Covid 19

8/6/20

KMH COVID-19 Update:

I am excited to announce that four residents were able to return to their homes today. They have been doing well for several days in the private rooms and met all CDC criteria to discontinue the COVID-19 precautions. One resident commented “oh, I’m happy to be home”.

KMH received guidance to complete another round of testing for residents in our long-term care households. We completed the testing on Monday and received the final results this morning. We have two residents that tested positive for COVID-19. One of these residents has a roommate that tested negative. All three of these residents have been moved to private rooms in the same household.

Our testing guidance for staff members was to begin only testing when a staff member was showing symptoms. Under this guidance we completed five tests and one staff member was positive. This nursing staff member has been removed from working until CDC guidelines to return to work are met. Several KMH staff members have requested to be tested even without symptoms and we have listened. We have witnessed firsthand our friends, co-workers, and residents test positive all while asymptomatic. This generates a level of stress and anxiety that testing helps curtail.

We have notified KDHE, SCHD, and CDC of the updated numbers and continue to closely follow their guidance on testing. We have updated our main webpage to reflect current resident and staff positive cases. We have not yet received information on the testing requirements for next week.

Resident and staff safety continue to be our highest priority during this challenging time. We will continue to update as we have more results.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Miller, CEO

 

7/30/20

KMH COVID-19 Update:

KMH received guidance to complete another round of testing for residents in our long-term care households.  We completed the testing on Monday and received the results this morning. We have six residents that tested positive for COVID-19.  Two of these residents have roommates that tested negative.  One resident was identified as presumptive positive last week and moved with the residents that had tested positive.  All of these residents have been moved to private rooms in the same household.

We also received the remaining staff tests which included one positive direct care and one positive non-direct care staff members.  We also have one direct care staff member that tested positive while on leave.  This staff member developed symptoms and tested through their primary care physician.

We have notified KDHE, SCHD, and CDC of the updated numbers and continue to closely follow their guidance on testing.  We have not yet received information on the testing requirements for next week and whether it will be campus wide or select groups of residents and staff members.

Resident and staff safety continue to be our highest priority during this challenging time.  We will continue to update as we have more results.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Miller, CEO

 

7/23/20

KMH COVID-19 Update:

As of today, we have received approximately 95% of resident test results and 75% of staff member test results.  The bulk of staff results came in today and I want to inform you that we have four more direct care staff members and one non-direct care staff member that have positive results.

We have notified KDHE, SCHD, and CDC of the updated numbers and continue to closely follow their guidance on testing.  We have not yet received information on the testing requirements for next week and whether it will be campus wide or select groups of residents and staff members.

Resident and staff safety continue to be our highest priority during this challenging time.  We will continue to update as we have more results.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Miller, CEO

 

7/21/20

KMH COVID-19 Update:

We have been following Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) guidance and keeping them informed of every positive staff and resident case. The instructions we received were to test all Pavilion residents and staff members this week. We tested residents yesterday and received a very quick turnaround with most results returned today. We tested 66 residents, five of them returned positive.

We immediately connected with SCHD on the cluster of residents that tested positive and began working out a plan for all Pavilion residents. Recommendations were to isolate residents that tested positive and cohort them all in one area. We developed our plan to safely move residents to one household outside of the Pavilion area. We identified staff members that are dedicated to working only in this house with this group of residents.

The majority of Pavilion residents tested negative and will remain in their households in the Pavilion. We will continue to monitor residents for any symptoms. Testing will continue as directed by SCHD.

Currently our assisted living and independent living areas of campus have not had any positive staff members or residents. These areas will continue under their current guidance.

Resident and staff safety continue to be our highest priority during this challenging time. We will continue to update as we have more results.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Miller, CEO

 

7/20/20

KMH COVID-19 Update:

Last week KMH tested three residents for COVID-19.  Unfortunately, two of the three tested positive.  We are working closely with the Sedgwick County Health Department and at their direction began testing all Pavilion residents and staff members today.

Our priority is to provide all residents with exceptional care.  As you know, KMH implemented infection control measures in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines back in March and have been diligent in our processes.  We will continue limiting visitation, screening all staff member prior to working, hand hygiene and staff members and residents wearing face masks or coverings as per CMS guidelines.  We have been proactive in our testing and will continue to test and report as recommended.

