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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Dear Milwaukee Catholic Home Families and Residents,

We would like to provide you with our weekly update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. There have been no residents presenting with symptoms or positive results at MCH since our last update on June 15th.

On June 23rd, an employee that works in the Health Care Center on 3rd floor had reported mild symptoms and was immediately tested, resulting in a negative finding. Our policy requires a second test to return to work if the staff person had any symptoms. A second test was performed on June 24th, indicating a positive result. Today, our Infection Control team is testing all residents and staff that live and work on the 3rd floor in the Health Care Center. All residents on Special Care were tested this past week with all negative results. All residents upon admission to our short-term rehabilitation unit continue to require testing after admission and staff are using full Personal Protective Equipment for isolation precautions. We have tested all employees (and new employees) and continue to test any employee that may have been exposed to a person with the COVID-19 virus, presents with symptoms, or goes to the emergency room/hospital. Additionally, as test kits are made available to MCH, we are randomly testing employees.

Year to date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. As of June 23rd, there will be no positive COVID-19 residents in isolation.

Year to date, there have been 5 confirmed cases among employees. 4 employees have fully recovered. One employee is in quarantine. We continue to actively test any employees that exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Year to date, MCH has tested and retested 615 residents and staff with a total of 11 positive cases. This number is inclusive of every staff member and resident campus wide.

We continue to need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community. We continue to provide you with regular updates and communicate with you more urgently if any residents or employees test positive or 3 or more residents/staff have new onset respiratory symptoms for COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

June 12, 2020

Dear Families of all Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

We would like to provide you with an update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. To date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. Three residents have recovered and show no further symptoms. We did complete a retest of all residents living on the Special Care Unit and are happy to report that there were no additional positive results of residents since our last correspondence on June 5th.

To date, there have been 4 confirmed cases among employees. We are happy to report that there have been no additional positive test results since our last correspondence on June 5th. All 4 employees have fully recovered. We continue to actively test any employees that exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

In summary, it has been 7 days since a resident or staff member has tested positive. To date, MCH has tested 527 residents and staff with a total of 10 positive cases. This number is inclusive of every staff member and resident campus wide.

We continue to closely monitor and screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. Addtionally, no employee is to come to work if they present with any symptoms. To return to work, a negative COVD-19 test result is required. All staff and residents on campus continue to wear masks. Additionally, staff working on the Special Care Unit and short term rehabilitation (2nd floor west) are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes face shields or googles, N95 masks, protective gowns and gloves.

Please take care of yourselves and each other during these difficult times. We appreciate and need your continued support through words of encouragement to your family members and our line staff. We will continue to provide you regular weekly updates and also communicate with you more urgently if any residents or employees test positive for COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

June 5, 2020

 

Dear Families of all Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

We would like to provide you with an update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. To date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. We are happy to report that there have not been any additional positive or pending tests of residents since our last correspondence on June 2nd.

To date, there have been 4 confirmed cases among employees, 3 of whom were asymptomatic and are currently healthy without symptoms. Three of the employees were dedicated to the Special Care Unit in the Health Care Center on 2nd floor east. Included in the 3 is a new confirmed positive COVID-19 case since June 2nd. The individual was not scheduled to work since Tuesday of this week and while at home on June 5th, the employee had presented with symptoms and was subsequently tested for COVID-19. That test result was positive. This employee was also tested on May 25th and that test was negative.

We continue to closely monitor and screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. Addtionally, no employee is to come to work if they present with any symptoms. To return to work, a negative COVID-19 test result is needed. All staff and residents on campus continue to wear masks. Additionally, staff working on the Special Care Unit and Short Term Rehabilitation (2nd floor west) are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes face shields or googles, N95 masks, protective gowns and gloves. Our full time Nurse Educator continues to work with our teams to ensure proper hand washing techniquies for our residents that are not able to cleanse themselves adequately.

Please take care of yourselves and each other during these difficult times. We appreciate and need your continued support through words of encouragement to your family members and our line staff. We will continue to provide you regular weekly updates and also communicate with you more urgently if any residents or employees test positive for COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

 

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

 

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

June 2, 2020

 

Dear Families of all Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

We would like to provide you with an update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. To date, there have been 3 confirmed cases among employees, all of whom were asymptomatic and are currently healthy without symptoms. Two of the employees were dedicated to the Special Care Unit in the Health Care Center on 2nd floor east. To date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. One resident has died as a direct result of COVID-19. To date, the remainder of Milwaukee Catholic Home employees and residents have tested negative for COVID-19.

The Special Care Unit remains in isolation with staff wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and working only on that unit. We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff and residents on campus are required to wear masks. While this may be difficult for some, it is essential to reduce the chances of spreading the virus if someone is not symptomatic.

The City of Milwaukee Public Health Department will determine when the virus has been contained and isolation precautions are released. The determination is based on the skilled nursing facility, including the Special Care Unit, being symptom free and having no positive COVID-19 test results for both residents and staff for a 14-day period.

Please keep the residents, staff and their families on the Special Care Unit (2nd floor east) in your prayers for recovery and peace during this time

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

May 29, 2020

 

Dear Families of Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

This afternoon we received the final COVID-19 test results from the state contracted laboratory. All residents at Milwaukee Catholic Home (independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care) were tested on May 22nd. Those test results showed 3 positive cases located on our Special Care Unit located on the east wing of the 2nd floor in the Health Care Center. The remaining 215 residents on campus tested negative. The total number of residents testing positive is 5, all located on the Special Care Unit.

In addition to testing all the residents we have tested a majority of staff members campus wide. As of this evening, 163 individuals have been tested. There were two positive tests with 161 employees testing negative. To date there have been at total of 3 staff members that have tested positive. We will continue to test the remaining staff members over the coming days.

The Special Care Unit remains in isolation with staff wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and working only on that unit. We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff continue to wear masks during their entire shift. All residents on campus are required to wear masks. While this may be difficult for some, it is essential to reduce the chances of spreading the virus if someone is not symptomatic.

The City of Milwaukee Public Health Department will determine when the virus has been contained and isolation precautions are released.

We will be providing regular communication with you in a transparent and timely manner.

Please keep the residents, staff and their families on the Special Care Unit (2nd floor east) in your prayers.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator