to 4 residents, or up to 10 with residents and staff included and socially distanced.
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Restorative Therapy in small group settings with resident masking required
  • Use of other communal areas with social distancing and resident masking

Hair Services:

Hair Services are planned to resume the week of February 22, 2021 by a part-time beautician. Hair services will be offered directly on each unit and will have no cost to the resident. Services will be limited to haircut, shampoo/conditioner and facial hair trimming. Curling, coloring and other services that are not mentioned will not occur at this time. All residents will be offered hair services and will be conducted for one unit at a time. No appointment requests are required.

Visitation:

At this time, window visits, in-person visitation, communal dining, group therapy, group activities and resident use of other communal areas will remain open. According to the NYS Department of Health guidelines, Wesley Health Care Center would only be required to close in-person visitation, as well as communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas, if a new staff or resident case is identified within the facility. That closure would be for a period of 14 days.

Signups are open for all visitation options and scheduling, by going to: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity   Access Code: wesl3y.

As a reminder, 2 Hathorn is Wesley’s designated quarantine unit as required by the NYS Department of Health cohorting guidelines. This unit contains all new residents arriving from the community. While these residents are required to receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to admission, a single test only defines a resident’s status at a single point in time. Residents residing on 2 Hathorn are still to be considered ‘Unknown Status’, requiring additional clinical monitoring. Due to these isolation requirements, 2 Hathorn residents are not eligible for in-person or window visits. Virtual visits are accessible to 2 Hathorn residents and their families.

Vaccine Update:

As a reminder, family members’ or other potential visitors’ vaccination status has no impact on eligibility for visitation inside the nursing home at this time based on NYS DOH rules.

Our last vaccine clinic for staff and residents occurred on-site on 2/2/21. This week, on 2/19/21, we will receive some doses of the Moderna vaccine from Saratoga Hospital, which will be offered to unvaccinated residents and staff. It remains unclear as to how future vaccines will be offered to residents and staff who have not been vaccinated. Wesley is hoping to receive additional guidance from the NYS Department of Health soon. Staff that did not receive the vaccine on campus should seek other arrangements that are available in the community until we have further options available to us.

Due to no access to the vaccine, short-term residents who received their first vaccine in the community, would not be able to get their second vaccine on-site at Wesley at this time. Community vaccine appointments and wheelchair accessible transportation costs would be the responsibility of the family. Assistance with transportation coordination should be directly coordinated  with the 2H Unit Clerk at 518-691-1520.

Safety & Support:

I cannot express enough my appreciation to our staff members, our residents and their families for their continued commitment to protecting our campus and following all necessary safety guidelines. The past year has been incredibly difficult for all of us. I know what continues to be required of all of us can feel exhausting, but I assure you that if we stay vigilant and put forth the spirit that has shone through this entire year, we will get through this together and be stronger because of it.

I urge all of you not to let your guard down. After months of hard work to incorporate inconvenient but important preventive health & safety measures, it can be tempting to fall back into old ways— particularly for residents who have had to follow isolation safety procedures. If there is one thing we all have learned, it is that this incredibly infectious disease will exploit any moments of complacency, and we must continue to follow the protections and protocols established to keep staff and residents safe. Hand Hygiene, masking, social distancing, eye protection, enhanced cleaning and following COVID-19 testing requirements are essential to continuing to protect ourselves, our residents, and our team members.

Daily updates are always available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/.

Thank you,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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February 13, 2021

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

I am happy to report 3 residents were released from quarantine today. One remaining resident on the 3 Springs COVID Unit is still not able to be released from quarantine.

Unfortunately, one positive resident case was identified after conducting a point-of-care test upon arrival to the facility today on 2/13/21. The admission was transferred back to the hospital at the request of the resident and their family. This resident had previously tested negative at the hospital prior to accepting them into the facility, but subsequently tested positive upon arrival as part of our testing protocols. Wesley Health Care Center followed all Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines regarding accepting the admission, and will continue to do so.

Due to the immediate transfer of the resident out of the facility, no changes are required to our current PPE or visitation status. The current designated COVID Unit remains to be 3 Springs which requires N95 Masks to be worn at all times.

As previously communicated, ONLY 3S and 2H, are required to follow full droplet PPE requirements upon entering all resident rooms or for direct resident contact. 2V no longer requires full droplet precautions at all times upon entering the unit. PPE requirements should only be followed for residents on designated isolation on all other units.

Eye protection and KN95 or Surgical masks are still required by all staff, and at all times. 3S still requires N95 masking.

The following operations can continue at this time:

  • Communal dining with half capacity and with 6 feet social distancing maintained
  • Group activities with our Life Enrichment team which should be limited to 4 residents, or up to 10 with residents and staff included socially distanced.
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Restorative Therapy in small group settings with resident masking required
  • Use of other communal areas with social distancing and resident masking
  • Hair Services are planned to resume in the coming weeks. Further communication will be sent to all residents and their families upon the start of the new beautician. Please do not call to schedule a hair appointment at this time.

Safety Measures Update:

At this time, individualized window visits, in-person visitation, communal dining, group therapy, group activities and resident use of other communal areas will remain open.

According to the NYS Department of Health guidelines, Wesley Health Care Center would be required to close in-person visitation, as well as communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas, if a new staff or resident case is identified within the facility, for a period of 14 days.

Daily updates are always available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/.

Respectfully,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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February 10, 2021

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

I hope you all continue to remain in good spirits despite the challenges of this pandemic.

Our current status is 4 Residents remain positive for COVID-19.  All individuals have completed their 14 day quarantine requirement, however still need a negative COVID-19 test result to be released.

UPDATED PPE REQUIREMENTS:

  • The 3 Springs COVID Positive Unit/Recovery Unit will continue to require Enhanced Droplet Precautions to be followed by all staff upon entering any resident room for any duration of time. Note: Enhanced Droplet Precautions are defined as Gloves, Gown, N95 Mask, and eye protection
  • All other units will require Standard Precautions plus mask and eye protection.  
  • Masking is still required at all times. KN95 or Disposable Surgical Masks are both acceptable for all staff in the facility. No cloth masks or vented masks are allowed.
  • Eye protection is still required upon entering the facility and at all times. This requirement includes all nursing and non-nursing staff. Eye protection is defined as goggles or a face shield.

APPROVED OPERATIONS: 

According to the NYS DOH Health Advisory: Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation dated September 15, 2020, Wesley Health Care Center ‘s eligibility for limited visitation and ease of restrictions has been reinstated due to no new onset of positive staff or resident cases in over a 14-day period.

The following operations can resume at this time:

  • Communal dining with half capacity and with 6 feet social distancing maintained
  • Group activities with our Life Enrichment team which should be limited to 4 residents, or up to 10 with residents and staff included socially distanced.
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Restorative Therapy in small group settings with resident masking required
  • Use of other communal areas with social distancing and resident masking
  • Hair Services are planned to resume in the coming weeks. Further communication will be sent to all residents and their families upon the start of the new beautician. Please do not call to schedule a hair appointment at this time.

VISITATION:

As a reminder, unless we receive a positive test result from a resident or staff member, families and friends can choose between a window visit, skype visit or an in-person visit.

Signups are open now for all visitation options and scheduling, by going to: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity  Access Code: wesl3y.

Unfortunately, residents of a current COVID positive status, residents residing on 2 Hathorn, and any resident on isolation precautions are not eligible for window or in-person visitation due to ongoing quarantine requirements.

At this time, according to DOH guidelines, visitation is strictly prohibited in resident rooms or any care area, so an alternative space on the ground floor has been created. In-person visits will take place in the side Springs Building foyer, located directly next to the window visitation location and by appointment only. Both visitors must be tested for COVID-19 and have proof of a negative test result within the past 7 days prior to any in-person visit per NYS DOH rules. Please do not schedule yourself for an upcoming in-person visit until you are tested AND you have received your NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results. The 7 days does not start from the date you were tested. The Department of Health requires that in order to be eligible for an in-person visit, the test result must be received within 7 days from your scheduled visit date.

Scheduling questions should be directed to Meghan DiMeglio, Life Enrichment Director at 518-691-1480 or mdimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org.

VACCINATION STATUS OF VISITORS:

Family members’ or other potential visitors’ vaccination status has no impact on eligibility for visitation inside the nursing home or the requirement to be COVID-19 tested at this time based on NYS DOH rules.

RESIDENT OUTINGS FROM WESLEY:

The NYS DOH issued guidance on 11/24/20, which requires Nursing Homes to follow strict protocols if a resident were to leave the facility for any reason, not just for holiday occasions. While Wesley is now eligible for visitation, the restriction from resident social outings from the nursing home has not changed and we highly encourage families to reconsider doing so until further guidance is received from the DOH. Choosing to do so may significantly impact your loved one, other families’ loved ones, and our staff if the virus is unknowingly carried back into our facility.

At this time, strict NYS Health Department protocols are still required to be followed by the resident and family member regardless of how long the resident is away from the facility (even if just for a few hours). While it is still highly discouraged, if you do choose to have your loved one leave the facility, it is important that you and your family are fully educated on the mandated steps to do so by the New York State Department of Health. You must notify our team immediately to plan accordingly and be provided with the requirements. Wesley Health Care Center MUST comply with these procedures without exception including but not limited to; the resident testing negative for COVID-19 immediately (within 24 hours) prior to the return back to the facility, no matter the length of time out of the facility, and results supplied to the facility prior to return. The resident will be placed on isolation in a new room located on the quarantine unit, 2 Hathorn, with required masking during all care, with additional testing required during a 14-day period. The resident will not be able to partake in communal dining, visitation, or activities during the 14-day period. Please speak to your social worker or Unit Coordinator for further requirements.

MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS:

Family transportation to and from medical appointments is still not permitted at this time. We also respectfully ask that families do not meet their loved one at any medically necessary appointments to limit risk of exposure.

RESIDENT DELIVERIES:

As a friendly reminder, please refrain from sending stuffed animals and fabric or textile items as these will not be accepted. We do ask that items continue to be delivered to the Springs main entrance, where they will need be disinfected and left at the designated table in the vestibule.

VALENTINES DAY: Wesley is accepting video messages to be played for your loved one for Valentine’s Day.

Full instructions for how to do this can be found here –

https://www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/share-a-holiday-video-greeting-instructions/

COVID HOTLINE: The Hotline is available Monday – Friday, 9 a – 5 p. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

Daily updates are always available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/

Respectfully,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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February 5, 2021

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

I am happy to report that 9 residents were released from quarantine today after receiving 2 negative COVID-19 test results. These results are in large part to the great effort our staff has made to continue to care for and protect our residents and each other. All results were received from facility-wide testing that was conducted on 2/1/21 resulting in 0 new positive resident cases. 6 residents & 1 Staff Member remain positive and in the 14-day window for COVID-19. The current designated COVID Unit is 3 Springs which requires N95 Masks at all times. All units are still required to follow all PPE requirements listed below at this time.

PPE Requirements still in effect:

  • All Nursing Home Staff require eye protection – at all times working on any unit or for anyone who is within 6 feet of an individual. This includes all non-nursing staff. Eye protection is defined as goggles or a face shield.
  • All Units require Full Droplet Precautions to be followed by all staff upon entering any resident room, for any duration of time. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions are defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection.
  • 2 Victoria still requires Full Droplet Precautions immediately upon entering the unit and at all times.
  • Masking at all times. KN95 or Surgical Masks are required for all staff.

Safety Measures Update:

According to the NYS Department of Health guidelines, Wesley Health Care Center would only be eligible to initiate in-person visitation, as well as reopening of communal dining, group therapy, group activities, beautician services and resident use of other communal areas, if there are no new staff or resident cases within the facility for a period of 14 days.

Based on our last positive case as of this letter, individualized window visits, in-person visitation, reopening of communal dining, group therapy, group activities and resident use of other communal areas will begin on Tuesday, 2/9/21.  However, 6-foot social distancing will still be required, with limited capacity use of communal areas and activities. 3 Springs COVID Unit and 2 Hathorn Quarantine unit are not eligible for these loosening of restrictions currently.

PLEASE NOTE – At any point this could change if a new resident or staff case is identified, which would extend our restriction period for an additional 14-day period. We are merely following the NYS Department of Health guidelines which require us to alter our plans if a positive test is received.

Until Tuesday, 2/9/21, Residents should continue to remain in their room, as much as tolerated, still mask during care/service, and if they leave their room for any reason. However, individualized resident use of the hallway, dining room, or use of a lounge may be permissible to reduce room isolation. In addition, individualized activities, therapy services and restorative nursing will continue.

Visitation:

First and foremost, I want to commend our Life Enrichment Team, which, to-date, has conducted more than 3,000 skype visits. This has helped our residents stay in touch with their family and friends during this trying time. In addition, thank you to our entire interdisciplinary team for all of their hard work to care for and assist in the recovery of our COVID positive residents.

Unless we receive a positive test result, families and friends will again have the option of choosing between a window visit, skype visit or an in-person visit as early as Tuesday, 2/9/21. There are very strict guidelines, including visitor testing requirements, for in-person visitation which are available on the sign up website. You must review these in full before scheduling any in-person visitation. Guidelines are simpler and testing is not required for window or skype visits. Scheduling is available now for any type of visit by going to: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity  Access Code: wesl3y. Unfortunately, residents of a current COVID positive status, or residents residing on 2 Hathorn are not eligible for window or in-person visitation due to ongoing quarantine requirements.

At this time, according to DOH guidelines, visitation is strictly prohibited in resident rooms or any care area, so an alternative space on the ground floor has been created. Structured in-person visits will take place in the side Springs Building foyer, located directly next to the window visitation location.  Visitors can park in the Springs visitation parking lot in front of the springs building and enter upon appointment through the side double doors of the Springs building for screening (Entrance is located directly next to Window B). In-Person Visits will accommodate up to two visitors per resident, however a tent will be located right outside the window of the visitation space with a heater for additional family members who wish to see their loved one, as well as be a part of the in-person visit utilizing our portable phone setup.

Scheduling can begin as of this letter and any questions should be directed to Meghan DiMeglio, Life Enrichment Director at 518-691-1480 or mdimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org.

Vaccination Status of Visitors:

Family members’ or other potential visitors’ vaccination status has no impact on eligibility for visitation inside the nursing home at this time. There are still many questions about the efficacy of vaccines, the capability of those who are vaccinated to still carry the virus and spread it, variants and their proliferation in the community, as well as no formal guidelines regarding this topic from our regulatory agency – the New York State Department of Health.

Testing:

Rapid testing is occurring daily for all new admissions or when there is any suspicion related to symptoms.

According to NYS Testing Guidelines, our last facility-wide testing occurred on 2/1/21 and we have had no new cases in 14 days which allows for temporary suspension of facility-wide testing. Further facility-wide testing dates will be communicated to all.

Vaccine Update:

Our last vaccine clinic occurred on-site for staff and residents on 2/2/21. Since this is our last scheduled clinic, it is unclear as to how future vaccines will be offered to residents and staff who have not been vaccinated. Wesley is hoping to receive additional guidance from the NYS Department of Health soon. Wesley will continue to follow quarantine guidelines for all new admissions. Staff that did not receive the vaccine on campus should seek other arrangements that are available in the community until we have further options available to us.

Daily updates are always available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/

Through a tremendous amount of dedication, hard work, and mutual support, our team can look back and be proud of how well we continue to adapt to a set of challenges none of us expected a year ago.

Our team continues to look toward the rest of 2021 with optimism. We believe there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We are committed to continuing to do our best every day to take care of our residents and our teammates. We will continue to succeed together, and we appreciate you being part of our Wesley family.

Respectfully,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 27, 2021

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

I am happy to report that 18 residents were released from quarantine today after receiving 2 negative COVID-19 test results. Our entire team is thankful for the many residents who have recovered from COVID. This totals 85 residents who have recovered from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

All results were received from facility-wide testing that was conducted on 1/25/21 resulting in 0 new positive resident cases. Our team continues to work tirelessly to control the spread of this virus and I am so thankful to everyone who continues to fight against this virus daily.

Additional facility status updates include:

  •  17 residents currently residing at the facility remain positive for COVID-19 and 1 additional resident of COVID positive status is still residing at the hospital.
  • Current designated COVID Unit is 3 Springs and requires N95 Masks at all times.
  • All residents residing on 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria are either recovered or of a negative status. These units are no longer considered designated COVID units, however are still required to follow all requirements listed as below.
  • 9 staff members are currently positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Daily updates on our status are always available online at thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/

PPE Requirements still in effect:

  • All Nursing Home Staff require eye protection – at all times working on any unit or for anyone who is within 6 feet of an individual. This includes all non-nursing staff. Eye protection is defined as goggles or a face shield.
  • All Units require Full Droplet Precautions to be followed by all staff upon entering any resident room, for any duration of time. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions are defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection.
  • 2 Victoria requires Full Droplet Precautions immediately upon entering the unit and at all times.
  • Masking at all times. KN95 or Surgical Masks are required for all staff.

Safety Measures still in effect:

  • ALL UNITS are still on closure precautions. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to limit any exposure throughout the facility as we seek to control the spread of the virus.
  • ALL UNITS require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with no communal dining or group activities.
  • All residents should mask during care and if they leave their room for any reason.
  • All window visits are still suspended.
  • Resident outside appointments should continue only if medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services can continue if medically necessary with proper PPE.
  • Therapy Services can continue on all units however In-room Services are required, only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary with resident masking required.

Testing:

Rapid testing is occurring daily when there is any suspicion related to symptoms. Our next facility-wide testing is scheduled for 2/1/21.

Vaccine Update:

Our next vaccine clinic is tentatively scheduled on-site for staff and residents on 2/2/21.

Visitation Update:

The NYS Department of Health has not issued new directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. Currently, virtual visits are the only option being offered.

Thank you for the ongoing support and everyone’s continued dedication to protecting our residents and staff,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 20, 2021

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

I am delighted to share with you that 39 residents were released from quarantine today after having 2 negative COVID-19 test results. Our entire team is thankful for the many residents who have recovered from COVID. As Administrator, I am appreciative of our entire team’s efforts to care for all of our residents and for the hard work that they are doing each and every day.

I am also pleased to let you know that earlier today the NYS Department of Health Surveyors conducted an on-site Infection Control Specific Survey. After a full day of inspection and observation, surveyors reported zero deficient practices as a result of their survey. This is our fifth survey since the pandemic began, all of which have resulted in ZERO deficient practices. This is a true testament to our dedicated staff and our adherence to strict protocols in maintaining the safety of our residents and staff.

Additional facility status updates include:

  • 37 residents currently residing at the facility remain positive for COVID-19 and 1 additional resident of COVID positive status is still residing at the hospital.
  • All results were received from facility-wide testing that was conducted on 1/18/21 resulting in 2 new positive resident cases. 1 resident was identified as positive who resided on 3 Victoria and was immediately relocated to 3 Springs. All other residents residing on 3 Victoria received negative COVID-19 results. 1 resident was identified as positive who resided on 5 Springs and was immediately relocated to 3 Springs. All other residents residing on 5 Springs received a negative COVID-19 result.
  • 28 Residents who were expected to be released from quarantine today after completing their 14 day quarantine unfortunately received a continued positive COVID result. These individuals will be retested on 1/25/21.
  • Current designated COVID Units remain on 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria.
  • 11 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Daily updates on our status are always available online at thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/

Testing:

Rapid testing is occurring daily when there is any suspicion related to symptoms. Our next facility-wide testing is scheduled for 1/25/21.

Vaccine Update:

Our next vaccine clinic is tentatively scheduled onsite for staff and residents on 2/2/21.

Visitation Update:

The NYS Department of Health has not issued new directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. Currently, virtual visits are the only option being offered.

Thank you for the ongoing support,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 19, 2021

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

We are optimistic that we will see significant improvement in our status soon after completing our 2nd vaccine clinic for residents and staff last week. In addition, we are hoping that many of our positive residents who are asymptomatic and beyond 14 days in quarantine will receive a negative test this week and be released from quarantine. We will certainly keep you posted on any changes, but also wanted to provide a current status update for all of you:

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 72 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. Approximately 85% of residents who have tested positive remain asymptomatic.
  • Today, 1 resident was identified as positive who resided on 2 Hathorn and was relocated to 3 Springs. All other residents who reside on 2 Hathorn had a rapid test conducted immediately and resulted in negative test results.
  • Full facility-wide testing occurred on 1/18/21. Tests were gathered for 64 of the total 72 current positive residents who have completed their 14-day quarantine period; however still require two negative test results and to remain asymptomatic in order to be removed from isolation this week. Test results may vary and may require an additional isolation period for any positive resident that re-tests positive.
  • Current designated COVID Units are 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria.
  • 14 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Daily updates on our status are always available online at thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/
  • We are conducting calls every day with the NYS Department of Health to ensure they are fully aware of the facility’s status and to review any necessary changes in protocols.

Testing:

Rapid testing is occurring daily when there is any suspicion related to symptoms. As noted above, facility-wide testing occurred on 1/18/21.  Test results will be communicated as soon as they are received this week.

Vaccine Update:

Our next vaccine clinic is tentatively scheduled onsite for staff and residents on 2/2/21.

Visitation Update:

Obtaining the second round of vaccines gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus. However, the Department of Health has not issued new directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. In-house visitation is still suspended. Updates to The Wesley Community visitation practices will be communicated promptly, following any publication of directives by the Department of Health and a timely evaluation of the community’s eligibility. Window visits are canceled until further notice. Virtual visits are still available as we seek to minimize any spread of the virus.

Thank you for the ongoing support,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 14, 2021

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

As we continue our fight against this horrible virus, we are continuing to keep you updated on our status.

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  •  73 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. Approximately 80% of our total positive residents are asymptomatic.
  • All test results from 1/11/21 were received and resulted in 6 new positive cases identified. 2 residents resided on 2 Hathorn and were relocated to 3 Springs. 2 Residents resided on 4 Victoria and were relocated to 3 Springs. 1 Resident resided on 4 Springs and was relocated to 3 Springs. 1 resident previously resided on 2 Hathorn and passed away. Those family members were notified and we expressed our condolences.
  • 20 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Current designated COVID Units are 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria.
  • Full facility-wide testing is set for 1/18/21. Tests gathered at that time will include 56 of the current positive residents who have completed their 14-day quarantine period; however still need two negative test results and to remain asymptomatic in order to be removed from isolation. Test results may vary and may require an additional isolation period for any resident that re-tests positive.
  • Daily updates on our status are always available online at thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/

Testing:

Rapid testing is occurring daily when there is any suspicion related to symptoms. As noted above, facility-wide testing is set for 1/18/21.

Vaccine Update:

The second vaccination clinic was held on-site for our residents and staff on 1/12/21. I am pleased to report that 185 of our staff and 200 of our Wesley Health Care Center residents received DOSE 2 of the vaccine, for a total of 385 fully vaccinated residents and staff. We also have 52 residents and 83 staff who have now received Dose 1. These are people who for various reasons were not able to get vaccines on both occasions. These staff and residents will get Dose 2 and become fully vaccinated at our next vaccine clinic tentatively scheduled for 2/2/21.

The safety and wellbeing of our team members and residents will continue to remain our top priority. Consistent, frequent, and transparent communications to our staff, families and residents will be ongoing as there are continual changes that occur in response to the fast-moving COVID-19 challenges.

Thank you for the ongoing support,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 8, 2021

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

We understand how incredibly difficult this crisis has been for our residents, staff and families. Prior to this pandemic, our staff and residents celebrated birthdays and holidays with you. Since the day we were no longer able to have visitors, we have felt our families’ absence. To aid our residents’ well-being and keep you informed and connected, we created a communications team and deployed staff and technologies to conduct video chats and phone calls. We know though that this is no substitute for visiting your loved one in person, but do hope these extra efforts are helping as we navigate through this pandemic.

We are also committed to providing you with updates. Below is our current status:

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 75 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 4 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • 39 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Current designated COVID Units: 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria. COVID specific units, require N95 Masks at all times.

Testing:

Rapid testing is occurring daily when there is any suspicion related to symptoms. 2 new residents were identified as positive on 2 Hathorn this morning and were relocated to 3 Springs COVID Unit. Those family members were notified. All remaining residents on 2 Hathorn received a Rapid Test this morning and were negative.

Our next round of full facility-wide testing is set for 1/11/21.

Vaccine Update:

The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will take place next week on 1/12/21 and is scheduled again for 2/2/21. If a resident is COVID positive and asymptomatic they can receive the vaccine. Those that cannot receive Dose 2 at the next clinic, will instead be able to on 2/2/21.

Despite the pain and worry we all feel, please be assured that our staff continues to care for our beloved residents day and night to fight this virus. While this global health crisis has robbed us of all the small daily celebrations and special moments of life, we trust that through all the efforts and sacrifices of our wonderful staff, residents, and families, we will make it through this. None of us has the ability to predict exactly when, but we know it will happen. When it does, we will all allow ourselves the right time to grieve, remember, and rejoice.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 6, 2021

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 79 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 5 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • 39 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Current designated COVID Units: 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria. COVID specific units, require N95 Masks at all times.

Testing:

Facility-wide testing took place on Monday, January 4 and results were received.

12 new positive residents were identified. 9 Residents who resided on 2 Hathorn were relocated to 3 Springs. 2 Residents who resided on 2 Springs were relocated to 3 Springs. And 1 Resident who resided on 5 Springs was relocated to 3 Springs per cohorting plans directed by NYS DOH and our Medical Director.

Rapid testing is occurring daily when there is any suspicion related to symptoms. Our next round of full facility-wide testing is set for 1/11/21.

Vaccine Update:

The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will take place next week on 1/12/21 and is scheduled again for 2/2/21. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22/20 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22/20, they can receive their first dose on 1/12/21 and the second dose on 2/2/21.

PPE Requirements:

  • 3 Hathorn & 2 Victoria requires full droplet precautions immediately upon entry on the unit and to be worn at all times due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All Other Units:

  • Full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.
  • Universal eye protection at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection
  • Masking at all times. KN95 Masks are required for all staff working on the units. Staff working on the ground floor are recommended to wear KN95 Masks.

Communication:

In an effort to keep family members updated regarding their loved one’s status and to promote our unit staffs’ ability to focus on the care of our residents, a nurse will call the main medical contact only for each resident who is COVID positive one time daily, 7 days a week, to provide an update on their loved one’s status. Please allow us time each day to reach out to you regarding your loved one.

We respectfully request that family members communicate the information provided to them to the rest of their family to reduce the number of calls to the unit, again to allow the staff to focus on the care of the residents.

Please utilize the resources below for resident updates in an effort to limit the number of calls to the main unit nurses stations.

The COVID Hotline should be utilized for COVID status updates and any general inquiries related to your loved one of both negative and positive status and will be monitored 7 days a week from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Please leave a detailed message regarding your inquiry so that a response can be provided to you upon the return call. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

In addition, A RN Nursing Supervisor is available on evenings and weekends for general resident inquiries and can be reached at 518-691-1493 for the Springs Building and 518-691-1593 for Hathorn and Victoria Building. Due to the increase in clinical needs among our residents, the supervisor may not be available to answer your call immediately, and we ask that you please leave a message with the receptionist at 518-587-3600 and a Supervisor will return your call as soon as they can.

A RN Unit Coordinator and Social Worker is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on each unit and is directly responsible for your loved ones’ care. Springs Building Social Workers can be reached at 518-691-1500 (2S & 3S) or 518-691-1507 (4S & 5S). Hathorn Building Social Workers can be reached at 518-691-1524 (2H) or 518-691-1531 (3H). Victoria Building Social workers can be reached at 518-691-1515.

An RN Unit Coordinator or RN Nursing Supervisor will contact the main medical contact for any immediate change of status regarding your loved one.

2 Springs & 3 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1499      2 Hathorn Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1522

4 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518- 691-1503                        3 Hathorn Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1530

5 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1506                         2 Victoria Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1518

3 Victoria RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1514                         4 Victoria Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1510

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 5, 2021

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 69 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 4 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • 37 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Current designated COVID Units: 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria.

We remain hopeful that all of our residents and staff will overcome this virus and recover. Our dedicated staff is working around the clock to care for our beloved residents, and are exemplifying courage and teamwork despite the many challenges we currently face.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide testing took place on Monday, January 4th with results pending. Any positive residents identified will be cohorted based on their positive status according to NYS DOH guidelines and directives. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received. Rapid testing is ongoing as any suspicion related to symptoms occur.

PPE Precautions Change to COVID Unit:

Effective immediately, 3 Hathorn will require full droplet precautions immediately upon entry on the unit and to be worn at all times due to ongoing direct resident contact.

2 Victoria still requires full droplet precautions immediately upon entry on the unit and to be worn at all time due to ongoing direct resident contact.

4 Victoria will only require full droplet precautions for all direct resident physical contact.

COVID specific units, require N95 Masks at all times.

All Other Units:

  • Full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.
  • Universal eye protection at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection
  • Masking at all times. KN95 Masks are required for all staff working on the units. Staff working on the ground floor are recommended to wear KN95 Masks.

Communication:

In an effort to keep family members updated regarding their loved one’s status and to promote our unit staffs’ ability to focus on the care of our residents, a nurse will call the main medical contact for each resident who is COVID positive one time daily, 7 days a week, to provide an update on their loved one’s status. Please allow us time each day to reach out to you regarding your loved one.

We respectfully request that family members communicate the information provided to them to the rest of their family to reduce the number of calls to the unit, again to allow the staff to focus on the care of the residents.

Please utilize the resources below for resident updates in an effort to limit the number of calls to the main unit nurses stations.

The COVID Hotline should be utilized for COVID status updates and any general inquiries related to your loved one of both negative and positive status and will be monitored 7 days a week from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Please leave a detailed message regarding your inquiry so that a response can be provided to you upon the return call. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

In addition, A RN Nursing Supervisor is available on evenings and weekends for general resident inquiries and can be reached at 518-691-1493 for the Springs Building and 518-691-1593 for Hathorn and Victoria Building. Due to the increase in clinical needs among our residents, the supervisor may not be available to answer your call immediately, and we ask that you please leave a message with the receptionist at 518-587-3600 and a Supervisor will return your call as soon as they can.

A RN Unit Coordinator and Social Worker is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on each unit and is directly responsible for your loved ones’ care. Springs Building Social Workers can be reached at 518-691-1500 (2S & 3S) or 518-691-1507 (4S & 5S). Hathorn Building Social Workers can be reached at 518-691-1524 (2H) or 518-691-1531 (3H). Victoria Building Social workers can be reached at 518-691-1515.

An RN Unit Coordinator or RN Nursing Supervisor will contact the main medical contact for any immediate change of status regarding your loved one.

2 Springs & 3 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1499      2 Hathorn Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1522

4 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518- 691-1503                        3 Hathorn Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1530

5 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1506                         2 Victoria Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1518

3 Victoria RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1514                         4 Victoria Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1510

Vaccine Update: The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will take place next week on 1/12/21 and is scheduled again for 2/2/21. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22/20 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22/20, they can receive their first dose on 1/12/21 and the second dose on 2/2/21.

Thank you for our ongoing support. Together, we will get through this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 2, 2021

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 75 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 2 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • Test results were received from the facility wide testing on 12/29 and resulted in 8 newly identified positive resident cases. Families of positive residents were notified. 3 residents on 4 Victoria were identified as positive and will remain in place. 1 Resident on 2 Springs was relocated to 3 Springs and 4 Residents on 2 Hathorn were relocated to 3 Springs.
  • 36 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Current designated COVID Units: 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide testing will take place on Monday, January 4th. Rapid testing is ongoing as any suspicion related to symptoms occur.

Communication:

In an effort to keep family members updated regarding their loved one’s status and to promote our unit staff’s ability to focus on the care of our residents, a nurse will call the main medical contact for each resident who is COVID positive one time daily, 7 days a week, to provide an update on their loved one’s status. Please allow us time each day to reach out to you regarding your loved one.

We respectfully request that family members communicate the information provided to them to the rest of their family to reduce the number of calls to the unit, again to allow the staff to focus on the care of the residents.

Please utilize the resources below for resident updates in an effort to limit the number of calls to the main unit nurses stations.

The COVID Hotline should be utilized for COVID status updates and any general inquiries related to your loved one of both negative and positive status and will be monitored 7 days a week from 8:00 am until 5:00PM. Please leave a detailed message regarding your inquiry so that a response can be provided to you upon the return call. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

In addition, A RN Nursing Supervisor is available on evenings and weekends for general resident inquiries and can be reached at 518-691-1493 for the Springs Building and 518-691-1593 for Hathorn and Victoria Building. Due to the increase in clinical needs among our residents, the supervisor may not be available to answer your call immediately, and we ask that you please leave a message with the receptionist at 518-587-3600 and a Supervisor will return your call as soon as they can.

A RN Unit Coordinator and Social Worker is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on each unit and is directly responsible for your loved ones’ care. Springs Building Social Workers can be reached at 518-691-1500 (2S & 3S) or 518-691-1507 (4S & 5S). Hathorn Building Social Workers can be reached at 518-691-1524 (2H) or 518-691-1531 (3H). Victoria Building Social workers can be reached at 518-691-1515.

An RN Unit Coordinator or RN Nursing Supervisor will contact the main medical contact for any immediate change of status regarding your loved one.

2 Springs & 3 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1499      2 Hathorn Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1522

4 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518- 691-1503                        3 Hathorn Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1530

5 Springs RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1506                         2 Victoria Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1518

3 Victoria RN Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1514                         4 Victoria Unit Coordinator: 518-691-1510

A call was held the afternoon with the NYS Epidemiologist as well as the NYS Department of Health regarding the most recent status of the facility. Cohorting/room change initiatives, as well as recommended protocols and standards, were reviewed. Additional point-of-care rapid testing will take place to determine further room changes and to mitigate further spread of the virus.

We will continue to do whatever measures are necessary to continue to protect our residents during this challenging period. Teamwork remains the key to overcoming COVID-19 and we will get through this difficult time together.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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January 1, 2021

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 68 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 2 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • 33 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • Current designated COVID Units: 3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria are considered COVID units.

Last evening our team conducted a call with NYS Epidemiologist, Saratoga County Public Health and NYS Department of Health regarding the most recent status of the facility. We will continue to communicate daily with the NYS Epidemiologist, NYS Department of Health and Medical Director regarding cohorting initiatives as well as recommended protocols and standards, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment and point-of-care rapid testing to mitigate further spread of the virus. Our facility is currently pending test results taken facility wide on 12/29 and will communicate as soon as they are received. Positive Residents identified will be cohorted according to the NYS Department of Health directives.

Our hearts go out to anyone who may be affected by the coronavirus, especially our residents, employees and their families; we are wishing them good health and strength. We remain hopeful that our beloved residents and dedicated staff all continue to do well in their fight against COVID-19.

I am inspired every day by the actions of our dedicated staff, working around the clock to help and support each other and our residents in a time no one imagined we would encounter during our lives.

Please take care of yourself, family and friends. With teamwork, determination and optimism, we will overcome this.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 31, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 34 residents were identified as positive from Rapid test results conducted this afternoon. 2 Residents tested positive from 4 Springs and were relocated to the 3 Springs COVID unit. 2 Residents from 2 Springs tested positive and were relocated to the 3 Springs COVID Unit. 30 residents from 3 Hathorn were identified as positive and will remain in place on 3 Hathorn, which is now treated as a COVID unit. All families of positive residents were notified this afternoon.
  • 68 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 2 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • 31 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. Three additional staff completed their 14 day quarantine.

We are working closely with the NYS Epidemiologist, NYS Department of Health and Medical Director daily regarding the increase in cases. We remain hopeful that our beloved residents and dedicated staff all continue to do well in their fight against COVID-19 and that we can mitigate this virus spreading further at WHCC.

Current designated COVID Units:  3 Springs, 3 Hathorn and 4 Victoria are considered COVID units.

While we continue to fight against this virus, we will work to keep you updated on our progress via our website.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 31, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 34 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 2 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • Additional cohorting according to resident COVID status was conducted yesterday with approval from the NYS Department of Health and Medical Director.
  • All residents on 2 Hathorn had a Rapid Test conducted yesterday and all received negative results.
  • 2 Hathorn is no longer considered a COVID unit at this time requiring N95 Masks, however this unit does require KN95 masks like all other non-covid units.
  • Additional Rapid Testing is taking place today on 3 Hathorn and 2 Springs. Positive results and room changes will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Any positive resident cases identified will be relocated to available rooms on the 3 Springs COVID unit based on availability.
  • 34 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. Three new staff cases were identified yesterday and 3 staff members completed their 14 day quarantine.

We remain hopeful that our beloved residents and dedicated staff all continue to do well in their fight against COVID-19.

Testing:   Additional facility-wide testing occurred on 12/29/20 and results are pending and will be communicated as soon as they are received. Additional facility wide testing is scheduled for 1/4/20. Rapid testing is being conducted on-site with any onset or suspicion of symptoms.

Designated COVID Units:  Staff require N95 Mask at all times. Full droplet precautions for all direct resident contact. 3 Springs and 4 Victoria are considered COVID units. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

All Other Units:

  • Full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.
  • Universal eye protection at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection
  • Masking at all times. KN95 Masks are required for all staff working on the units, except the COVID specific units, which require N95 Masks. Staff working on the ground floor are recommended to wear KN95 Masks.

2 Victoria still requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All Units Closed:

ALL UNITS are on closure precautions. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to limit any exposure throughout the facility. All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with the door shut, with no communal dining or group activities. All residents on all units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. All window visits are cancelled. Resident outside appointments should continue only if medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services can continue if medically necessary with proper PPE. Therapy Services can continue on all units however In-room Services are required, only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary with resident masking required. Full droplet precautions are in effect on all units for all direct resident physical contact and for instances over 10 minutes.

Vaccine Update: The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will be on 1/12/21 and 2/2/21. A notice will be sent to all staff regarding additional signup opportunities. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22/20 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22/20, they can receive their first dose on 1/12/21 and the second dose on 2/2/21.

Visitation Update: Obtaining the first round of vaccines gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus. However, the Department of Health has not issued directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. In-house visitation is still suspended. Updates to The Wesley Community visitation practices will be communicated promptly, following any publication of directives by the Department of Health and a timely evaluation of the community’s eligibility. Window visits are canceled until further notice. Virtual visits are still available as we seek to minimize any spread of the virus.

Communication:

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families of those residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families of those residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

While we continue to fight against this virus, we will work to keep you updated on our progress via our website.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 30, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 34 residents currently residing at the facility are positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. 2 additional COVID positive residents are currently at the hospital.
  • 11 residents completed their 14 day quarantine and received two negative COVID tests yesterday and were relocated to non-covid units.
  • Two residents recently passed away. We offer our condolences to the residents’ loved ones.
  • 33 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.

We remain hopeful that our beloved residents and dedicated staff all do well in their fight against COVID-19.

Testing:   Additional facility-wide testing occurred on 12/29/20 and results are pending and will be communicated as soon as they are received. Additional facility wide testing is scheduled for 1/4/20. Rapid testing is being conducted on-site with any onset or suspicion of symptoms.

Designated COVID Units:  Staff require N95 Mask at all times. Full droplet precautions for all direct resident contact. 3 Springs, 2 Hathorn and 4 Victoria are considered COVID units. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions are defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

All Other Units:

  • Full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.
  • Universal eye protection at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection
  • Masking at all times. KN95 Masks are recommended for all staff working on the units, except the COVID specific units, which require N95 Masks.

2 Victoria still requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All Units Closed:

ALL UNITS are on closure precautions. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to limit any exposure throughout the facility. All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with the door shut, with no communal dining or group activities. All residents on all units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. All window visits are cancelled. Resident outside appointments should continue only if medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services can continue if medically necessary with proper PPE. Therapy Services can continue on all units however In-room Services are required, only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary with resident masking required. Full droplet precautions are in effect on all units for all direct resident physical contact and for instances over 10 minutes.

Vaccine Update: The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will be on 1/12/21 and 2/2/21. A notice will be sent to all staff regarding additional signup opportunities. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22/20 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22/20, they can receive their first dose on 1/12/21 and the second dose on 2/2/20.

Visitation Update: Obtaining the first round of vaccines gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus. However, the Department of Health has not issued directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. In-house visitation is still suspended. Updates to The Wesley Community visitation practices will be communicated promptly, following any publication of directives by the Department of Health and a timely evaluation of the community’s eligibility. Window visits are canceled until further notice. Virtual visits are still available as we seek to minimize any spread of the virus.

While we continue to fight against this virus, we will work to keep you updated on our progress via our website.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 27, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 49 residents are currently positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • One resident recently passed away. We offer our condolences to the resident’s loved ones.
  • 25 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.

We are hopeful that our beloved residents and dedicated staff all do well in their fight against COVID-19.

Testing:  Despite our comprehensive efforts to mitigate the virus, facility-wide test results were received from the testing cycle that took place on 12/23/20, resulting in 30 new positive resident cases. Family members of newly positive residents were notified. We took immediate steps to relocate all positive residents to cohorted locations based on their positive status according to NYS DOH guidelines and directives. 3 Springs, 2 Hathorn and 4 Victoria are now considered COVID units. 2 Residents residing on 2 Springs and 1 resident residing on 4 Springs were relocated to the 3 Springs COVID unit. 6 Residents residing on 2H and 3 residents residing on 3H were relocated together in one isolated section on 2 Hathorn. 18 Residents located on 4 Victoria are remaining in place with all positive residents residing together. All negative residents residing on 3S, 2H and 4V are required to remain in place per the Department of Health directive, NYS Epidemiologist and Wesley Health Care Center’s Medical Director.

Additional facility wide testing is scheduled for 12/29/20 and 1/4/20. Rapid testing is being conducted on-site with any onset or suspicion of symptoms.

Designated COVID Units:  Staff require N95 Mask at all times. Full droplet precautions for all direct resident contact. 3 Springs, 2 Hathorn and 4 Victoria are considered COVID units. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

All Other Units:

  • Full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.
  • Universal eye protection at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection
  • Masking at all times. KN95 Masks are recommended for all staff working on the units, except the COVID specific units, which require N95 Masks.

2 Victoria still requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All Units Closed:

ALL UNITS are now required to be placed on closure precautions until another round of facility-wide testing can occur and negative test results are received. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to limit any exposure throughout the facility. All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with the door shut, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. All window visits are cancelled. Resident outside appointments should continue only if medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services can continue if medically necessary. Therapy Services can continue on all units however In-room Services are required, only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary with resident masking required. Full droplet precautions are in effect on all units for all direct resident physical contact and for instances over 10 minutes.

Vaccine Update: The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will be on 1/12/21 and 2/2/21. A notice will be sent to all staff regarding additional signup opportunities. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22/20 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22/20, they can receive their first dose on 1/12/21 and the second dose on 2/2/20.

Visitation Update: Obtaining the first round of vaccines gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus. However, the Department of Health has not issued directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. In-house visitation is still suspended. Updates to The Wesley Community visitation practices will be communicated promptly, following any publication of directives by the Department of Health and a timely evaluation of the community’s eligibility. Window visits are canceled until further notice. Virtual visits are still available as we seek to minimize any spread of the virus.

While we continue to fight against this virus we will work to keep you updated on our progress.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 26, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 19 residents are currently positive for COVID-19 with all positive residents currently residing on the 3 Springs COVID unit. 1 additional positive resident currently resides at the hospital for non-COVID related reasons. 1 Positive Resident recently passed away. The family was notified and we have expressed our condolences.
  • 21 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.

Testing:  Facility wide test results occurred on 12/23/20 with results pending. Results will be shared as soon as they are received.  Additional facility wide testing is scheduled for 12/30/20 and 1/4/20. Rapid testing is being conducted on-site with any onset or suspicion of symptoms.

Current PPE Requirements still remain in effect:

All units require all staff, included contracted staff to follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria still requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions at all times.

Unit Closures Update – All Units Closed:

Unfortunately, due to the 4 most recent positive staff cases and the responsibilities associated with those individuals throughout the facility, ALL UNITS are now required to be placed on closure precautions until another round of facility-wide testing can occur and results are received. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to limit any exposure throughout the facility. All units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. All window visits are cancelled. Resident outside appointments should continue only if medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services can continue if medically necessary. Therapy Services can continue on all units however In-room Services are required, only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary with resident masking required. Full droplet precautions is in effect on all units for all direct resident physical contact.

Closed/Affected Units Include:
3 Springs (COVID Unit)       4 Springs             2 Springs             2 Hathorn               5 Springs

4 Victoria           3 Hathorn                  3 Victoria               2 Victoria

 Vaccine Update: The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will be on 1/12/21 and 2/2/21. A notice will be sent to all staff regarding additional signup opportunities. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22, they can receive their first dose on 1/2/21 and the second dose on 2/2/20.

Visitation Update: Obtaining the first round of vaccines gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus. However, the Department of Health has not issued directives for lifting restrictions on in-house visitation with regard to staff, resident or family vaccination status. In-house visitation is still suspended. Updates to The Wesley Community visitation practices will be communicated promptly, following any publication of directives by the Department of Health and a timely evaluation of the community’s eligibility. Window visits are canceled until further notice. Virtual visits are still available as we seek to minimize any spread of the virus.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 23, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 25 residents are currently positive for COVID-19 with all positive residents currently residing on the 3 Springs COVID unit. 3 Residents completed their 14-day quarantine and received a negative COVID result and were moved off of the COVID Unit. One positive Resident passed away yesterday. The family was notified and we expressed our condolences.
  • 18 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and are in the 14-day window as of this letter.

Testing:  Facility wide test results were received from Friday, December 18, with a total of 285 negative test results. Within this testing group, we had 5 new positive residents cases (1 resident no longer resided in the nursing home, 2 already resided on the 3S COVID unit, 2 resided on 2H). Families of positive residents have been notified and these new positive residents were relocated to the 3S COVID unit. In addition, 13 positive residents residing on 3S will be completing their 14- day quarantine only after two negative COVID tests are received. Rapid testing for these 13 residents are planned for Sunday, December 27 and Monday, December 28. Previously positive residents will only be relocated after two negative COVID tests are received. Additional facility-wide testing took place on Wednesday, December 23. Results will be shared as soon as they are received.

Current PPE Requirements still remain in effect:

All units require all staff, included contracted staff to follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria still requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions at all times.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected/Open Units Include:
·       3 Springs (COVID Unit)

·       4 Springs

·       2 Springs

·       2 Hathorn

·       5 Springs

·       4 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn

·       3 Victoria

·       2 Victoria (New as of 12/23)

Reminder: Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments are discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, must be scheduled at the end of the day. Therapy Services can continue on all units including Closed/Affected Units however In-room Services are required, only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary with resident masking required.

Reminder: Open/Non-affected units may allow residents to leave their room in limited durations (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. full droplet precautions, social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) with very limited capacity use of lounges, dining rooms and minimized group activities. Window visits continue on non-affected units.  Dentist and Podiatrist services will be continued on non-unaffected units. Therapy Services can continue on all units including Open/Non-affected units, however group therapy and off-unit therapy is still discontinued with resident masking required.

Vaccine Update: Yesterday on December 22, Walgreens Pharmacist representatives were on-site to provide  the Pfizer vaccine for residents and staff. All residents of negative COVID status or who previously were positive and recovered, were eligible to receive the vaccine unless a declination was verbally received. The next vaccine clinic will be on 1/12/21 and 2/2/21. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22, they can receive their first dose on 1/2/21 and the second dose on 2/2/20. Obtaining the first round of vaccines gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus.

Infection Control Survey: Yesterday on December 22, NYS Department of Health Surveyors conducted an on-site Infection Control Specific Survey. After a full day of inspection and observation, surveyors reported zero deficient practices as a result of their survey. This is our third survey in 3 months, all of which have resulted in zero deficient practices. This is a true testament to our dedicated staff and our adherence to strict protocols in maintaining the safety of our residents and staff.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 21, 2020

Dear Family Members of Wesley Health Care Center,

We’re excited to announce that Wesley Health Care Center residents will be receiving the COVID – 19 vaccine tomorrow, on December 22nd. The rollout of the vaccine has come at a very quick pace since it was approved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided that residents in long-term care are in the highest priority group and they will get the vaccine first—along with a prioritized group of our staff. From what we know today, resident families and other people in the general community will have to wait for vaccinations until later in the year, when the supply of vaccines is larger.

Here are the details of our Resident Vaccination Plan:

  • Wesley Health Care Center has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacies to initiate the vaccine process on-site
  • There will be no cost to residents for the shots
  • Vaccine will be administered as DOSE 1 and DOSE 2 (21 Days between Dose 1 and 2)
  • The dates of the vaccine clinics will be 12/22/20, 1/13/21 and 2/7/21. Residents who receive the vaccine on 12/22 will receive their second dose on 1/13/21. For any resident that can’t be vaccinated on 12/22, they can receive their first dose on 1/13/21 and the second dose on 2/7/20.
  • If your loved currently has COVID-19 they will not receive the vaccine on 12/22/20.
  • If your loved one had COVID-19, they can still get vaccinated once they are symptom free and out of the isolation phase.
  • Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. These types of side-effects are more common with the first injection but not as common with the second injection. It’s important you receive both shots.
  • If your loved one can’t sign or give verbal consent for the vaccine, then the Health Care Proxy should have received a call to discuss if you would like your loved one to get vaccinated.

Included with this letter is a Pfizer Covid 19 EUA Fact Sheet to help you understand more about why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. If you have other concerns, please contact Jana Matney, DON who is the vaccine point person for Wesley Health Care Center. She can be reached at 518-691-1488 or jrmatney@thewesleycommunity.org

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect residents and everyone around them, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with the immune system, so it is ready to fight the virus if someone is exposed. Getting these shots will not only protect residents from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

The news of a vaccine gives us hope for a new chapter to our fight against this virus. I am so appreciative of the support and cooperation you all have given us during these past nine tough months. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we’re moving toward a COVID-free future.

Sincerely,

Dutch Hayward, Chief Operating Officer

Please see this FAQ via the link to PDF below:

Pfizer Covid 19 EUA Fact Sheet

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December 20, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 24 residents are positive for COVID-19 with all positive residents currently residing on the 3 Springs COVID unit. One additional resident was hospitalized last evening and the family was notified. One resident of positive status passed away. The family was notified and we have expressed our condolences.
  • 15 staff members remain positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. 1 Staff member was released from quarantine and has received a negative test result.

Testing:  Facility wide test results are currently pending from Friday, December 18. Results will be shared as soon as they are received.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       3 Springs (COVID Unit)

·       5 Springs

·       4 Springs

·       2 Springs

·       2 Hathorn

·       2 Victoria

·       4 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn

·       3 Victoria

Reminder: Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments are discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, be scheduled at the end of the day.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 19, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 25 residents are positive for COVID-19 and 1 presumed positive for COVID, with all positive residents currently residing on the 3 Springs COVID unit. One resident who tested positive remains hospitalized.
  • 16 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter.