Over the past two weeks KMH has received zero deficiency infection control surveys in both our assisted living and long-term care programs.  Unfortunately, this virus still found a way onto our campus.  We are doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of this virus within our community.

Sincerely,

Michael Miller, CEO

 

7/17/20

KMH COVID-19 Status Update:

Since our last update we received our infection control survey in our Assisted Living.  We received zero deficiencies and the surveyors were complimentary of our processes and that KMH residents were all wearing masks.

We had one dietary staff member develop symptoms of sore throat and was not feeling well.  We immediately tested her and sent her home pending the results.  Her results were positive, and she is at home under quarantine rules.

We received guidance from KDHE to continue testing staff members only.  Residents were excused from the testing due to multiple weeks of negative results on all residents.  We still have a few tests out and the vast majority of staff members have been completed.  One nurse and one CNA received positive results.  These two staff members were not working together and are both asymptomatic.  We have communicated this to KDHE and CDC.  We are awaiting further testing guidance from KDHE.

The first three KMH staff members have completed their 14-day quarantine without any signs or symptoms and are returning to work.

As we continue this journey together, we will keep you updated on our status through our COVID-19 webpage on KMH.org or if you would like to receive updates via email, please contact Brittany Ponds at bponds@kmh.org

Sincerely,

Michael Miller, CEO

 

7/2/20

KMH COVID-19 Status Update:

Our guidance from KDHE on 6/24/20 instructed us to perform testing for Pavilion residents and staff members this week.  We have completed all the testing required and I am pleased to announce that all residents’ results are back and negative.  We did receive one positive within our staff member testing.  This staff member is in our housekeeping department and does not perform any resident care.  We have communicated this to KDHE and CDC.

On Monday, we received our CMS Infection Control Survey. The surveyor was in the building all day and closely reviewed our infection control processes and procedures.  I am pleased to announce that KMH received zero deficiencies from this survey.

We are finalizing our phasing plan to open up LTC and AL.  Guidance received from our webinar with Sedgwick County Health Department on 7/1/20 stated that our phasing plan can not be faster than Sedgwick County.  Currently Sedgwick County is at Phase 2 and the county must be at Phase 3 for a minimum of two weeks before any LTC or AL can move to Phase 3.  Basically, we must lag the county phasing by two weeks.  We will communicate our plan once it is finalized next week.

As we continue this journey together, we will keep you updated on our status through our COVID-19 webpage on KMH.org or if you would like to receive updates via email, please contact Brittany Ponds at bponds@kmh.org.

Sincerely,

Michael Miller, CEO

 

6/15/2020 Update:

I wanted to pass along some good news. KMH completed baseline testing of residents in all areas of our campus last week. All results have been returned negative of COVID-19. We began our baseline testing of staff members on 6/10/20 and eagerly await the results. If there are any positive tests within our staff members, we will let you know and complete further testing.

Further good news...rumor has it that KDADS will issue further guidance on a plan for opening senior living communities. KMH leadership will begin immediately developing a plan that will continue to keep resident safety as its highest priority while we move forward.

As we continue on this journey together, we will keep you updated on our status through our COVID-19 webpage on KMH.org.

If you would like to receive updates via email, please contact Brittany Ponds at bponds@kmh.org.

Sincerely,

Michael Miller, CEO

To Residents and Family Members:

Thank you for your patience during this very challenging time. I know being apart from a loved one is very stressful and this past eight weeks has felt like eight months. Although we have phone calls and video chat, none of it compares to sitting with a loved one, holding their hand, and giving them a hug.

There is light at the end of the tunnel! CMS issued a three-phase plan to lifting the restrictions for visitors. Phases 1 and 2 only allow visitation in compassionate care situations. Phase 3 will allow visitation with screening and additional precautions such as ensuring social distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing a cloth face covering.
The CMS guidance recommends 14 days between phases but also mentions the state may choose to have a longer waiting period. We are waiting for further guidance from KDADS.

There will be several things in place with residents and staff as we slowly open back up to visitations. We will test residents and staff in accordance with CMS guidelines. The current plan states "if a facility identifies a new onset COVI D-19 case in the facility while in any phase, that facility goes back to the highest level of mitigation and starts over." Therefore, it will be extremely important for you to not visit if you are not feeling well and to follow all the precautions to keep KMH residents safe.

Michael Miller, CEO

In efforts to keep our residents safe, we have restricted all visitors to healthcare personnel only.