COVID-19: Villagewide Summary of Cases

Sept. 24, 2020

Last week the VCC announced some new resident and associate COVID+ cases. As a result, follow-up testing of all potentially-exposed residents was conducted. Today we learned of three new residents who tested COVID+. Here’s a summary of what we know:

  • One new patient on the Village Rehab unit has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient was tested 15 hours after their admission, so we, and the Jackson County Health Department, believe this was acquired at the hospital prior to arrival. The patient is asymptomatic and has been moved to the isolation unit. 
  • Two new resident cases are on the 100 side of the long term care (LTC) neighborhood. They initially tested negative but their second test yielded positive results. They live on the same hall where the direct care associate who tested positive (on 9/16) worked, so there appears to be a link. Both residents are asymptomatic and have been moved to the isolation unit.
  • To the best of our knowledge, this is the first true spread we have seen within the VCC thus far. There have been zero residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 at the VCC, and zero deaths.
  • There now are a total of six residents and patients on the isolation unit. Fortunately, all remain asymptomatic. 
  • An awesome team of associates volunteer to work in the isolation unit. Each day, they make sure those who visit this unit are well-cared for, entertained, and in regular contact with loved ones.
  • All other resident and patient test results have come back negative. We still have 121 associate tests that are pending, but we are very encouraged that the spread appears to be limited in nature.  

Infection Control Survey: Due to last week’s positive cases, two DHSS surveyors come to the VCC this past Monday for a focused infection control survey. I am pleased to report that they did not cite any deficiencies and told us they believe we are doing everything in our control to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Outdoor Visits. New guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) tells us that outdoor visits can occur, regardless of the facility’s COVID-19 status. With this new guidance, and knowing how important it is for you to visit your loved ones, courtyard visits at the VCC will resume on Monday. In order to reduce any chance for cross-contamination, these visits must occur in the courtyard where the VCC resident lives. To schedule a visit, contact Vicki Davis by e-mail at vdavis1@jkv.org or by phone at 816-809-3051.

Indoor Visits. Lastly, the new guidance from the Department of Health and Senior Services includes long-awaited instructions on indoor visitation for long term care communities. Essentially, the facility can allow structured indoor visitation following the same protocols established for outdoor visitation IF the facility has not had an associate or resident test positive for 14 consecutive days. 

FLU SHOTS

Finally, our first two on-campus flu shot events have been very well-attended. There are still two dates left:

8 a.m. to Noon at The Pavilion, on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Monday, Oct. 5

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases: 

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/24/20: 

  • 12 residents and 26 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses 
  • 6 residents and 20 associates have recovered from COVID-19  

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/24/20: 

  • 2 residents and 9 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses 
  • 2 residents and 8 associates have recovered from COVID-19  

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL 

Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/24/20 

  • 9 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses 
  • 8 associates have recovered from COVID-19 

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors. 

Stay safe. Wear your mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands. 


Sept. 20, 2020

I would like to share important news about the presence of COVID-19 at the Village.   

Village Assisted Living  A direct care associate on Memory Care 1 has tested positive for COVID-19. This person was was tested as a precaution because they were exposed to someone outside of Village Assisted Living who was positive for the virus. Because enough time elapsed between their last shift and the date of diagnosis, VAL will not conduct additional testing. Good news: On Sept. 15, the VAL team re-tested associates who encountered a non-direct care associate on Memory Care 3 who had tested positive. We have received all results back, and I am pleased to report all came back negative!

Village Care Center  First, a little background. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new guidelines for how often facilities need to routinely test their associates. Currently the Jackson County, Mo. “positivity rate,” is high enough to require the VCC to test all associates weekly.To help them achieve this, CMS sent on-site rapid test equipment which produces results within 15 minutes. Moving forward, they will use a combination of in-house testing, and our community partner, Viracor.    

Since Aug. 31, the VCC has performed 786 associate tests. During the week of Sept. 4, one 200 long-term care (LTC) unit associate’s test came back positive. Their most recent weekly results include:  

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Families were notified of six associates with positive results, all of whom were asymptomatic when tested.