Testing:  The 293 Test results from 12/14 were received, resulting in 7 positive resident cases. Three of those 7 cases had been previously identified last week with a Rapid Test, were already announced, and the residents were already placed on isolation on 3S. The remaining 4 newly identified positive residents cases were relocated to 3 Springs. An additional Rapid test was conducted yesterday and identified one additional positive resident. All families were notified last evening and room changes conducted with direction from the our Medical Director and New York State Department of Health.

 

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       3 Springs (COVID Unit)

·       5 Springs

·       4 Springs (closed as of 12/18 due to 1 positive Resident Case who were relocated to 3 Springs)

·       2 Springs

·       2 Hathorn (Closed as of 12/19 due to 3 positive Resident’s who were relocated to 3 Springs)

·       2 Victoria

·       4 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn

·       3 Victoria

Reminder: Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments are discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, be scheduled at the end of the day.

Reminder: Non-affected units may leave their room in limited durations (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. full droplet precautions, social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) with very limited capacity use of lounges, dining rooms and minimized group activities. Window visits continue on non-affected units.  Dentist and Podiatrist services will be continued on non-unaffected units.

Other Services Continuing On ALL Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room for all units. End of Life Visits can continue on the 3 Springs COVID unit.
  • Therapy Services on all units except 3 Springs (Closed/Affected Units require: In-room Services only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.
  • Hair Services are currently on hold for all units.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 18, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 22 residents are positive for COVID-19 and currently reside on 3 Springs and are in the 14-day window as of this letter. We had 3 new positive resident cases today and those families were notified. One resident who tested positive remains hospitalized.
  • 16 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received two positive staff notifications today. One previously positive staff member returned to work on 12/17 with a negative COVID test and completion of a 14-day furlough.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals.

Testing:

All testing results from 12/14/20 were received for 2V, 3H and 2S. All are negative. The remaining unit results will be communicated as soon as they are received. 4 Springs residents all received point of care tests today and all were negative. Additional facility-wide resident testing will occur on Wednesday, December 23. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       3 Springs (COVID Unit) (Closed as of 12/18 due to 1 positive resident who already resided on 3 Springs)

·       5 Springs

·       4 Springs  (Closed as of 12/18 due to 1 positive resident who was relocated to 3 Springs)

·       2 Springs  (Closed as of 12/18 due to 1 positive staff member)

·       2 Hathorn (Closed as of 12/18 due to 1 positive Resident who was relocated to 3 Springs)

·       2 Victoria  (Closed as of 12/18 due to 1 positive staff Member)

 

·       4 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn   (Reopening as of 12/18)

·       3 Victoria   (Reopening as of 12/18)

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690 and Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437. Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 17, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 19 residents positive for COVID-19 and currently reside on 3 Springs and in the 14-day window as of this letter. We had no new positive resident cases today. One of the 19 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized. One resident of the original 20 residents who tested positive for COVID passed away this morning. Their family was notified and we have expressed our condolences.
  • 15 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received three positive staff notifications today. None of these individuals have been on-site since 12/13 or earlier. One positive staff member’s responsibilities does not require direct resident care.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals.

Testing:

Monday, 12/14/20, testing results will be communicated as soon as they are received. Additional facility-wide resident testing will occur again tomorrow on Friday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 23. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       2 Victoria  (Reopening date TBD; pending COVID test results)

·       3 Hathorn  (Reopening date TBD; pending COVID test results)

·       3 Victoria  (Reopening date TBD; pending COVID test results)

·       3 Springs (COVID Unit)

·       5 Springs

·       4 Springs (Closed as of 12/17 due to 1 positive staff member)

·       2 Springs (Closed as of 12/17 due to 1 positive staff member)

·       4 Victoria

·       2 Hathorn

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690 and Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 16, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 20 residents positive for COVID-19 and currently reside on 3 Springs and in the 14-day window as of this letter. We had no new positive resident cases today. One of the original 21 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized.
  • 12 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received one positive staff notification yesterday evening and no new positive staff cases today.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide resident testing will occur again on Friday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 23. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       2 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn

·       3 Victoria

·       3 Springs (COVID Unit) (As of 12/15 due to 1 new staff case)

·       5 Springs

·       4 Springs

·       4 Victoria

·       2 Springs

·       2 Hathorn

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 15, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 20 residents positive for COVID-19 and currently reside on 3 Springs and in the 14-day window as of this letter. We had one new positive resident case who tested positive yesterday afternoon who resides on 3 Springs. This family has been notified. One of the original 21 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized.
  • 11 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received one positive staff notification yesterday afternoon and one positive staff member this evening. One previously positive staff member was cleared to return to work after a 14-day quarantine and negative test result.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals. 

Testing:

Additional facility-wide resident testing will occur again on Friday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 23. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·        2 Victoria

·        3 Hathorn

·        3 Victoria

·        3 Springs (COVID Unit) (As of 12/14 due to 1 new resident case and 2 new staff case)

·        5 Springs

·        4 Springs

·        4 Victoria

·        2 Springs

·        2 Hathorn

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 14, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status is:

  • 20 residents positive for COVID-19 and currently reside on 3 Springs and in the 14-day window as of this letter. We have one new positive resident case who resided on 4 Springs in a private room and was immediately relocated to 3 Springs COVID unit as of last evening. Two additional residents tested positive today who reside on 3 Springs. These families have been notified. One of the 20 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized.
  • 10 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received no positive staff notifications today.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals. No additional residents with a negative COVID status have had any symptoms as of today.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide resident testing occurred today on Monday, December 14 and will occur again on Friday, December 18. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·        2 Victoria

·        3 Hathorn

·        3 Victoria

·        3 Springs (COVID Unit) (As of 12/14 due to 2 new resident cases)

·        5 Springs (As of 12/13 due to 1 new staff case)

·        4 Springs (As of 12/13 due to 1 new resident case who was relocated to 3 Springs)

·        4 Victoria

·        2 Springs

·        2 Hathorn

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio

Administrator


Coronavirus Updates Home

December 13, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status:

  • 17 residents from 3 Springs remain positive for COVID-19 and in the 14-day window as of this letter. We have no new additional positive resident cases today. One of the 17 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized. One of the original 18 residents passed away earlier today. The family has been notified and we have expressed our condolences.
  • 10 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received 2 positive staff notifications today. These staff will remain furloughed for 14 days. One staff member who was previously positive has been cleared and returned to the schedule.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals. No residents with a negative COVID status have had any symptoms as of today.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide resident testing is planned for Monday, December 14 and Friday, December 18. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       2 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn

·       3 Victoria

·       3 Springs (COVID Unit) (As of 12/13 due to 1 new staff case)

·       5 Springs (As of 12/13 due to 1 new staff case)

·       4 Springs

·       4 Victoria

·       2 Springs

·       2 Hathorn

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 12, 2020

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

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status:

  • 9 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We received 2 positive staff notifications today. These staff will remain furloughed for 14 days.
  • 18 residents from 3 Springs remain positive for COVID-19 and in the 14-day window as of this letter. We have no new additional positive resident cases today. One of the 18 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized.
  • All residents on 3 Springs continue additional surveillance and monitoring for any symptoms and vitals. No residents with a negative COVID status have had any symptoms as of today.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide resident testing is planned for Monday, December 14 and Friday, December 18. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu are being conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms daily.

Current PPE Requirements:

All PPE requirements, visitation opportunities, and other services remain the same as in my communication from December 11. Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/category/coronavirus-updates/ for complete details and ongoing updates.

 

Closed/Affected Units Include:Non-Affected Units Include:
·       2 Victoria

·       3 Hathorn

·       3 Victoria

·       3 Springs (COVID Unit) (As of 12/12 due to 1 new staff case)

·       5 Springs (As of 12/12 due to 1 new staff case)

·       4 Springs

·       4 Victoria

·       2 Springs

·       2 Hathorn

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates for all current and previous communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 11, 2020

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

Thank you for the continued support being shared with our team daily. Our dedicated team is working hard to keep our residents and staff safe – and this will continue to be our highest priority.

The NYS Department of Health and our Medical Director continue to be updated for ongoing guidance and directives regarding the facility’s status. Wesley has implemented and followed all recommended protocols to care for residents from the affected unit to help mitigate further spread of the virus, and will continue to do so.

As of this letter, the Current Facility Status:

  • 7 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We have not received any new positive staff notifications today.
  • 18 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This represents one new case on 3 Springs from yesterday’s notice and that family has been notified. All are located on 3 Springs with residents residing together based on the same COVID status. One of the 18 residents who tested positive remains hospitalized
  • All residents on 3 Springs are undergoing additional surveillance and monitoring of any symptoms and vitals. Dedicated personnel are assigned to the affected residents to minimize the chance for the virus to spread.

Testing:

Additional facility-wide resident testing is planned for Monday, December 14 and Friday, December 18. Additional rapid and lab tests for COVID and/or Flu will be conducted on any residents displaying new symptoms.

Current PPE Requirements:

All units require all staff, including contracted staff, to follow full droplet precautions for all direct resident physical contact.  If a staff member is only entering a resident room with no physical direct contact with a resident, only mask and eye protection is needed. Note: FULL droplet precautions are defined as gloves, gown, mask and eye protection (faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions for all direct resident physical contact.

Closed/Affected Units include:

  • 2 Victoria
  • 3 Springs (COVID Unit)
  • 3 Hathorn
  • 3 Victoria

Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments are discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, be scheduled at the end of the day.

Non-Affected Units Include:

  • 4 Springs
  • 4 Victoria
  • 5 Springs (New as of 12/11- Quarantine period concluded)
  • 2 Springs (New as of 12/11- Quarantine period concluded)
  • 2 Hathorn (New as of 12/11) This unit is no longer affected but remains a closed quarantine unit.

Non-affected units may leave their room in limited durations (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. full droplet precautions, social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) with limited capacity use of lounges, dining rooms and minimized group activities. Window visits continue on non-affected units.  Dentist and Podiatrist services will be continued on all unaffected units.

Other Services Continuing On ALL Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units. A dedicated Life Enrichment Staff member has been assigned to the 3 Springs COVID unit and will be conducting Skype visits for all residents residing on this unit. 3 Springs Family members can begin signing up on 12/12/20 for virtual visits.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room for all units. End of Life Visits can continue on the 3 Springs COVID unit.
  • Therapy Services on all units except 3 Springs (Closed/Affected Units: In-room Services only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.
  • Hair Services are currently on hold for all units.

Visitation Scheduling/Instructions:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”).

Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

In-Person Visitation Status: Reopening for in-person visits will be communicated when the facility is eligible.

Communication Updates:

The family hotline is to be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for facility COVID updates.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 10, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed overnight on December 9 and into the early morning hours of December 10 that a number of residents of 3 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19 based on our most recent round of standard testing on Monday, December 7 and subsequent rapid testing today.

Out of 44 residents on the floor, a total of 17 have tested positive for COVID-19 as of this notification. One resident has been hospitalized. The remaining positive residents have been isolated on the floor and are receiving comprehensive care from dedicated staff following strict health and safety protocols. The case count also includes one resident from the Victoria building who tested positive and was relocated to 3 Springs to contain the virus.

We were simultaneously notified that two staff members from 3 Springs have tested positive for the virus and were immediately furloughed for a 14 day period. Staff that had interaction on this floor have been contacted by our Employee Health team.

Residents of 3 Springs who tested negative are being separated from those who have tested positive and are being closely monitored by dedicated staff.

The NYS Department of Health and our medical director have been notified of the new cases. Wesley will implement and follow all recommended protocols to care for residents in the affected unit to help mitigate further spread of the virus.

All other facility tests have been received and resulted in negative test results.

Current Facility Status:

  • 7 staff members have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the 14-day window as of this letter.
  • 17 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. All are now located on 3 Springs. One resident has been hospitalized.

All residents on 3 Springs are undergoing additional surveillance and monitoring of any symptoms and vitals. Dedicated personnel are assigned to the affected residents to minimize the chance for the virus to spread.

Testing:

All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Additional facility-wide resident testing is planned for Monday, December 14 and Friday, December 18.

Current PPE Requirements:

All units require all staff, including contracted staff, to follow full droplet precautions for all direct resident physical contact.  If a staff member is only entering a resident room with no physical direct contact with a resident, only mask and eye protection is needed. Note: FULL droplet precautions is defined as gloves, gown, mask and eye protection (faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions at all times.

Closed/Affected Units include:

  • 2 Victoria
  • 2 Springs
  • 3 Springs (COVID Unit)
  • 2 Hathorn
  • 3 Hathorn
  • 5 Springs
  • 3 Victoria

Non-Affected Units Include:

  • 4 Springs
  • 4 Victoria

Other Services Continuing On ALL Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units except 3 Springs (Closed/Affected Units: In-room Services only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.

In-Person Visitation Status: Reopening for in-person visits would occur tentatively the week of December 28, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and communicated in the coming weeks.

Communication Updates:

The family hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 9, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed on December 9, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

The staff member last worked from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with responsibilities that require no resident contact on these dates

  • Monday, December 7
  • Tuesday, December 8
  • Wednesday, December 9 (7a – 8a)

In addition, we were notified today that one resident at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19 after our most recent round of resident testing. We are still in the process of receiving the rest of the resident results from our last round of testing and will notify everyone if additional cases have been identified. All other resident results received were negative for 3 Victoria, 4 Springs and 2 Springs. The remaining results will be communicated as soon as possible after being received.

The one resident who tested positive resided on 3 Victoria in a private room and was immediately isolated to their new room in a designated COVID wing secluded from the rest of the residents and staff. They will receive consistent staff to care for them per our Medical Director. This COVID wing is closed off to all other residents and staff. Our Medical Director and the NYS Department of Health were notified of both new cases for additional directives to be taken throughout the facility. The facility will follow necessary protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus throughout the rest of the facility.

Current Facility Status:

Our current status, in total, is 5 staff that have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and currently remain in the 14-day window as of this letter. We have one resident currently positive for COVID-19.

All Current Unit Closures, PPE requirements and restrictions will remain in effect until: December 23, 2020

Testing:

All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however, we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

Resident testing is planned for:

  • Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Friday, December 18, 2020

Current PPE Requirements:

All units require all staff, included contracted staff to follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.  If a staff member is just entering a resident room with no physical direct contact of a resident, then only mask and eye protection is needed. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times. Glasses do not qualify as eye protection.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions at all times.

Closed/Affected Units include:

  • 2 Victoria
  • 2 Springs
  • 3 Springs
  • 2 Hathorn
  • 3 Hathorn
  • 5 Springs
  • 3 Victoria (NEW)

Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments are discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, be scheduled at the end of the day.

Non-Affected Units Include:

  • 4 Springs
  • 4 Victoria

Non-affected units may leave their room (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) with limited capacity use of lounges, dining rooms and minimized group activities. Window visits will continue on non-affected units.  Dentist and Podiatrist services will be continued on all unaffected units. Hair Services will continue.

Other Services Continuing On ALL Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units (Closed/Affected Units: In-room Services only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.
  • Beautician Services currently on hold due to position being reopened. Recruitment is underway.

Visitation Scheduling/Instructions:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”). Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio, at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

In-Person Visitation Status:

Reopening for in-person visits would occur tentatively on December 24, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and communicated in the coming weeks.

Communication Updates:

The family hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

Coronavirus Updates Home

December 6, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed on the night of Saturday, December 5, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was not in the building at the time and had not worked since Sunday, November 29, 2020. The individual will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

The staff member last worked from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on 3 Springs & 3:00 p – 11:00 pm on 3 Hathorn on:

  • Sunday, November 29

Current Facility Status:

Our current status, in total, is 2 residents and 4 staff that have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and currently remain in the 14-day window as of this letter.

All Unit Closures, PPE requirements and restrictions will remain in effect until: December 19, 2020

Testing:

All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however, we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

Resident testing is planned for:

  • Monday, December 7, 2020
  • Monday, December 14, 2020

Current PPE Requirements:

All units require all staff, included contracted staff to follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.  If a staff member is just entering a resident room with no physical direct contact of a resident, then only mask and eye protection is needed. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions at all times.

Closed/Affected Units include:

  • 2 Victoria
  • 2 Springs
  • 3 Springs
  • 2 Hathorn
  • 3 Hathorn
  • 5 Springs

Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments on discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, be scheduled at the end of the day.

Non-Affected Units Include:

  • 4 Springs
  • 3 Victoria
  • 4 Victoria

Non-affected units may leave their room (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) with limited capacity use of lounges, dining rooms and minimized group activities. Window visits will continue on non-affected units.  Dentist and Podiatrist services will be continued on all unaffected units. Hair Services will continue.

Other Services Continuing On ALL Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units (Closed/Affected Units: In-room Services only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.

Visitation Scheduling/Instructions:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”). Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio, at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

In-Person Visitation Status:

Reopening for in-person visits would occur tentatively the week of December 21, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and communicated in the coming weeks.

Communication Updates:

The family hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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December 4, 2020

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

As the prevalence of COVID 19 increases in all areas of the state and country, Wesley Health Care Center remains highly vigilant in its screening, testing and sanitizing programs. The availability of highly effective vaccines is very promising; and Wesley Health Care Center has enrolled in both state and federal distribution programs. When vaccine distribution is available, detailed information will be provided to residents and their families, as well as staff, including consent authorizations as required.

On Monday, November 30, all residents in the facility were tested for COVID-19 upon the identification of a positive staff member. All resident test results have been received and all resident test results were negative. The two residents of positive status currently located in the COVID wing are awaiting results at the end of their required 14-day quarantine period and are currently not included in the negative results reported today. Residents that refused testing were placed on isolation for a 14-day period. Residents will be tested again on Monday, December 7 and Monday, December 14. All Unit Closures, PPE requirements and restrictions will remain in effect until December 18, 2020. Our current facility status, in total, is 2 residents and 3 staff that have recently tested positive for COVID-19. The 2 positive residents currently on quarantine have remained asymptomatic and will be relocated back to their original room at the conclusion of their 14-day isolation period which is scheduled for end of day on Monday, December 7, but only after receiving  negative COVID test results.

We have received family inquiries about the steps necessary to taking their loved one home for Christmas Day. It is imperative that all family members and residents are aware of the NYS Department of Health issued guidance pertaining to Holidays as it relates to Nursing Home Residents, no matter the length of time the resident leaves the facility. Wesley Health Care Center strongly discourages any resident from leaving the facility during the holiday season and during this ongoing pandemic, unless medically necessary. Choosing to do so may significantly impact your loved one as well as other families’ loved ones and our staff in the event that the virus is unknowingly carried back into our facility.

In fact, in the NYS DOH advisory, it states:

NYSDOH and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommend against residents leaving nursing homes for home or family visitation or other social outings during the holiday season.  Data has shown that small family gatherings contribute to COVID-19 spread.  The CDC and NYSDOH recommend that individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 avoid in-person gatherings with individuals with whom they do not live.

NYS Health Department protocols listed below will be required to be followed by the resident and family member regardless of how long the resident is away from the facility (even if just for a few hours). If you are considering bringing your loved one home for a visit, we are asking that you strongly reconsider and make the very difficult decision to forego your family’s immediate joy in the holidays, for the greater good of all of our residents and staff. Although an extremely difficult choice, we are confident that we all want to place safety first and none of us want to endure these past few weeks of restrictions any longer than necessary. We hope that you will take all of this into consideration when making these decisions.

If you do choose to have your loved one leave the facility, it is important that you and your family are fully educated on the mandated steps to do so by the New York State Department of Health and notify our team immediately to plan accordingly.

Below you will find Federal & State Department of Health Requirements issued on 11/24/20, as they relate to a Resident departure from the facility during the holiday season. Wesley Health Care Center MUST comply with these procedures without exception.

Residents who choose to leave the facility for the upcoming holiday must:

  1. Quarantine or minimize contact to the extent safely possible prior to their return to the facility.
  2. Resident must test negative for COVID-19 immediately (within 24 hours) prior to return to the facility, no matter the length of time out of the facility, and results supplied to the facility prior to return.
  3. The resident must also be tested at least three times during the 14-day quarantine period at the facility, including on the first day and the last day that a resident must be quarantined.
  4. The resident’s COVID status will be updated to “UNKNOWN” requiring immediate isolation;
  5. In connection to the resident’s isolation/quarantine:
    1. The resident will be placed on Isolation in a new room located in the isolation wing, on 2 Hathorn, door closed, with required masking during all care during a 14-day period.
      1. By definition, quarantine requires the Resident to remain in their room with the door closed throughout the two-week quarantine period. This can be very isolating and stressful for any Resident; it can be made worse for an individual with cognitive impairment since they cannot understand or process why this is happening to them. Continuous staff redirection back to a quarantine room does also add exposure risk to all other Residents of that unit.
    2. May be required to change rooms permanently, roommates and/or units depending on cohort circumstances and availability; and/or may need to be relocated to a semi-private room in order to appropriately manage the cohort process;
    3. Will undergo Enhanced Monitoring for fever and signs and symptoms of respiratory infection for 14 days;
    4. Will not be able to partake in communal dining, visitation or activities during the 14-day period.
    5. Will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and influenza if the resident develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or influenza or if the resident had a confirmed or possible exposure to COVID-19 or influenza while outside a nursing home.
    6. Resident and Family member(s) must accept, and sign acknowledged receipt of notification, and attest in writing that they:
      1. Are aware of the risks involved with taking the resident out of the facility;
      2. Will follow masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene practices pursuant to CDC and DOH directives;
      3. Will notify the facility if the resident becomes ill within one week of leaving the facility;
      4. Will notify the facility if anyone with whom the resident socialized tests positive for COVID-19 or influenza or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza within 14 days of the resident’s return to the facility;
      5. Will communicate with the facility about a return date for the resident to the facility in accordance with the facility’s policy; and
      6. Will quarantine or minimize contact (or assist the resident to do so) to the extent safely possible prior to return to a nursing home.

With the holidays upon us, we understand the frustration and disappointment that this year has created for all and we are all saddened with the fact that holidays may not be what we all hoped they could be this year.

Alternative visits are being coordinated by our Life Enrichment team including virtual visits, window visits, and video submissions from loved ones with holiday wishes. These are the safest way to share your holiday together this year, and to minimize the risk to your loved one, our staff, and our residents.

Our team continues to be available to you during these uncertain times to craft the best alternatives. Please reach out to your Social Worker or Unit Coordinator regarding any inquiries related to these guidelines.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to keep your loved one safe.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org

518-691-1610

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December 3, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed on Thursday, December 3, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was furloughed immediately and will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

The staff member last worked on a limited basis on 3 Hathorn from 6:00 a – 2:00 pm on:

  • Thursday, November 26
  • Saturday, November 28
  • Monday, November 30

Current Facility Status:

Our current status, in total, is 2 residents and 3 staff that have recently tested positive for COVID-19 as of this letter.

All Unit Closures, PPE requirements and restrictions will remain in effect until: December 18, 2020

Testing:

All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

Resident testing is planned for:

  • Monday, December 7, 2020
  • Monday, December 14, 2020

Current PPE Requirements:

All units require all staff, included contracted staff to follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact.  If a staff member is just entering a resident room with no physical direct contact of a resident, then only mask and eye protection is needed. Note: FULL Droplet Precautions is defined as Gloves, Gown, Mask, and eye protection (Faceshield OR goggles).

2 Victoria requires full droplet precautions at all times while on the unit due to ongoing direct resident contact.

All units are required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times.

Designated COVID Wing Staff require N95 Mask and full droplet precautions at all times.

Closed/Affected Units include:

  • 2 Victoria
  • 2 Springs
  • 3 Springs
  • 2 Hathorn
  • 3 Hathorn (new)
  • 5 Springs

Closed/Affected units require residents to be in their room as much as tolerated, with cancellation of all communal dining and group activities. All residents on these units should mask during care and if residents leave their room for any reason. Window visits are cancelled for Closed/Affected Units. Resident outside appointments on discontinued unless medically necessary. Dental or Podiatry Services are cancelled unless medically necessary, and if so, be scheduled at the end of the day.

Non-Affected Units Include:

  • 4 Springs
  • 3 Victoria
  • 4 Victoria

Non-affected units may leave their room (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) with limited capacity use of lounges, dining rooms and minimized group activities. Window visits will continue on non-affected units.  Dentist and Podiatrist services will be continued on all unaffected units. Hair Services will continue.

Other Services Continuing On ALL Units:

  • Skype Visits can continue on all units.
  • Imminent End of Life visits require visitors to wear full droplet precautions when in the resident’s room.
  • Therapy Services on all units (Closed/Affected Units: In-room Services only with limited hallway ambulation if necessary). Resident Masking Required.

Visitation Scheduling/Instructions:

Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity (Access code: “Wesl3y”). Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

In-Person Visitation Status:

Reopening for in-person visits would occur tentatively the week of December 21, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and communicated in the coming weeks.

Communication Updates:

The family hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690.
  • Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.
  • To sign up to receive text alerts: Text “WesleyUpdates” to 81437.
  • Visit our Website online at thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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November 29, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed this afternoon on Sunday, November 29 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was furloughed and will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 and provided services to residents who reside on 3 Springs. 3 Springs was already a closed unit requiring full droplet precautions for all direct resident physical contact and residents are remaining in their rooms as much as tolerated.

However, as previously communicated, all units are following full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact until the new 14 day period ends on December 13, 2020 and after all resident test results have been received from all testing cycles. Full droplet precautions are defined as all staff wearing gloves, gown, mask, and eye protection when conducting direct resident physical contact. The ultimate goal is to limit exposure, co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. All units are still required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times. Residents residing on the previously affected units (2 Victoria, 2 Springs, 3 Springs, 2 Hathorn and 5 Springs) are still required to remain in their rooms, as much as tolerated, masking during care and if a resident leaves their room for any reason.

Wesley has been directed by NYS Department of Health that residents on non-affected units (3 Hathorn, 4 Springs, 3 Victoria and 4 Victoria) may still leave their room (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) but will remain on their unit except when conducting a window visit. Residents on these units will still be encouraged to eat in their rooms but limited use of the dining room, lounges and other communal areas will be allowed, with only limited and socially distanced activity engagement permissible. If any resident on any of the non-affected units becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 or tests positive, these directives will change.

In addition, window visits and Skype have been approved to continue on all unaffected units including 3 Hathorn, 4 Springs, 3 Victoria and 4 Victoria. Residents residing on the affected units, including, 2 Victoria,  2 Springs, 3 Springs, and 5 Springs will only be allowed Skype visits during the 14-day period. An assigned Life Enrichment Team member will be designated to each of these units who will be required to safely conduct the calls following full droplet precautions. 2 Hathorn continues to be our continuous quarantine unit and was never eligible for window visits, however Skype visits will continue. Residents are also required to mask during all Skype and window visits.  Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Questions or concerns regarding window visit or Skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

Regrettably, due to this most recent positive case among our staff, all in-person visitation for all units will be discontinued for a total of  14-days per NYS DOH rules. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. This would extend our reopening for in-person visits to the week of December 14, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and will be communicated in the coming weeks.

While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days, these protocols will again need to be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the NYS Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long-term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

Testing will again occur for the entire facility this coming week. All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing is planned for Monday, November 30, 2020 and again on Monday, December 7. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. All PPE requirements will remain in effect until results are received. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families of those residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families of those residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for continuing to support our team during this very challenging time for all.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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November 29, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed on the night of Saturday, November 28, 2020, that two residents at Wesley Health Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19 after our most recent round of resident testing. The residents who tested positive were residing on 2 Victoria but have since been relocated to 2 Hathorn into a designated COVID wing. All other residents located on these units and the rest of the facility tested negative at Wesley Health Care Center. The two residents who tested positive remain asymptomatic and will remain on 14 day isolation and will need to receive a negative test result at the conclusion of their isolation period. We do not have any additional residents or staff at WHCC presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms as of this letter.

The two Residents who tested positive were immediately isolated to their new rooms in a designated COVID wing secluded from the rest of the residents and staff. They will receive consistent staff to care for them per our Medical Director. This COVID wing is closed off to all other residents with two sections of barriers adjacent to the designated rooms to restrict any caretakers assigned to negative residents from entering, as well as any negative residents from entering. Our Medical Director and the NYS Department of Health were notified of both new cases for additional directives to be taken throughout the facility. The facility will follow necessary protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus throughout the rest of the facility.

During the 14-day restriction period per a discussion with the NYS Department of Health, Wesley was directed to have all units follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact until December 12, 2020 when the new 14-day period is closed and after all resident test results have been received from all testing cycles. Full droplet precautions is defined as all staff wearing gloves, gown, mask, and eye protection when conducting direct resident physical contact. The ultimate goal is to limit exposure, co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. All units are still required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times. Residents residing on the previously affected units  (2 Victoria, 2 Springs, 3 Springs, 2 Hathorn and 5 Springs) are still required to remain in their rooms, as much as tolerated, masking during care and if a resident leaves their room for any reason.

Wesley has been directed by NYS Department of Health that residents on non-affected units (3 Hathorn, 4 Springs, 3 Victoria and 4 Victoria) may still leave their room (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) but will remain on their unit except when conducting a window visit. Residents on these units will still be encouraged to eat in their rooms but limited use of the dining room, lounges and other communal areas will be allowed, with only limited and socially distanced activity engagement permissible. If any resident on any of the non-affected units becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 or tests positive, these directives will change.

In addition, window visits and Skype have been approved to continue on all unaffected units including 3 Hathorn, 4 Springs, 3 Victoria and 4 Victoria. Residents residing on the affected units including, 2 Victoria,  2 Springs, 3 Springs, and 5 Springs will only be allowed Skype visits during the 14-day period. An assigned Life Enrichment Team member will be designated to each of these units who will be required to safely conduct the calls following full droplet precautions. 2 Hathorn continues to be our continuous quarantine unit and was never eligible for window visits, however Skype visits will continue. Residents are also required to mask during all Skype and window visits.  Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Questions or concerns regarding window visit or Skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

Regrettably, due to this most recent positive case among our staff, all in-person visitation for all units will be discontinued for a total of  14-days per NYS DOH rules. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. This would extend our reopening for in-person visits to the week of December 14, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and will be communicated in the coming weeks.

While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days, these protocols will again need to be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the NYS Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long-term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

Testing will again occur for the entire facility this coming week. All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing is planned for Monday, November 30, 2020 and again on Monday, December 7. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. All PPE requirements will remain in effect until results are received. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families of those residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families of those residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding. Our entire team is working very hard to keep your loved ones safe during this pandemic.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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November 27, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed this morning, Friday, November 27, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual will be furloughed and will remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked Monday, November 23, Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 and provided services to residents who reside on 2 Hathorn, 2 Victoria, 2 Springs, 3 Springs, and 5 Springs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has facility testing requirements for all staff and residents for this scenario. To meet these testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing will be conducted on Monday, November 30, 2020 and Monday, December 7, 2020. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. At this time, two residents who had previously tested positive have completed their 14 day isolation period and received negative test results. No further residents are currently located in our positive COVID-19 isolation wing and no additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time. No additional staff members from Wesley Health Care Center, other than those previously shared in our communications, have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Regrettably, due to this most recent positive case among our staff, all in-person visitation for all units will be discontinued for a total of  14 days per NYS DOH rules. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. This would extend our reopening for in-person visits to the week of December 14, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined and will be communicated in the coming weeks.

After further discussion with our Medical Director and the Department of Health, window visits and Skype have been approved to continue on all unaffected units including 3 Hathorn, 4 Springs, 3 Victoria and 4 Victoria. Residents residing on the affected units in which the positive staff member worked including, 2 Victoria,  2 Springs, 3 Springs, and 5 Springs will only be allowed Skype visits during the 14 day period. An assigned Life Enrichment Team member to each of these units will safely conduct the calls with appropriate PPE. 2 Hathorn continues to be our continuous quarantine unit and was never eligible for window visits, however Skype visits will continue. Residents are also required to mask during all Skype and window visits.  Please continue to go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y. Questions or concerns regarding window visit or Skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

During the 14 day restriction period per a discussion with the NYS Department of Health this morning, Wesley was directed to only have the affected units (2 Victoria, 2 Springs, 3 Springs, 2 Hathorn and 5 Springs) follow full droplet precautions, for all direct resident physical contact until December 11, 2020 when the new 14-day period is closed and after all resident test results have been received from all testing cycles. Full droplet precautions is defined as all staff wearing gloves, gown, mask, and eye protection when conducting direct resident physical contact.The ultimate goal is to limit exposure, co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. All units are still required to follow universal eye protection and masking at all times. Residents residing on the affected units will need to remain in their rooms, as much as tolerated, masking during care and if out of their room for any reason.

At this time we are still waiting for all resident test results to be returned from the testing cycle that was conducted on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. However, Wesley has been directed by NYS Department of Health that residents on non-affected units may leave their room (as long as all other COVID-19 precautions are followed; e.g. social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene practices) but remain on their unit except when conducting a window visit. Residents on these units will still be encouraged to eat in their rooms but limited use of the dining room, lounges and other communal areas will be allowed, with only limited and socially distanced activity engagement permissible. These are directives given to Wesley by the NYS Department of Health this morning, which Wesley Health Care Center is required to follow. If any resident on any of the non-affected units becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 or tests positive, facility-wide full droplet precautions for all direct resident contact will need to be re-instituted immediately with additional restrictions.

While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days, these protocols will again need to be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the NYS Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long-term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding. Our entire team is working hard to keep your loved ones safe.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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November 25, 2020

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

The NYS Department of Health issued new guidance pertaining to Holidays as it relates to Nursing Home Residents, allowing families to make the decision to take their loved one out of the facility. We recognize that your family may now be contemplating taking your loved one out of the building in light of this new guidance for a family event despite what we believe are the significant risks associated with doing so.

In fact, within the very same advisory from NYS DOH, it states:

NYSDOH and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommend against residents leaving nursing homes for home or family visitation or other social outings during the holiday season.  Data has shown that small family gatherings contribute to COVID-19 spread.  The CDC and NYSDOH recommend that individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 avoid in-person gatherings with individuals with whom they do not live.

In light of this guidance, Wesley Health Care Center strongly discourages any resident from leaving the facility during the holiday season and during this ongoing pandemic, unless medically necessary. Choosing to do so may significantly impact your loved one as well as other families’ loved ones and our staff in the event that the virus is unknowingly carried back into our facility. In addition, significant NYS Health Department protocols listed below will be required upon return regardless of how long the resident is away from the facility, which may negatively impact your loved one. If you are considering bringing your loved one home for a visit, we are asking that you strongly reconsider and make the very difficult decision to forego your family’s immediate joy in the holidays, for the greater good of all of our residents and staff. Although an extremely difficult choice, we are confident that we all want to place safety among our loved ones first and none of us want to endure these past few weeks of restrictions any longer than necessary. We hope that you will take all of this into consideration when making these types of decisions.

We recognize this pandemic has robbed our residents and families of so much. With the holidays upon us and this new guidance presented, we understand the frustration and disappointment that this year has created for all and we are all saddened with the fact that holidays may not be what we all hoped they could be this year.  If you do choose to have your loved one leave the facility, it is important that you and your family are fully educated on the mandated steps to do so by the New York State Department of Health and work with our team to plan accordingly. These steps are certainly unpleasant for the resident; and have the potential to increase exposure to all residents of the facility. Below you will find a brief summary of Federal & State Dept. of Health Requirements issued on 11/24/20, as they relate to a Resident departure from the facility. Wesley Health Care Center MUST comply with these procedures without exception.

Residents who leave the facility must:

  1. Quarantine or minimize contact to the extent safely possible prior to their return to the facility.
  2. Test negative immediately (within 24 hours) prior to return to the facility and results supplied to the facility prior to return.
  3. The resident must also be tested at least three times during the 14-day quarantine period at the facility, including on the first day (upon return) and the last day that a resident must be quarantined.
  4. The resident’s COVID status will be updated to “UNKNOWN” requiring immediate isolation;
  5. The resident must be placed in the appropriately designated quarantine/cohort unit on quarantine with transmission-based precautions for a period of at least 14 days;
  6. In connection to the resident’s isolation/quarantine, the resident:
    1. Will be placed on Isolation in a new room located in the isolation wing, door closed, with required masking during all care during a 14-day period.
      1. By definition, quarantine requires the Resident to remain in their room with the door closed throughout the two-week quarantine period. This can be very isolating and stressful for any Resident; it can be made worse for an individual with cognitive impairment since they cannot understand or process why this is happening to them.  Continuous staff redirection back to a quarantine room does also add exposure risk to all other Residents of that unit.
    2. May be required to change rooms permanently, roommates and/or units depending on cohort circumstances and availability; and/or May need to be relocated to a semi-private room in order to appropriately manage the cohort process;
    3. Will undergo Enhanced Monitoring for fever and signs and symptoms of respiratory infection for 14 days;
    4. Will not be able to partake in communal dining, visitation or activities during the 14-day period.
    5. Will be required to test residents for COVID-19 and influenza if the resident develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or influenza or if the resident had a confirmed or possible exposure to COVID-19 or influenza while outside a nursing home.
    6. Resident and Family member must accept and sign acknowledged receipt of notification, and attest in writing that they:
      1. Are aware of the risks involved with taking the resident out of the facility;
      2. Will follow masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene practices pursuant to CDC and DOH directives;
      3. Will notify the facility if the resident becomes ill within one week of leaving the facility;
      4. Will notify the facility if anyone with whom the resident socialized tests positive for COVID-19 or influenza or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza within 14 days of the resident’s return to the facility;
      5. Will communicate with the facility about a return date for the resident to the facility in accordance with the facility’s policy; and
      6. Will quarantine or minimize contact (or assist the resident to do so) to the extent safely possible prior to return to a nursing home.

We as a community (and in our personal lives as well) are grappling with this upcoming Holiday Season – how to participate in the season in the safest, most responsible manner. With this new Department of Health Guidance, please reflect upon the climbing number of COVID cases in our region and throughout our country prior to making this very significant decision. Our team continues to be available to you during these uncertain times to craft the best alternatives. Please reach out to your Social Worker or Unit Coordinator regarding any inquiries related to these guidelines. Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to keep your loved one safe.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org

518-691-1610

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November 23, 2020

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

Wesley Health Care Center has been conducting ongoing Resident Testing to comply with the NYS Department of Health guidelines since the identification of three positive resident cases and one positive staff member. Our residents were tested on Tuesday, 11/17/20. A total of 316 residents were tested with 3 residents refusing testing, and subsequently being placed on 14-day isolation. Out of 316 residents tested, unfortunately 30 resident test results were lost during transit to the testing lab by the shipping carrier. All lost test results were from residents who reside on 4 Victoria. The remaining 286 resident tests that were received by the lab all tested negative. Due to the lost tests not being processed, all residents on 4 Victoria are continuing to follow unit restrictions until the 14-day quarantine period ends and will be receiving a Point of Care test in the morning on 11/24/20.

The final round of testing took place on Monday, 11/23/20. As of this letter, our current expiration date of the conclusion of the 14-day period from collection date of the last positive test is end of day, Wednesday, November 25, 2020. This date is tentative assuming no further residents or staff test positive for COVID-19 and all negative test results are received. A communication will be sent out at this time eliminating current restrictions if all tests are negative.

The resident who tested positive on November 9 has remained asymptomatic and subsequently received three negative test results on 11/9 and 11/11 and 11/17. We are very happy to report that this resident concluded their 14-day isolation period on Friday, November 20, 2020 after the final negative COVID test result was received and was relocated to a non-COVID wing. The remaining two residents who tested positive on November 11, 2020, will be concluding their 14-day isolation period on November 25, 2020 after negative COVID test results are received. Both residents remain on 4 Springs in a designated COVID wing with designated nursing staff, and currently remain asymptomatic with no changes in condition.

After further discussion and approval from the NYS Department of Health and our Medical Director, Wesley Health Care Center was approved to initiate window visits during the 14-day restriction period, but only for the non-affected units. This does not include 2 Victoria, 5 Springs or 4 Springs until after November 25, 2020. 2 Hathorn is also exempt due to ongoing quarantine requirements. These window visits have been going well and families can continue signing up for window visits as soon as they would like. Skype Visits were also approved to be restarted for all units. Closed units will have a designated Life Enrichment Assistant assigned to Skype visits, who will be following necessary PPE safety protocols on each unit to facilitate the virtual visit. Families can resume signing up for Skype visits now.

WINDOW VISITS

Window stations (Window A & C) will continue to be available for window visits with a tent and heat supplied for our visitors. Window B will be relocated directly to the right of Window C so that a new tent and heater can be made available. This was delivered today and is in the process of being setup. Wesley is committed to offering window visits and will maintain these spaces through the winter months to ensure window visits can still occur for those that wish to utilize them. Window visits do not require a negative COVID-19 test or advance screening procedures, can include up to 6 visitors (rather than 2 visitors for in-person visits), and do not restrict pets or children. Upon signing up for a window visit you only need to enter information for the visitor who will be the main contact, not for additional guests.

SKYPE VISITS

To date, Wesley’s dedicated Life Enrichment team has conducted approximately 3,000 Skype visits for our residents. Our Life Enrichment team is doing everything they can to continue these engagements at a high level of frequency. Skype visits continue and during a 14-day restriction period will remain Monday thru Friday; 9:30 am – 10:30 am and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Skype will be expanded to Sat/Sun 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in addition to the weekdays upon the conclusion of the 14-day restriction. Weekend appointments will require 72-hour notice for scheduling. Please make sure you are paying close attention to the Skype username assigned to you in the appointment as weekday usernames may be different than weekend usernames. Each unit will have 8 total time slots available each day. During unforeseen circumstances, Skype visits may be cancelled. Be sure to check your email for any cancellations.

IN-PERSON VISITATION

An in-person visitation space has been restructured for the winter months to include a visitation space that will allow for a more comfortable meeting area for residents and their loved ones. Our new in-person visitation space has been delivered and is in the process of getting setup following the required safety protocols, with a tentative kickoff date of Wednesday, December 2, 2020, unless another positive resident or staff case occurs. Families and friends will again have the option of choosing between a window visit, Skype visit or an in-person visit. While this letter covers visitation options, please see our visitation scheduling website by going online for additional details related to each option and scheduling for any type of visit; https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

The in-person visitation center will be stationed in the Victoria Building parking lot with a visitation station setup inside to accommodate two visitors and one resident at a time. A plexiglass barrier will be in place to maintain social distancing however a new communication device called EverSound will be utilized to enhance communication during each visit. Prior to your in-person visit, it is expected that all prospective visitors review the visitation guidelines. In-person visits are limited to M-F, 9a – 3p. Per the NYS Department of Health guidelines, all visitors signing up for the in-person visitation trailer are required to be tested for COVID-19 and have proof of a negative test result within the past 7 days prior to any in-person visit. Please do not schedule yourself for an upcoming in-person visit until you are tested AND you have received your NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results. The 7 days does not start from the date you were tested. The Department of Health requires that in order to be eligible for an in-person visit, the test result must be received within 7 days from your scheduled visit date. Once you have received your results, you can then go online and schedule an upcoming in-person visit. Please remember that you cannot schedule any visit more than 7 days past the date that you received your test results. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon each visit will result in a failure to pass the screening process and no visit will occur.

HOLIDAY VISITS

Wesley had offered approximately 73 visitation opportunities on Thanksgiving Day for window visits and Skype visits to occur for residents and their families. Visits were made available to families 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on a first come, first serve basis with appointments required. The signup period has closed as all appointments have been taken. Same day appointments cannot be accommodated. Family video submissions are still being accepted and will be shared with your loved one prior to the holiday. Videos can be submitted online by going to: https://www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/share-a-thanksgiving-video-greeting-instructions/.  Full instructions for how to upload your video can be found there.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we work to fight against this virus. Our team is doing everything they can to protect your loved ones and will continue to do so.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org

518-691-1610

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November 18, 2020

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

Wesley Health Care Center has been conducting ongoing Resident Testing to comply with the NYS Department of Health guidelines since the identification of three positive resident cases and one positive staff member. Our residents were tested on Tuesday, 11/17/20 and will be tested again on Tuesday, 11/25/20 for the final round of testing. Thank you for the ongoing support and understanding as we work through these testing cycles and maintain safety restrictions. As of this letter, our current expiration date of the conclusion of the 14-day period is Wednesday, November 25, 2020, which is 14 days from the collection date of the last positive test results, which occurred on November 11, 2020. This date is tentative assuming no further residents or staff test positive for COVID-19.

At this time, 2 Victoria, 5 Springs and 4 Springs remain closed during the 14-day period with all other units and departments following full droplet precautions with all direct resident contact. All three residents who had tested positive were relocated to 4 Springs into a designated COVID wing with designated nursing staff, and currently remain asymptomatic with no changes in condition. The resident who tested positive on November 9 has remained asymptomatic and subsequently received two negative test results on 11/9 and 11/11. This resident will be concluding their 14-day isolation period on Friday, November 20, 2020 after the final negative COVID test results are received. The remaining two residents who tested positive on November 11, 2020, will be concluding their 14-day isolation period on November 25, 2020 after negative COVID test results are received as well.

After further discussion and approval from the NYS Department of Health and our Medical Director, Wesley Health Care Center has been approved to initiate window visits during the 14-day restriction period, but only for the non-affected units. This would not include 2 Victoria, 5 Springs or 4 Springs at this time. 2 Hathorn is also exempt due to ongoing quarantine requirements. After an Infection Control Survey was held on Monday, 11/16/20 by Department of Health surveyors, window visits were placed on hold in order to allow for the initiation of new safety protocols that we were directed to add regarding additional PPE use. These new PPE protocols were put into effect and window visits are again set to kickoff on Thursday, 11/19/20. Families can begin signing up for window visits as soon as possible. Skype Visits were also approved to be restarted for all units. Closed units will have a designated Life Enrichment Assistant assigned to SKYPE visits, who will be following necessary PPE safety protocols on each unit to facilitate the virtual visit. Families can resume signing up for skype visits as of today.

WINDOW VISITS
Window stations (Window A & C) will continue to be available for window visits with a tent and heat supplied for our visitors. Window B will remain open, however remains uncovered and unheated. Wesley is committed to offering window visits and will maintain these spaces through the winter months to ensure window visits can still occur for those that wish to utilize them. Window visits do not require a negative COVID-19 test or advance screening procedures, can include up to 6 visitors (rather than 2 visitors for in-person visits), and do not restrict pets or children. Upon signing up for a window visit you only need to enter information for the visitor who will be the main contact, not for additional guests.

SKYPE VISITS
SKYPE visits continue and during a 14-day restriction period will remain Monday thru Friday; 9:30 am – 10:30 am and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. SKYPE will be expanded to Sat/Sun 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in addition to the weekdays upon the conclusion of the 14-day restriction. Weekend appointments will require 72-hour notice for scheduling. Please make sure you are paying close attention to the skype username assigned to you in the appointment as weekday usernames may be different than weekend usernames. Each unit will have 8 total time slots available each day. During unforeseen circumstances, Skype visits may be cancelled. Be sure to check your email for any cancellations.

IN-PERSON VISITATION
An in-person visitation space has been restructured for the winter months to include a visitation trailer that will allow for a more comfortable meeting area for residents and their loved ones. Our new visitation trailer has been delivered and is in the process of getting setup following the required safety protocols, with a tentative kickoff date of Wednesday, December 2, 2020, unless another positive resident or staff case occurs. Families and friends will again have the option of choosing between a window visit, skype visit or an in-person visit. While this letter covers visitation options, please see our visitation scheduling website by going online for additional details related to each option and scheduling for any type of visit; https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

The visitation trailer will be stationed in the Victoria Building parking lot with a visitation station setup inside to accommodate two visitors and one resident at a time. A plexiglass barrier will be in place to maintain social distancing however a new communication device called EverSound will be utilized to enhance communication during each visit. Prior to your in-person visit, it is expected that all prospective visitors review the visitation guidelines. In-person visits are limited to M-F, 9a – 3p. Per the NYS Department of Health guidelines, all visitors signing up for the in-person visitation trailer are required to be tested for COVID-19 and have proof of a negative test result within the past 7 days prior to any in-person visit. Please do not schedule yourself for an upcoming in-person visit until you are tested AND you have received your NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results. The 7 days does not start from the date you were tested. The Department of Health requires that in order to be eligible for an in-person visit, the test result must be received within 7 days from your scheduled visit date. Once you have received your results, you can then go online and schedule an upcoming in-person visit. Please remember that you cannot schedule any visit more than 7 days past the date that you received your test results. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon each visit will result in a failure to pass the screening process and no visit will occur.

HOLIDAY VISITS
Wesley had offered approximately 73 visitation opportunities on Thanksgiving Day for window visits and skype visits to occur for residents and their families. Visits were made available to families 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on a first come, first serve basis with appointments required. The signup period has closed as all appointments have been taken. Same day appointments cannot be accommodated. In addition, family video submissions are still being accepted and will be shared with your loved one prior to the holiday. Videos can be submitted online by going to: https://www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/share-a-thanksgiving-video-greeting-instructions/. Full instructions for how to upload your video can be found there.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we work to fight against this virus. Our team is doing everything they can to protect your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator
jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org

518-691-1610

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November 14, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed today, Saturday, November 14, 2020, that two residents at Wesley Health Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19 after our most recent round of resident testing conducted on Wednesday, November 11. The residents who tested positive were residing on 2 Victoria and 5 Springs but have since been relocated to 4 Springs into a designated COVID wing. All other residents located on these units and the rest of the facility tested negative with a total of 325 residents at Wesley Health Care Center being tested on November 11. These most recent tests were a part of the testing protocol after Wesley was notified on Monday, November 9 that one resident and one staff member had positive test results. The resident who tested positive on November 9 has remained asymptomatic and subsequently received two negative test results on 11/9 and 11/11, however will remain on 14 day isolation. Our current two positive residents are asymptomatic with no signs or symptoms. We do not have any additional residents or staff presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms as of this letter.

Residents who have tested positive were immediately isolated to their new rooms with the doors closed on 4 Springs in a designated COVID wing secluded from the rest of the residents and staff. They will receive consistent staff to care for the individual and their roommate per our Medical Director. This COVID wing is closed off to all other residents with two sections of barriers on both sides of the designated rooms to restrict any caretakers assigned to negative residents from entering, as well as any negative residents from entering. Our Medical Director and the Department of Health were notified of both new cases for additional directives to be taken throughout the facility. The facility will follow necessary protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus throughout the rest of the facility. 2 Victoria, 4 Springs and 5 Springs are now considered closed units and require full droplet PPE precautions at all times by all staff. All residents on these units are required to remain in their rooms and mask during care or if out of their room.

All other units will also follow full restrictions at this time, including no in-person visitation, no communal dining, or group activities. Residents will be kept in their rooms maintaining social distancing as much as tolerated on all units until November 28 when the 14-day period is closed and all resident test results have been received. After further discussion with our Medical Director and the Department of Health, Skype and window visits have been approved to occur on all unaffected units, including 3 Hathorn, 2 Springs, 3 Springs, 3 Victoria and 4 Victoria. Families can begin signing up tomorrow, November 15. Please go to our visitation scheduling website online at https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Unfortunately, due to the unit closures, 2 Victoria, 4 Springs and 5 Springs residents will only be allowed skype visits during the 14 day period and will have an assigned Life Enrichment Team member to each of these units to safely conduct the calls with appropriate PPE. Thanksgiving scheduling is under review and will be posted on the visitation scheduling website in the coming days. As the new 14-day restriction end date of November 28 comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated. Questions or concerns regarding window visits or skype visits should be directed to the Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480. Video submission from families are also being accepted. Please refer to our website for instructions on how to do so.

