Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 8:10 p.m. MDT
Life Care Center of Evergreen has been selected to receive facility-wide COVID-19 testing. This selection comes after Gov. Jared Polis, as well as our national government, has placed an emphasis on the importance of testing nursing homes.
While our facility has only had two COVID-19 associate cases, we're honored to be selected. The support of Gov. Polis is invaluable, and we welcome the National Guard as they come to administer the tests. The National Guard will be on-site at our facility Monday, May 18, to test any residents and any associates who agree to be tested. This information has been communicated to residents, associates and family members.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, we have been following the latest guidelines, from both state and federal authorities, including the CDC and will continue to do so.
On April 25, one of our Life Care Center of Evergreen associates has tested positive for COVID-19. When we received the notification, we notified the state and local health departments and started the process of contacting every resident, resident family member and staff member, to inform them of the positive test. This associate's exposure to the virus did not occur at our facility, and the associate remained out of work for the duration designated in guidelines from the CDC.
At this point, no resident or other associate in our building has tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, all residents and all other associates are showing no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
On May 4 and 5, a COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey was conducted on behalf of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The facility was found to be in substantial compliance with infection control regulations and has implemented CMS and CDC's recommended practices to prepare for COVID-19. No deficiencies were cited.
Our associates are being diligent on practicing proper hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment, which is recurring education they normally receive, beginning with their orientation at our facility. Every associate is also screened when they arrive for work and when they leave, including checking temperature, to ensure no additional sickness is brought into our building.
These guidelines also place restrictions on the entrance of visitors, family members and vendors. Signage with information on COVID-19 and details about these restrictions is posted on our doors.
We continue to work in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health and local health agencies and will follow the guidance they provide.
Amber Carlson, Executive Director