  • Three of the six have since developed minor symptoms and are recovering at home; the other three remain asymptomatic.
  • Four of the associates (one not employed by the VCC) had limited or no resident interaction.
  • The other two are direct-care associates – one in the 100 LTC unit, and one in the Village Rehab Unit (VRU).   
  • All residents in 100 LTC hall and all VRU patients have been tested, and co-workers who likely had direct contact with these associates also are being tested.  

Saturday, Sept. 19 – Families were notified that, as a result of the follow-up testing from Thursday’s COVID+ results, three residents and four additional associates tested COVID+.  

  • Residents: Two reside on the VRU and one on the 100 side of long term care. All have been moved to the isolation unit and remain asymptomatic.  
  • Associates: Two work on the VRU, and are roommates of the VRU associate who tested positive earlier in the week. Two are non-direct care with very limited interactions with residents. These four associates are currently asymptomatic.   
  • All other associate and resident test results are negative, with 36 results still pending.  The VCC is taking multiple actions to ensure that the virus is boxed in and not spread within the building, including increased frequency of temperature checks, additional testing of residents, use of N95 masks in affected areas, and ongoing weekly testing of associates, and suspending all courtyard visits. 

We are reiterating with associates this message about the importance of being more aware of their surroundings when they leave the Village: Positive cases within nursing homes and retirement communities are, unfortunately, a reflection of what is happening more broadly in the community. 

It is two weeks past Labor Day – and COVID-19’s incubation period is 7-10 days after exposure.  Please continue to practice and preach safe behaviors to those you encounter. 

All of us need to continue combating this virus with the tools we know work: physical distancing, mask wearing, and good hand hygiene. We need to help stop the spread within our community. 

We so badly want and need to open our doors so residents can have visitors.This is so important to their lives.

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/19/20:

  • 9 residents and 26 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 6 residents and 16 associates have recovered from COVID-19 

    Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/19/20:
  • 2 residents and 9 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 2 residents and 8 associates have recovered from COVID-19     

    All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL  Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/19/20
  • 9 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 8 associates have recovered from COVID-19 We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.

    FLU SHOTS: Be sure to get your flu shot while Hy-Vee is here to do them. It’s quick and easy. We even have a drive thru option at the Villager Inn on Thursday, Sept. 24! Bring your Medicare cards and your mask! Social distancing protocols will be followed.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – 10 a.m. to Noon: Villager Inn Parking Lot
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 – 8 a.m. to Noon: The Pavilion (indoors)
  • Monday, Oct. 5– 8 a.m. to Noon: The Pavilion (indoors)
    Brought to you by Village Home Health and the HyVee Pharmacy.

TESTING The Jackson County Health Department offers five COVID-19 testing clinics a week held in different locations throughout the community, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sign-ups for testing clinics close at 3 p.m. the day prior.) 

Monday, Sept. 21 | Lee’s Summit |Register

Tuesday, Sept. 22 | Grandview |Register

Wednesday, Sept. 23 | Blue Springs |Register

Thursday, Sept. 24 | Independence |Register

Friday, Sept. 25 | Raytown |Register
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Stay safe. Wear your mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands.


Sept. 5, 2020

I would like to provide you with an update on COVID-19 at the Village.

Village Care Center

One VCC associate was incorrectly diagnosed with the coronavirus. I am pleased to tell you that this associate actually had a negative result. No testing process conducted by humans is perfect, and in this one case we have been informed that human error caused us to receive the wrong test result. We remain confident in the quality of services that we receive through this vendor, and the Village intends to continue using them as a source for larger group testing.

The VCC also has an asymptomatic associate who recently received a COVID+ test result. The associate is a direct-care giver on the 200 side of their long term care neighborhood. This was the only positive result in a recent planned and systematic testing of 232 VCC associates. As always, all residents who were potentially exposed have been notified, along with their loved ones, and any needed testing there will take place on Monday.

