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The Village’s Stance on Reopening the Campus and Wearing Face Coverings

John Knox Village is located in eastern Jackson County. It is important to understand that Eastern Jackson County has a recovery plan that works on a different time frame and supersedes the State of Missouri’s recovery plan. So, while most of state is now “fully open for business” with “no state-wide public health order,” John Knox Village is still governed by the Eastern Jackson County Recovery Plan. The Eastern Jackson County Plan continues to call for no visits in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement communities and assisted living facilities, through the end of Phase 3. Read more here. Per the Jackson County Health Department, effective Wednesday, July 1, face coverings must be worn in all buildings open to the public and in public outdoor settings. These community changes are in response to a continued increase of COVID-19 cases in Jackson County and the surrounding area. You can also read about the Village’s approach to wearing face covering here John Knox Village recently announced the re-opening of the Hobby Hut. Read more about how to sign up and the guidelines for use.

Summary of Case on the John Knox Village Campus

Sept. 5, 2020 — John Knox Village has had additional positive test results. You can read more here: COVID-19 UPDATE: Summary of Positive Cases As always, the Village is staying in very close communication with local, regional, county, and state authorities to ensure we are taking all of the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We also are following guidance from CMS and the CDC to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

Continuum Updates

The following actions have been taken to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff. Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. Please check back often for updates.
  • Independent Living residents cannot accept visitors regardless of where they live on campus by order of the Governor of the State of Missouri. Read more here.
  • Community Health Services (Village Helpers, Village Home Health and Village Hospice) have implemented new strategies to deliver care and service to patients and families. Please click on the links to learn more about Village Helpers In-Home Care, Village Home Health and Village Hospice.
  • Pre-shift Health Screenings for ALL Associates: All associates who are scheduled to work must participate in a screening prior to every shift they work and will receive a different sticker every day to indicate to members of the Village community that this step has been accomplished.

Messages From Our President

Dan Rexroth, John Knox Village president and CEO, has recorded a series of messages about the Village’s response to COVID-19. In his most recent message, Dan discusses the Village’s reopening plans and how they are being adjusted because of the increasing number of positive cases in the surrounding area. You can check out Dan’s COVID-19 messages here.

John Knox Village On-Campus Action Steps

John Knox Village is beginning to open some services and amenities to residents only. Currently, that list includes the fitness centers, salons and indoor pools.

Media Releases

Latest Batch of Tests Nets ZERO Positive Results
June 22, 2020 — John Knox Village has confirmed it has zero additional diagnoses of COVID-19 after receiving test results for the two areas of its continuum that had potential exposures to the virus. https://www.jkv.org/no-residents-or-additional-associates-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19-in-latest-batch-of-tests/
JKV Associates Test Positive for the Virus
June 15, 2020 — John Knox Village has learned that five people who work at the Village Care Center have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.  https://www.jkv.org/jkv-staff-members-test-positive-for-covid-19/

STAYING INFORMED

The Village is staying abreast of the situation, through close contact with the Jackson County Health Department, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other local and regional authorities, and we are monitoring the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Stay informed by using reliable information sources, including:
  • John Knox Village: JKV.org and www.JKVLife.org. Both sites are updated regularly.
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Health.MO.gov HOTLINE Available for Reporting, Questions & Concerns: 1-877-435-8411
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment: kdheks.gov
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
  • The Village also has a daily email newsletter called e-Blast. To subscribe, please send your request to szeilstra@jkv.org.