Mass staff COVID testing is complete, and all staff were negative! That does not mean we can let our guard down. We continue to follow guidelines for PPE, and are now able to put on a new mask each shift, change during breaks, and change each time we leave a quarantine room (our residents that have been out of the department for dialysis or new admissions). Here is the update for phased reopening. We remain in Phase I:
- 14 days since last suspected case (met)
- Adequate staffing levels (met)
- Adequate PPE (met)
- Ability of local hospital to accept transfers (met)
- Capable of cohorting residents with dedicated staff in the in the case of suspected or positive
cases (discussion and planning in progress)
- Downward trend in the county over 14 days (not met)
We met as a team this week to discuss the updates Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has made to Phase I Reopening Guidelines that allow outdoor visits. Here are the guidelines for the outdoor visits starting July 14th so that we can stay in compliance with our regulatory bodies and the IDPH guidelines:
• Visiting Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 830am-11am 1pm-3:30pm WEATHER PERMITTING
• Each resident may have 2 visitors 18 and older; only 1 resident’s family may visit at a time
• Visits will be 30 minutes in duration and must be scheduled in advance with the Activity Department
by calling 319-472-6280 M-F 8a-430p; ask for Lori or Jen
• Visitors will be screened for symptoms and fever prior to the visit; do not visit if you are ill
• Visitor and residents must be willing to wear cloth mask and face shield during the entire visit
provided by facility
• Visits will be supervised by staff
• Visitors must refrain from touching resident and maintain a 6 ft visit during the visit; the resident
will remain inside the gate, the visitor will remain outside of the gate
• Visitors and resident must hand sanitize before and after the visit
• If there is a COVID outbreak in the facility, outdoor visits will be suspended until further notice
While this seems like a small step to getting to see your loved one, it is the safest way for us to begin to get back to any kind of normal during this pandemic. We appreciate your patience as we all navigate
this new situation. We would like to have an idea of who might be interested in these types of visits for future planning, and who might feel the outdoor visits are too risky for your loved one so we can discuss with all family members to make sure everyone is on the same page. Please let us know your thoughts!
-Jess Henkle, BS, RN-BC, NHA
I hate to start off talking about the weather, stating how hot and humid it is. We all know how uncomfortable we are to have to go outside. How you can feel the sweat running down your back and your clothes stick to you. How our car seats are so hot, especially if they are leather. How the steering wheel can give you second degree burns.I hate to talk about this because, it won’t be long, and all of this will be turned around. Everything will give us frostbite. It has been a big topic this week though.
The week went well. We had Chocolate Day on the 7th, we talked about our favorite way to consume chocolate. There is no wrong way!
Did you know? Chocolate is a vegetable. It comes from the Cacao tree found in tropical rain forests. We had Little Debbie chocolate cake. So, we rationalized that as an extra serving of vegetables that day.
Wednesday was a craft day. See the pictures of the hearts some of the residents painted. Very pretty Ladies! We also colored many pictures this week.
Thursday, we celebrated National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. It is a day to have
lunch with your teddy, if you have one. We are reminiscing about the
favorite bear we may have had or one our children had. All received some
information about the Teddy Bear, pictures to color, and a bag of Teddy
Grahams. Fun Fact: The Teddy Bear was named in honor of President
Theodore Roosevelt, after he refused to shoot a bear during a Mississippi
hunting trip in November of 1902.
We will finish up the week with our BINGO Finale and a little afternoon Happy Hour. Keep sending cards and letters if you have been doing that, and if you have not, please do. It is such a joy for the residents when they receive a card or a letter. It warms our hearts as well.
Please remember to call and schedule your window visits ahead of time. We want to be sure everyone can have as enjoyable a visit as they can under these circumstances. Until next time: stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling!
*For more information on Virginia Gay Hospital’s response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Need to Know web page.