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Covid-19 Information

February 26, 2021 (Current)

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

Indoor Visits:  Accepting reservations for 3/8 to 3/12.  Reservation window closes on 3/4.

-Monday 3/8 (3rd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Tuesday 3/9 (2nd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Thursday 3/11 (2nd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Friday 3/12 (3rd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00

Please email melder@beechwoodhome.com to request a day/time for an upcoming indoor visitation opportunity.

Emotionally Preparing for Visits:  Nobody expected in March of 2020 that our lives would be altered in such a significant way for such an extended period of time.  As the pandemic improves, we look forward to our lives slowly beginning to resemble what we yearn for most, which is to be together again. We encourage everyone to mentally prepare for a reunion long in the making. There may be tears of joy or sadness.  We may not recognize one another, as some haven’t ventured into a salon for a year while others decided to keep the “No Shave November” beard. There are some new Residents that are eager to meet everyone and experience The Beechwood Home that we all know and love.  Heather and Tom are always available to talk to Residents, but they are also available for family members, so please do not hesitate to reach out.  *Special shout out to Tim Wightman, thank you for all that you do ��

Ohio Public Health Advisory System:  Hamilton County remains “red”.  This indicates “Level 3 Public Emergency: very high exposure and spread.  Limit activities as much as possible”.  See https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/other-resources/public-health-advisory-system for more information. 

Indoor Visitation (Active): Hamilton County’s positivity rate has declined to 8.4%. This is a 1.4% decrease since last week’s update and the county remains ‘yellow” per CMS rating system.  The indoor visitation program can continue as long as the positivity rate remains below 10%.    

Help Keep Us Covid-19 Free

-If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or an upper respiratory infection, please stay away from the facility.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays: Please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time.  We will not accept any deliveries in the front of the building.

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

Sincerely,

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

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February 18, 2021 Special Update

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Resuming Indoor Visitation: We are very excited to report that Hamilton County’s positivity rate has fallen to 9.8% and as a result we can resume our indoor visitation program.   Please be aware that positivity rates are distributed every Tuesday and if the rate goes above 10% again, the program will be suspended effective the next day.  Days/times of the program have been updated to reflect previous demand and allow additional opportunities for Activities to expand their program offerings. 

Please email Maggie Elder to request a day/time for an upcoming indoor visitation opportunity.

Now accepting reservations for 2/22 – 2/26.  Reservation window closes on 2/19 at 1:00 PM. 

-Monday 2/22(3rd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Wednesday 2/24(2nd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Thursday 2/25(2nd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Friday 2/26(3rd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00

*The schedule for the week of 2/22 is atypical due to our 3rd vaccination clinic on 2/23 which utilizes the same space that our indoor visitation uses.  The Beech Room has been determined to be the safest space in the facility to conduct events of this nature and unfortunately, we are unable to perform both on the same day.

Now accepting reservations for 3/1 – 3/5.  Reservation window closes on 2/25.

-Monday 3/1 (2rd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Tuesday 3/2 (3nd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Thursday 3/4 (3nd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

-Friday 3/5 (2rd floor residents): 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00

Friendly reminder of general program rules:

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

Sincerely,

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

February 12, 2021 

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

Getting close to 10%:  Hamilton County’s positivity rate is getting close to the magical 10% threshold.  The Covid-19 committee recently met to begin discussing the possible revitalization of this program and we look forward to providing concrete details when appropriate.  With the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we want everyone to be aware that this program if resumed is subject to prompt shut down if/when the rate rises above 10% again.  Additionally, if the facility experiences a new facility-onset covid-19 case, per state/federal guidelines the program would also be suspended.  For the time being though, it is a bright spot on the horizon.  

CDC Update Mask Recommendations: The CDC updated their guidance for mask use on 2/10/21.  See image above and link for more details.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html#print

Vaccine Clinic:  

~Our 3rd Clinic will be on Tuesday, February 23rd from 11 AM-3:30 PM (Round 2/Step 2).
*It is critically important that everyone recognize that nobody can start a Covid-19 vaccination series during the 3rd clinic.

Ohio Public Health Advisory System:  Hamilton County remains “red”.  This indicates “Level 3 Public Emergency: very high exposure and spread.  Limit activities as much as possible”.  See https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/  for more information.

Indoor Visitation Suspended: Hamilton County’s positivity rate has declined to 11.6%. This is a 1.9% decrease since last week’s update and the county remains ‘Red’ per CMS’ rating system.  We can resume this program when percentage falls below 10%.    

Help Keep Us Covid-19 Free

-If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or an upper respiratory infection, please stay away from the facility.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays: Please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time.  We will not accept any deliveries in the front of the building.

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

Sincerely,

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

February 5, 2021  

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

Stimulus Checks: For those with Ohio Medicaid, HCJFS has indicated that the 2nd round stimulus checks will not be counted as income for a year.  If you are concerned that your account is over resource, please contact Heather to discuss.

