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October 18, 2021 Update

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Isolation Unit Empty: We are thrilled to announce that our Isolation Unit is officially empty and everyone has successfully transitioned back to their private rooms.  This is a major milestone which we are thankful to share with everyone.  We only have one additional round of outbreak testing before our anticipated return to normal date of 10/21/21 becomes a reality! 

Praise from ODA: In the midst of this initial covid outbreak, we were contact by the Regional Medical Director from the Ohio Department of Aging to discuss every aspect of what occurred at the facility before and during a time we all hoped never would have occurred.  On a positive note, we received feedback that in his report, he cited the facility as having developed and implemented the best practices conceivable for Covid-19 and this is something we are very proud of and thank everyone in the Beechwood Family for being a part of its implementation. 

Vaccine Clinic: Our next Vaccine Clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 26th. Moderna will be available for those starting a vaccination series and Pfizer will be available for those meeting the qualifications for a booster.  

As always, if you have any questions please contact Heather Hefren hhefren@beechwoodhome.com (Director of Social Services),  Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com   (Administrator) and/or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com  (CEO).

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

October 15, 2021 Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice: We are reporting one (1) Staff member with confirmed PCR positive covid-19 test. This brings our total active cases to five (5). The facility has had a cumulative total of forty-one (41) Staff and twelve (12) Resident PCR confirmed Covid-19 cases associated with the facility to date.  The staff member has been placed on medical leave and removed from the schedule upon notification to minimize exposure risk to other Residents/Staff and will remain on medical leave until they meet the mandated criteria to return to work.   

Action Plan:  Our action plan will mirror revised state and local guidance.  Zero (0) Residents were identified as close contacts therefore there will be no outbreak testing for Residents and our cautiously optimistic projected return to normal date of 10/21 remains intact.   We will continue our ongoing outbreak testing of Residents/Staff on Sunday and then on Wednesday.   Unvaccinated staff are required to be tested twice a week and we will continue voluntary surveillance monitoring of vaccinated staff weekly.  Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.  

Contact us with questions:  If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at 513-842-0774, sharmon@beechwoodhome.com.

Sincerely,

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

October 11, 2021

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Great News: we achieved 5 consecutive days without any positive covid cases. Access to the Porch and Front Circle has resumed on alternating days for Residents, starting with 3rd floor today. As indicated previously in our return to normal timeline, we will begin to test Residents every three days for the remainder of the outbreak testing process . We are cautiously optimistic for our projected return to normal date of October 21" however as this pandemic has taught us, nothing is a guarantee, and a positive case would reset our timeline to day 1.

More Great News: Our first Resident transferred back to their private room from the Isolation Unit yesterday with balloons, an enormous bag of Reece Cups and a framed "I Kicked Covid's A#$" memorable plaque in hand.

Projected Amazing News : By weeks end, all of our Residents are projected to return to their private rooms marking an end to the use of the Isolation Unit, which we are ecstatic about.

As always, if you have any questions please contact Heather Hefren hhefren@beechwoodhome.com (Director of Social Services),  Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com   (Administrator) and/or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com  (CEO).

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

October 8, 2021 (Current)

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Great News: We are happy to report that we have gone two days without any additional positive covid‐19 test results which we hope is a sign that transmission related to this initial outbreak is coming to an end. As of today, we project permitting Residents to spend time on the porch and front circle during alternating days per clinical floor early next week.

Only time will tell how this initial outbreak ultimately pans out and we may have to reset this timeclock if another positive case is obtained however for today, we are celebrating this achievement.

Reminder: We are unimaginably fortunate at the facility to have the state‐of‐the‐art facilities that we do. Covid‐19 spreads through droplet transmission and our state‐of‐the‐art HVAC system which utilizes 100% fresh air intake with HEPA filters exceeds indoor air quality guidance by public health organizations related to the pandemic. All Residents also reside in private rooms. While the current outbreak has been stressful for everyone, I hope it brings some peace of mind to know that the facility is truly one of the safest long‐term care facilities that one could possibly reside in due to the investments the facility has made from a facilities perspective.

Thank you to the Residents and Staff once again for all that is being done to get this outbreak behind us as soon as possible. Infection control measures work and save lives.

As always, if you have any questions please contact Heather Hefren hhefren@beechwoodhome.com (Director of Social Services),  Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com   (Administrator) and/or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com  (CEO).

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

 

   

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October 6, 2021 Update 2

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

On behalf of our Covid Committee, I would like to:

‐Thank everyone associated with The Beechwood Home for your unwavering support and understanding as we manage our first and hopefully last Covid outbreak. Our entire community has really pulled together during this challenging time.

‐Special Thanks to our Residents who have done an impeccable job wearing masks when outside of their rooms and for the most part hunkering down in their private spaces.

‐Special Thanks to the RN’s and STNA’s who have volunteered to staff the Isolation Unit.

‐Special Thanks to Kendra (our DON) who has essentially lived at the facility since this outbreak began and has been on the cutting edge of administering the monoclonal treatments when prescribed.

After consulting with the local public health department and CDC guidance regarding an internal spread outbreak, the following parameters outline our timeline for resuming normal operations. If any additional positive cases arise, the timeline will reset to day 1.

Day 1‐5 from last known positive result: daily testing of Residents/Staff, visitation suspended (except for compassionate care visits), Residents isolating to Clinical Floors.

Day 4‐14 from last known positive result: Residents permitted to spend time on the porch and front circle with fellow floor residents on alternating days. A schedule will be posted when applicable. Access to the courtyard will not be permitted as it is adjacent to our isolation unit. Visitation suspended (except for compassionate care visits).

Day 6‐14 from last known positive result: Testing of Residents/Staff will transition to every 3 days (biweekly for most staff). We will test anyone with s/s of a respiratory illness at any time. We will also test any Residents/Staff that request it for peace of mind. Visitation suspended (except for compassionate care visits).

Day 15 from last known positive result: resume visitation, comingling of floors, 1st floor dining, 1st floor Activities

From this outbreak we have witnessed firsthand how easily Covid can spread in a communal living setting such as a nursing home. We cannot stress enough how important it will be for everyone every day to be aware of the exposure risks you are taking and how it could impact the facility as this initial outbreak has done.

On a positive note, the spirits amongst those in and staffing the isolation unit are surprisingly high. There is a true sense of comradery in this space which is the ideal environment for recovery.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and compliance with these measures aimed at keeping our Beechwood Family safe and healthy. We have implemented all public health measures and are exceeding testing guidance with the goal to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

As always if you have any questions/comments/concerns please contact me, Scot Harmon (Administrator) or Patricia Clark (CEO).

As always, if you have any questions please contact Heather Hefren hhefren@beechwoodhome.com (Director of Social Services),  Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com   (Administrator) and/or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com  (CEO).

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

October 6, 2021 Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice: We are reporting two (2) Residents and two (2) Staff member with positive covid-19 tests (of which one is still pending PCR). This brings our total active cases to seventeen (17). The facility has had a cumulative total forty (40) Staff and twelve (12) Resident Covid-19 cases associated with the facility to date. The Residents have transitioned to our isolation unit on the 1st floor. The staff members have been placed on medical leave and removed from the schedule upon notification to minimize exposure risk to other Residents/Staff and will remain on medical leave until they meet the mandated criteria to return to work.

Action Plan. Effected Residents and their Responsible Parties have been notified. The Residents will remain in an isolation unit on the 1st floor until cleared by our Medical Director to return to their private room or transferred to the hospital if medically necessary. We have created a second adjacent isolation unit and currently have the capacity for twelve. The unit is staffed by volunteers, and we increase the number of RN/STNAs based upon the number and acuity of those that require this service. Monoclonal antibody treatments are administered when medically appropriate and while supplies last we are able to administer the treatment inhouse.

Our testing action plan will exceed revised state and local guidance out of an abundance of caution. Due to the current outbreak, we are testing all Residents and Staff daily to identify anyone who is positive as soon as possible.   Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.

Contact us with questions: If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at 513-842-0774, sharmon@beechwoodhome.com.

Sincerely,

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

October 4, 2021 Update

Dear  Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice: We are reporting three (3) Residents and one (1) Staff member with positive covid-19 tests (of which two are still pending PCR).This brings our total active cases to thirteen  (13). The facility has had a cumulative total of thirty-eight (38) Staff and ten (10) Resident Covid-19 cases associated with the facility to date. The Residents have transitioned to our isolation unit on the 1st floor. The staff member has been placed on medical leave and removed from the schedule upon notification to  minimize exposure risk to other Residents/Staff and will remain on medical leave until they meet the mandated criteria to return to work.

