Dear Sunrise residents, family and friends,
This letter is to report on COVID positive staff and residents.
Today in routine testing, 1 staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was in orientation and had not had contact with any residents. This is currently the only positive staff member. Staff members who test positive are isolating at home.
This does put Sunrise back into an “outbreak” status for at least the next 14 days. However, with the new visitation guidance, we will not need to alter our visiting plans unless we have positive resident cases. We immediately began testing residents and staff in the nursing facility per regulation and will continue to test residents every 3-7 days for surveillance or if there are any suspicions of illness for no less than 14 days. As of today, there are zero nursing residents in isolation. Staff continue monitoring residents for any signs or symptoms of illness on each shift (3 times per day).
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.
Hallie Salmen, CEO