The following is a summary of positive Covid-19 cases for the week of July 13.
We shared news on Tuesday, July 14, of several associates who were newly diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus in our Emergency Medical Services and Information Technology departments. We are pleased to say that additional testing of EMS associates did not turn up any additional cases beyond the two we originally announced. In the IT group, testing did reveal one more associate who had no symptoms but did test positive.
Additionally, on Thursday, July 16, one Village Care Center patient care associate in the long term care neighborhoods tested positive after reporting a sudden loss of taste and smell on the day following their last shift on July 13. This person passed their pre- and post-shift screenings that day. At this time, we have no residents with symptoms, but we have notified families of any potentially-exposed residents. To ensure we stay aware of any changes in these areas, we are testing associates who worked with this individual, testing potentially-exposed residents, and increasing their temperature tests to 4 times per day.
On Friday afternoon, July 17, we learned of one additional positive case in VAL. This Fireside Dining associate had worked in various halls in the assisted living (non-memory care) portions of our main building but had no resident contact. On their last day worked, Thursday, July 9, the person had no symptoms, passed the daily pre- and post-shift screenings and wore an appropriate face covering throughout the shift. After experiencing some mild symptoms, this person was tested July 14. At this time we have no residents with symptoms. Due to the current circumstances, we tested potentially-exposed associates today, are increasing temperature tests of assisted living residents (non-memory care) to four times per day, and shifting to use of surgical masks – rather than fabric face coverings – in assisted living (non-memory care) areas by those performing direct care, as well as associates in Fireside Dining, housekeeping and therapy.
John Knox Village remains in very close communication with local, regional, county, and state authorities to ensure we are taking all of the appropriate steps. We also are following guidance from CMS and the CDC to reduce the impact of COVID-19.
Even though, as a campus, we are experiencing more presence of the coronavirus – as is the whole metropolitan area – we have not had any indication of transmission from the affected associates to anyone else at JKV. Our processes and procedures seem to be working well. We discover cases early, isolate the individuals and give them time to recover, and when they meet our criteria they are allowed to return to work.
To summarize our current status with COVID-19 cases:
Village Assisted Living: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 7/17/20:
- 1 resident and 3 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
- 1 resident and 2 associates have recovered from COVID-19
Village Care Center: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 7/17/20:
- 1 resident and 10* associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
- 1 resident and 9* associates have recovered from COVID-19
Non-VCC/VAL: Cumulative Totals from 3/14/20 to 7/17/20:
- 4 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
- 0 associates have recovered from COVID-19
*1 is a non-JKV employee who works in the building. 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. Please do your part to keep yourselves, your neighbors and our associates safe.