COVID-19: Critical Update April 3, 2020
Over the past several days it has been our intent to update our community, residents and staff about key information as it relates to our facility at the Oaks at Sherwood Park. Many of our community members, family members, residents and beloved staff have expressed gratitude for our intentions in maintaining constant and clear communication through this web portal. We know that many of you are dependent upon us as a caregiver to respond appropriately and in concert with state mandates as we collectively navigate this COVID-19 pandemic.
After consultation with the Oregon Health Care Association
and the Oregon Health Authority
they have determined that the information that individual facilities can provide is so fast-moving and at times inconclusive, that they have asked that we NOT provide regular updates to our website but rather refer all inquiries to them (see above for their website information). Their information (though not facility specific) will help assist you with data related to statistics, resources, and community outreach help.
Although as an independent facility we strive to be a constructive resource to our community that may have an interest in this information and data, we have been counseled by our health organizations that we must also maintain employee and resident privacy. Thus, in ensuring that privacy is maintained, we have unfortunately been directed to not provide any further update information to you via our website. As we are required to report our facility data directly to the Department of Human Services, we likewise encourage you to request this and other data related to COVID-19 from them going forward or from the Oregon Health Authority.
COVID-19 Update: April 1, 2020
As it has been a week since our last update, we want to keep our community up to date on the latest information and protocols underway at the Oaks at Sherwood Park. As we previously had announced, we had 1 resident with a positive COVID-19 test result and we immediately began containment protocols in neighboring rooms as well as among our dedicated staff.
As you are likely aware, as of today, Marion County currently has 141 active COVID-19 cases while the state of Oregon has a total of 690 cases. Unfortunately, we (like most nursing homes in our communities) have treated and discharged back to the hospital positive COVID-19 residents and are working feverishly to contain and isolate every case as feasibly possible. Though the hospitals are attempting to discharge positive COVID-19 patients to us, we are carefully analyzing each patient with our medical staff to ensure that we keep our community and staff safe and free from as much harm as possible.
Thus far, and in keeping our residents as safe as possible, we have discharged back to the hospital 5 residents that were in close proximity to our positive resident. Though we are still waiting on some of these tests, we have heard back from the lab that 2 of these residents (at the hospital) have tested positive for COVID-19. Though they were symptom-free in our facility, it is still possible that they contracted the virus due to proxemic conditions near our former positive patient. Sadly, one of these positive patients that was on Hospice in our facility and returned back to the hospital for testing has passed away. Though we do not know if the cause of death was due to the contraction of COVID-19, or comorbidity issues, we are saddened at all end of life occurrences.
We continue to monitor each employee and resident on a regular basis searching for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Even though our facility has not shown any signs or symptoms for the past 14 days, as is the case with our positive resident tests, at times the symptoms do not exhibit themselves right away, or at all. Our team of professionals at the Oaks at Sherwood continue to isolate any suspected residents, wear masks and gowns so long as our supply holds strong and are working diligently with the hospitals in our area to make sure we are as contaminant free as possible given the profundity of this virus.
We continue to receive daily updates from CMS, DHS, the state of Oregon, county of Marion and the city of Keiser/Salem in guidelines and procedures to eradicate this virus from our community. We follow each mandate with precision as together we fight the spread of this virus. Please stay safe, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and we will keep you updated as we learn more.
COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020
As a matter of keeping our community up to date on our progress as a safe-haven for our residents, staff and families, we wanted to provide you our most up to date information as of the date noted above.
As you recall, we had previously sent one of our residents out to the hospital last week (March 19, 2020 see below) who returned a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19. In addition to the several government-mandated protocols of isolation, quarantine, and prevention as outlined by the Oregon Department of Health as well Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have regularly monitored all residents and staff to ascertain symptoms. Furthermore, as a prevention matter, we isolated 2 more of our residents and 1 staff member that began potential symptoms of COVID-19 and we implemented hourly monitoring of these individuals.
In a precautionary measure, we sent these 2 residents to the hospital for immediate testing after noting that their symptoms were not improving. It was communicated to us that both residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and the hospital continued their isolation and medication procedures related to these residents.
We are fortunate in the sense that our residents and staff seem to be in a recuperative state, and 2 of our residents are stable and ready to discharge from the hospital. We will continue to watch and care for them closely, as we do with all our residents.
We will continue to provide updates to you as we work together through this crisis.
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update for the Oaks at Sherwood Park
The Oaks at Sherwood Park has a legacy of caring for the health, safety, and well-being of our beloved residents and loyal staff. As healthcare professionals, the committed staff at Sherwood Park continues to provide the highest level of care to our facility residents during these unprecedented times in containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On this webpage, it will be our intent to post daily updates for our residents, family members and loved ones with helpful and purposeful information about the health of our residents.
Today, we learned that one of our residents who was sent out to the hospital on March 15 had a presumptive positive test for COVID-19. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health Services and the local health department to continue the measures that have been in effect in this building since March 1st, 2020.
As part of their on-going effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, the Department of Health visited our Sherwood Park facility on March 12th and were pleased with the interventions of infection control that we had implemented. We continue to employ those government-mandated interventions; however, in light of the recent presumptive positive test, it is necessary that we escalate our intervention protocol and include additional measures as outlined below.
Additional Measures Implemented
To further ensure containment, the roommate of the individual who tested presumptive positive has been in isolation since Sunday, March 15th. That isolated resident is not demonstrating any signs or symptoms of the virus nor are any other residents or staff at this time. Of course, as part of our protocol, we continue to monitor regularly the condition of this resident as well as the condition of all other residents in the facility every shift.
We continuously interview each staff member together with all residents in a monitoring attempt to identify who may have come into contact with the tested individual. Furthermore, we have all other facilities where these individuals work, and will be notifying these employers of potential contact as well.
We continue to implement our infection control procedures in the facility including but not limited to: educating everyone in the facility to use proper hand washing techniques, proper cough etiquette, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing behavior.
We encourage you to check back to this page for ongoing updates as event(s) occur in the facility. We appreciate your support during this difficult time and continue to ask that you respect the Governor’s orders to not visit the facility at this time. If you would like to arrange for a video conference call with your loved one, please call the facility and we can arrange the call.
Thank you for your support.
CEO, Five Oaks Healthcare