May 26, 2020
Dear Families of the Health Care Center at Milwaukee Catholic Home,
Yesterday afternoon we learned that a second resident living on the Special Care Unit tested positive for COVID-19. Again, during our twice daily temperature checks for all residents in long-term care, it was discovered that the resident had an elevated temperature and upper respiratory symptoms. The resident’s physician and family were immediately contacted, and the resident was subsequently tested. We continue to closely monitor all residents in long-term care for elevated temperature and any reported or observed respiratory or related symptoms that would indicate COVID-19. As of this morning there were no additional symptomatic residents.
On May 22nd, we initiated and completed testing on every resident in both the Health Care Center and the Residence at 2462 for the COVID-19 virus. We are awaiting the results and will communicate with you as the results become available.
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 Special Care Unit is in isolation with residents remaining in place and staff using full PPE when interacting with residents.
Please keep the residents on the Special Care Unit (2nd floor east) in your prayers. We are deeply saddened by this news but are more resolved than ever to reduce the spread of the virus and contain this outbreak. The City of Milwaukee Public Health Department will determine when the virus has been contained and isolation precautions are released.
Please know that we will continue to proactively communicate with you in a transparent and timely manner.
Thank you for your trust and support of our efforts during this difficult time.
Dave Fulcher Pat Shaughnessy
CEO Nursing Home Administrator