Testing will resume for the entire facility this coming week. All residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing is planned for Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and again on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible.. Employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has and will continue to comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families of those residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families of those residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding. Our entire team is working very hard to keep your loved ones safe during this pandemic.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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November 9, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed this morning, Monday, November 9, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19 and a resident tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was not currently in the building at the time of notification and will be furloughed and remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked November 6 through November 8 and has provided services to residents throughout each building except for 2 Victoria. Due to the range of services provided to each unit and the recent positive resident case, all units will be placed on full restrictions, including no visitation of any kind, no communal dining, group activities, hair services, dental and podiatry, group or off-unit therapy services and residents will remain on their unit and in their rooms with doors closed as much as tolerated until November 23 when the 14-day period is closed and all resident test results have been received. The ultimate goal is to limit co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents and maintain all residents in their room until additional testing is completed.

In addition, the positive resident currently resides on 4 Springs. The Resident was immediately isolated to their room and will receive consistent staff to care for the individual and their roommate per our Medical Director. Our Medical Director and the Department of Health were notified this morning of both the resident and staff case for additional directives to be taken throughout the facility. The facility will follow necessary protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus on 4 Springs and throughout the rest of the facility.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has facility testing requirements for all staff and residents for this scenario. To meet these testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing is planned for Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Resident testing will need to occur again on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. Currently both individuals are asymptomatic, and we do not have any residents or staff presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has and will continue to comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State.

Regrettably, due to this most recent positive case among our staff and resident, all visitation for all units will be discontinued for a total of 14 days starting today, Monday, November 9 per NYS DOH rules and our Medical Director. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation of visitation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. Limiting resident and staff traffic during the testing period is critical upon the identification of a positive case. This would extend our reopening for visits to the week of November 23, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined. This includes discontinuing all skype, window visits and in-person visitation as all residents need to remain isolated on their residing unit and in their rooms. We understand that this extension is very disappointing for everyone, however it is a requirement by the NYS Department of Health and an important strategy to combat the virus and maintain safety. As the new 14-day restriction end date of November 23 comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated. Please visit our visitation scheduling website by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y. Questions or concerns regarding window visit or skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding. Our entire team is working hard to keep your loved ones safe.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

 

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November 4, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed this afternoon, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was not currently in the building at the time of notification and will be furloughed and remain out of work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 and provided services to residents who reside on 2 Springs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has facility testing requirements for all staff and residents for this scenario. To meet these testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested for COVID-19 initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing was already planned for Friday, November 6, 2020 due to the previous positive staff member case. Resident testing will need to occur again on Friday, November 13, 2020 and Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Residents located on 2 Springs, will be tested for COVID-19 and Influenza in order to meet the testing guidelines. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no additional staff members from Wesley Health Care Center, other than those previously shared in our communications, have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who had direct contact with this individual were furloughed from the facility for a total of 14 days and will require a negative test prior to return. Additional employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are being monitored by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has and will continue to comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy and social distancing protocols for all staff remains in place, and we continue to promote safety precautions that all staff are required to follow inside and outside of the workplace.

Regrettably, due to this most recent positive case among our staff, all visitation for all units will be discontinued for a total of  14 days starting today, Wednesday, November 4, 2020 per NYS DOH rules. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation of visitation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. This would extend our reopening for visits to the week of November 23, 2020 with a final date yet to be determined. This includes discontinuing all window visits and in-person visitation as all residents need to remain isolated on their residing unit. Skype visits will continue for all residents and their families. We understand that this extension is very disappointing for everyone, however it is a requirement by the NYS Department of Health and an important strategy to combat the virus. As the new 14-day restriction end date of November 18th comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated. Please visit our visitation scheduling website by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y. Questions or concerns regarding window visit or skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

During the 14 day restriction period, 2 Springs will remain on restrictions, including no visitation except for virtual visits, no communal dining, group activities, and residents will remain on their unit and in their rooms as much as tolerated until November 18 when the new 14-day period is closed and all resident test results have been received. The ultimate goal is to limit co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents.

All other units can return to limited communal dining and limited group activities on November 9th, however visitation must remain through skype visits only due to NYS DOH rules. While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days, these protocols will again need to be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the NYS Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding. Our entire team is working hard to keep your loved ones safe.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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November 3, 2020

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

Wesley Health Care Center Residents were tested again on Friday, October 30, 2020 for COVID-19 and we received the results of those tests. All residents tested were negative, with 324 of 325 residents testing negative for COVID-19. 1 resident refused to test during this testing cycle and will remain on isolation. Wesley Health Care Center will remain on restrictions per NYS Department of Health Guidelines, including no visitation (except for virtual visits), no communal dining, group activities, and residents will remain on their unit and in their rooms as much as tolerated until November 9 when the 14-day period since our last positive staff test is closed. The ultimate goal is to limit co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. On November 6, 2020, all residents are again required to be tested for COVID-19 for the final round of testing. Resident test results are expected to be received on, or around November 9, 2020. Once all results are received, and no positive cases are identified, visitation scheduling will be reopened. With the end of the 14-day visitation restrictions coming to a close and the colder weather upon us, Wesley has worked to create a newly in-person visitation plan following the updated Department of Health guidelines. Window Visits will again be available for residents and families beginning tentatively on November 11, 2020. Scheduling for window visits will not be re-opened until November 9, 2020 at the end of the day after we receive all resident results. In-person visitation will have a kickoff date announced in the coming weeks as we are in the process of setting up the new in-person visitation space. Creating opportunities within the New York State guidelines for you to see your loved one safely is our highest priority. Families and friends will again have the option of choosing between a window visit, skype visit or an in-person visit. While this letter covers visitation options, please visit our visitation scheduling website by going online for additional details related to each option and scheduling for any type of visit; https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

WINDOW VISITS

Due to the changing seasons, small heated tents were installed at two of the current window stations (Window A & C) in an effort to provide a more comfortable space for our visitors. Window B will remain open, however remains uncovered. Unless any visitation restrictions change, Wesley is committed to offering window visits and will maintain these spaces through the winter months to ensure window visits can still occur for those that wish to utilize them. Window visits do not require a negative COVID-19 test or advance screening procedures, can include up to 6 visitors (rather than 2 visitors for. in-person visits), and do not restrict pets or children. Upon signing up for a window visit you only need to enter information for the visitor who will be the main contact, not for additional guests. Window visits will be M-F, 9a – 5p.

SKYPE VISITS

In an effort to expand virtual engagement opportunities with residents and their loved ones, SKYPE visits have been expanded to 7 days a week however time slots have been modified to Monday thru Friday; 9:30 am – 10:30 am and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm and, Sat/Sun 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weekend appointments will require 48- hour notice for scheduling. Please make sure you are paying close attention to the skype username assigned to you in the appointment as weekday usernames may be different than weekend usernames. Each unit will have 8 total time slots available each day. During unforeseen circumstances, SKYPE visits may be cancelled. Be sure to check your email for any cancellations.

IN-PERSON VISITATION

Due to the changing season, the outdoor in-person visitation space that was recently setup to include a large tent has been changed to a visitation trailer that will allow for a more comfortable meeting area for residents and their loved ones. This will be stationed in the Victoria Building parking lot with a visitation station setup inside to accommodate two visitors and one resident at a time. A plexiglass barrier will be in place to maintain social distancing however a new communication device called EverSound will be utilized to enhance communication during each visit. Prior to your in-person visit, it is expected that all prospective visitors review the visitation guidelines. In-person visits are limited to M-F, 9a – 3p.

Per the NYS Department of Health guidelines, all visitors must still be tested for COVID-19 and have proof of a negative test result within the past 7 days prior to any in-person visit. Please do not schedule yourself for an upcoming in-person visit until you are tested AND you have received your NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results. The 7 days does not start from the date you were tested. The Department of Health requires that in order to be eligible for an in-person visit, the test result must be received within 7 days from your scheduled visit date. Once you have received your results, you can then go online and schedule an upcoming in-person visit. Please remember that you cannot schedule any visit more than 7 days past the date that you received your test results. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon each visit will result in a failure to pass the screening process and no visit will occur.

Upon arrival for your in-person visit, please have your mask on over your nose and mouth, your COVID-19 test result and driver’s license in-hand and conduct hand hygiene at the identified hand sanitizer stands before approaching the screening table. Please do not bring any items with you to the visitation appointment including food, drinks, purses, bags, or other items. Resident items should still be dropped off at the Springs Main Entrance. Visitors must bring their own face mask. Scarves, Buffs, Gators or masks with vents/valves are not permitted as appropriate masks. While the inconvenience of testing is understandable, these are the New York State Department of Health Rules that we are bound to abide by.

HOLIDAY VISITS

The holidays are fast approaching, and we want to create opportunities in which you can visit with your loved ones. With the support of the Life Enrichment Team and additional nursing volunteers, Wesley plans to offer limited visit opportunities on Thanksgiving Day for window visits and skype visits. Visits will be available to families 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-ups will be limited but can start now. Families should strive to visit their loved one together to allow for one visit per resident. Same day appointments cannot be accommodated. In addition, family video submissions will be accepted and shared with your loved one prior to the holiday. This was a great experience for our residents on Mother’s and Father’s Day, so we hope families will participate again! Videos can be submitted online by going to: https://www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/share-a-thanksgiving-video-greeting-instructions/.  Full instructions for how to upload your video can be found there.

OTHER EFFORTS

We are working hard to coordinate resident services under the current restrictions that we are facing. To date, we have an employed beautician who has been conducting limited on-unit hair services to our residents at no cost. Our goal is to conduct hair services for all residents in-house. Our Dentist and Podiatrist are providing services to our residents weekly on-site, as well as onboarding our psychologist and psychiatrist to be onsite again, who have been virtual. In addition, our Life Enrichment Team will continue to provide on-unit limited socially distant engagement opportunities for our residents, as well as an ongoing ‘fit and fun’ resident program through restorative nursing. Lastly, we have hired a Chaplain who has been very instrumental both musically and spiritually in providing support to our residents. While COVID has challenged us with many restrictions, we will continue to offer residents services that are vital to their quality of life, while maintaining safety.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time for all.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA, Administrator

jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org     518-691-1610

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October 26, 2020

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

Wesley Health Care Center Residents were tested again on Friday, October 23, 2020 for COVID-19 and we received the results of those tests. All residents tested were negative, with 330 of 330 testing negative for COVID-19.  No residents refused to test during this testing cycle. Wesley Health Care Center will remain on restrictions, including no visitation except for virtual visits, no communal dining, group activities, and residents will remain on their unit and in their rooms as much as tolerated until November 9 when the 14-day period is closed. The ultimate goal is to limit co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. Residents are not required to mask at any time on the unit or in their rooms unless they are on designated isolation protocols or if the resident wishes to do so. Masks are required by all staff members at all times. While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days from the most recent positive staff case that occurred on Friday, October 23, 2020, these protocols will again be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

To meet the new CMS testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, which has now been completed. Residents will be tested again every three to seven days for a fourteen day period. The next round of resident testing will occur on Friday, October 30, 2020 and again on Friday, November 6, 2020. Family Notifications prior to the test will not be made, however results will communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. At this time, no residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff remains in place and we continue to press safety precautions that all of us are required to follow inside and outside of the workplace.

Unfortunately, due to the most recent positive case among our staff, all visitation will remain temporarily discontinued for a total of  14 days. That timeline started on Friday, October 23. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation of visitation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. This would extend our reopening to some time the week of November 9th with a final date yet to be determined. This includes discontinuing all window visits and in-person visitation as all residents need to remain isolated on their residing unit. Skype visits will continue for all residents and their families. We understand that this extension is very disappointing for everyone, however it is a requirement by the NYS Department of Health and an important strategy to be sure we are isolating our staff and residents throughout the building, as well as limiting traffic. As the new 14-day restriction comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated. Please visit our visitation scheduling website by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y. Questions or concerns regarding window visit or skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

As a continued reminder, all residents are still required to be transported through our partnering transportation organization, Amazing Grace Transportation. Transportation drivers are abiding by the weekly testing requirement and following infection control practices as required. Family transportation to and from medical appointments is still not permitted at this time. We also respectfully require that families do not meet their loved one at any medically necessary appointments to eliminate risk of exposure.

In addition, our employed beautician has begun conducting limited on-unit hair services to our residents at no cost. Her schedule includes Tuesday in the Victoria and Hathorn Building and Wednesday in the Springs Building each week. However, when a positive case arises, the schedule will be modified to one unit per week to limit unit traffic and possible exposure. This week will include 4 Springs. Residents or families can add a resident’s name to the service request list on each unit through the unit clerk; however our goal is to conduct services for all. Residents who reside on 2 Hathorn unfortunately are not eligible for these services due to ongoing quarantine requirements on this unit, unless they are long-term and transfer to another unit once their quarantine is lifted.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we work through the challenges that are presented to us on a daily basis in keeping your loved ones safe.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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October 23, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed this morning, Friday, October 23, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked October 19, October 20 and October 21 and provided services to a limited number of residents who reside on 2 Springs and 5 Springs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has facility testing requirements for all staff and residents for this scenario. To meet these testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen-day period. Resident testing was already planned for today, Friday, October 23, 2020 due to the previous positive staff member case. Resident testing will need to occur again on Friday, October 30 and Friday, November 6. Results will be communicated as soon as they are received after each testing cycle. Family notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will be communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no additional staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who had direct contact with this individual were furloughed from the facility for a total of 14 days and will require a negative test prior to return. Additional employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are being monitored by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has and will continue to comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy and social distancing protocols for all staff remains in place, and we continue to promote safety precautions that all staff are required to follow inside and outside of the workplace.

Unfortunately, due to this most recent positive case among our staff, all visitation will continue to be discontinued for a total of 14 days starting today, Friday, October 23. The NYS DOH guidelines state visitation requires extended discontinuation of visitation from the date of the newest positive test result with the requirement of ongoing resident and staff testing. This would extend our reopening to some time the week of November 9th with a final date yet to be determined. This includes discontinuing all window visits and in-person visitation as all residents need to remain isolated on their residing unit. Skype visits will continue for all residents and their families. We understand that this extension is very disappointing for everyone, however it is a requirement by the NYS Department of Health and an important strategy to be sure we are isolating our staff and residents throughout the building, as well as limiting traffic. As the new 14-day restriction end date of November 6th comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated. Please visit our visitation scheduling website by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y. Questions or concerns regarding window visit or skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

Wesley Health Care Center will remain on restrictions, including no visitation except for virtual visits, no communal dining, group activities, and residents will remain on their unit and in their rooms as much as tolerated until November 9 when the new 14-day period is closed and all resident test results have been received. The ultimate goal is to limit co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. Residents are not required to mask at any time on the unit or in their rooms unless they are on designated isolation protocols or if the resident wishes to do so. While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days, these protocols will again need to be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the NYS Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we work through the ongoing challenges that are presented to us on a daily basis.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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October 20, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed on the morning of Sunday, October 18, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked on October 18, 2020 7:00 am – 8:00 am and provided services to a limited number of residents who reside on the 3 Hathorn unit. After further contact tracing, we identified that on October 16 the staff member had also worked on 3 and 4 Victoria.

Wesley Heatlh Care Center Residents were tested on Sunday, October 18 for COVID-19 and we received the results of those tests. All residents tested were negative, with 329 of 332 testing negative for COVID-19, with the remaining three residents refusing to take a test. Those residents who refused will be required to isolated for a full 14-day period and will receive ongoing monitoring for symptoms. Wesley Health Care Center will remain on restrictions, including no visitation except for virtual visits, no communal dining, group activities, and residents will remain on their unit and in their rooms as much as tolerated until November 2 when the 14-day period is closed. The ultimate goal is to limit co-mingling of residents and maintain social distancing among our staff and residents. Residents are not required to mask at any time on the unit or in their rooms unless they are on designated isolation protocols or if the resident wishes to do so. Masks are required by all staff members at all times. While the timeframe for restrictions is 14 days, these protocols will be extended if any additional positive case arises. All of these safety protocols are requirements by the Department of Health when a positive case is identified in any long term care facility in order to limit traffic from one unit to the other and limit exposure among residents and staff.

To meet the new CMS testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, which has now been completed. Residents will be tested again every three to seven days for a fourteen day period. The next round of resident testing will occur on Friday, October 23, 2020 and finally on Friday, October 30, 2020. Family Notifications prior to the test being given will not be made, however results will communicated as soon as they are received for each round of tests. If you or your loved one refuse to receive any more testing, please contact the Unit Coordinator on your floor; however we highly recommend testing occur for all residents.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. At this time, no residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who had direct contact with this individual were furloughed from the facility for a total of 14 days and will require a negative test prior to return. Additional employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified, and are being monitored by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff remains in place and we continue to press safety precautions that all of us are required to follow inside and outside of the workplace.

Unfortunately, due to the positive case among our staff, all visitation had to be discontinued for a total of  14 days from the positive test result per the NYS Department of Health guidelines. This includes all window visits and in-person visitation as all residents need to remain isolated on their residing unit. Any appointments that were scheduled were cancelled. We understand that the 14-day restriction is very frustrating to all of our residents and families who wish continue these visits. As the 14-day restriction end date comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated.

Virtual visits will continue and have been expanded for all units to Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Please visit our scheduling website by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Questions or concerns regarding window visits or skype visits should be directed to our Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

As a continued reminder, all residents are still required to be transported through our partnering transportation organization, Amazing Grace Transportation. Transportation drivers are abiding by the weekly testing requirement and following infection control practices as required. Family transportation to and from medical appointments is still not permitted at this time. We also respectfully require that families do not meet their loved one at any medically necessary appointments to eliminate risk of exposure.

 In addition, our employed beautician has begun conducting limited on-unit hair services to our residents at no cost. Her schedule includes Tuesday in the Victoria and Hathorn Building and Wednesday in the Springs Building each week. However, when a positive case arises, the schedule will be modified to one unit per week to limit unit traffic and possible exposure. This week will include 3 springs. Residents or families can add a resident’s name to the service request list on each unit through the unit clerk; however our goal is to conduct services for all. Residents who reside on 2 Hathorn unfortunately are not eligible for these services due to ongoing quarantine requirements on this unit, unless they are long-term and transfer to another unit once their quarantine is lifted.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we work through the challenges that are presented to us on a daily basis in keeping your loved ones safe.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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October 18, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed this morning, Sunday, October 18, 2020, that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked on October 18, 2020 7:00 am – 8:00 am and provided services to a limited number of residents who reside on the 3 Hathorn unit.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has facility testing requirements for all staff and residents for this scenario. To meet these testing requirements, all residents currently in the facility are required to be tested initially upon the identification of a positive staff member or resident, and then again every three to seven days for a fourteen day period. All resident testing will occur on Sunday, October 18, 2020, then again on Friday, October 23, 2020 and lastly on Friday, October 30, 2020. Results will communicated as soon as they are received.

We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who had direct contact with this individual were furloughed from the facility for a total of 14 days and will require a negative test prior to return. Additional employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified, and are being monitored by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff remains in place and we continue to press safety precautions that all of us are required to follow inside and outside of the workplace.

Unfortunately, due to the positive case among our staff, all visitation must be discontinued immediately for a total of  14 days from the positive test result per the NYS Department of Health guidelines. This includes all window visits and in-person visitation as all residents need to remain isolated on their residing unit. Any appointments that were scheduled will be cancelled. We understand that the 14 day restriction is very frustrating to all of our residents and families who wish continue these visits. As the 14 day restriction end date comes to a close, more information regarding resuming visitation will be communicated. Virtual visits will continue and will be expanded. Please visit our visitation scheduling website by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Questions or concerns regarding window visit or skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We highly encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we work through the ongoing challenges that are presented to us on a daily basis. We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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October 5, 2020

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

Wesley Health Care Center’s outside visitation plan following the updated Department of Health guidelines began on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. In addition, window visits are still under way and we have been very pleased to see these being continued by families in order to maintain our facility’s safety. Allowing for opportunities in which you can see your loved one safely is our highest priorities. Families and friends have the option of choosing between a window visit, skype visit or an outdoor in-person visit. While this letter covers some of the details, please visit our website for continually updated visitation guidelines at  www.thewesleycommunity.org.

In addition, when choosing between a window visit or an in-person visit, please take into consideration the ability for your loved one to follow the necessary in-person requirements including masking and remaining behind safety barriers for social distancing purposes. Our team will do our best to ensure each resident is comfortable during any type of visit, however we have recently experienced in-person visits becoming overwhelming for some residents.

Please see the following sections for important updates on visitation options and the upcoming elections.

MANDATORY CAMPUS SAFETY PROTOCOLS

  • Masks are required while any visitor is on our campus.
  • Please do not create social gatherings in our parking lots after conducting a visit.
  • Most importantly, family members and friends meeting their loved one at their community medical appointment is against our current safety policy and poses great risk. These actions defeat the purpose of restricted visitation and could potentially unknowingly expose your loved to the virus and introduce it into the facility putting our residents and staff at risk.
  • We have re-evaluated the risk of community appointments and have put into place a standard protocol that any resident attending a medical appointment in the community will need to be required to mask when out of their room for a 14-day isolation period. These safety precautions will minimize exposure to other residents if that resident is exposed to COVID-19 while out of the facility. Please follow these guidelines put in place. While they are not favorable circumstances, we are doing our best to mitigate any potential risk for our facility.

OUTDOOR IN-PERSON VISITATION

The outdoor in-person visitation space that was recently created includes a large heated tent located in the Victoria Building parking lot with three visiting stations setup inside. Each station can accommodate two visitors per resident and includes a plastic barrier to maintain social distancing. Parking has been setup directly next to the tent and signage is in place to direct you to the designated parking location once on campus. Prior to your in-person visit it is expected that all prospective visitors review the visitation guidelines. In-person visits are limited to M-F, 9a – 3p.

All visitors must be tested for COVID-19 and have proof of a negative test result within the past 7 days prior to any in-person visit per NYS DOH rules. Please do not schedule yourself for an upcoming in-person visit until you are tested AND you have received your NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results. The 7 days does not start from the date you were tested. The Department of Health requires that in order to be eligible for a in-person visit, the test result must be received within 7 days from your scheduled visit date. Once you have received your results, you can then go online and schedule an upcoming in-person visit. Please remember that you cannot schedule any visit more than 7 days past the date that you received your test results. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon each visit will result in a failure to pass the screening process and no visit will occur.

Upon arrival for your in-person visit, please have your mask on over your nose and mouth, your COVID-19 test result and driver’s license in-hand and conduct hand hygiene at the identified hand sanitizer stands before approaching the screening table. Please do not bring any items with you to the visitation appointment including food, drinks, purses, bags, or other items. Resident items should still be dropped off at the Springs Main Entrance. Visitors must bring their own face mask. Scarves, Buffs, Gators or masks with vents/valves are not permitted as appropriate masks

Testing continues to raise a lot of questions and concerns by families. While the inconvenience of testing is understandable, simply put, these are the New York State Department of Health Rules that we are bound to abide by. Any complaints should be shared with them, and not our staff, who are following the regulations. You can voice your concerns at www.governor.ny.gov.

WINDOW VISITS

We highly encourage families to conduct window visits with their loved one. Window visits do not require a negative COVID-19 test or screening procedures, can include up to 6 visitors (rather than 2 visitors for. in-person visits) and do not restrict pets or children Upon signing up for a window visit you only need to enter information for the visitor who will be the main contact, not for additional guests. Window visits will be M-F, 9a – 5p. Due to the changing seasons, small heated tents are being setup today, Monday, October 5, at two of the current window stations (Window A & C) in an effort to provide a more comfortable space for our visitors. The third window station (Window B) will not be eliminated, however due to the current space not being able to accommodate a tent, it will need to be left uncovered. We hope to continue window visits for as long as the season will allow and will strive to make them as comfortable as possible.

ELECTION AND VOTING

The Life Enrichment team is mimicking the voting process that the Board of Elections follows in order to allow our residents the chance to participate in the upcoming General Election. We have been in close contact with the Commissioner at the Saratoga County Board of Elections to ensure we are following necessary protocols. For this year, no external members from the Board of Elections will be coming into the facility, but instead all residents will be provided the opportunity to vote via an absentee ballot application. Ballots will begin to be distributed starting on Monday, October 5, 2020. Anyone not registered to vote here at Wesley, will be assisted by our team to ensure they are registered by October 9, 2020. If a loved one receives a ballot for a resident who currently resides here, Wesley will be resubmitting a change of address. Please do not drop off ballots to Wesley that you may receive in the mail.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA

Administrator

518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org

Coronavirus Updates Home

September 25, 2020

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

As previously communicated, Wesley has been working diligently to initiate a safe and controlled outside visitation plan following the updated Department of Health guidelines. We are very pleased to announce that an outdoor visitation space has been created, per the Department of Health criteria, which includes a large heated tent located in the Victoria Building parking lot. Parking will be available and identified. Visitation is scheduled to start on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and will be only by appointment. Please know that only outdoor visitation is allowed at this time. If indoor visitation is allowed by the Department of Health at a future date, an indoor visitation space has been created for use and this will be communicated to you.

