Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 7:40 p.m. MST
At Western Hills Health Care Center, the safety and well-being of our residents are our highest priority. The safety and well-being of our associates [staff] and our community are also paramount considerations in every action we take.
As of today, Nov. 10, 54 of our 77 residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. Our north unit officially reopened, and all of the 33 residents from that unit have recovered. We decorated the unit and celebrated with the residents, and we will continue to celebrate each recovery. We continue to isolate the remaining positive residents on the south wing using all CDC recommendations and guidelines.
We are sad to report that 11 of our COVID-19 positive residents have passed away. We mourn these losses, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.
We have had 33 associates test positive for COVID-19, and 15 of them have recovered and met the CDC's guidelines for returning to work.
Twice a week, we continue to test staff and the remaining residents who have tested negative for COVID-19 so far. According to CDC guidance, people who have tested positive do not require follow-up testing for three months.
Our residents are monitored multiple times a day 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. These guidelines include 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.
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.
We continue to work in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the local health department and will follow the guidance they provide. We appreciate their continued support, as well as the support of the Lakewood community.
Amy Goeglein, executive director