Frequently Asked Questions
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. This outbreak started in China, but has now spread to many countries, including the United States
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Fever Cough Shortness of breath Sore throat
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is spread from person to person through close contact and respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible to get COVID-19 through contact with a contaminated surface or object; however, this is not the main way the virus spreads.
How can we prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice good respiratory and hand hygiene:
- Cover your cough and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular, household cleaning spray or wipe.
What can I do to prepare at home?
The CDC has helpful tips and resources to help you plan ahead. Access their resources at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
How is COVID-19 treated?
Treatment for COVID-19 is supportive care (treating the symptoms). There are no antiviral or vaccine options at this time.
When should residents call their provider?
If they have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 and have developed symptoms If they have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19
Will you continue to take new admissions in your skilled nursing facility?
Yes, we will continue to take new admissions. Each new resident will be carefully screened before allowing the resident to enter the facility. Any symptomatic residents will be isolated upon entry, if permitted in.
What is the visitor policy for skilled nursing facilities?
Following recommendations by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and AHCA (the American Health Care Association), the Facility is restricting visitors except for end-of-life situations.
Friends and family are encouraged to communicate with their loved one remotely through phone calls, Facebook or video conferencing.
Why are visitor restrictions in place?
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to limit the risk of exposure to our residents.
Do visitor restrictions apply to those using outpatient therapy services?
We will continue to provide services to those needing outpatient therapy. Outpatient therapy patients will be able to utilize our clinic, which is located north of the nursing facility. This allows for our outpatient therapy to be conducted in a separate facility than with our residents.