December 23, 2020

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

December 23, 2020

We are very excited to announce, we have all negative test results from our most recent round of COVID-19 testing. All residents and staff are negative, and there are no staff out in quarantine.

I have received a call from Walgreens, and they are sending some information about vaccination. I am not sure of a date, as of yet, but it sounds like sometime within a month or so we will have vaccines. We have no specific information, and are not sure if this will be only for residents and staff at a later date, or all of us at the same time. We also do not know what the implications of vaccinations are as far as visiting.

I spoke to the Mercer County Health Department yesterday, and they continue to be very complimentary of how we have handled this pandemic. The health department is hopeful, as are we, that vaccination will mean we can allow visitors. The entire state continues to be in Tier III mitigation, so we are still obligated to follow those guidelines.

Happy holidays, and as always, if you have any questions please call me at 309-435-0100, ext 101. Thank you, Jessica Moody, Administrator

COVID-19 update

Good morning Mercer Manor Residents, family, and friends,

We continue to test the residents once a week, due to currently being in outbreak status. If all the tests performed yesterday are negative, we will be out of outbreak status. It does not change much in the facility, just changes our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for staff. There are no positive residents at this time.

We currently have one staff person at home on quarantine, awaiting the results of a Covid test. We have one staff person home due to being in close contact with someone with a positive Covid test.

We continue to do everything we can to keep the residents and staff safe. We are in close contact with local and state organizations including the Mercer County Health Department, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, and we are following all guidelines.

I have been asked about the vaccine, and when it will be available, and if it will change visitation policies. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a firm answer. Illinois has distributed vaccines to 50 counties. Those counties were the counties with high positivity rates and/or high numbers of cases. Mercer County was not in the first 50 counties. Mercer Manor is enrolled in the federal program, and we will be receiving vaccines. We have not been given a date as to when the vaccine will arrive. We have not been given guidance as of yet, as to how it will effect being able to allow visitors in the facility. We are very hopeful we will be able to return to normal soon.

Thank you so much for all of your support during this pandemic.

Jessica Moody, Administrator

Covid Update

Good afternoon everyone,

We continue to test all residents and staff for Covid. We had one employee test positive from Thursday’s round of testing. The employee was immediately sent home to quarantine. The employee did not have any symptoms, and is feeling fine. We continue to use all appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and face shield or goggles. We are currently required to test every three to seven days, due to the employee testing positive. After 14 days of no positive tests, we will go back to testing employees; and residents only as indicated by symptoms.

We have contacted the local health department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Ombudsman, to let them know about the employee testing positive. All appropriate measures are in place to safeguard the residents and staff. When speaking to the Mercer County Health Department, they are very complimentary of how well we have managed during this pandemic. As always please reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

Jessica Moody, LNHA

December 3, 2020

Dear Mercer Manor Rehabilitation Families,

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a staff person who works at Mercer Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been diagnosed with COVID – 19, and has been taken off the schedule.  There are two other staff members with symptoms that are at home isolating, pending results.

Resident safety is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure we prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our facility.  All residents and staff were tested today.  We are staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps.  We continue to restrict visitors, per the direction of local and state health departments.  The operation of the facility continue, and we are not impacted.  We understand that you may have concerns about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus.  We encourage you to call Mercer Manor Rehabilitation at 309-435-0100, and speak to Shawnda Stockdale or Jessica Moody for updates on the status of your loved one. 

Please understand that due to the nature of this virus and the numerous steps involved in preventing its spread, much time is spent on resident care and appropriate infection control practices.  We will do our very best to answer your calls as they come in and/or promptly return your call.  We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents.  Family members are encouraged to continue connecting with their love ones through video chat, calling, testing, or other social media platforms. 

We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone.  We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available.  Please visit our website www.mercermanor.com and our Facebook page for communications.

Sincerely,

Jessica Moody

Administrator

Week of November 22, 2020

We are happy to report the two residents that were on quarantine have moved out of isolation, and are doing well. We do have two staff members at home and isolating, due to symptoms. We continue to be under Tier 3 mitigation, so we are still restricting visitors. We continue to encourage phone calls, skype, and window visits. We continue to follow all Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines to keep the residents and staff safe. Thank you for all of your support and understanding.

Week of November 16th

Thank you for your continuing support, during these unpresented times. We continue to do everything we can to keep the residents and staff safe. We are testing staff for Covid-19, twice per week. We have been fortunate, that all tests have come back negative on staff. We currently have no staff displaying any symptoms. Staff are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), to keep the residents safe.

The state of Illinois has moved us into Tier three mitigation. The changes will mean we have to restrict visits, and only window visits are currently allowed. We also offer zoom, skype, and of course telephone. We are safe guarding residents by isolating all new admission for 14 days, upon admission. We continue to isolate residents testing positive from residents testing negative.

We are in communication on a continual basis with the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Mercer County Health Department to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the residents and staff. Any questions or concerns please contact Shawnda Stockdale at 309-435-0100.

Week of November 8, 2020

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that one of our residents has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Resident safety is our top priority and we are doing everything to ensure to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps to ensure resident safety.

We encourage you to call our center at 309-435-0100 and ask for Shawnda Stockdale for status of your loved one. Please understand that due to the nature of this virus and the numerous steps involved in preventing its spread, much time is spent on resident care and appropriate infection control practices. However, we will do our very best to answer your call as they come in and/or to return your calls promptly.

We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We know this continues to be a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available.

Week of November 8

As the weather is becoming colder, we will need to depend upon alternate ways to visit with your loved ones. At Mercer Manor, we do offer Skype, window visits and of course there is the telephone. Please call to set up a skype call so we can assist and set up the call. Indoor visits continue to be suspended per the Department of Health. Communal dining for those residents that require assistance and monitoring will begin soon. We can only offer that opportunity for a limited number of residents, per CDC/IDPH.

We are able to have large group activities with masks and social distancing. Even with those limitations, the residents enjoy the time out of their rooms and the ability to visit with each other.

Rest assure that we are doing our utmost to keep your loved ones safe, healthy with providing the care they require.

Week of November 1, 2020

As per regulation, we continue to test the staff two times per week. To date we have received negative results.

We have continued outside visits, however with the weather becoming cooler and the likelihood of rain and wind we are monitoring the days we offer visits closely. Please feel free to contact the facility of visitation updates.

We continue to maintain all steps to provide the highest level of care and protection for your family members. We appreciate your understanding at this time.

Week of October 26, 2020

We were able to complete the COVID-19 testing on October 23, 2020 for the residents and staff. We continue to wait for the results, however what we have received has been negative.

The Department of Health is encouraging outside visits as long as the weather cooperates. We will be opening up Tuesday and Wednesday next week for visits during the regular times, weather permitting. We are not sure how long we will be able to offer this opportunity, keeping in mind the compromised health condition of your loved ones and the mid-west weather conditions.