Letter to Residents & Families 2.1.2021

February 1, 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 testing over the past 24 hours, 0 staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  The current number of active, COVID positive staff members remains at 3. Staff members who test positive are isolating at home.  Since April 20th, 2020, a total of 95 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 testing today, 1 nursing residents tested positive for COVID.  As of today, there are 3 nursing residents in isolation and 1 from assisted living.  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.  Follow up clinics for Maple Heights, The Pointe and Sunrise Hills will be February 15 & 16.  Information about the vaccine 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 15 for the nursing facility.  Assisted living has resumed visits in the vestibule area.  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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