Village Assisted Living

VAL learned yesterday afternoon that a direct care associate in Assisted Living who was swabbed on Sept. 3 has tested positive for COVID-19. The most recent shift worked by this associate, who works only occasionally, was on August 22.  Because enough time elapsed between their last shift and the date of diagnosis, they will not be conducting additional testing at this time.

Today they learned that a non-direct care employee on Memory Care 3 who has no patient interaction and very little face-to-face interaction with staff also has tested positive. We will conduct testing on potentially-exposed associates on Tuesday, Sept. 8. As a precaution, staff will wear N-95 masks until testing and re-testing is complete. No residents were exposed to this individual. 

To wrap up on a high note – all results are in from VAL’s two-week follow-up testing conducted earlier this week, and all results came back negative!

Testing & Prevention

We are working hard to prevent COVID-19 from entering our campus and we must continue to be diligent in following our infection control procedures day in and day out, at work AND away from work for everyone’s safety. Don’t forget to mask up!

TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Community testing is available through the Jackson County Health Department next week, Sept. 9-11; samples will be collected by a healthcare professional. This test only detects current infection with COVID-19. Testing is FREE and available to anyone regardless of symptoms. If you have symptoms and want to get tested sooner, call (816) 404-CARE.

  • Oak Grove | Wednesday, Sept. 9 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Blue Springs | Thursday, Sept. 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Raytown | Friday, Sept. 11 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register 

REMEMBER: Any time you are tested by someone other than John Knox Village, please:

  • Notify Public Safety if you test positive, so we can help reach out to Village friends and neighbors to encourage them to shelter in place and get tested.
  • Remember that this is just a snapshot in time. It does not indicate whether you have had it in the past – NOR does is tell you whether you might get it in the future. There is much that is not known about this particular virus. Take nothing for granted.

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/5/20:

  • 2 residents and 8 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 2 resident and 5 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/5/20:

  • 6 residents and 17 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 5 residents and 16 associates have recovered from COVID-19

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:

Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 9/5/20:

  •  8 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 6 associates have recovered from COVID-19

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.


Aug. 31, 2020

As frequently happens, I have a bit of a mixed bag of news in this update about COVID-19 at the Village.

Schools have begun reopening, our nation is weary of precautions, and large venues are starting to schedule events, so the risk for exposure is still great. This means each of us needs to see it as our personal responsibility to not accidentally spread it to others—especially at John Knox Village. As an organization, we remain committed to preventing the spread of illness through daily screenings, enhanced cleaning regimens, excellent hand hygiene and strict protocols about how to respond to situations when there is a possible exposure.

We have two associates who have recently tested positive. One is a new housekeeping associate who is part of a group of new hires going through orientation and was tested as part of that position’s onboarding process. The other is a Lakeside Grille associate who works infrequently. Their last day worked was August 23. Coworkers have been tested, and we are awaiting results. Both are asymptomatic and were tested as part of other processes.

Village Care Center

On a more positive note, the Village Care Center recently received a new piece of equipment that will allow them to complete their own testing on VCC associates. This was provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is trying to get one into every nursing home in the nation. Because CMS is setting very aggressive goals for how often people in nursing homes should be tested, this equipment is essential to ensure that they can get results quickly and act on them immediately. The rest of the Village will continue using our local lab partner when we need to do group testing. We’ll share more about this equipment in the future, when we’ve had a chance to fully evaluate its capabilities and how it will be used.

We are working hard every day, for everyone’s safety. Thank you, again, for your continued support.

REMEMBER: Any time you are tested by someone other than John Knox Village, please:

  • Notify Public Safety if you test positive, so we can help reach out to Village friends and neighbors to encourage them to shelter in place and get tested.
  • Remember that this is just a snapshot in time. It does not indicate whether you have had it in the past – NOR does is tell you whether you might get it in the future. There is much that is not known about this particular virus. Take nothing for granted.

Flu Shots are Coming

Health experts call flu shots crucial this year. Both the flu and COVID-19, individually, can result in hospitalization. This could strain hospital resources during community outbreaks. Also, it is possible to contract the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, and that combination will be much more difficult to treat.

Residents and associates can attend the dates below.

Associates also can come to the VCC rear parking lot on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 between 7 and 9 a.m.

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To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/31/20:

  • 2 residents and 6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 2 residents and 5 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/26/20:

  • 5 residents and 17 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 4 residents and 15 associates have recovered from COVID-19 

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:

Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/31/20:

  • 8 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 6 associates have recovered from COVID-19

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.

Stay safe.


Aug. 24, 2020

A Village Assisted Living direct care associate who was swabbed on Monday, Aug. 24 has tested positive for COVID-19. This was part of a group testing scheduled after an assisted living (non-memory care) resident tested positive on Aug. 21. (See the Aug. 21 Update.)  The most recent shift worked by this associate, who is asymptomatic, was on August 18.  All others tested as part of this group received negative results.

The Jackson County Health Department’s current guidance is to test those who had contact with someone having a positive result two days prior to diagnosis. In this case, that date would be Aug. 21. Since this person hasn’t worked since Aug. 18, they will not be conducting additional testing at this time.

To be cautious, and per the direction of the John Village medical director, vital sign checks will be increased from two times a day to four in Assisted Living and in Memory Care 1, 2 and 3.  At this time, all VAL residents and associates are asymptomatic.

We are working hard to prevent COVID-19 from entering our campus and we continue to remain diligent in following our infection control procedures day in and day out, for everyone’s safety. Thank you, again, for your continued support.

Flu Shots are Coming

Health experts call flu shots crucial this year. Both the flu and COVID-19, individually, can result in hospitalization, and this could strain hospitals during community outbreaks. Also, it is possible to contract the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, and that combination will be much more difficult to treat. Please get a flu shot.

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/26/20:

  • 2 residents and 6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 1 resident and 5 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/26/20:

  • 5 residents and 17 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 4 residents and 15 associates have recovered from COVID-19

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:

Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/26/20:

  • 6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 6 associates have recovered from COVID-19

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We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. March 14, 2020 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.


Aug. 24, 2020

We learned over the weekend that a Village Assisted Living resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This resident took part in a group re-testing process scheduled for last Friday – 14 days following possible exposure through an associate who tested positive earlier this month (see my Aug. 12 message). This person is without symptoms (asymptomatic) and has been transferred to the Isolation Unit in the Village Care Center. All other resident and associate test results from VAL’s Friday testing have come back negative and all other residents are asymptomatic. Because this resident tested negative during the first round of testing, today we are testing all associates who came in contact with this resident since that person’s last negative COVID-19 test.

The Village Care Center Isolation Unit is currently caring for three VCC residents and two VAL residents. Everyone in the unit is doing well.

Jackson County Health Department testing sites nearby next week

There are three COVID-19 testing sites next week in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and Raytown. Testing is free and available to anyone regardless of symptoms. This test only detects current infection with COVID-19.

If you have symptoms and want to get tested sooner, call (816) 404-CARE.

  • Tuesday, August 25 | Lee’s Summit | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Wednesday, August 26 | Blue Springs | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Thursday, August 27 | Raytown | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register

Flu Shots are Coming

Health experts call flu shots crucial this year. Both conditions, individually, can result in hospitalization, which could strain hospitals during community outbreaks. Also, it is possible to contract the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, and that combination will be much more difficult to treat.

Residents and associates can attend the dates below. Associates also can come to the VCC parking lot on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 between 7 and 9 a.m.

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How we’re doing

I understand these weekly announcements may cause you to feel concerned. To help ease your mind, I encourage you to always review the chart near the bottom of my messages. You will find a cumulative summary of the number of diagnosed cases, and the number of recoveries.

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/23/20:

  • 2 residents and 5 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 1 resident and 5 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/23/20:

  • 5 residents and 17 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 2 residents and 14 associates have recovered from COVID-19

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:

Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/23/20:

  • 6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 6 associates have recovered from COVID-19

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.

Our focus remains squarely on the health and well-being of our entire John Knox Village community.  Please know that we are working extremely hard to keep everyone who lives and works here safe and healthy.  This is a responsibility that weighs heavily on us every day.


