December 2021 Village Care Center Updates
Village Care Center COVID-19 Cases
As of Dec. 31, 2021
The following report summarizes the daily number of new COVID-19 cases at the Village Care Center. The data is updated when new cases are reported. Cumulative totals can be found in the Communication Updates section. If you have questions, please reach out to Tami Hoversten, administrator, at 816-347-2414 or [email protected].
- Dec. 1: No new cases.
- Dec. 2: No new cases.
- Dec. 3: No new cases.
- Dec. 4: No new cases.
- Dec. 5: An associate tested positive.
- Dec. 6: No new cases.
- Dec. 7: No new cases.
- Dec. 8: No new cases.
- Dec. 9: No new cases.
- Dec. 10: No new cases.
- Dec. 11: No new cases.
- Dec. 12: No new cases.
- Dec. 13: No new cases.
- Dec. 14: No new cases.
- Dec. 15: A resident tested positive.
- Dec. 16: No new cases.
- Dec. 17: No new cases.
- Dec. 18: No new cases.
- Dec. 19: No new cases.
- Dec. 20: No new cases.
- Dec. 21: An associate tested positive.
- Dec. 22: No new cases.
- Dec. 23: Two associates tested positive.
- Dec. 24: One associate tested positive.
- Dec. 25: No new cases.
- Dec. 26: No new cases.
- Dec. 27: No new cases.
- Dec. 28: No new cases.
- Dec. 29: No new cases.
- Dec. 30: No new cases.
- Dec. 31: One associate tested positive.
Email updates are sent to the families and responsible parties of Village Care Center residents. If you have a question, please contact Tami Hoversten, administrator, at [email protected]. If you would like to see the communication updates from 2020, please email [email protected].
December 31, 2021
I want to provide you with an update about what’s been happening around the Village Care Center and the Village as a whole since my last email to you earlier this week.
Yesterday we completed the resident testing that was related to an exposure, and I am happy to write that all residents have tested negative for COVID-19. The three associates who previously tested positive have all recovered. Finally, the VCC currently does not have any resident on isolation precautions related to COVID-19.
Today we received the results for one associate who did test positive. However, because this associate was exposed after the last shift, they worked at the VCC and has not been in contact with any residents since then, we do not need to do any further testing within the building at this time.
All units are open to visitors. I want to reiterate that all visitors must complete the screening at the front desk as you enter the building. We also ask that if you are sick to please postpone your visit until you are well. Metropolitan area data shows a rapid increase in the number of people testing positive again, and every decision we make affects countless others.
With the rise in the Jackson County COVID positivity rate, I want to remind everyone about the infection control and visitation guidelines (attached). Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Here’s what’s happening in other areas of the Village related to COVID-19.
- Village Assisted Living. After three staff members tested positive, testing was conducted yesterday in Memory Care 2 and the main assisted living area. No residents tested positive; one associate has tested positive.
All Areas Outside of the VCC & VAL. Two residents have tested positive. This week, eight associates also have tested positive.
Have a safe and healthy new year.
Dec. 27, 2021
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. It was great to see everyone on Christmas once again.I wanted to provide a brief update regarding current COVID-19 cases on campus, beginning with the VCC. Over the past three days we have has three associates test positive, though none have had any recent exposure to any residents. Two of the associates do not work in direct-care areas, and the third did not work for nine days prior to testing positive.
Additionally, due to the positive case on our memory care neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, we will do our final round of testing in that area tomorrow.
Based on the most recent guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this will not have an impact on visitation, dining, activities, etc. Therefore, I am providing this information so that you can assess the risk involved in coming for a visit.
Here is a quick summary of the presence of COVID-19 at John Knox Village.
- Village Assisted Living. Three staff members have tested positive. One had no resident exposure, one was tested after beginning to feel unwell, and the third was discovered as port of building-wide testing. These staff members worked in Memory Care 2 and the main assisted living area. Additional testing will take place Thursday.
- All Areas Outside of the VCC & VAL. Near the end of November, 3 associates tested positive, and so far this month there have been two.
Local data shows a rapid increase in the number of metro area people testing positive again. Do be careful out there and take good care of yourselves so that you do not inadvertently spread COVID-19 to others.
And lastly, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.
It has been a while since I have had to send this type of update. Although we have been without a positive case of COVID-19 in the VCC for several weeks, I do need to share with you all that this week we had a resident who lives in our secured memory care unit test positive. The test was administered in an area emergency room Tuesday, per hospital protocol. On Wednesday, we were notified that the result was positive. This resident did have a potential exposure earlier this month, on Dec. 3.
We have tested all residents who live in this portion of the care center, and I am happy to report all results were negative for COVID-19. We will test all of the residents in this unit again next week. We do continue to test all unvaccinated associates twice a week, per the current Jackson County positivity rate.
While we have had this one positive, I am pleased to say that it does not affect our visitation policies or activity schedules.
I am also very happy to report that the majority of our residents at the VCC have been fully vaccinated, and many have had the booster. We are administering the booster vaccination today for those who weren’t able to get the first round.
On another note, we have been very busy the last couple of weeks preparing for Christmas. Our annual Christmas Store for the residents was a huge success, and some of you may be receiving a special gift that your loved one “bought” from the store. We also have been very grateful for the numerous community performers that have came in to entertain us. I have even heard that today one of our favorites is coming to sing for us…ELVIS will be back in the building!
On Christmas day we will deliver Christmas presents to all of our long term care residents. These presents have been provided by associates all over the John Knox Village campus. We will also being doing something a little different for meal service; we will being serving a Christmas brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day, and then the evening meal will be a traditional Christmas dinner.
Although we continue to experience the affects of COVID-19, I do have to say that things are starting to appear a bit more normal here inside the VCC. That may be the best gift of the season. If you have any questions, please never hesitate to contact me.