Action Plan.

Effected Residents and their Responsible Parties have been notified. The Residents will remain in the isolation unit on the 1stfloor until cleared by our Medical Director to return to their private room or transferred to the hospital if medically necessary . Our Medical Director is also screening all cases for qualification for monoclonal antibody treatments and when appropriate and while supplies last, we are able to administer the treatment inhouse.

Our testing action plan will exceed revised state and local guidance out of an abundance of caution. Due to the current outbreak, we are testing all Residents and Staff each day to identify anyone who is positive as soon as possible.   Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated

Contact us with questions: If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at 513-842-0774, sharmon@beechwoodhome.com .

Sincerely,

Scot Harmon, Administrator and Patricia A. Clark, CEO, Administrator

October 1, 2021 Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice: We are reporting five (5) Residents with positive covid-19 tests (three are pending PCR's however the rapids have been accurate to date). This brings our total active cases to ten (10). The facility has had a cumulative total of thirty-seven (37) Staff and seven (7) Resident Covid-19 cases associated with the facility to date. The Residents have transitioned to our isolation unit on the 1st floor. 

Action Plan. Effected Residents and their Responsible Parties have been notified.  The Residents will remain in the isolation unit on the 1st floor until cleared by our Medical Director to return to their private room or transferred to the hospital if medically necessary.   Our Medical Director is also screening all cases for qualification for monoclonal antibody treatments and when appropriate and while supplies last, we are able to administer the treatment inhouse. 

The isolation unit is staffed with an LPN/RN and an STNA (if numbers permit) who are not permitted to interact with any other Residents during that shift.  Specialized protocols are in place for entering/exiting the isolation area and when possible, items entering the space will exit via the trash.

Our testing action plan will exceed revised state and local guidance out of an abundance of caution.  Due to the current outbreak, we are testing all Residents and Staff each day to identify anyone who is positive as soon as possible.    Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.  

What is happening at the facility is mirroring reports from other facilities when experiencing their initial outbreak.  Before becoming aware of the initial case, it has spread and spread fast and this is only magnified by the delta variant. We are doing everything we can think of to track down all infected persons in hopes of cutting the lines of transmission. 

Contact us with questions:  If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at 513-842-0774, sharmon@beechwoodhome.com

Sincerely, 

Scot Harmon (Administrator) and Patricia Clark (CEO, Administrator)

September 30, 2021 Update 3

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

From the data we are reviewing, our recent cases appear to have started from community exposure and potentially developed into internal spread. As a result, we are going to take aggressive actions with the goal to cut the chain of transmission and limit the internal spread to as few as possible. We hope the following measures will only be in place for a short period of time.

We will be rapid testing all Residents daily for the next five days to assess the extent of the spread in our facility. Any rapid positive test is immediately followed up with a STAT PCR test. If/when a PCR test is confirmed positive, the Resident will be transferred to our Isolation Room on the first floor which can accommodate up to six Residents.

Until further notice the following measures will be put into place again:

If we get through this phase of testing without any additional cases, we plan to open access to outdoor spaces to 2nd and 3rd floor residents on alternating days. During this time, we will place the Plexi glass dividers in the front circle so that Residents on their scheduled 1" floor access days can have time with loved ones outside. Once we are confident the risk of internal spread has passed, we will resume floor intermingling.

We strongly encourage Residents to:

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and compliance with  these measures aimed at keeping our Beechwood Family as safe and healthy as possible.  We hope to get back to normal as soon as possible.

As always if you have any questions/comments/concerns please contact Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com (Administrator) or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com (CEO).

September 30, 2021 Special Update 2

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff, 

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice:

We are reporting one (1) Resident with confirmed PCR positive test (with two additional Resident PCR’s pending). This brings our total active cases to five (5). The facility has had a cumulative total of thirty-seven (37) Staff and two (2) Resident confirmed Covid-19 PCR tests associated with the facility to date. The Resident has transitioned to our isolation unit on the 1st floor. 

Action Plan.

Effected Resident and their Responsible Party have been notified. 

The Resident will remain in the isolation unit on the 1st floor until cleared by our Medical Director to return to their private room.   The isolation unit is staffed with an LPN/RN who is not permitted to interact with any other Residents during that shift.  Specialized protocols will be in place for entering/exiting the isolation area and when possible, items entering the space will exit via the trash. 

