The above chart was reported on September 14th by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) on their website. There were 83 confirmed new cases in Polk County on Sept. 14th and only 53 new cases the day before . . . the trendline is better. Bars opened at 50% occupancy and with more stringent protocols. On 9/12 we saw a bit of a spike of new cases to 134 in Polk County possibly related to the recent holiday. The average age of cases has dropped from an average median from March through August of about 54 to 40 (as of Monday per the FDOH) largely due to younger people (34 and under) cases rising. The City of Lakeland and many area businesses continue to mandate mask-wearing and social distancing.
A new Visitation Policy and related protocols and forms for Porter McGrath (PMG) and Assisted Living (AL) have been implemented. Visitation in PMG and AL is by pre-scheduled appointment only. Per the Visitation Policy and in keeping with the Governor’s Emergency Order, first, the PMG or AL resident (or his/her legal representative) completes a form designating their chosen Essential Caregivers (2 people), Compassionate Care Visitors (2 people), and General Visitors (5 people) allowed to visit them. Anyone who is not on a designation form will not be provided a visitation. Those who have been designated will receive a packet including a Consent Form they must sign and return our Visitation Policy, a copy of the Emergency Order, Visitation Protocols for Window Visits, Outdoor Visits, and Indoor Visits, as appropriate. Approved “general” visitors must use “SignUpGenius,” a free web-based event registration tool to schedule a visit. They will be asked to arrive early for their visit to complete their infection control and protocols training before they can participate in a visit. General visits are required to be monitored by staff and General Visitors must maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times. Visits are limited to 20 minutes. Should we have a positive COVID test-result, general visitation must be put on hold for at least 14-days.
The state’s required bi-weekly testing of all AL and Skilled Care staff ended last week. The federal government’s weekly testing of staff who work in Skilled Care started last Monday. If Polk County averages a positivity test rate of 10% or greater for 7+days, we would be required to test twice a week. If we get one positive resident or staff member, we will be required to test twice a week and we heard last week that they may require us to test all PMG residents (we presently have zero confirmed positive residents).
Please reach out to a member of our team if you have any questions or concerns.
Joe Xanthopoulos, Executive Director and CEO