June 25, 2020
To Our Residents and Family Members:
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 9th and 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home facilities each received notification of their first COVID-19 positive case. Upon notification of these test results, Chautauqua immediately implemented the pandemic emergency plan and installed a temporary wall that isolated four double rooms on the west wing at 11th Street Chautauqua. The two total positive cases within Chautauqua were relocated into the isolation unit with care provided by staff members whose work hours are spent entirely within the isolation unit. The separation ensures that care provided within the COVID-19 Unit and also to the other residents in the facility is completed following all recommended infection control standards.
Since notification of positive cases within Chautauqua Guest Homes, each facility is providing enhanced monitoring to our residents through screening of COVID-19 at least twice daily, and if a resident is awake in the overnight hours, three times a day. Staff continues to be screened and temperatures are taken at the beginning and end of their shift. On May 28 and May 29 all three Chautauqua locations voluntarily conducted baseline COVID-19 testing on virtually all residents and staff. All testing at that time reflected negative results. Chautauqua Guest Homes has conducted additional COVID-19 testing on residents and staff who were identified as high risk. All test results that have been received as of June 25, 2020, have been negative. Chautauqua Guest Homes will continue to conduct random tests and provide notification if/when any positive test results are obtained from the results of any further testing for COVID-19.
Chautauqua Guest Homes has and will continue to work in conjunction with Floyd County Public Health and other state and federal agencies through this pandemic emergency. The overwhelming goal at this time is to maintain the health and safety of all residents and staff.
Chautauqua Guest Homes continues to enforce the visitor restrictions that were implemented for nursing facilities on March 13, 2020, and has only allowed visitors in compassionate end of life situations. Chautauqua Guest Homes will also closely monitor test results within the facilities and Floyd County, these trends will greatly impact decision making in our reopening plan.
We respect and understand that visitor restrictions have been extremely difficult for residents and family members. We would like to thank all family members who have communicated their support and recognition that the visitor restrictions are to protect the residents and staff of Chautauqua Guest Homes. We continue to encourage window and virtual visits. 9th and 11th Street facilities have several iPads and tablets to assist with the virtual visits and we encourage family members to use the technology available to maintain contact with your loved one.
If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact the facilities. Please continue to check the facility website at chautauquaguesthomes.com and Facebook for updates as well.
Mary Shupe, Administrator Misty Hobert, Administrator