Aug. 21, 2020

Village Care Center

  • Last week we notified you that three residents on the 100 side of the long term care neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. All three remain COVID+, remain on the isolation unit, and are doing very well. All other residents and associates’ results from this round of testing came back negative, and all associates and residents remain asymptomatic. We will complete another round of testing on Tuesday, which is the 14-day mark since they were potentially exposed.
  • Yesterday, as part of of hiring process, we discovered that a new hire was positive for COVID-19. The non-direct care associate was only in orientation one day, had no direct contact with residents, and had very limited contact with other non-direct care associates.
  • Additionally, this morning we learned that a nutrition services associate tested positive for COVID-19. The individual, who was tested by their physician due to a recent loss of taste and smell, has not worked since Sunday, Aug. 16 and had no direct contact with residents or patients. We will test all other potentially exposed nutrition services associates.
  • Also, as anticipated, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services did conduct another focused infection control survey as a result of our COVID+ residents. On Monday, three surveyors visited and, once again, found zero deficiencies. They were especially pleased with their observations of our associates’ hand hygiene and mask compliance.
  • Courtyard visits at the VCC are re-opening cautiously Monday. The Village recognizes how important these visits are to the health and wellbeing of our residents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vicki Davis at vdavis1@jkv.org or at 816.809.3051.

Village Assisted Living

On Aug. 10, a non-memory care direct care worker received a COVID+ result after being tested as standard protocol at a routine medical appointment. Village Assisted Living has intensified infection control procedures in those areas and tested potentially-exposed residents and associates. All results came back negative! Out of an abundance of caution, they were re-tested today (14 days after possible exposure) and expect results early next week.

Jackson County Health Department testing sites

There are three testing sites next week in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and Raytown. Testing will be done using either an NP swab (nasopharyngeal swab) or nasal swab and collected by a healthcare professional. This test only detects current infection with COVID-19. Testing is free and available to anyone regardless of symptoms.

If you have symptoms and want to get tested sooner, call (816) 404-CARE.

  • Tuesday, August 25 | Lee’s Summit | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Wednesday, August 26 | Blue Springs | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Thursday, August 27 | Raytown | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Register

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/21/20:

·     5 residents and 17 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses

·     2 residents and 14 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/21/20:

·     1 resident and 5 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses

·     1 resident and 5 associates have recovered from COVID-19

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:

Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/21/20:

·     6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses

·     6 associates have recovered from COVID-19

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.

Our focus remains squarely on the health and well-being of our entire John Knox Village community.  Please know that we are working extremely hard to keep everyone who lives and works here safe and healthy.  This is a responsibility that weighs heavily on us every day.


Aug. 14, 2020

I want to provide you with an update regarding the presence of the COVID-19 coronavirus at John Knox Village.

Village Care Center: Earlier this week, the VCC received news that three Long Term Care (LTC) residents tested positive for COVID-19. All three are without symptoms (asymptomatic). Because of the results, every resident on the long term care neighborhood (100 and 200) was tested and all tests came back today as negative.

Per protocols, all potentially exposed residents will be re-tested a second time in order to truly rule out an outbreak.  Additionally, none of the long term care residents are displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19, which is extremely encouraging. 

Secondly, each of the three COVID+ residents remain free from all symptoms (asymptomatic).  They will remain on the isolation unit until they have two negative COVID-19 tests, 24 hours apart.

Lastly, we have received three additional COVID+ associates results:

  1. A CNA that worked on the 100 side of the long term care neighborhood, that was and remains asymptomatic.
  2. An associate in the laundry department that did not have any resident exposure.
  3. An associate in the staffing office that has been working from home since June but was tested as a result of experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.

We have reviewed the results with Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), as well as our plan for moving forward.  Due to the COVID+ residents we will have a focused infection control survey (likely next week).

Village Assisted Living: On Aug. 13, the Village Assisted Living team completed nasopharyngeal swabs on potentially-exposed associates in assisted living.  VAL has received the results on all but two of the tests, and all results are negative. As a reminder, all the residents who were tested on Aug. 12 also had negative results. 