Super Bowl Sunday: Covid-19 infection rates across the country have been falling for weeks however the matchup between the Chiefs and the Buccaneers on Sunday poses another risk for significant covid-19 spread as people gather together and enthusiastically cheer on their team. Public Health Agencies strongly encourage people to stay home with their immediate family members to watch the game.  This will not only help to reduce community spread in Hamilton County, but it will also ensure your favorite gameday snack hasn’t been eaten by someone else.

Round 2 Vaccine Side Effects:  So far everyone seems to be handling the 2nd round Pfizer vaccination well with sore arm being the #1 reported observation again.  If needed, Tylenol has provided relief to those that have requested it.

Vaccine Clinic:  

-Our 3rd Clinic will be on Tuesday, February 23rd from 11 AM-3:30 PM (Round 2/Step 2).

*It is critically important that everyone recognize that nobody can start a Covid-19 vaccination series during the 3rd clinic.

Ohio Public Health Advisory System:  Hamilton County remains “red”.  This indicates “Level 3 Public Emergency: very high exposure and spread.  Limit activities as much as possible”.  See https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/  for more information.

Indoor Visitation Suspended: Hamilton County’s positivity rate has declined to 13.5%. This is a 2.1% decrease since last week’s update and the county remains ‘Red’ per CMS’ rating system.  We can resume this program when percentage falls below 10%.    

Help Keep Us Covid-19 Free

-If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or an upper respiratory infection, please stay away from the facility.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays: Please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time.  We will not accept any deliveries in the front of the building.

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

Sincerely,

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

January 29, 2021  

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

Isolation Measures:  The CDC continues to recommend that Residents be quarantined for out of facility exposure, despite possible vaccination.  Currently for a Resident who leaves and returns to the facility on the same day, there is a seven-day quarantine with negative covid-19 swab.  For Residents who are out of the facility overnight, there is a fourteen-day quarantine upon return. We will continue to monitor and communicate changes to CDC recommendations as appropriate.

Resident Separation by Floor: This is the only self-imposed measure in place with the goal to limit a potential outbreak in the facility.  The Covid-19 Committee met this week and determined that due to the unknown implications of the various covid-19 variants, this measure would remain in place.  Please know that the facility has also made a determined effort to limit staff movement within the facility during the pandemic. 

Vaccine Clinic:  

*It is critically important that everyone recognize that nobody can start a Covid-19 vaccination series during the 3rd clinic.

Ohio Public Health Advisory System:  Hamilton County is now “red”.  This indicates “Level 3 Public Emergency: very high exposure and spread.  Limit activities as much as possible”.  See https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/  for more information.

Indoor Visitation Suspended: Hamilton County’s positivity rate has declined to 15.6%. This is a 2.4% decrease since last week’s update and the county remains ‘Red’ per CMS’ rating system.  We can resume this program when percentage falls below 10%.    https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data-Test-Positivity-Rates/q5r5-gjyu/

Help Keep Us Covid-19 Free

-If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or an upper respiratory infection, please stay away from the facility.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays: Please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time.  We will not accept any deliveries in the front of the building.

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

Sincerely,

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

January 26, 2021 Special Update

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

We are happy to report that all Resident Covid-19 tests completed yesterday, as part of our action plan, have come back negative.

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

January 25, 2021 Special Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice:
We are reporting two (2) additional staff members who have tested positive. This brings our total active cases to four (4). The facility has had cumulative total of twenty-five (25) confirmed Covid-19 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 a physician certifies they are safe to return to work.  

Action Plan.
Our revised action plan will mirror state and local guidance.  Under this approach, all residents will be tested this morning. We will test all residents again next week and the following week. If all residents remain COVID-free throughout this period, we will revert back to testing of staff only. The staff will continue to be tested twice a week until Hamilton County’s positivity rate falls below 10%. The Nursing Department will communicate with any identified residents and their responsible parties. 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

January 22, 2021

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

Facial Coverings: Your face mask always needs to cover your nose and mouth.  Mask slipping appears to be a very common problem people experience.  With multiple variants of Covid-19 potentially being 50% more contagious than the original strain, ensuring your nose and mouth are covered is more important than ever.  Please be aware of how your mask is fitting and reposition as soon as possible if needed. 

Vaccine Clinic:  

Ohio Public Health Advisory System:

Hamilton County remains “purple”.  This indicates “Level 4 Public Emergency: severe exposure and spread.  Only leave home for supplies and services.”  See https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/ for more information.

Indoor Visitation Suspended: Hamilton County’s positivity rate has declined to 18.0%. This is a 1% decrease since last week’s update and the county remains ‘Red’ per CMS’ rating system.  We can resume this program when percentage falls below 10%.

Vaccinated Individuals Must Continue to Adhere to All Covid-19 Precautions

It is critically important that those who have been vaccinated continue to take all infection control measures.  Until herd immunity is reached, vaccinated individuals may still be able to spread the virus and cause severe illness to those who have not been vaccinated.  

Help Keep Us Covid-19 Free

-If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or an upper respiratory infection, please stay away from the facility.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays: Please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time.  We will not accept any deliveries in the front of the building.

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

Sincerely,

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

January 16, 2021 Special Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff, 

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice: 
We are reporting two (2) additional staff members who have tested positive. This brings our total active cases to five (5). The facility has had cumulative total of twenty-three (23) confirmed Covid-19 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 a physician certifies they are safe to return to work.   

Action Plan. 
Our revised action plan will mirror state and local guidance.  Under this approach, all residents were rapid tested this morning. We’re happy to report that all results were negative. We will test all residents again next week and the following week. If all residents remain COVID-free throughout this period, we will revert back to testing of staff only. The staff will continue to be tested twice a week until Hamilton County’s positivity rate falls below 10%. The Nursing Department will communicate with any identified residents and their responsible parties. Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.  

Contact us with questions.  
We know that this pandemic is particularly challenging for you. We empathize with your feelings of separation and vulnerability, and we want to thank you for your ongoing support and trust. 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   

January 15, 2021 

Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

Vaccine Clinic:  Our first vaccine clinic went smoothly on Tuesday and it was a relief to many to receive the 1st vaccine in a series of two against Covid-19. We learned:

Vaccinated Individuals Must Continue to Adhere to All Covid-19 Precautions:  It is critically important that those who have been vaccinated continue to take all infection control measures.  The Emergency Use Authorization was only reviewed and approved to prevent severe illness.  Until herd immunity is reached, vaccinated individuals may still be able to spread the virus and cause severe illness to those who have not been vaccinated.  As time passes, more information will be analyzed, and it may be found that the vaccines can prevent the spread however it is not safe to assume this will be the case currently.      

Indoor Visitation Suspended: Hamilton County’s positivity rate has rose to 19.0%. This is a 2.6% increase since last week’s update and the county moved to 'purple'.  We can resume this program when percentage falls below 10%.

Help Keep Us Covid-19 Free:  If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or an upper respiratory infection, please stay away from the facility.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays: Please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time.  We will not accept any deliveries in the front of the building.

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

Sincerely,

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

January 15, 2021 Special Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice:

We are reporting one (1) additional staff member who has tested positive. This brings our total active cases to three (3). The facility has had cumulative total of twenty-one (21) confirmed Covid-19 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 a physician certifies they are safe to return to work. 

Action Plan.

Our action plan will remained unchanged due to the fact that the staff member does not work on the Resident floors and had no contact with any resident since the initiation of our current action plan on 1/13/2021. The staff will continue to be tested twice a week until Hamilton County’s positivity rate falls below 10%. The Nursing Department will communicate with any identified residents and their responsible parties. Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.

Contact us with questions.

We know that this pandemic is particularly challenging for you. We empathize with your feelings of separation and vulnerability, and we want to thank you for your ongoing support and trust. 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 

January 13, 2021 Special Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice:

We are reporting one (1) additional staff member who has tested positive. This brings our total active cases to two (2). The facility has had cumulative total of twenty (20) confirmed Covid-19 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 a physician certifies they are safe to return to work. 

Action Plan.

Our revised action plan will mirror state and local guidance.  Under this approach, all residents were rapid tested this morning. We’re happy to report that all results were negative. We will test all residents again next week and the following week. If all residents remain COVID-free throughout this period, we will revert back to testing of staff only. The staff will continue to be tested twice a week until Hamilton County’s positivity rate falls below 10%. The Nursing Department will communicate with any identified residents and their responsible parties. Any subsequent positive test results will be communicated.

Contact us with questions.

We know that this pandemic is particularly challenging for you. We empathize with your feelings of separation and vulnerability, and we want to thank you for your ongoing support and trust. 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 

January 11, 2021 Special Update

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Summary of Changes Since Last Notice:

We are reporting one (1) additional staff member who has tested positive. This brings our total active cases to one (1). The facility has had cumulative total of nineteen (19) confirmed Covid-19 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 a physician certifies they are safe to return to work.

Action Plan.

Our action plan will remain unchanged since this staff member has not worked a shift since the week of 12/27/2020 and all Residents tested negative on 1/4/2021 as part of our previous action plan.

Contact us with questions.

We know that this pandemic is particularly challenging for you. We empathize with your feelings of separation and vulnerability, and we want to thank you for your ongoing support and trust. 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 

January 8, 2020

Dear Residents/Family/Friends/Staff,

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Covid-19 Status: We have had no known positive cases of COVID-19 within our resident population. 

Covid-19 Vaccination:

Help Keep Us Covid Free

Indoor Visitation Suspended: Hamilton County’s positivity rate has rose to 16.4%. This is a .4% increase since last week’s update and the county remains ‘Red’.  We can resume this program when percentage falls below 10%.

Outside Food Delivery Opportunity on Wednesdays:  If a Resident or family/friend places an order, please email Scot (sharmon@beechwoodhome.com) and Megan (mrandolph@beechwoodhome.com) by 3:00 PM on Tuesday with the Resident name, restaurant or delivery app name, and estimated delivery time so we can anticipate the orders arriving and ensure staff are available to collect/deliver in a timely manner. It is imperative that when you are placing your order that the delivery is to be taken to the BACK ENTRANCE

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

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

 

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