You have seen the headlines about the growing number of people in the Kansas City area who are testing positive for COVID-19. This virus is a silent and invisible invader, and as the number of cases continues to spike in the surrounding community, it increases the likelihood that some of our own will be included in that figure.
The Village has recently learned about 3 additional associates who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two are from our Emergency Medical Services team, and one is an Information Technology associate who primarily works in the Administrative Center.
Two of these discovered they had the virus when they developed symptoms* and sought medical care. The third was discovered through the process of beginning to test coworkers. We are in the process of testing others who work in proximity with these associates and are waiting for their test results. Those who were transported by these associates have been notified and were tested as part of their course of treatment; no new positives were reported.
As a precautionary measure, all appropriate work areas have been thoroughly and professionally disinfected.
Like all EMS services, our ambulance service, does, from time to time, transport patients who have infectious diseases. And like any other healthcare provider, they have excellent protocols in place for before, during and after transport, including disinfection and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the possibility of virus transmission at the Village, we are doing everything we can to clean and sanitize all across the campus. At the end of last week we received the portable disinfecting machine that we ordered thanks to a recent grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation. This equipment enables us to sanitize our own ambulances and equipment after a known transport of a COVID-positive patient. (Until now, we had cooperative agreements with ServPro and the Lee’s Summit Fire Department to use their equipment.) Housekeeping also has stepped up their already stringent disinfecting protocols around the campus.
But the Village’s efforts mean nothing if you don’t play your part as well. Please make careful choices when you leave your home – remember to wear your mask when you are out and about; stay at least six feet from others; don’t touch your face with your hands; and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds – or use sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.
It was never a matter of “if” the virus would get to our campus, but “when.”
Remember: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or you are feeling ill*, immediately contact your manager and the Human Resources Return-to-Work Line at 816-347-2111 or Public Safety at 816-347-2150.
Cumulative Totals OUTSIDE of Village Assisted Living and the Village Care Center:
To summarize our current status with COVID-19 cases from 3/16/19 to 7/14/20:
- 3 associates have had confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses
- 0 associate have recovered from COVID-19
*CURRENT COVID-19 SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR:
- Fever of 99.9oF or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste and/or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting