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August 10, 2020

 

To All Hopkins Center Families and Friends:

I hope all our families and friends are well. This letter serves as an update for the re-opening of visitation at Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Hopkins Center continues its efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The status of residents and employees is  contingent upon receiving approval to reopen, provided the facility meets the safety criteria in conjunction with the July 10 2020 NYSDOH guidelines for re-opening.

As of today, Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare does not meet all the criteria. The tentative re-opening date as of today is mid-September 2020. In the interim, Brigida will continue to schedule video conferences between residents and their families/friends.

 We apologize for this setback, but we must be in compliance with all the NYSDOH guidelines, as we continue to keep our residents and staff safe during this pandemic.

We are looking forward to seeing all Hopkins Center families as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, stay safe and be well.

Susan Rice

HCRHC, Administrator

HOPKINS CENTER FOR REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE

New Positive Employee Confirmed Cases

Notification to Residents, Representatives, and Family Members

Date: 08/10/2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you t that at Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, to date, 8/10/2020 has no new cases of  positive COVID-19 amongst our residents  two (2) new  confirmed cases for employees. The no. of staff reported to have new onset respiratory symptoms [new set of three or more staff) within a 72-hours is/ are_0_  The no. of residents reported to have new onset respiratory symptoms [new set of three or more residents) within a 72-hours is/ are _0_

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We are taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Enhanced disinfection of resident’s rooms, treatment/ care/work areas and other offices.
  • Provision of hand sanitizers and PPEs.

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Should you need any assistance on this matter, you may reach Ms. Marina Filipyev, social worker director  at 718- 694 -6700

 ( extension 771) or email address: MFilipyev @ hopkinscenter.com

 

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.  For more information regarding CDC guidelines we encourage you to visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call us at 718- 694 -6700, or check our website at www.hopkinscenter.com

Stay well and safe.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Susan Rice                                                                                                                                           

Administrator,

Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

 

 

 

Interim COVID-19 Visitation Policy  Reopening of Visitation
Date Implemented: 03/24/2020 Date Reviewed/ Revised: 07/13/2020 Reviewed/ Revised By: Administration

Policy:

Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in compliance with the New York State Department of Health Advisory dated July 10, 2020 will resume limited visitation, under the following conditions to reopen.

  1. Hopkins Center will have a specific plan in compliance with the health advisory. Some of the key points are:
  2. Hopkins Center must be in full compliance with all state and federal requirements, executive

       orders, guidance and state reporting requirements.

  1. Hopkins Center has protocols in place to cohort positive, negative, and unknown residents.
  2. Hopkins Center has completed and submitted a copy of the NY Safety Plan to the Department of

Health. This plan must specify the space to be used for visitation, number of visitors and that all visitors must maintain social distancing. This plan must be accompanied by an attestation of compliance.

  1. There must be no new cases of COVID 19 for both residents and employees as reported to the

    NHSN for a period of no less than twenty-eight days(28) days, consistent with CMS established

    thresholds.

  1. Hopkins Center must have access to adequate testing and a testing plan that all residents have a

    single baseline COVID test.
e. Hopkins Center will have the capacity to continue retesting staff and residents as applicable.

  1. Hopkins Center will adhere to written screening protocols for all staff each shift, each resident,

             and all persons entering the facility including visitors.

         g .Hopkins Center visiting plan will be posted to its website @ Hopkins Center.com

 

 Please note that visitation will be paused if the number of incidence as to confirmed cases of positive COVID 19 diagnosis amongst residents and employees increases.

If all of the above  mandated guidelines has been deemed met by Hopkins Center, resumption  of limited visitation will commence, and protocol are as follows:

  1. Visitation will be limited to outdoor areas. Visitation will be limited to 10 family members at a time wearing a facemask or face covering, and simultaneously maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet. Floor markings will be placed in appropriate areas to ensure social distancing. Hopkins Center will have a staff member assigned to specific areas to monitor and ensure that all safety measures are in place and continuously observed by residents and visitors.
  2. Visitation in resident’s rooms will be strictly prohibited; no family will be permitted on the nursing units.

 

  1. After each visit all areas will be cleaned and disinfected after each and every visit using an EPA approved disinfectant.
  2. Visitors will be screened for fever or respiratory illness prior to entry. Those with symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will not be permitted to enter.
  3. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene and wear a face mask that will be

          provided by the facility. Each will be reminded to frequently perform hand hygiene.

  1. Screening (questionnaires and temperature check) is mandatory, and any visitor who refuses

         to be screened will be denied visitation. Additionally, if the visitor displays any COVID-19

         symptoms they will also be denied admission for  visitation.

  1. These screens will be made accessible and immediately available to the Department of

          health upon request. The screen will have the following documentation:

  1. First and last name of the visitor:
  2. Physical street address of the visitor:

         iii. Daytime and evening telephone number:

  1. Date and time of visit
  2. Email address

         vi Documentation that the individual was cleared for visitation following the screening,

             Listing the temperature and questions filled out.

  1. All visitors must refrain from physical contact with resident and other people while in the

     facility, i.e., must maintain social distance, with no hand-shaking or hugging, and remaining 6

     feet apart from the other person.

  1. All visitors will be asked to self-monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of respiratory

    Illness, and report to the facility- if there are any evidence of symptoms within 14 days after

    visiting the facility.

  1. No more than two visitors will be allowed per resident at any one time.
  2. Current COVID-19 positive residents or any resident presenting symptoms will not be

    permitted visitation.

  1. Please visit https://coronavirus.health.health.ny.gov/information-healthcare-providers for

     topics related to COVID-19.

     

 

 

 Reference:

       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  QSO-20-14-NH: Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of

       Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes (3-13-20 revision).

July 20, 2020

 

To All Hopkins Center Families and Friends:

I hope all of our families and friends are well, and hopefully, we have gotten through the worse of the pandemic. On behalf of Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, we would like to give a heartfelt thank you to our Hopkins Center families- for your letter of support, your phone calls and words of encouragement urging us to continue on, and the goodies you have been sending the staff. You have no idea how much those small sentiments were appreciated during that most difficult and challenging time our industry has ever encountered.

As you all know, Nursing Homes have been authorized to begin the reopening process for visitation, provided that, the facility meet the safety criteria in conjunction with the July 10, 2020 NYSDOH Healthcare advisory on skilled nursing facility visitation. We are currently working on this process in an expeditious and strategic manner so that transition regarding the visitation process will be safe and smooth for all of our residents and families.  We will announce the date of our reopening as soon as we meet the NYSDOH guidelines for resumption of visitation.  Our tentative schedule would be by mid- August of 2020.  In the interim, we will continue to schedule our video chatting with Brigida.

I have attached a copy of the policy / safety plan and fact sheet to this email to keep you informed in regard to the guidelines, both for visitors and HCRHC personnel, to facilitate a safe and smooth transition with the visitation process at Hopkins Center.

We are all looking forward to seeing you once again- all of Hopkins Center families.

Stay safe and be well.

 

Susan Rice

Administrator