Updated: Friday, October 23, 7:10 a.m. MDT
At Life Care Center of Pueblo, the safety of our residents and peace of mind for our families and loved ones are our highest priorities.
We currently have two residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Both residents have been isolated per CDC guidelines and are receiving care from a dedicated staff who utilize a separate entrance and exit to lessen the risk of spreading the virus within the facility.
Three associates have also tested positive. These associates will only return to work when guidelines from the CDC have been met.
In addition to the above three residents, an outside medical professional who provides services to our building has tested positive. Any resident who came in contact with that person will be placed in contact and droplet transmission-based precautions.
We have appropriately notified and communicated with the state health department and every resident, resident family member and staff member. We will continue this open communication. All residents and staff will be tested every 3-5 days until the outbreak is controlled, and we will continue to work with the local health department daily until this is behind us.
No other associates or residents are positive for COVID-19 at this time. Our residents are monitored multiple times day and night for any symptoms or concerns. Every associate is also screened when they arrive for work and when they leave, including checking temperature and monitoring for any symptoms or concerns.
We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19. Signage with information on COVID-19 and details about these restrictions is posted on our doors.
Although visitation remains restricted, we're happy to coordinate phone calls, video chats or window visits. We are staying in consistent communication with the families of our residents, and we always welcome their questions and contact. As soon as visitations are considered safe based on state guidelines, we will begin visits. We can't wait to see the loved ones who bring smiles to the faces of our residents.
We continue to work in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health and the local health department and will follow the guidance they provide. We appreciate their continued support, as well as the support of the local community.
Amy Gaidies, executive director