A significant requirement that the Department of Health, in conjunction with the Governor’s office, has put into place is that all visitors must be tested for COVID-19 and have proof of a negative test result within the past 7 days prior to any in-person visit. This has understandably raised a lot of questions and concerns by families. We have heard that family members are having difficulty accessing testing to be able to meet the testing requirement imposed by New York State. It is also unclear as to whether there will be a cost associated with a test or not. Any cost incurred will be the responsibility of the visitor.

While the inconvenience of testing is not favorable, simply put, these are the New York State Department of Health Rules that we are bound to abide by. Any complaints should be shared with them and not our staff who are following the regulations. Wesley is providing you with the Governors contact information and would strongly encourage you to contact the Governor’s office directly to express your concerns regarding testing availability and the potential cost to you by going online to; www.governor.ny.gov.

To the best of our knowledge, there are a very limited number of locations in the area that currently offer COVID-19 testing. Some locations will unfortunately require a doctor’s order, testing fee, and/or health insurance coverage. Testing locations that may be available to you, include;

New York State Free COVID-19 Testing Site:

*Appointment Required

*Call 1-888-364-3065 to schedule your appointment

SUNY Albany

1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206

Please also visit this link for more testing location information:

https://www.leadingageny.org/topics/coronavirus/testing-location-resources/

Some Rite Aid Pharmacy locations are offering free testing. Complete a pre-screening and schedule at a Rite Aid location near you by going online to:  https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing.

Please do not schedule yourself for an upcoming visit until you are tested AND you have received your NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results. The Department of Health requires that in order to be eligible for a visit, the test result must be within 7 days from your scheduled visit date. Once you have received your results, you can then go online and schedule yourself for an upcoming visit by going to: https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y. When scheduling the visit, remember that you cannot schedule any visit more than 7 days past the date that you received your test results. To give you an example, if you received your test results on 9/24/20, you could schedule more than one visit between 9/24/20 – 9/30/20. After the date of 9/30/20, you would need to be re-tested and supply new test results. The test result must be brought with you to each of your visit appointments and must clearly identify the visitors full name, date of which the test result was received and identifies a negative result. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon each visit will result in a failure to pass the screening process and no visit will occur.

To meet the many requirements for limited visits, Visitation Guidelines have been created. It is expected that all prospective visitors review these guidelines. The guidelines are included with this communication, and are also available online as “Visitation Guidelines 2020” by going to:     https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Upon signing up for your visit, visitors will have the option of choosing between a window visit or an outdoor in-person visit. Due to in-person visits looking and feeling very similar to a window visit due to the barriers that will be in place and social distancing requirements, we highly encourage families to still conduct outside window visits or skype visits rather than in-person visits for as long as the weather will allow in order to limit our facility’s exposure risk to COVID-19. Window visits do not require a negative COVID-19 test or screening procedures, can include up to 6 visitors (rather than 2 visitors for in-person visits) and do not restrict pets. In addition, in-person visits are limited to M-F, 9a – 3p while window visits will be M-F, 9a – 5p. Scheduling availability will be based on odd/even room numbers. Residents who reside on 2 Hathorn are excluded from any visitation due to current quarantine requirements and must utilize Skype visits as an alternative for family engagement.

Upon arrival for your in-person visit, please have your mask on over your nose and mouth, your COVID-19 test result and driver’s license in-hand and conduct hand hygiene at the identified hand sanitizer stands before approaching the screening table. Please do not bring any items with you to the visitation appointment including food, drinks, purses, bags, or other items that will need to be sanitized. Resident items should still be dropped off at the Springs Main Entrance.

Unit visits are not permitted at this time and End of Life Visitation Guidelines will not change. Visitors must bring their own face mask. Scarves, Buffs, Gators or masks with vents/valves are not permitted as appropriate masks. Cloth masks are appropriate but must fit securely to bridge of nose and face. 2 or 3 ply layered masks are encouraged. Just wearing a face shield is not permitted. The mask must be properly worn over the nose and mouth by both visitor and resident throughout the entirety of the visit. Visitors who mask inappropriately, or pull mask down during a visit, or refuse to mask properly will be asked to leave.  Violation of the visiting guidelines will not be tolerated. Visitors who fail to adhere to the safety protocols put in place, will be asked to leave and prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 NYS-declared public health emergency per the Department of Health Guidelines.

For scheduling questions, concerns or special requests related to any visit, please contact Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio at 518-691-1480 or madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610, jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA, Administrator                                             (See Below Visitation Guidelines)

 

 VISITATION GUIDELINES

  • Visitation will be limited to the option of an outside tent visit located in the Victoria Building Parking Lot or a window visit located at Windows A, B or C at the Springs Main entrance.
  • In-person visitation or Window Visits will occur by appointment only through the online scheduling site Signup Genius. signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity. All visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Same day requests cannot be accommodated.
  • In-person Visits are limited to Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. Window Visits will be M-F, 9a – 5p
  • In-Person Visits only allow for 2 visitors per resident per appointment. Window visits are limited to up to 6 people socially-distanced at the window.
  • The facility will allow 20 min visits at a time in order to maximize access to visitation for all residents.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 are permitted if accompanied by an adult however are required to follow all guidelines and mask throughout the entire visit.
  • At this time, visitation is strictly prohibited in resident rooms or care areas. Residents who are bed bound should continue to use alternative methods of visitation such as through videoconferencing through Skype or Face Time as much as possible. Bed bound resident visits will be accommodated for in-person visits on a limited basis, indoors, and in a designated location on the ground floor. This will be coordinated on the date of the visit.
  • All visits, except window visits, require all attendees to present a negative COVID-19 test result at the screening table. The test must be taken within the last 7 days from the date of the visit and clearly identify the attendee’s full name, date collected and test result for each visit scheduled. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon arrival will result in a failure to pass the screening process. Testing Location Resources can be found by going to: https://www.leadingageny.org/topics/coronavirus/testing-location-resources/
  • Out of state visitors cannot be accommodated at this time for in-person visits ONLY. Visitors must present a driver’s license at the door.
  • Any NYS resident who has recently traveled out of NY State to a location on the NYS Travel Advisory listing will not be permitted to visit until their 2 week quarantine has expired upon their return.
  • Pets are not permitted for in-person visits at this time. Pets may still attend window visits.
  • Any items that need to be dropped off should still be delivered to the table at the Springs Main Entrance. Please do not bring any items with you to the visitation appointment including purses, bags or other items that will need to be sanitized.
  • Short-Term Residents who reside on 2 Hathorn are excluded from visitation due to current quarantine requirements and must utilize Skype visits as an alternative for family engagement. Additionally, any resident on isolation are not eligible for in-person visitation, unless approved by the Infection Preventionist which will be coordinated upon sign-up.
  • End of Life Visitation Guidelines for in-person visitation inside Wesley Health Care Center have not changed & will remain in place. End-of-life visits are not subject to a verified negative test result but are subject to all other COVID-19 screening & masking requirements.

MASKING PROTOCOL

Visitors must bring their own face mask. Anyone arriving without a face mask will not be allowed entry/visit. The mask must be properly worn over the nose and mouth by both visitor and resident throughout the entirety of the visit. Visitors who mask inappropriately or pull their mask down during a visit or refuse to mask properly will be asked to leave. A face mask will be provided to Visitors who are found to lack an acceptable face mask.

  • Scarves, Buffs, Gators, masks with vents/valves are not permitted as appropriate masks.
  • Cloth masks are appropriate but must fit securely to bridge of nose and face.
  • 2 or 3 ply layered masks are encouraged.
  • Just wearing a face shield is not permitted. A mask must be worn over nose and mouth.
  • Residents are also required to mask during the entire visit. Residents not able to mask appropriately will be provided a face shield.
  • No Visitor should direct a resident to remove their mask for any reason during the visit.
  • If any visitor fails to adhere to the safety protocols put in place, the individual will be prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 state declared public health emergency per the Department of Health Guidelines.

VISITATION PROCESS & LOCATION

UPON ARRIVAL

  • You will not be permitted on campus prior to 15 minutes before your scheduled visit.
  • Parking will be available for in-person visits at the Victoria Entrance Visitor Parking Lot. Designated parking spots will be labeled. Window Visit parking will still be located in the Springs Visitor Parking Lot.
  • Window visits do not require screening or a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Visitors must mask immediately upon arriving on campus and at all times while on campus, as well as throughout the entire
  • 5 Min. prior to your allotted time, you will approach the screening table located at the entrance of the visitation tent located in the Victoria Building Parking Lot.
  • Visitors must present a NYS driver’s license, a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the past 7 days, undergo symptom and temperature checks, and answer additional screening questions by a Wesley staff member. Visitation will be restricted if the visitor fails any part of the screening process.

VISIT GUIDELINES

  • After passing the screening process, Visitors will be directed immediately to the designated station under the visitation tent. If your loved one requires an indoor visit OR if weather does not permit an outside tent visit, the inpatient therapy gym located on the ground floor has been designated as an alternative indoor visitation space. If visitation is transferred indoors to the designated location on the ground floor, no more than 10 individuals appropriately socially distanced will be allowed in the space at one time (This includes staff/residents/visitors).
  • Visitors must conduct Hand Hygiene at the provided hand sanitizer stands, before entering the visiting area and after the visit.
  • A Life Enrichment Team member will bring your loved one to the identified visiting station.
  • A large clear barrier will be in place at all visiting stations to ensure social distancing is maintained with 6ft social distancing markers identified at each station.
  • Visitors, including children must abide by 6 feet social distancing from their loved one at all times during the scheduled visit, including NO physical touching, eating or drinking and remaining behind screen protectors located at each visiting space. Failure to abide by social distancing will require termination of the visit.
  • A supervisor will be present to coordinate seating and conduct infection control practices.
  • Visits will be staggered to ensure adequate time to clean between visits. Appointments have been scheduled so that no residents from other units co-mingle in the visitation space at the same time.
  • Visitation will need to be discontinued for a 14-day period at any time if a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis of any staff or resident is identified. Communication regarding either the continuation or discontinuation of window visits will be shared at that time and will be dependent upon the situation and directives provided by our Medical Director and the NYS Department of Health.
  • Any recent visitor who has been quarantined due to a positive COVID test result after a visit should inform the facility as soon as they become aware by calling the Infection Preventionist at 518-691-1428.

 

September 21, 2020

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

Wesley has structured a safe and controlled outside visitation plan following the updated Department of Health guidelines that will allow for limited visitation to occur. We are working diligently to have an outside designated location protected from the weather, per these guidelines. Visitation was not immediately started due to our need to adequately assess the new guidelines and make alternative plans to our original submissions to the NYS Department of Health. The good news is that the NYS Department of Health guidelines have changed so that in the event that a positive staff or resident case occurs, visitation would be discontinued for 14 days rather than the previous 28 days.

Prior to a kick-off date for visitation being determined, the facility is required to meet many criteria outlined in this new guidance. After the nursing home demonstrates that all of the criteria have been satisfied, the NYS Department of Health will be notified. While initiatives are underway, Visitation Guidelines have been created and it is expected that all prospective visitors review the guidelines prior to the implementation of visitation. The visitation plan, which includes the detailed description of expectations for in-person visits, as well as the guidelines that all residents and family members must follow are included with this communication, and are also available online as “Visitation Guidelines 2020” by going to:    https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

While a kick-off date is still being planned for the coming weeks, there are significant requirements within the new visitation plan, which I would like to make everyone aware of now. As a reminder, the in-person visitation structure that Wesley has had historically, before COVID-19, will be much different for our residents and families for the foreseeable future. An outdoor visitation space is required for visits and an alternative indoor visitation space for certain circumstances has been created as an alternative backup location. Unit visits are not permitted at this time and End of Life Visitation Guidelines will not change. Plastic barriers will be in place at all indoor and outdoor in-person resident visiting stations per the Department of Health guidelines with only 2 visitors per resident. Unfortunately, no eating, drinking or physical touch will be possible during any visit as social distancing must be maintained. Another significant change is that all indoor and outdoor in-person visits, except window visits, require all attendees to present a negative COVID-19 test result at the screening table for all visits. The test must be taken within the last 7 days from the date of the visit and clearly identifies the attendee’s full name, date collected and test result for each visit scheduled. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Failure to provide the test result upon arrival will result in a failure to pass the screening process and no visit will occur.

Testing Location Resources can be found by going to: https://www.leadingageny.org/topics/coronavirus/testing-location-resources/.

Due to COVID-19 tests needing to be taken within 7 days of the date of the visit, please do not get tested until a visitation start date has been communicated. We will be sure to give everyone enough time to plan for testing.

Due to in-person visits looking and feeling very similar to a window visit, we highly encourage families to still conduct outside window visits or skype visits rather than in-person visits for as long as the weather will allow in order to limit our facility’s exposure risk to COVID-19. Window visits do not require a negative COVID-19 test or screening procedures, can include up to 6 visitors (rather than 2 visitors for in-person visits) and do not restrict pets. In addition, in-person visits are limited to Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm while window visits will be M-F, 9a – 5p. During the online scheduling process, visitors will have the option of choosing between a window visit or an in-person visit.

Masking and hand hygiene are our highest priority for all visitors. Visitors must bring their own face mask. Anyone arriving without a face mask will not be allowed entry/visit. The mask must be properly worn over the nose and mouth by both visitor and resident throughout the entirety of the visit. Visitors who mask inappropriately, or pull mask down during a visit, or refuse to mask properly will be asked to leave. A face mask will be provided to Visitors who are found to lack an acceptable face mask. Scarves, Buffs, Gators,  or masks with vents/valves are not permitted as appropriate masks. Cloth masks are appropriate but must fit securely to bridge of nose and face. 2 or 3 ply layered masks are encouraged. Just wearing a face shield is not permitted. Residents are also required to mask during the entire visit. Residents not able to mask appropriately will be provided a face shield. No Visitor should direct a resident to remove their mask for any reason during the visit. If any visitor fails to adhere to the safety protocols put in place, the individual will be prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 NYS-declared public health emergency per the Department of Health Guidelines.

In addition, while limited scheduled visitation is allowed, restrictions are still in place as required by the Department of Health, which includes residents only leaving the facility to attend medically necessary community medical appointments, or leaving their unit in order to utilize their scheduled courtyard time, or other services such as therapy or in-person or window visits. All residents are still required to be transported through our partnering transportation organization, Amazing Grace Transportation. Transportation drivers are abiding by the weekly testing requirement and following infection control practices as required. Family transportation to and from medical appointments is still not permitted at this time. We also respectfully ask that families do not meet their loved one at any medically necessary appointments to eliminate risk of exposure.

Residents who reside on 2 Hathorn are excluded from any visitation due to current quarantine requirements and must utilize Skype visits as an alternative for family engagement. 2H families can continue scheduling themselves for limited Skype visits which have been made available Monday thru Friday, 1 pm – 4:30 pm.

2H Skype visits need to be pre-scheduled by going online to:

www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity The Access Code is: WesL3y

For all other units, Skype visits are still available and will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 pm – 5:00 pm: 2V, 3V, 4V, 2S, 3S, 4S, 5S, 3H Skype visits need to be pre-scheduled by going online to:

www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity The Access Code is: WesL3y

For scheduling questions, concerns or special requests related to any visit, please contact Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio at 518-691-1480 or madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org.

Finally, on September 15, 2020, the Department of Health required a Pandemic Emergency Preparedness plan to be accessible to residents and their families. Wesley’s Pandemic plan can be found by going to: www.thewesleycommunity.org where a link to our plan is directly listed under Coronovirus Resources on the home page. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610, jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402. Additional information regarding visitation will be communicated as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA, Administrator

See Current Visitation Guidelines Here: 9-21-2020 Visitation Guidelines

Coronavirus Updates Home

September 15, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Wesley Health Care Center:

We are aware of the New York State Department of Health announcement today with new guidelines around Limited Visitation for Facilities Without COVID-19 for at Least 14 Days. As this was just announced today, we are reviewing these new guidelines in detail and will seek any further clarification from the New York State Department of Health. This is not an immediate process and will require some time on our part to assess these updated safety protocols and criteria outlined by NYS DOH.

We will be evaluating these new guidelines and our controlled in-person visitation plan to ensure every precaution is taken to maintain resident, staff and family safety.

When we have an approved plan based on these new guidelines from NYS DOH, we will communicate that to our residents, staff, and families as soon as a start date is able to take place. Please do not inquire directly about in-person visitation until our revised plans are announced. Window and Skype visits will continue as scheduled until any further instructions are provided to you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this challenging time for all.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA, Administrator

 

September 3, 2020

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

As previously communicated, The Wesley Community was informed on Friday, August 28, 2020 that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked on August 25, 2020 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and provided services to a limited number of residents who reside in the Springs and Victoria Building. This staff member had limited exposure to other staff members due to their controlled work space located on the ground floor and the service they provide.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020 all residents and their roommates who were potentially exposed were tested for COVID-19 which was one week from the exposure date. The test results were received this morning and all resident test results were negative. However, these residents and their roommates will remain on isolation for the full 14 days following the exposure. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are committed to communicating to our residents, families and staff any changes to the facility status as soon as possible. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who had direct contact with this individual were furloughed from the facility for a total of 14 days and will require a negative test prior to return. Additional employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified, and are being monitored by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff remains in place and we continue to press safety precautions that all of us are required to follow inside and outside of the workplace.

Unfortunately, due to the positive case among our staff, the visitation plan that was set to begin on September 3, 2020 was postponed for a total of 28 days from the positive test result per the Department of Health guidelines. We understand that the 28 day restriction is very frustrating to all of our residents and families who wish to be with each other again. Residents, families and staff can advocate for a change in the 28 day visitation restriction by going online to: www.thewesleycommunity.org and clicking the link “Family Advocacy Letter Regarding Visitation” link listed directly under the Coronavirus updates.

As the 28 day restriction end date comes to a close, more information regarding the new visitation confirmed start date will be communicated. The visitation plan which includes the detailed description of the in-person visits, as well as the  guidelines that all residents and family members would be expected to follow can be found at the bottom of the webpage titled “Visitation Guidelines 2020” by going online to:  https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity; Access code: Wesl3y.

Window visits have continued for residents and their families, unless their loved one is currently on isolation. Questions or concerns regarding window visit or skype visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we work through the ongoing challenges that are presented to us on a daily basis. We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

 

August 28, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was informed today that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The staff member last worked on August 25, 2020 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and provided services to a limited number of residents who reside in the Springs and Victoria Building. This staff member had limited exposure to other staff members due to their controlled work space located on the ground floor and the service they provide.

All residents who were in contact with this staff member, and their roommates, were immediately placed on isolation as a precautionary measure and their Resident Representatives notified of this new development. Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified, and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms is followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health and Wesley Health Care Center’s Medical Director have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

All residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness. All residents are having their vital signs monitored twice a day in order to identify any change in condition quickly.

Our Medical Director has directed us, out of an abundance of caution, to isolate all residents, and their roommates, who were potentially exposed to this individual, including cancelling any upcoming window visit appointments and courtyard time for a total of 14 days for these specific individuals. In addition, our Medical Director has directed us to test all residents and their roommates who were potentially exposed one week from the exposure date. Testing will occur on September 1, 2020 for those specific residents and their roommates. Please be aware that our Infection Preventionist, Nursing Administration, Administration, Medical Providers and Medical Director are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents who may exhibit a change in condition.

Unfortunately, due to this new development of a positive case among our staff, the visitation plan that was set to begin next week on September 3, 2020 has to be postponed for a total of 28 days from the positive test result per the Department of Health guidelines. We understand that this is disappointing but will continue to abide by the New York State DOH rules fully. Window visits will continue for all residents and families, unless their loved one is currently on isolation. More information regarding the new visitation start date will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Questions or concerns regarding window visits should be directed to Life Enrichment Director at madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518-691-1480.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691. We also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or 518691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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August 19, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Wesley Health Care Center:

We appreciate the support that has been provided to Wesley throughout these challenging months and are thankful for you entrusting the care of your loved one with us. As previously communicated, per the NYS Department of Health Guidelines, any positive staff or resident cases in the nursing home would restrict visitation for a total of 28 days. On July 31, 2020 a positive staff case was reported, however we are happy to share that the individual has since fully recovered.

Wesley has structured a safe and controlled indoor visitation plan that will allow for limited visitation to occur beginning Wednesday, September 2, 2020. In the event that a positive staff or resident case occurs, visitation would be discontinued for 28 days. Wesley’s limited visitation plan was developed following the guidelines set by the Department of Health which was provided to all nursing homes on July 10, 2020. When a nursing home meets specific criteria, the nursing home can begin indoor limited visitation; however safety protocols must be in place to ensure the well being of residents, staff and visitors. While we wish this was not the case, the visitation structure that Wesley has had historically, before COVID-19, will be much different for our residents and families for the foreseeable future. To date, we have conducted a total of 292 window visits and 1141 skype visits for our residents. While it is not ideal, in order to accommodate all 342 residents and their families, we needed to limit each family member to 3 visits per month. This limit has been revised and we will be able to accommodate 4 visits per month per family member starting September 2, 2020. Families will have the option to choose between a window visit or indoor visit for each of their four visits per month. Skype visits are unlimited, however are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays only. We encourage families to space out your visits per month due to this limitation and supplement Skype visits in-between. Wesley will continue to plan for a safe and controlled visitation structure that can continue for our residents and families into the colder months.

A new visitation scheduling portal has been setup for families. All visits can be now be scheduled by going online to one website: www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity. The Access Code for all visits is: “WesL3y”. All visits will need to be pre-scheduled 24 hours in advance. Any appointments scheduled utilizing the websites provided in previous communications will still be upheld. All instructional details related to each type of visit and safety measures that must be followed will be listed on the portal.

Additionally, an indoor visitation space has been created for family visitation to occur on the ground floor of the facility within the inpatient therapy gym. Unfortunately, unit visits are not permitted at this time per the Department of Health guidelines. Families can begin signing up for indoor visits on Sunday, August 30, 2020 and will be able to view appointments on a 72-hour rolling basis. Upon scheduling, Families will have the option to choose between a window visit or an indoor visit for each of their 4 visits per month. Registrants will receive a confirmation email upon scheduling. Indoor visits are limited to Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm upon appointment. Window visits will be setup in the same locations, with the same parking, designated windows and safety measures. For indoor visits the criteria is much different and will be located at the Victoria Building Main Entrance. Only 2 visitors per resident per appointment can be accommodated for indoor visits. All visitors should be at least 18 years of age. Out of state visitors cannot be accommodated at this time. Pets are not permitted. The facility will allow 20 min visits at a time in order to maximize access to visitation by all residents. Residents who reside on 2 Hathorn are excluded from any visitation due to current quarantine requirements and must utilize Skype visits as an alternative for family engagement. End of Life Visitation Guidelines for in-person visitation inside Wesley Health Care Center will remain in place. Visitation Guidelines can be found here.

It is imperative that safety precautions are followed during all upcoming indoor visits. Indoor visits require  visitors to bring their own face mask and are always required to wear a face mask properly over their nose and mouth, immediately upon arriving on campus and throughout the entirety of the visit. Anyone arriving without a face mask will not be allowed entry. Visitor parking will be available in the Victoria Building Parking Lot with designated parking spaces. Visitors will enter for visitation through the Victoria Main Entrance for mandatory temperature taking and screening procedures. Plastic barriers will be in place at all resident indoor visiting stations to maintain social distancing. Unfortunately, no eating, drinking or physical touch will be possible during any visit. Please do not bring any items with you to the appointment including purses, bags or other items that will need to be sanitized. Hand hygiene will need to be performed upon entry and upon exit. These safety precautions have been put in place to ensure that we can continue to maintain our safety. If any visitor fails to adhere to the safety protocols put in place, the individual will be prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 state declared public health emergency per the Department of Health Guidelines.

It is important that our family members stay informed about the status of Nursing Homes as it relates to COVID-19. To date, only approximately 10% of nursing homes in NYS are opened to visitation as many do not meet the criteria provided by the Department of Health, or had reopened to visitation for a short period and unfortunately had to close back down due to COVID-19 cases. More recently, the Department of Health has reported that cases specifically within Nursing Homes are seeing a spike across the United States currently when compared to June and July. For Wesley, opening visitation to additional traffic on our campus does pose risk to the residents and staff, which is why we are being so diligent in our process for limited visitation. Due to this, we highly encourage families to still conduct window visits or skype visits rather than indoor visits for as long as the weather will allow. In the event that COVID-19 conditions are not safe to continue visitation, or if further cases arise in the community, Wesley reserves the right to temporarily halt indoor visitation and return to window visits altogether. While we understand the hardships that these restrictions create, we have to put everyone’s safety and health first and will continue to do so as we move forward.

2H families can continue scheduling themselves for limited Skype visits which have been made available Monday thru Friday, 1 pm – 4:30 pm. 2H Skype visits need to be pre-scheduled by going online to:

www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity The Access Code is: WesL3y

For all other units, Skype visits are still available and will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 pm – 5:00 pm: 2V, 3V, 4V, 2S, 3S, 4S, 5S, 3H Skype visits need to be pre-scheduled by going online to:

www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity The Access Code is: WesL3y

For scheduling questions, concerns or special requests related to any visit, please contact Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio at 518-691-1480 or madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610, jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA, Administrator

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July 30, 2020

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

The Wesley Health Care Center was informed this evening that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on July 30, 2020, 6:00 am – 2:00 pm. The individual’s responsibilities require them to work throughout the facility; however, resident interactions are minimal due to the nature of their duties. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Our Medical Director has recommended that residents continue to remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness. All residents are having their vital signs monitored twice a day in order to quickly identify any change in condition.  At this time, no further resident testing is required per our Medical Director. Please be aware that our Infection Preventionist, Nursing Administration, Administration, Medical Providers and Medical Director are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents.

Currently, we do not have any residents presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified, and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health and Medical Director has been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691. We also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio

Administrator

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July 30, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Wesley Health Care Center:

With the support of our staff, we continue to meet the challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to Wesley Health Care Center. As of this letter, we have had ZERO resident cases and just two staff members test positive for the virus during the pandemic, both of whom have thankfully fully recovered. This is a true testament to all of the hard work and dedication of our staff and the forward-thinking precautionary actions of our leadership team. We have kept your loved ones safe throughout this pandemic and will do our best to continue to do so. We appreciate the support that has been provided to Wesley throughout these challenging months and are thankful for entrusting in us the care of your loved one.

Unfortunately, the health threat posed by the coronavirus to our senior population remains extreme and we are seeing a concerning pattern of new cases in Saratoga County. According to data recently published, this past weekend saw an increase of 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Saratoga County, with 13 in Saratoga Springs. For additional context, the City of Saratoga Springs has gone from a total of 70 confirmed cases since March to 90 in just the past week.

In light of this data and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to postpone expanding our family visitation policy at this time. Please understand that this decision was not made lightly and is rooted in the best interest of our residents and staff. We understand that not being able to see your loved ones has made this challenging period in our collective history that much harder and know that this news is difficult to hear. However, nothing is more important to us than the continued care and safety of your loved ones. We will continue to evaluate the status of the community and move forward cautiously.

At this time, we will maintain our current restricted visitation policy, however we have added two new window visiting areas for residents and their families in order to increase the ability to see your loved one. We will continue to offer this on a Monday through Friday basis.

Families can begin scheduling window visits online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4DAAAA2AA5FC1-residentfamily2. The access code is: “WesL3y”. Additional window visits will begin to be offered on Monday, August 3, however signup can begin today.

Due to additional window visits in place, windows have been designated as Window A, Window B, and Window C. They are located in close proximity to the current window visit site. Upon scheduling, please make sure that you note the window where you will see your loved one and identify that location upon arrival by the posted signage. Visits will be available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Registrants will receive a confirmation email as well as a reminder of guidelines while on campus as well as which window they should go to upon arrival.

Windows areas are designated for the following units:

Window A: 2, 3, 4 Victoria

Window B: 2, 3, 4, Springs

Window C: 5 Springs, 3 Hathorn, and special requests (Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.).

Visits will correspond to the odd/even date and odd/even room number. As we are offering more opportunities than before, we ask families to communicate with one another so as not to have more than one visit on any given day, as it can be exhausting emotionally and physically for many of the residents.

Please remember that all family members can stay connected to the ongoing status of the facility by signing up to receive text alerts about Wesley by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in for text updates for Wesley Health Care Center. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this challenging time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610, jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA Administrator

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July 16, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Wesley Health Care Center:

As previously communicated, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) did issue a policy on limited visitation of nursing home residents in New York State on Friday, July 10. News reports are commonly describing this new advisory as though Nursing Homes are returning to the normal visitation practices of pre-COVID starting as early as tomorrow. However, this is not the case based on the NYS DOH guidelines.

At Wesley Health Care Center, family visits cannot start until at least Monday, August 3. The NYS DOH rules identifies that there can be no positive staff or resident COVID-19 results within 28 days after having reported the last confirmed COVID case. As everyone is aware, over the July 4 holiday weekend we did have one employee test positive. Therefore, 28 days post July 5, when the case was reported, is August 3. While we are certainly hoping this does not happen, any additional case(s) of COVID between now and August 3 would push the initiation of visits out another 28 days.

On July 15, Wesley submitted the NY Forward Safety Plan to the Department of Health regarding Wesley’s outdoor family visitation plan and protocols that will be followed. This plan does not have to be approved by the Department of Health. Visits will be by appointment only and be limited to outdoors, Monday thru Friday, 9 am – 5 pm in the Springs Main Courtyard. Visits will be limited to 20 minutes per visit. Only 2 Visitors per resident (Over 18 years of age) will be allowed per the Department of Health Guidelines and must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. It is important to note that due to the spike in cases in other states, out of state visitors will not be accommodated at this time for any window or outdoor visit. Unfortunately, to ensure everyone’s safety, plastic barriers will be present in the designated visiting locations as touching, eating and drinking is prohibited. A Visitation Plan will be provided in the coming weeks for more details regarding the guidelines that will be followed starting August 3. All Visitors must be familiar with the “Interim COVID Visitation Guidelines” set forth prior to all visits. Visitors are required to bring an appropriate facemask and are required to wear at all times while on campus. In addition, visitors will be required to go through a temperature screening and be asked a series of questions. Rain tents will be provided at each designated visiting location in the courtyard. In the event of severe weather, visitation may be discontinued, however, we will try our very best not to do so. Families can begin scheduling themselves for an outdoor visit beginning August 1. Additional scheduling information and guidelines will be provided in the coming weeks.

On July 15 we began implementing 1st floor window visits at the Springs Building Side Entrance for residents with their family. These have been going very well and it is exciting to see the smiles on resident and family faces. Window Visits are by appointment only and are scheduled on a Monday thru Friday basis, from Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 31 only. Visits are limited to 15 minutes, between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm and limited to 4 people to maintain social distancing at the window. Designated parking is available in the springs visitor parking lot and masking is required while on campus except during the actual visit.

In addition, Wesley will be able to accommodate limited Skype visits for families, as we know how much these virtual visits have positively impacted families and their loved ones. On Wednesday, July 22, Skype Visits will resume weekly, and only be available Wednesday and Thursday each week from 1 pm thru 5 pm, with 10-minute visits. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance and a confirmation will be emailed to you. Please know that our Life Enrichment Team is doing everything they can to accommodate everyone’s needs. We are in the process of additional Life Enrichment staff so that we would have adequate resources to do both Outdoor Visits and Skype Visits sometime after August 3, however, a start date would be communicated once it is determined. Families can begin scheduling themselves for a skype visit, today, July 16.

 

                                                              New Skype Visit Schedule

Wednesday’s

2 Springs            1p – 2p

3 Springs            2p – 3p

4 Springs            3p – 4p

5 Springs            4p – 5p

 

Thursday’s

3 Hathorn           1p – 2p

2V                      2p – 3p

3V                      3p – 4p

4V                      4p – 5p

In addition, Starting today, July 16, specifically 2H families can begin scheduling themselves for limited Skype visits. 2H Skype visits will start tomorrow, July 17, 2 Hathorn is currently a unit that accepts all new admissions and readmissions under quarantine and will not be able to participate in any in-person visits. Due to this, additional Skype visits have been made available specifically for 2H residents and families, which will be available Monday thru Friday, 1 pm – 4:30 pm.

Effective August 3, all unit courtyard time will be moved to the Hathorn Courtyard. The Springs Courtyard will be occupied by Family Visitation after this date. The courtyard schedule will remain the same for each unit; Monday thru Friday; 10 a – 3 p. Odd Dates: Hathorn and Victoria Buildings. Even Dates: Springs Building; 2 Hathorn is excluded due to quarantine requirements.

Please see below to schedule yourself for a visit. Please contact Life Enrichment Director, Meghan DiMeglio at 518-691-1480 or madimeglio@thewesleycommunity.org with scheduling concerns.

 

Window visits need to be pre-scheduled by going online to:

https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity#/

The Access Code is: WesL3y

 

2V, 3V, 4V, 2S, 3S, 4S, 5S, 2H, 3H Skype visits need to be pre-scheduled by going online to:

https://www.signupgenius.com/org/thewesleycommunity#/

The Access Code is: WesL3y

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610, jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA

Administrator

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July 11, 2020

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

As previously communicated, The Wesley Community was informed on Saturday, July 4 that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center tested positive for COVID-19 according to Saratoga County Public Health Services. The staff member last worked on July 2, 2020, exclusively on the 2 Hathorn unit, 7p – 7a.

On Thursday, July 9, we conducted resident COVID-19 testing for all residents residing on 2 Hathorn. In addition, we tested any resident who relocated off of 2 Hathorn during the previous week. A total of 35 resident tests were taken, and we were notified today, on July 11, that all resident results were NEGATIVE. Unfortunately, these negative results do not change yesterdays visitation guidance which identified August 3 as the earliest in which limited visitation may resume. Please refer to my letter dated 7/10 on visitation. Thank you so much to all the Wesley Team members who continue to follow great infection control procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.

Our Medical Director has directed us to continue to keep the 2 Hathorn unit closed and to continue isolation for the additional residents who were relocated off of 2 Hathorn during the previous week. As an additional precautionary measure the unit will remain closed for a total of 14 days from the last date that the positive employee worked. This 2 Hathorn unit closure would cease on Friday, July 17. Wesley remains committed to continuing to conduct infection control surveillance and monitor all residents for signs and symptoms related to the virus. All new admissions will continue to be required to provide a negative test result prior to arriving to the facility.

In addition, in response to the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, Wesley Health Care Center will be continuing mandatory weekly testing for all Wesley Health Care Center and Woodlawn Commons personnel for COVID-19 through August 11. All individuals who were identified to have come in contact with the positive staff member will be retested. In addition, testing applies to all personnel of both organizations who are working on-site, which includes all Personnel, Contract Personnel, Medical Personnel, Operators and Administrators. Only results of positive staff test results will be communicated to all residents, health care proxies and staff within 24 hours of the results being received. Please note that no positive COVID-19 staff members will be allowed to work per the Department of Health Guidelines.

As a reminder, we also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA

Administrator

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July 10, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Wesley Health Care Center:

Thank you again for all your support over these past nearly 4 months as we all continue to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I also want to thank you for your cooperation with our New York State mandated visitation restrictions as we try to protect all our residents and staff against the COVID virus.

Today’s good news is that the NYS Department of Health (DOH) did issue a policy on limited visitation of nursing home residents in New York State. If you listen to some of the news reports, you would think that we are returning to the normal visitation practices of pre-COVID starting as early as tomorrow. However, this is not the case based on the NYS DOH guidelines.

Unfortunately, family visits cannot start at Wesley until at least Monday, August 3. Why August 3? The NYS DOH rules identifies specific criteria that the facility must meet in order to be eligible for limited visitation. In addition, the criteria requires several limitations and restrictions on visits. One of the many criteria that the facility must meet indicates that there can be no positive staff or resident COVID-19 results within 28 days after having reported the last confirmed COVID case to the Department of Health. As everyone is aware, over the July 4 Holiday weekend we did have one employee test positive. Therefore, 28 days post July 5, when the case was reported to NYS DOH, is August 3. While we are certainly hoping this does not happen, any additional case(s) of COVID between now and August 3 would push the initiation of visits out further. Our understanding is that the NYS DOH expects only 10% of all facilities in the State to be able to open on July 15.

Next week, we will begin working to meet criteria identified in the DOH guidance and developing the practices that we will be adhering to for when these visits do start. What I can tell you now, per NYS DOH, is that ALL visits must be conducted in an outdoor area. No visitor will be allowed up on a resident’s unit. Visits would be limited to 2 people per resident. All visitors will need to be screened, not have a temperature, and pass the COVID-19 questions that are required by the State of NY at the time of the visit. The resident and all visitors must socially distance and wear a face mask at all times. Additional guidance will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

In the interest of trying to provide some type of visiting time ahead of August 3, starting on July 15 we will be implementing 1st floor window visits at the Springs Building Side Entrance for residents with their family. We will be doing this on a Monday to Friday basis, Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 31 only. Families can begin signing up for a pre-scheduled 15 minute visit beginning today, Friday, July 10. These visits need to be pre-scheduled using the same system that has been used for setting up a virtual visit by going online to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4DAAAA2AA5FC1-residentfamily
The Access Code is: WesL3y

Please follow the directions and additional safety guidelines listed on the website. Visits will be available between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Appointment times will be correlated to the days of the week and to the unit in which your loved one resides. Appointments need to be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

Window Visit Schedule includes:
Monday: 2 and 3 Springs
Tuesday: 4 and 5 Springs
Wednesday: 3 Hathorn and 2 Victoria
Thursday: 3 and 4 Victoria
Friday: Reserved for special requests ONLY i.e Resident Birthday, Resident Anniversary. etc.

Unfortunately, our commitment to window visits will temporarily cause us to suspend all virtual visits during this time to ensure our Life Enrichment staff can adequately meet the need for window visits. We are in the process of ramping up the size of our Life Enrichment Team so that we would have adequate resources to do both very soon; however, by July 15 doing both is just not possible.

Please know that we are working diligently on a safe and controlled plan in the meantime in order to meet the NYS Department of Health guidelines expected of Nursing Homes for visitation allowance. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of your loved one and our staff members. We continue to be thankful for the ongoing support and appreciation our community has shown us as we work through the challenges presented upon all of us.

As previously stated, it is important that all family members stay connected to the ongoing status of the facility. To do so, we continue to encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in to text updates for Wesley Health Care Center. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610, jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402, or Chief Executive Officer Brian Nealon at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, LNHA
Administrator

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July 8, 2020

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

As previously communicated, The Wesley Community was informed on Saturday, July 4 that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center tested positive for COVID-19 according to Saratoga County Public Health Services. The staff member last worked on July 2, 2020, exclusively on the 2 Hathorn unit, 7p – 7a. On Thursday, July 9, depending upon NYSDOH materials being received, we will be conducting resident COVID-19 testing for all residents residing on 2 Hathorn. In addition, we will also be testing any resident who relocated off of 2 Hathorn during the previous week. All residents and their representatives who will be undergoing testing have been notified. During this time, Admissions will continue to be accepted to 2H per our Medical Director, however no residents will be relocated off of this unit until test results can be reviewed. This is a change from a previous communication per our Medical Director. Residents being admitted will still be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result, prior to their admission.

In response to the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, and specifically in response to Executive Order 202.40, the requirement for mandatory staff testing continues once a week for all Wesley Health Care Center and Woodlawn Commons personnel for COVID-19. This requirement tentatively ended on July 9, however no further communication has been received regarding the extension of this requirement from the State of New York. Due to this, Wesley will continue mandatory staff testing through July 28.

Local nursing homes are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases occurring more recently, including through the spread by asymptomatic, but positive staff members. Due to this, Wesley must remain vigilant in its adherence to the strict guidelines and safety measures implemented. Staff testing is a crucial piece to identifying the virus and removing the individual from work. In addition, we are encouraging Wesley staff members to practice safe precautions inside and outside of the workplace, including wearing a mask properly over the nose and mouth while in public, washing hands and social distancing.

Many family inquiries have been received regarding visitation. Regrettably, the Department of Health has yet to lift this restriction and prevents any type of outdoor visit to occur. Due to this, we must continue to enforce no visitation guidelines and limitations on the amount of traffic occurring on our campus. While we have heard that the Department of Health is reviewing Nursing Home visitation, there have been no new directives shared with us regarding this topic to date. Wesley has initiated multiple requests to the Department of Health regarding a proposed plan for drive-thru visitation or any type of modified visitation, however our requests have not received any response. Despite this, Wesley will continue to seek any opportunity to allow for a safe and controlled visit with the approval of the Department of Health.

Due to no guidelines or approvals for visitation being received, restricted visitation will unfortunately remain in place to ensure the safety of our residents and staff, including outdoor visits. We ask that families continue to abide by this and refrain from visiting the campus or congregating in parking lots to limit as much traffic as possible. In addition, a main concern for exposure includes residents needing to attend community medical appointments. At this time, all residents are required to be transported through our partnering transportation organization, Amazing Grace Transportation. Transportation drivers are abiding by the weekly testing requirement and following infection control practices as required. Family transportation to and from medical appointments are not permitted at this time. We also respectfully ask that families do not meet their loved one at any medically necessary appointments to limit risk of exposure.

The psychosocial well-being of your loved one is of upmost importance to the teams at Wesley. Our Life Enrichment team is continuing to implement creative ways to provide quality programming with consideration to the current NYS Department of Health guidelines regarding activities, vendors, and volunteers. There are many initiatives that the team has put into place to support the residents during this time. Examples include increased support in the Life Enrichment Department through the hiring of more employees, maximized scheduling to create well-rounded program opportunities, implementation of technology to support resident-family communication, and Life Enrichment staff education resulting in certification in SINGFIT, a program that supports the residents’ social, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being through the use of music, movement and trivia. Your loved one receives person-centered support through 1:1 visits by Life Enrichment staff and socially distant hallway programs. We are excited to now expand opportunities through use of an updated courtyard space outside of the 1st floor activity room. As we develop opportunities for engagement during this time, we are continuing to keep your loved one’s life experience, history and current preferences at the heart of programming.

The Life Enrichment Team will continue to accommodate any family that would like to have an electronic visit. If you want to arrange such a visit, please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/skype-guidance-for-families-of-wesley-health-care-center-residents/ and follow the directions. The Life Enrichment Team is working strategically to evaluate alternative ways for which families can connect with their loved ones. Wesley will continue to communicate regarding any additional initiatives that we are able to put into place.

The Wesley Community understands the need to be with your loved ones and how this time away creates unrest for all. We greatly appreciate the confidence that residents and families have given to our Wesley team members in order to provide the best care and safety for their loved ones. The positivity and gratitude that continues to be displayed to our community is greatly appreciated. Wesley will continue to be committed to providing excellence in all that we do and work diligently to provide any additional support services that we can for our residents, staff and families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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July 4, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was today informed that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19 according to Saratoga County Public Health Services. The staff member last worked on July 2nd, 2020, exclusively on the 2 Hathorn unit, 7p – 7a.

All Residents and Resident Representatives on 2 Hathorn were notified of this new development. Currently, we do not have any residents on the 2 Hathorn unit presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms. Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified, and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Wesley has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health and Medical Director have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

All residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness. All residents are having their vital signs monitored twice a day in order to identify any change in condition quickly.

Our Medical Director has directed us, out of an abundance of caution, to isolate all residents on 2 Hathorn who are able to tolerate it in their rooms, as well as close the unit in order to limit unnecessary traffic. In addition, our Medical Director has directed us to test all residents on 2 Hathorn. There will be no resident transfers to or from 2 Hathorn until resident test results are received. Discharges may continue with proper education to residents and families regarding quarantine and exposure. This is a proactive, precautionary measure to ensure everyone’s continued safety. Please be aware that our Infection Preventionist, Nursing Administration, Administration, Medical Providers and Medical Director are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents on 2 Hathorn Unit.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will continue to be operational on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are in need of immediate information today or tomorrow, July 4 or July 5, please contact the Director of Nursing, Jana Matney at 518-691-1488. During the Monday-Friday time period, Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691

We also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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June 15, 2020

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

Thank you again for the support that you have shown to the caring staff here at Wesley as we all meet the challenges of this prolonged pandemic. Our goal, as always, is the safety of our residents and our staff. In addition, we are focused on adherence to the directives placed upon us by both the Governor’s Office as well as the New York State Department of Health during the pandemic.

Today I am writing regarding an update on visitation restrictions. About a month ago, CEO, Brian Nealon wrote to all of you describing how Wesley’s reopening plan was tied to Phase 4 of the Governor’s reopening plan. Subsequently, we have now been told that this has changed. Visitation in all nursing homes in New York State will remain limited to only end of life situations until such time that a specific directive is provided directly from the Governor or the Department of Health. To clarify, the regulation prohibiting no visits extends beyond just inside the building but also restricts any outside visits. Based on the struggles with COVID-19 in many nursing homes across the State, it is unclear as to when nursing home visits will resume and how it would impact Wesley’s visitation policies and procedures; However, it is likely that Nursing Home visits will look much different from the ones conducted pre-COVID-19.

I fully understand that this is not the news that any of you were hoping to hear. The continuation of no family/friend visits is very difficult on everyone. At the same time, it is what we need to adhere to. My hope is that with all of the precautionary measures that the Governor has taken over these past 3 months and with the continued safety measure being exercised by the public, that New York will not see the second round of the virus as many other States in the Country have, and many experts have predicted.

In the meantime, we are working hard to accommodate any family that would like to have an electronic visit. If you want to arrange such a visit, please visit THIS PAGE and follow the directions. In addition, our Life Enrichment team is strategically planning for the re-institution of internal resident programming with plans to kick off within the next few weeks. Resident programming will be structured differently to ensure residents from other units do not co-mingle and that proper infection control and social distancing measures are taken by having smaller groups. We understand this is an integral part of the quality of life for our residents and want to conduct programming in a safe and controlled manner.
In response to the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, and specifically in response to Executive Order 202.40 the requirement for mandatory staff testing has been extended and the Wesley Community has continued conducting mandatory testing once a week for all Wesley Health Care Center and Woodlawn Commons personnel for COVID-19. This requirement tentatively ends on July 9. I continue to be pleased to say that at this time that none of our residents or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since the one staff member we announced in late March, who has since recovered.

As a reminder, we have established the capability to accept video messages to be played for your loved one for Father’s Day. Full instructions for how to do this can be found HERE.

As directives and communication needs change on an ongoing basis, we continue to encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in to text updates for Wesley Health Care Center. In addition, continuous updates are available online HERE.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,
Jessica Florio, Administrator

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June 8, 2020

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

Thank you for the ongoing support and donations that continue to be received throughout these challenging times. The Wesley Community understands the need to be with your loved ones and how this time away creates unrest for all. We greatly appreciate the confidence that residents and families have given to our Wesley team members in order to provide the best care and safety for their loved ones. The positivity and gratitude that continues to be displayed to our community is greatly appreciated. Wesley will continue to be committed to providing excellence in all that we do.

On Wednesday, May 27, Wesley Health Care Center began using the Springs Courtyard for all long-term residents. A schedule has been created for each unit to refrain from intermingling with residents from other units. Residents are required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and conduct routine hand hygiene. The guidelines put into place for the use of the courtyard have been going well and residents’ have been expressing great satisfaction with the ability to go outdoors once again.

The Life Enrichment team has been doing a phenomenal job creating individualized engagement activities, as well as virtual visits with loved ones. We hope that these efforts have allowed for memorable time together with your loved ones during these difficult times.

In addition, we are excited to report that Wesley’s CNA class will kick off again on June 8 and a new class will be initiated every 8 weeks. In addition, Prometric, the institute for providing nurse aide testing will be reopening in the month of July. At that time, Wesley will be scheduling testing for CNAT’s at our facility. Wesley will also be continuing the abbreviated training program for Unit Assistants to offer support as feeding assistants on the units under the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

In response to the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, and specifically in response to Executive Order 202.30 put into effect on May 20, the Wesley Community has been conducting mandatory testing for all Wesley Health Care Center and Woodlawn Commons personnel for COVID-19. While the Executive order tentatively ends on June 9, Wesley will continue staff testing through June 11 in order to complete the final full third week of testing requirements. To date, no staff members or residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the one staff member we announced in late March, who has since recovered. These results are a true testament to the commitment our team has made to protect the lives of our residents and staff.

On 06/03/2020 a Focused Infection Control COVID-19 survey was completed by the Department of Health to determine if Wesley Health Care Center was in compliance with State and Federal requirements related to proper infection prevention and control practices to prevent the development and transmission of COVID-19. Results of the survey were received and the facility was found to be in substantial compliance with participation requirements and no deficiencies were cited. Wesley remains committed to continuing to conduct infection control training and surveillance and monitor all residents for signs and symptoms related to the virus. As a reminder, safety measures still remain in place, including but not limited to, the requirement of all new admissions providing a negative test result prior to arriving to the facility, Screening, including temperatures and a symptoms check, occurring 24/7, 7 days a week., ongoing surveillance of all residents in the facility for increased temperatures and other COVID-19 related symptoms and immediate isolation implemented when necessary, 100% masking at all times by all individuals entering the building, as well as cleaning of all high-touch surfaces including the use of our new advanced healthcare disinfectant, GR-AD Pro to kill Influenza and Human Coronavirus, among many other viruses and bacteria.

As we enter into Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan in our region, Wesley will be evaluating the situation cautiously and lifting visitation restrictions only at the direction of the New York State Department of Health. At this time, there is no additional guidance provided by the Department of Health that identifies when this may change; however, it is clear that this decision will not be made by the facility.  As we begin to see a decline in the outbreak curve, we must nonetheless keep up our defenses and cannot allow the phenomenal work that has been accomplished to be undone by complacency to the virus. It is unfortunately, a new and unique threat that will continue to be a defining feature in the strategies set forth for the future of Wesley Health Care Center. Due to this, many of the new safety measures and guidelines will remain in place into the foreseeable future with direction from the Department of Health and our Medical Director, including full-time screening procedures, masking by all individuals entering the nursing home and a new structure of how communal dining and group activities are conducted, among other daily processes. Wesley will remain very cautious in relaxing any current protocols in place in order to continue protecting our residents and staff and more communication will be distributed as reopening directives become available.

As a reminder, to learn how to setup a virtual visit with your loved one, please visit our Wesley Website and review our Skype Guidance. We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, daily and weekly continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/. We also offer a COVID Hotline for residents and families. The COVID Hotline is operational Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm in order to ask additional questions related to the facility’s status. Residents and Families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should dial 518-691-1690. Residents and Families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we continue to work through these very difficult times. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,
Jessica Florio, Administrator

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May 26, 2020

Dear Residents and Families of Wesley Health Care Center,

As previously communicated, on Friday, May 15th, 2020, a total of 315 residents were tested for COVID-19, out of a total of 316 residents residing in the facility. Only one resident refused the test altogether. Test results were obtained for the facility on Saturday, May 16 and resulted in 310 negative COVID-19 tests. The remaining five residents not included in this total were re-tested on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 and all five results were negative for COVID-19. This concludes that all 315 Residents residing in the nursing home were negative for COVID-19. These results are a true testament to the great work that our Wesley team members are doing in adhering to our strict protocols and procedures. Wesley remains committed to continuing to conduct infection control surveillance and monitor all residents for signs and symptoms related to the virus. All new admissions will continue to be required to provide a negative test result prior to arriving to the facility.

In addition, in response to the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, and specifically in response to Executive Order 202.30, the Wesley Community has established a testing plan with Saratoga Hospital which was initiated on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 requiring mandatory testing for all Wesley Health Care Center and Woodlawn Commons personnel for COVID-19. Testing applies to all personnel of both organizations who are working on-site, which includes all Personnel, Contract Personnel, Medical Personnel, Operators and Administrators. Only results of positive staff test results will be communicated to all residents, health care proxies and staff within 24 hours of the results being received. Please note that no positive COVID-19 staff members will be allowed to work per the Department of Health Guidelines.

While Wesley Health Care Center remains under strict no visitation policies, as well as limiting residents to their units, we do recognize that outdoor moments are an essential part of a resident’s psychosocial needs. Due to our facility receiving all negative resident test results, we have re-evaluated outdoor resident opportunities. Effective Wednesday, May 27, 2020 we will be initiating a safe and controlled process for residents to utilize the Springs Courtyard at Wesley Health Care Center. Each unit will be scheduled for a limited time and number of residents each day, Monday through Friday, weather permitting, for the use of the Courtyard. Residents will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and conduct routine hand hygiene. We will be monitoring this process closely to ensure guidelines are followed.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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May 17, 2020

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

As previously communicated, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) implemented a plan for COVID-19 testing of all residents, long-term and short-term, residing at Wesley Health Care Center. A team of Nurses from the Department of Health arrived at the facility on Friday, May 15th to conduct COVID-19 testing for all of our residents. The swabbing was successful and our Wesley team members worked hard to ensure resident comfort throughout the process.

On Friday, May 15th a total of 315 residents were tested, out of a total of 316 residents residing in the facility. Only 1 resident refused the test altogether. Test results were obtained for the facility late in the afternoon on Saturday, May 16th and resulted in 310 negative COVID-19 tests. The remaining five residents not included in this total were tested, but were unable to receive a test result due to damage to the sample during transportation. These five residents and their representatives were notified directly by the Infection Preventionist this morning. Wesley is working with the Department of Health for further guidance on any retesting needs. It is important to note however, that all residents whose tests were unable to be processed or had refused, show no signs or symptoms related to the virus.

These results are a true testament to the great work that our Wesley team members are doing in adhering to our strict protocols and procedures. Their efforts continue to ensure the success and well-being of our residents and staff. Wesley will continue to set forth safety measures and precautions to ensure the continuity of our success.

Thank you for everyone’s ongoing support and hard work as we face these challenging times – Wesley Strong!

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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May 15, 2020

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

Wesley Health Care Center will be initiating the use of a new cleaning chemical that we would like to make you aware of. Wesley will be introducing GR-AD Pro Advanced Healthcare Disinfectant to our regular housekeeping routines throughout the facility beginning Wednesday, 5/20/20. This chemical is EPA-Approved to kill multiple pathogens within 1 minute of exposure, specifically Influenza and Human Coronavirus, among many other viruses and bacteria. GR-AD Pro technology creates a physical barrier protecting the surfaces and preventing microbes from finding a home. The chemical is formulated to be safe for everyday use, improves disinfection, and continually protects surfaces in-between cleanings.

Our Housekeeping team will be initiating a single application to each resident room after a full terminal clean is conducted and then again every 30 days. The application has a drying time of 2-3 minutes, remains odorless, and does not require rinse. This new procedure will require applying an application to high-touch surfaces within a resident’s room. It will also be applied to other high traffic areas of the unit including dining rooms and common areas. It is important to note that GR-AD Pro is 100% non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals, arsenic, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, or polychlorinated phenols and can be applied while individuals are in the room. However, residents do have the right to refuse the use of this disinfectant in their room, and should notify their housekeeper if they do not wish it to be applied. The Wesley Housekeeping team will ensure the resident is comfortable with this new process before applying in occupied rooms.

Our housekeeping team is working hard to continue to clean all of our high-touch surfaces. Wesley’s goal is to continue to enhance all aspects of infection control practices and ensure the safety of our residents and staff.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Housekeeping, Lisa Wallace at 518-691-1613, lwallace@thewesleycommunity.org or me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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May 14, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends:

Thank you again for all your support over these past many weeks as we all continue to deal with the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created. I also want to thank you for your cooperation with our New York State mandated visitation restrictions as we try to protect all our residents against the COVID virus.

I want to take this opportunity to explain a couple of very recent changes being required of all nursing homes in the State regarding COVID testing. I also wish to provide an example of the timing of the Governor’s reopening plan and when it may impact any changes to our visitation restrictions.

This past Sunday, 5/10/20, the Governor announced an Executive Order requiring all Nursing Home and Assisted Living staff and contracted personnel who work more than 3 days a week on-site to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week. Staff and contracted personnel who work on-site 3 or fewer days a week would only need to be tested once a week. Then on 5/13/20 Wesley was contacted by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to initiate COVID-19 testing for all residents. The frequency of resident testing remains unclear. NYSDOH has left it up to each nursing home to identify a plan that will allow for the staff testing. We are currently working with Saratoga Hospital, the County Department of Public Health and others to implement this plan.  NYSDOH has indicated that they will be supplying the staff to administer the tests to our residents. Our Administrator, Jessica Florio, issued a full letter on Resident testing earlier today, which is available on this web page below my letter (see Jessica’s prior update by scrolling down). Without question, this is a very fluid situation and I encourage you to check our website frequently for updates.

As we all know, New York State was put on pause until at least May 15. Today’s reality is that there are only 5 of the 10 regions in the State that are poised to meet all 7 of the Governor’s re-opening requirements.  The Capital Region, which includes Saratoga County, is NOT one of those regions. Here is a link to the State’s current chart showing how each region matches up to the 7 requirements: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard.

You can see that our region needs to meet two more prerequisites before we can even begin to reopen. It is presumed that it will take at least another week for our region to achieve these last goals. Once we do, then the Governor’s 4-phased reopening process would begin. Each phase will be given at least 2 weeks before the subsequent phase would begin. Retirement Communities, like Wesley, are in Phase 4.

Assuming we meet all 7 requirements by May 25th, let’s look at a potential timeline for when some type of person-to-person visitation could begin on the Wesley campus. Phase 1 would begin on May 25th.  Phase 2 would start no sooner than June 8th, Phase 3 June 22nd and finally, Phase 4, which includes the Wesley campus, would start no sooner than July 6th. Again, this is the MOST OPTIMISTIC plan we can see for any level of easing of visitation restrictions at Wesley. If it takes longer to reach those last two requirements or if there is an uptick in COVID cases during any of the first 3 Phases of the reopening, then Phase 4 initiation will get pushed out further.

As you can see, this is a complicated process and we may only be halfway through it. In the meantime, we are working hard to accommodate any family that would like to have an electronic meeting. If you want to arrange such a visit, please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/skype-guidance-for-families-of-wesley-health-care-center-residents and follow the directions. Also, I’d like to remind everyone of the COVID-19 hotlines to answer your questions. For residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building, call 518-691-1690. For residents and families residing in the Springs Building, call 518-691-1691. These phones are operated from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

I continue to be pleased to say that at this time that none of our residents or staff have COVID-19.  

We continue to encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in to text updates for Wesley Health Care Center.   In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

While none of us like the measures that had to be taken, they are what is required by regulation and from a precautionary perspective. Please realize that we cannot and will not deviate from these practices.  We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation, and we will continue to work with you to ensure you stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1400, Administrator Jessica Florio at 518-691-1610 or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

J. Brian Nealon, CEO

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May 14, 2020

Dear Residents and Families of Wesley Health Care Center,

Wesley Health Care Center has been contacted by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in regards to the coordination of COVID-19 testing for all residents, long-term and short-term, residing within the Nursing Home. We received notification late afternoon on Wednesday, 5/13/20, that a team of Nurses from the Department of Health will be arriving at the facility around 10:00 am on Friday, 5/15/20 to conduct COVID-19 testing for all of our residents. The type of swab that will be utilized is the Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab which is inserted into the nostril. The team will be required to wear personal protective equipment and will be screened prior to entry per our usual screening process to ensure resident and staff safety. We anticipate Wesley team members will be accompanying the team onsite in order to ensure our residents’ comfort.

Wesley will be working hard to maintain everyone’s safety and comfort during the resident testing in order to comply with Governer Cuomo’s recent directive to test all nursing home residents. At this time, Wesley has no residents that have tested positive for the virus nor are showing signs or symptoms in relation to the virus.

Resident and Resident Representative consent and a Provider’s order is needed and will be gathered prior to the testing being conducted. Starting today, 5/13/20, the RN Unit Coordinators and Social Workers are conducting calls to all Resident Health Care Proxies in order to receive consent for those residents that can’t offer consent themselves. Residents who are able to make their own health care decisions will provide the consent for testing. Please be patient while they work to communicate this new requirement with residents and families. Residents who have already tested negative for COVID-19 will be tested again per the Department of Health. Residents and/or Health Care Proxy are able to refuse the COVID-19 test, which will be documented and communicated to the Department of Health upon their arrival. However, it is important to note, that we have been directed by the Department of Health Representatives, that those who do refuse might need to be cohorted to a new location within the facility. This will not be conducted without further guidance from the DOH. Any changes related to resident moves will be communicated to the resident and family.

It is anticipated that the turnaround time for the test results are anywhere from 24-48 hours. Positive test results will be communicated as soon as they become available to the Resident and Health Care Proxy. In addition, all residents, families and staff will be notified of any positive cases. It is our understanding that this test will only be conducted once.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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May 11, 2020

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

To continue to keep all of you apprised of our ongoing facility status, I am sharing an update in regards to the initiatives that are currently underway at Wesley Health Care Center.

Wesley has initiated an early detection protocol for any possible signs of COVID-19 with our residents. As previously communicated, all residents are under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness. This early detection protocol allows for isolation rooms to be immediately initiated for residents when one or both residents in a room together have a change in condition of any kind. This is a proactive, precautionary measure to allow for enhanced surveillance and the setup of an isolation cart, which in turn initiates utilization of additional PPE for staff and resident protection, until a diagnosis can be determined. To date, using this process has allowed for additional time to conduct necessary labs and testing in order to determine a non-COVID diagnosis, while maintaining safety for staff and residents.

To date, there have been a total of five residents that were tested for COVID-19 at Wesley Health Care Center. All five residents’ COVID-19 test results were negative. In addition, the two staff members that were previously communicated as being deemed clinically positive, were re-tested for COVID-19, and results were negative for the second time. We have had only one confirmed positive staff member, which we announced in March, who, thankfully, has since recovered.

Any future resident cases of suspected COVID-19 would initiate an immediate isolation for the resident and their roommate as well as family notification. With direction from our Medical Director, Medical Providers, Infection Preventionist, as well as the New York State Department of Health, testing would be initiated. The unit with the suspected case would be closed, isolating all residents to their rooms and any unnecessary traffic from facility staff would be eliminated pending test results. Resident, Healthcare Proxy and Staff notifications would be initiated for the facility. The transfer of staff between closed and non-closed units will be avoided as much as possible until the unit is re-opened or test results are obtained. These are additional precautionary steps we have taken to maintain safety of residents and staff throughout the facility.

Daily screening continues to occur for any individual entering the facility in order to identify a fever or any signs of illness prior to being allowed to enter. Those that present with any signs of illness are being deferred to their primary care physician for testing needs. Our Employee Health Coordinator is surveilling staff illnesses on a daily basis and only approving staff to return to work after they have met the established health criteria. Employees that test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to work without following proper guidance criteria from the NYS Department of Health. On 5/10/20, the NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that long-term care facilities will require twice-weekly coronavirus tests for all staff. We are working with the Department of Health and will participate with staff testing as directed. In addition, it was also announced that hospitals shall not discharge a patient to a nursing home, without first performing a diagnostic test for COVID-19 and obtaining a negative result.

I also wanted to share some updates regarding staffing initiatives that are underway as healthcare facilities across the nation continue to struggle with decreasing numbers of healthcare professionals. Wesley has been able to hire some additional support staff throughout various departments including Unit Assistants to assist with non-clinical duties with the goal of transferring into our CNA class. Due to the pandemic, Wesley’s CNA class was suspended to limit risk of exposure due to the close contact of the classroom setting. In addition, Prometric, the institute for providing nurse aide testing, initiated a suspension of all nurse aide testing (initially effective 3/17/20 through 5/31/20, to be extended if necessary) since the exam includes a skills demonstration component requiring close interaction. Wesley has plans to re-establish an altered CNA class again in the coming month with strategies of adopting graduates as mentored CNA’s until testing can resume. Wesley has also initiated an abbreviated training program for Unit Assistants to offer support as feeding assistants on the units under the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Wesley is utilizing the NYS staffing online portal as another recruitment resource, helping connect healthcare facilities across the state with the nearly 80,000 healthcare workers who have volunteered to work on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Wesley has hired companions through our Wesley Senior Solutions Homecare organization and is recruiting Agency Nursing Staff, offering referral incentives to current employees, sign-on bonuses for specific nursing positions and continuing to expedite interviews and onboarding through the use of virtual technology. We are hiring and have publicized this fact widely, in addition to paid advertising highlighting openings, and will continue to do so.

Full masking and ongoing handwashing will continue to be required among all individuals in the facility. All units remain on isolation restrictions, however we will continue to offer virtual Skype visits through our Life Enrichment team. To learn how to set up a virtual visit, please visit our Wesley Website and review our Skype Guidance. We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/. We also offer a COVID Hotline for residents and families. The COVID Hotline is operational Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm in order to ask additional questions related to the facility’s status. Residents and Families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should dial 518-691-1690. Residents and Families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

As New York State is still on pause through May 15 and regional openings are yet to be determined, Wesley will remain under strict no visitation and resident isolation guidelines. More detailed information will be sent out in regards to this as we receive information from the NYS Department of Health. We remain committed to communicating our facility status to our residents, staff and families as we realize the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects for everyone. We take our residents and our staff’s safety very seriously and will continue to communicate any changes in the facility’s status as quickly as possible.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or jflorio@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Thank you for everyone’s ongoing support and the dedication and hard work being set forth by our Wesley Team Members.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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May 5, 2020

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

Thank you for the continued support and kind words being shared with our team daily. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together through this unprecedented situation. Our dedicated team is working hard to keep our residents and staff safe – and this will continue to be our highest priority.

As we work to meet the many challenges this pandemic presents, I am writing to remind you of the many safety precautions that are in place for the safety of our staff and residents:

  • Masking is required at all times by all individuals entering the building. Anyone who violates this policy is being held accountable.
  • Hand sanitizer, hand soap, and PPE are available in all necessary locations and we have an adequate supply on hand.
  • Screening, including temperatures and a symptoms check, is occurring 24/7, 7 days a week.
  • No entry is allowed for any individual with a fever, respiratory symptoms, or other symptoms identified by the CDC. Any person with symptoms is not being allowed to work until they resolve.
  • All exterior doors have been locked and individuals may only enter through the Springs main entrance where the screening process takes place.
  • Vendor transportation companies require masking and cleaning of vehicles for all necessary resident appointment transportation. This also includes other necessary vendors who are still approved to conduct services.
  • All residents have been isolated to their unit to limit mobility around the facility and maintain safety. Our Life Enrichment team is working hard to create individualized engagement activities.
  • Visitation Restrictions of all family members continue including strict guidelines for end of life cases to limit traffic in the facility. Video conferencing alternatives have been put in place.
  • Cleaning of all high-touch surfaces has been increased throughout each day by the Housekeeping Department.
  • Guidelines have been initiated for deliveries of Resident items. Items will be cleaned and held for 24 hours prior to delivery to a resident. Recommendations to refrain from stuffed animals and blankets have been expressed.
  • Our admissions team uses a screening questionnaire for all new admissions and readmissions prior to a bed offer being made to ensure they meet criteria including: negative for Covid 19 if tested, no fever or fever-reducing medications, and no COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • New admissions and readmissions are being cohorted and monitored for 14 days on the 2 Hathorn designated unit.
  • Leadership is participating in weekly Medical Director discussions, Leading Age webinars and Department of Health conference calls to ensure we have the latest information and guidance. This also includes learning from the experiences of local nursing homes
  • No employee who has tested positive may return to work until 14 days has concluded with no signs or symptoms. Daily monitoring calls are conducted by Employee Health and Saratoga County Public Health.
  • There is ongoing surveillance of all residents in the facility for increased temperatures and other COVID-19 related symptoms and immediate isolation implemented when necessary as a precautionary measure.
  • There is ongoing surveillance by the Employee Health Office for all staff that report ANY illness.
  • We have restricted some provider face to face visits by using telehealth.
  • There are ongoing guidance discussions with NYS Department of Health and Saratoga County Public Health for clear directives when staff cases have been identified.

Family inquiries regarding COVID-19 testing of residents will only be conducted at the direction of the New York State Department of Health in collaboration with our Medical Director and Medical Providers. Testing would only be initiated if the resident’s symptoms meet the criteria provided by the Department of Health.

As governors take steps to reopen their states in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wesley will be evaluating the situation cautiously and at the direction of the New York State Department of Health. Visitation restrictions as well as isolation restrictions among the units will remain in place until further notice, but will continue to be re-evaluated. Wesley will remain very cautious in relaxing any current protocols in place in order to continue protecting our residents and staff.

Please know that Wesley Health Care Center will continue to re-evaluate any vulnerable area that may arise to ensure your safety and react quickly. We take our residents and our staff’s safety very seriously and will continue to communicate any changes in the facility’s status as quickly as possible.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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April 29, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was today informed that a second staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has been deemed clinically positive for COVID-19 according to Saratoga County Public Health Services. The staff member tested negative, however was classified positive after presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The staff member last worked on April 24th, 2020, exclusively on the 4 Springs unit. This is in addition to the staff member from the 2 Springs unit deemed clinically positive, but with negative test results, that was announced yesterday.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are required to self-monitor for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms. Additional employee monitoring will continue. All Residents and Resident Representatives on 4 Springs were notified of this new development. Currently, we do not have any residents on the 4 Springs unit presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms.

The New York State Department of Health has been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time, however to date, we have had two staff members removed from work that have been deemed clinically positive for the virus, but tested negative.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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April 28, 2020

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

The Wesley Community was today informed that a staff member at Wesley Health Care Center has been deemed clinically positive for COVID-19 by Saratoga County Public Health Services. The staff member tested negative, however was classified positive after presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The staff member last worked on April 19, 2020, exclusively on the 2 Springs unit, at which time the individual did not present with any signs or symptoms..

Employees that were in contact with this individual on this date have been notified and are required to self-monitor for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms. Additional monitoring will continue for the next 7 days for all employees that work on the 2 Springs unit. All Residents and Resident Representatives on 2 Springs were notified of this new development. Currently, we do not have any residents on the 2 Springs unit presenting with COVID-19 related signs or symptoms.

The New York State Department of Health was made aware of this development. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No additional staff or any residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff during this time and have established a COVID-19 hotline to answer your questions. The hotline will be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should call 518-691-1690. Residents and families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We also encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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April 23, 2020

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

First and foremost, thank you for the outpouring of support we have received over the last few weeks. We greatly appreciate the meals, flowers, tablets, fabric masks and uplifiting messages from our community. We also want to thank you for your continued respect of our current visitation guidelines as we work to defend against this virus.

To our very dedicated and hardworking staff: your commitment to delivering the highest level of care while supporting and initiating pertinent safety strategies in these unprecedented times exhibits the true mission of our organization and our core values. Thank you for all that you are doing to protect all individuals on our campus.

I am sure you have seen the media reports about the impact this virus is having on nursing homes throughout the country. As a long-term care facility, we recognize the vulnerability of our nursing home residents. At this time, none of our current residents have tested positive for COVID-19. We continue to monitor our residents and staff closely, including full screenings of all staff members prior to each shift. If any resident exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, we will immediately take precautions to protect the community in concert with guidelines offered by the New York State Department of Health and our Medical Director.

In the event we do have a positive test, additional steps will be taken, including the notification of all family members and staff. We are also continuing to follow directives given by our Medical Director, in addition to guidelines by the New York State Department of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Wesley Health Care Center by texting WesleyUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

In an effort to continue communication regarding the facility’s status, a COVID Hotline has been setup for residents and families. The COVID Hotline will be operational Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm in order to ask additional questions related to the facility’s status. Residents and Families residing in the Victoria or Hathorn Building should dial 518-691-1690. Residents and Families residing in the Springs Building should dial 518-691-1691.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

For more information, visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

We wish you continued good health.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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April 6, 2020

Dear Residents, Family, Staff and Friends of  the Wesley Health Care Center,

This update shares important information regarding Wesley Health Care Center’s continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Wesley Community understands the critical importance of limiting exposure to the coronavirus and is strictly following all recommended measures to protect our residents and staff during this global health crisis, including those noted in this letter, by the New York State Department of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wesley has designated only one entrance into Wesley Health Care Center, which is the Springs entrance. Any individual entering through this entrance will continue to be be screened for possible signs and symptoms and their temperature will continue to be taken. Anyone exhibiting cold, respiratory, or digestive symptoms will be sent home to limit any risk of potential exposure. In addition, we are continuing to limit visitation of any kind, including unnecessary external medical provider visits and outside community resident appointments.

Infection control policies are in place and have been re-emphasized with our entire team, including, but not limited to, proper use of personal protective equipment, hand hygiene and masking requirements. Wesley has been working closely with Saratoga County Emergency Management and has an adequate supply of necessary isolation supplies and personal protective equipment to maintain the safety of residents and staff at this time. Our on-site physicians continue to conduct necessary medical visits for residents. In addition, our psychologist and psychology providers have been setup via telehealth to continue to offer support services to our residents.

Communal dining and group activities remain discontinued to maintain social distancing. However, in an effort to support resident well-being during this unprecedented time, Wesley’s Life Enrichment team is working hard to conduct individualized engagement opportunities as well as video communications for families to stay connected with their loved one.

Last month, the New Your State Department of Health issued an advisory that no resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to a nursing home solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. If a hospitalized patient is deemed medically stable for discharge, meaning seven days from onset of diagnosis or three days asymptomatic without the use fever-reducing medications and meets other criteria for nursing home admission, we are unable to deny admission.

We want to reassure you that if this situation presents itself, Wesley is prepared. The Outpatient Therapy Gym has been designated as the location for admitting potential COVID-19 patients. This location was chosen as it is on the ground floor, has a separate entrance and is away from all resident units. Wesley will be designating staff to specifically work in this area and they will not work on any other floor. Medical services will be provided through Telehealth, limiting the need for our current providers to work in this area.

In the event that a current resident does become symptomatic with COVID-19, a procedure has been created to maintain all resident and staff safety. This procedure would include isolating the resident and relocating them to the designated COVID-19 treatment location to minimize exposure to other residents. At this time, we have no residents exhibiting signs or symptoms in correlation to the virus and will continue to take all necessary measures to maintain the safety of our residents and staff.

The New York State Department of Health has established designated email addresses for questions specific to nursing home guidelines. Families and residents can reach them via covidnursinghomeinfo@health.ny.gov.

In addition, the New York State Department of Health is providing updated information on the coronavirus and its efforts via https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

Please visit www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/ for continually updated information on this evolving pandemic and The Wesley Community’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of our residents, clients and staff.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1610 or Chief Operating Officer Dutch Hayward at 518-691-1402.

We wish you continued good health.

Sincerely,

Jessica Florio, Administrator

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March 12, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

The health threat posed by coronavirus (COVID-19) to our older population is extreme, especially at senior living campuses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are among those most at risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of coronavirus. We have been closely monitoring the situation and following guidelines from the appropriate federal and state agencies in relation to this evolving public health crisis.

Based on the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and in an effort to preclude the spread of coronavirus to our highly vulnerable residents and the dedicated staff who care for them, The Wesley Community has made the difficult decision to discontinue all non-essential visits to the Wesley Health Care Center, effective immediately until further notice. This new policy includes visits by family members and is designed to protect the health and well-being of our residents.

Visitors will only be allowed into the facility if deemed essential or for end-of-life situations. Staff and visitors granted access will be required to go through a screening process by a trained employee.

All traffic into and out of Wesley Health Care Center will be limited to the main (Springs) entrance and the Hathorn Building entrance.  This includes staff, who will be screened before every shift.

Alternative means of communicating with loved ones are being implemented by our Life Enrichment Team, including the use of video conferencing. Residents are also advised to discontinue all non-essential off-campus travel.

We want to emphasize that we have zero cases of coronavirus or the flu at Wesley Health Care Center and have no quarantined staff as of this letter.

There are important additional changes to Embury Apartments and Woodlawn Commons that impact Wesley Health Care Center residents, including:

  • Embury Café at Embury Apartments is closed to non-Embury residents and to non-Embury staff.
  • Georgia’s Restaurant at Woodlawn Commons is closed to non-Woodlawn residents and non-Woodlawn staff.
  • The Gift Shop at Wesley Health Care Center will have limited hours and be available to Wesley Residents.

We will continue to recommend that all individuals take precautions to maintain their health and protect the health of others. The New York State Department of Health recommends the following best practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We do not take these decisions lightly. We understand the importance of family and assure you that these new policies are necessary to best protect your loved ones based on the guidance we have received from the CDC and CMS. We will continue to work closely with the New York State Department of Health, Saratoga County Public Health Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Center for Disease Control and will keep you updated as matters continue to evolve.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 518-587-3600.

Sincerely,

Dutch Hayward, Chief Operating Officer

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