Our testing action plan will exceed revised state and local guidance out of an abundance of caution. Despite five (5) Residents being identified as close contacts during the contact tracing process, we voluntarily elected to rapid test everyone associated with the 2-2 unit and all of these tests have come back negative.   Sometime next week the entire 2nd floor will receive a PCR test pertaining to Outbreak Testing step 2.  We will continue with surveillance monitoring of staff which entails twice weekly for unvaccinated and weekly for vaccinated.  We are also going to proactively rapid test all Residents for the next five days.  Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.  

Contact us with questions.  

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at
513-842-0774, sharmon@beechwoodhome.com

Sincerely, 

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

September 30, 2021 Special Update 1

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Until further notice, visitation has been suspended with the exception of approved compassionate care visits. We have had seven (7) pending/confirmed covid tests within the last week and all our energies are focused on identifying the source of transmission and limiting the spread within the facility which could have unthinkable consequences on our vulnerable population. We cannot express enough how important it is to limit contact with others unless necessary until we have a better handle on the situation unfolding at the facility.

Our Coronavirus Committee is meeting shortly to discuss the situation and additional updates will be distributed as soon as possible.

We appreciate everyone's understanding and compliance with these measures as we continually strive to protect everyone associated with the facility.

As always, if you have any questions please contact Heather Hefren hhefren@beechwoodhome.com (Director of Social Services),  Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com   (Administrator) and/or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com  (CEO).

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

September 28, 2021 Special Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice:

We are reporting one (1) staff members who has tested positive. This brings our total active cases to four (4). The facility has had a cumulative total of thirty-seven (37) Staff and one (1) Resident confirmed Covid-19 PCR tests associated with the facility to date. The staff member has been placed on medical leave and removed from the schedule upon notification to minimize exposure risk to other Residents/Staff and will remain on medical leave until they meet the mandated criteria to return to work.

Action Plan.

Our action plan will mirror revised state and Joe.al guidance. Eleven (11) Residents were identified as close contacts as we implement Outbreak Testing which consists of two tests at intervals recommended by public heal the guidelines. All of the first-round tests came back negative. We will continue with surveillance monitoring of all unvaccinated staff twice a week and all vaccinated staff weekly. Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.

Contact us with questions.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at 513-842-0774, sharmon@.beechwoodhome.com.

Sincerely,

Scot Harmon,              Patricia Clark
Administrator              CEO, Administrator

September 27, 2021 Special Update 2

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary/ of Changes Since Last Notice:

We are reporting two (2) staff members who has tested positive. This brings our total active cases to three (3). The facility has had a cumulative total of thirty-six (36) Staff and one (1) Resident confirmed Covid-19 PCR tests associated with the facility to date. The staff members have been placed on medical leave and removed from the schedule upon notification to minimize exposure risk to other Residents/Staff and will remain on medical leave until they meet the mandated criteria to return to work.

Action Plan

Our action plan will mirror revised state and local guidance. Zero (0) Residents were identified as close contacts therefore there will be no outbreak testing. We will continue with our voluntary outbreak testing related to the recent Resident positive case and will continue with surveillance monitoring of unvaccinated staff twice a week and vaccinated staff weekly.  Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.

Contact us with questions.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Scot Harmon, Administrator, at 513-842-0774, sharmon@beechwoodhome .com .

Sincerely,

Scot Harmon,              Patricia A. Clark
Administrator              CEO, Administrator

September 27, 2021 Special Update

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

We are happy to report that Skilled Care Pharmacy will be hosting a Booster Vaccine Clinic TOMORROW (Tuesday) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at The Beechwood Home for our Residents and likely Staff who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine greater than or equal to six months ago.  We are grateful to our pharmacy provider who was able to accommodate our urgent scheduling request as we strive to implement any strategies possible to prevent and if needed combat the virus thereby keeping our Residents and Staff as safe as possible during this ongoing pandemic. 

Any Resident or Staff member who has not received a covid-19 vaccine to date is welcome to attend the clinic and begin a vaccination series. 

As always, if you have any questions please contact Heather Hefren hhefren@beechwoodhome.com (Director of Social Services),  Scot Harmon sharmon@beechwoodhome.com   (Administrator) and/or Patricia Clark pclark@beechwoodhome.com  (CEO).

Scot Harmon,                                                              Patricia A. Clark, DM
Administrator                                                              CEO, Administrator

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