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MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue updates to the previous order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people.

The updated order maintains the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people and indefinite school closures, but includes some important changes and clarifications:

  • Treats bars and restaurants are the same. Bars will be able to have carryout sales of alcohol and food, if allowed by local ordinances and state law. This will help ensure thousands of establishments can stay in business during this unprecedented health emergency.
  • Media and news organizations can remain open to provide the public with vital information.
  • Laundromats may remain open.
  • Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions may remain open if they practice social distancing.
  • All parts of the food delivery system – from farms to stores – may remain open.
  • Clarifies that cafeterias in healthcare facilities may remain open to serve our healthcare workers.
  • Allied health professions, such as acupuncturists, are unaffected by the mass gathering ban.
  • All parts of our transportation system can continue to serve our economy.
  • Any facility used for in-person absentee voting or as a polling location may remain open for voting, except for sites at long-term care and assisted care facilities.
  • Hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities must close effective 5 pm on Fri., March 20, 2020.

All gatherings that bring together or are likely to bring together 10 or less people in a single room or confined space, whether inside or outside, at the same time must preserve social distancing and follow all other public health recommendations issued by DHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Voluntary cancellation, closure, or limitations on the size of gatherings beyond the requirements of this order are permitted and encouraged. 

People should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

  • Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching your face; and
  • Staying home when able.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today reminded Wisconsinites to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), urging the public to stay home as much as they are able.  

“Social distancing not only protects you and your family from increased exposure to COVID-19, but it protects our healthcare professionals, direct care providers, and others who are on the frontlines serving our communities during this pandemic,” said Gov. Evers. “We need these workers who are providing essential services to stay healthy so they can continue to care for and serve our state. While I know the COVID-19 outbreak has caused many disruptions to your daily life, your help will go a long way in protecting the health and safety of our state.”

With limited testing materials available nationwide, Gov. Evers encourages those who are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms to stay home and self-isolate. This will help conserve testing materials for those who are severely ill and require hospitalization or are considered high-risk individuals. This also helps reduce exposure to the virus for our healthcare professionals. 

On Thurs., March 12, 2020, the governor signed Executive Order #72 that directs DHS to take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent and respond to incidences of COVID-19. It allows DHS to purchase, store, or distribute appropriate medications, regardless of insurance or other health coverage, as needed to respond to the emergency. It also authorizes state funds to support local health departments with costs related to isolation and quarantine, as well as the use of the Wisconsin National Guard.

Decisions about the implementation of other community measures will be made by state and local officials based on CDC and DHS guidance, as well as the scope of the outbreak.

People should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
Covering coughs and sneezes;
Avoiding touching your face; and
Staying home.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

Dear Friends and Family Members of Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

Let me first assure you; your loved one is our top priority and we will continue to update you via email as the situation evolves.  This past weekend the Federal Government, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have issued strong guidelines for reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  ALL NURSING HOMES nationwide are to restrict visitation of ALL visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life. This guideline and many more are intended to protect the health of senior and the most vulnerable seniors in our communities.

We continue to adhere to the guidelines we outlined last week and have taken the following actions outlined by CMS and the CDC:

  • Restricting all visitors that to come into our community, except in certain circumstances, such as end-of-life medical situations or hospice care. Those visits that occur are restricted to the resident’s room or an area designated for private interactions away from any common areas where residents may be. Those visitors with symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat) will not be permitted to enter the building at any time (even in end-of-life situations).  Those visitors that are permitted must wear a face mask while in the building.
  • Cancellation of group activities, communal dining and programming campus wide. This does include Mass.
  • Restricting access to all non-essential health care personnel and volunteers.
  • Restricting campus access to two entry points that are monitored and controlled 24 hours a day.
  • Screening of all essential personnel at entry points for the following (any affirmative response will result in 14-day quarantine from contact with personnel and residents at MCH):
  • Elevated Temperature through the use of non-contact forehead thermometers.
  • Signs or symptoms of respiratory infection including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat
  • Contact with someone with a CONFIRMED diagnosis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) or under investigation for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Commercial travel, domestically or internationally, or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days

We ask you and all of the people we have entrusted to care for our cherished elders to do the following:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean hard surfaces frequently and with proper antibacterial wipes or sprays.

Social Distancing

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • When in groups, put distance between yourself and other people (6 feet).
  • Do not place yourself in a situation of large crowds where close contact is unavoidable.
  • Do not visit or take your elder family member to public places with crowds, especially those with compromised health. Residents in skilled nursing, and the CBRF are restricted to remaining in the building.
  • If you are sick, do not go out in public, stay home.

Please know that our leadership team is communicating daily and is proactively monitoring for changes in local and federal guidelines. We do not have a time frame for when restrictions will be lifted or rolled back.  We would expect all the guidelines to be in place for a minimum of 14 days.

Please know that I will continue to update each of you via email as we become aware of changes.  Go to our website at www.milwaukeecatholichome.org or call to speak with a manager for any additional information.

 

With Peace,

 

Dave Fulcher, CEO

 

Dear Friends and Family Members of Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

Let me first assure you; your loved one is our top priority and we will continue to update you via email as the situation evolves.  This past weekend the Federal Government, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have issued strong guidelines for reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  ALL NURSING HOMES nationwide are to restrict visitation of ALL visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life. This guideline and many more are intended to protect the health of senior and the most vulnerable seniors in our communities.

We continue to adhere to the guidelines we outlined last week and have taken the following actions outlined by CMS and the CDC:

  • Restricting all visitors that to come into our community, except in certain circumstances, such as end-of-life medical situations or hospice care. Those visits that occur are restricted to the resident’s room or an area designated for private interactions away from any common areas where residents may be. Those visitors with symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat) will not be permitted to enter the building at any time (even in end-of-life situations).  Those visitors that are permitted must wear a face mask while in the building.
  • Residents are being asked to not leave the building unless for essential medical appointments. Those resident that leave for non-essential reasons (i.e. grocery store) will be required to remain in their apartment for 14 days upon return. Residents who go to essential medical appointments will NOT be asked to remain in their apartments.
  • Cancellation of group activities, community outings including Pick N Save, communal dining and programming campus wide. This does include Mass and Rosary.
  • Cancellation of MCH vehicle rides EXCEPT for essential medical appointments.
  • Restricting access to all non-essential health care personnel and volunteers.
  • Restricting campus access to two entry points that are monitored and controlled 24 hours a day.
  • Screening of all essential personnel at entry points for the following (any affirmative response will result in 14-day quarantine from contact with personnel and residents at MCH):
    • Elevated Temperature through the use of non-contact forehead thermometers.
    • Signs or symptoms of respiratory infection including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat
    • Contact with someone with a CONFIRMED diagnosis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) or under investigation for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
    • Commercial travel, domestically or internationally, or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days

We ask you and all of the people we have entrusted to care for our cherished elders to do the following:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean hard surfaces frequently and with proper antibacterial wipes or sprays.

Social Distancing

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • When in groups, put distance between yourself and other people (6 feet).
  • Do not place yourself in a situation of large crowds where close contact is unavoidable.
  • Do not visit or take your elder family member to public places with crowds, especially those with compromised health. Residents in skilled nursing, and the CBRF are restricted to remaining in the building.
  • If you are sick, do not go out in public, stay home.

Please know that our leadership team is communicating daily and is proactively monitoring for changes in local and federal guidelines. We do not have a timeframe for when restrictions will be lifted or rolled back.  We would expect all the guidelines to be in place for a minimum of 14 days.

Please know that I will continue to update each of you via email as we become aware of changes.  Go to our website at www.milwaukeecatholichome.org or call to speak with a manager for any additional information.

 

With Peace,

 

Dave Fulcher, CEO

Dear Friends of Milwaukee Catholic Home,

No one could have anticipated the disruptions that the COVID-19 virus has caused. Our priority has been, and continues to be, the safety and well-being of our residents. Over the past weeks we have implemented proactive measures to reduce potential exposure of the virus to our residents.

As you may be aware, Milwaukee County has announced its first confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a continuing care community and skilled nursing facility, Milwaukee Catholic Home has been and will continue to follow the CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) guidelines set forth to protect the safety and wellbeing of elders living in our communities. In light of the evolving situation in our community, we are now limiting visitors (and pets) on the Milwaukee Catholic Home campus.

Limiting visitors means a guest should not be allowed to come into our community, except in certain circumstances, such as end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. Those visits that occur are restricted to the resident’s apartment or an area designated for private interactions away from any common areas where residents may be.

We continue to pray for a quick resolution to this international crisis.

With Peace,

Dave Fulcher, CEO