This afternoon I learned that a caregiver on the Memory Care 2 neighborhood has tested positive for the virus. The associate last worked the night shift on Aug. 2 and has not been in the building since then. On Aug. 10, this individual developed symptoms associated with COVID-19 and was tested on Aug. 12.

Because of the positive result, the residents of Memory Care 2, as well as the associates who came into contact with the individual will be tested starting tomorrow morning, per recommendations from state guidelines.

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/14/20:

  • 1 resident and 5 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 1 resident and 3 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/14/20:

  • 5 resident and 16 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 2 resident and 12 associates have recovered from COVID-19

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:
Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/14/20:

  • 6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 4 associates have recovered from COVID-19

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.


Aug. 14, 2020

Our focus remains squarely on the health and well-being of our entire John Knox Village community.  Please know that we are working extremely hard to keep everyone who lives and works here safe and healthy.  This is a responsibility that weighs heavily on us every day.

The following is an update regarding the presence of the COVID-19 coronavirus at John Knox Village.

Village Care Center: This morning the VCC received news that three Long Term Care (LTC) residents tested positive for COVID-19. All three are without symptoms (asymptomatic). Their tests were conducted as part of routine testing stemming form an associate who had a positive test result 14 days ago. All other long term care residents and associate tests from that early round of testing were negative, and all potentially-exposed residents and associates are asymptomatic.

The VCC is taking the following steps in response to these findings:

  • All residents with positive COVID-19 test results have been moved to the isolation unit.
  • All LTC associates are wearing N-95 masks and will be tested upon arrival to their next shift.
  • All LTC residents are having twice-daily oxygen level checks and temperature checks four times daily.
  • All LTC residents are being tested for COVID-19. Families have been notified that testing will take place.
  • Congregate dining and activities, salons and courtyard visits are suspended until further notice.

The VCC works continuously to assess and improve their COVID-19 processes and procedures, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continue to monitor their procedures via three recent routine infection control surveys. Each time the VCC passed with zero deficiencies along with positive comments regarding the work they are doing. We will keep you informed as we know more.

Village Assisted Living: A direct care worker in Village Assisted Living (non-memory care) tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6 and 7, the person had no symptoms, passed the daily pre- and post-shift screenings and wore an appropriate face covering throughout both shifts. On Aug. 6 the person was tested as part of standard protocol for a routine medical appointment and worked the following day, assuming they were not positive. On Monday, Aug. 10 VAL was notified that the results were positive. At this time no residents or associates show symptoms.

Potentially-exposed residents were tested Wednesday, Aug. 12, and associates Thursday, Aug. 13.

All associates, residents and responsible family members have already been notified that the testing will take place.
Additionally, Village Assisted Living is:

  • Increasing temperature tests of potentially exposed residents to four times per day.
  • Requiring associates who were potentially exposed, in assisted living (non-memory care) areas, to wear surgical masks – rather than fabric face coverings – until they receive their test results.

To follow up on last week’s announcements:

  • Village Care Center: Last week, a non-direct care new hire’s test came back positive, and those who were determined to have had the closest contact were tested. Their results all came back as negative.
  • Independent Living: One associate in the Sales, Marketing and Communications department tested positive. All members of the department have been tested and all remaining results came back negative.

To summarize the Village’s current status with COVID-19 cases:

Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/12/20:

  • 1 resident and 4 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 1 resident and 3 associates have recovered from COVID-19

Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/12/20:

  • 5 resident and 13 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 2 resident and 12 associates have recovered from COVID-19

All Village areas outside of VCC and VAL:
Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 8/12/20:

  • 6 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 4 associates have recovered from COVID-19

We have had some cases that, upon re-testing, we suspect they may have been false positives. We are erring on the side of caution and counting them as testing positive and as recovered. 3/14/20 is when the John Knox Village campus began steps to close to visitors.

Our focus remains squarely on the health and well-being of our entire John Knox Village community.  Please know that we are working extremely hard to keep everyone who lives and works here safe and healthy.  This is a responsibility that weighs heavily on us every day.