Letter to Residents & Families 1.21.2021

January 21, 2021

Dear Sunrise residents, family and friends,

This letter is to report on COVID positive staff and residents. 

Sunrise continues to test staff at least two times per week for COVID surveillance.  In COVID testing today, no staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  The current number of active, COVID positive staff members is 4. Staff members who test positive are isolating at home.  Since April 20, a total of 90 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

We also continue to test residents every 3-7 days for surveillance or if there are any suspicions of illness.  In the past 24 hours, 1 nursing resident tested positive for COVID.  As of today, there are 5 nursing residents in isolation.  Staff continue monitoring residents for any signs or symptoms of illness on each shift (3 times per day). 

Our next vaccine clinic for the nursing residents, assisted living tenants and staff will be February 4.  Our independent living areas, including The Pointe, Sunrise Hills and Maple Heights will have vaccine clinics on January 25 and 26.  I need to know by Wednesday, January 20, how many people from independent living want to be included and have vaccine authorization forms available in the foyer of the main building, at The Pointe and on our website (on the COVID page).  Information is posted on our website regarding frequently asked questions and facts. 

Sunrise’s nursing facility is currently considered in “outbreak” status by the CMS definition (1 staff or resident reporting positive) and the IDPH definition (3 residents reporting positive within 14 days).  If you have the opportunity to speak to any of your family members by phone, please encourage them to wear their face masks if they are out of their rooms and when caregivers are in their rooms.  If they cannot tolerate a facemask, we also recommend holding a tissue over their mouth and nose. 

By regulation we are required to limit visiting in the nursing facility due to the “outbreak” status.  We will continue limiting visitation to closed window visits and limited compassionate care visits until we have gone 14 days without reporting a resident infection.  At this time, 14 days from the most recent resident infection will be February 1 for the nursing facility and January 26 for assisted living.  Contact Erin Anderson at 712-276-3821 x 3130 to schedule visits or to set up video chats!

Other mitigation efforts in both nursing & assisted living include staff screening at the beginning and end of shift for exposure, symptoms and temperature; wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); increased cleaning & disinfecting of surfaces throughout the building; and regular COVID surveillance testing of staff members and residents.

We are working closely with our local public health department, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and our medical director and following their recommendations.  We are notifying our constituents and all regulatory bodies necessary to keep them informed about this current situation as required.  Thank you for your continued support & understanding during this trying time.


Hallie Salmen, CEO

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