June 19, 2020
Hi family & friends,
We hope this letter finds you well. As of today, there have been no new confirmed cases at FPH. The employee who tested positive a few weeks ago was followed by us and the DOH and remains with no symptoms and was released to work this week per CDC guidelines.
Over the past week and a half, we completed baseline testing on all staff, all Porter McGrath (PMG) residents, and all consenting Assisted Living residents. All residents and guests of PMG tested negative and we are waiting on the results of those in Assisted Living. All new hires will be tested for COVID as a pre-employment condition. We ask that any home health personnel report to the screening area before and after their visit and abide by the protocols set forth by the clinical team. All contracted providers must show proof of a negative COVID test or be tested with our employees. As you know, the State of Florida is in Phase 2 of reopening. We urge everyone to remain vigilant and cautious: wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands.
The most recent Executive Order, issued on June 16th by Gov. DeSantis, requires testing for nursing home and assisted living facility staff every two weeks, effective July 7th. We are still waiting to hear more information on this and are working with our industry partners to come up with a plan for testing.
We continue to screen all employees, wear masks, clean frequent high-touch surfaces, and screen residents. We halted non-resident admissions to PMG and will resume after all pending test results come in. Once we resume admissions, we will continue to ask for COVID testing with negative results prior to admission.
Our Life Enrichment Team continues to work hard to bring engaging programming to the residents in each area of living. We welcome any videos or pictures that you would like to send to your loved ones at FPH. If you would like to schedule a video chat with your loved one, please reach out to us to schedule a time.
Again, we urge everyone to wear a mask, avoid groups, social distance, and wash hands.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Continued blessings to you and your household,
Maria Rivera, RN, Administrator and Alexis Bautz, Associate Executive Director