COVID-19 Updates

9.18.2020

 

 

Testing and Visitation: 

The Health Care Center, per CMS direction, completed COVID-19 testing on all staff and residents this week.  Out of 214 tests completed all were negative except 3 that needed sent out for further diagnostic testing. Of the 3 that were sent out one has returned as a negative result and the other 2 we are still awaiting results. The Health Care Center continues to be in isolation until all test results are returned and we have gone 14 days with no new positive cases. The staff will retest on September 23rd per the Ohio Department of Health order. The staff that previously tested positive are still at home recovering.. 

We did receive notification this week that Ohio will be moving to adhering to the testing protocols of CMS. This means that our testing schedule will follow the county positivity rate instead of being on a bi-weekly testing cycle. This also means that with any new positive case, resident or staff , that all residents and staff will be required to be tested every 3-7 days for a minimum of 2 week with no new positive cases. Information can be found at data.cms.gov. 

We also received notification last night that CMS released indoor visitation guidance.  We are working diligently with our local associations on how to move forward with indoor visitation while still adhering to Ohio’s current visitation order. What we do know is that when indoor visitation is allowed that it will be similar to the outdoor visitation.  There has been no new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing, , a distance of 6 feet will still need to be maintained, masks will have to be worn, the amount of visitors will be limited, and times will need to be scheduled. Look for additional information early next week. 

 

9/16/2020

 

From Leading Age Ohio:

Testing Again, and Again, and Again. Testing in assisted living is about to come off of the ‘pause’ that was pushed due to test processing difficulties, and the challenges of CMS’s QSO 20-38-NH are mounting. We meet weekly with ODH and we’re keeping the breadth of issues at the forefront of our agenda with them: Complication of communication of testing results, lack of access to POC machines/supplies, the challenge of the POC testing process, turnaround time of PCR results, disparity of date between state and CMS, outrageous amount of time committed to testing vs. care (!), and the list goes on!!! False positives from the BD machine (this is the type of device distributed to the majority of Ohio nursing homes from HHS) has emerged in one of our Ohio nursing homes, and also in TX and OK nursing homes, so that has added to the angst.

Re-opening continues.  Guidelines for the re-opening of Adult Day Services (Sept 21 is the official re-opening date) were released and a webinar for Adult Day providers held last Friday. The guidelines are extremely restrictive as ODH is concerned about the frailty of the population served by ADS and the importance of having testing and I/C as tight as possible. No date has yet been identified for the reopening of indoor visitation, but hours of planning with the associations have occurred. As I noted in my last update, the juxtaposition of testing challenges for those already mandated to have testing with the increased need for testing accompanying reopening of programs/services, including expanded end-of-life visitation, adds to the complexity of reopening. Testing capacity at the state’s labs remains VERY strained.

Articles:

COVID costs squeeze Ohio nursing homes (Columbus Dispatch, front page story)

Nursing home worker strain heightened in pandemic (Dayton Daily News, front page story)

Ohio nursing homes struggle to keep up financially in fight against COVID-19 (Akron Beacon Journal)

Nursing homes could get federal fines over testing (Dayton Daily, Insurancenewsnet)

Trusting the numbers: Is old age or COVID-19 causing seniors to die? (LimaNews)

Ohio pauses statewide assisted living COVID-19 testing initiative over ‘inconsistencies’ (McKnights)

State: More than 300 people in Butler County nursing homes have tested positive (Journal-News) 

 https://www.nbc4i.com/video/turnover-at-nursing-homes-workers-walk-out-of-job-during-pandemic/5853435/ 

 

From OALA:

AL COVID Testing Update: New Lab, Nasal Swab, Staff Every 2 Weeks

This morning Director McElroy of Aging provided an outline of the State’s new plan for regular testing of Assisted Living staff. Assisted Living staff will be required to be tested every two weeks. The new State-sponsored program will be a short nasal swab processed through a new and different lab,  Mako Labs out of South Carolina. At least for the time being this program will be paid for by the State. Presumably, as in the past, any available insurance will be billed to recoup funds, but not co-pays, etc. In the case of self-insured companies, we will work toward whatever arrangement is worked out for self-insured nursing homes regarding testing.  

The Director expects a 48-hour turn around by the lab from their receipt of the samples. A schedule will be developed to create a regular testing date (testing only M-F) for communities choosing to participate. Communities can decide to test through their nursing home or a program of their own but it must happen on every two-week schedule (cadence) and there will be a reporting form where this information can be relayed to the State. The reporting form will also serve to keep the state informed on the regular 2 week testing of all staff in Assisted Living. 

 

Click below to see current the current COVID update:

Brethren Care Village COVID Statistics

 

9/14/2020

Health Care Center
Residents with active Covid-19: 0
Staff with active Covid-19: 2
Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 2

Belmont Tower
Residents with active Covid-19: 0
Staff with active Covid-19: 0
Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 3

Brookwood Place
Residents with active Covid-19: 0
Staff with active Covid-19: 0
Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 6

Bradford Houses
Residents with active Covid-19: 0
Staff with active Covid-19: 0
Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

Brethren Care Home Health
Residents with active Covid-19: 0
Staff with active Covid-19: 0
Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0
Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

9/12/2020

As of today, Saturday, September 12, outdoor visitation is now permitted at Belmont Tower and Brookwood Place, please call the Life Enrichment Department with any questions and to schedule your visit with your loved ones.

 

9/11/2020

On September 9th we were made aware that a staff member of the Health Care Center had tested
positive for COVID-19. As a result of the new CMS guidelines, it was required that all staff and residents
be tested and that testing continues every 3-7 days until 14 days have passed with no new positive cases.
We were able to utilize our new POC COVID testing machine and test the residents of the Health Care
Center. All initial tests were negative. The staff were all tested on 9/9 through the State-supported
testing utilization. Staff and residents will be re-tested next week. The facility continues to clean and
sanitize above and beyond the required and recommended guidelines and follows all PPE precautions. It is
our top priority to keep our residents safe and healthy and we will continue to follow all State and
Federally mandated requirements.

 

Please click here to see updated COVID numbers.

 

9/9/2020

The Health Care Center continues to test staff on a bi-weekly basis per the Governor’s Order. It was recently released by the Federal Government that nursing homes across the US must also test staff and residents if needed, based on the county positivity rate. The county positivity rate can be found at https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/bkwz-xpvg. If the positivity rate for the county is between 5%-10% we must test weekly. If the positivity rate is above 10% we must test twice a week. If the facility would have an outbreak of COVID-19 the entire facility including residents would be tested on an ongoing basis until no new positive cases were identified per ODH, CDC, and local health department guidelines. If at any time a resident of the facility or a guardian/POA wants their resident tested please let us know as we can test them along with our mandated testing. 

 

Please click here to see current Covid-19 Cases Brethren Care Village

 

9/3/2020

Leading Age Ohio

Testing Again, and Again, and Again. Testing in assisted living has been put on ‘pause’ due to test processing difficulties, and testing of staff in nursing homes has been mandated at a cadence that the state’s labs cannot yet sustain. Adding to the challenges are new CMS released guidelines that contradict Ohio’s existing testing orders.  With schools and universities opening, we fear that lab testing capacity will be constrained even further, further reducing substantially what value there is from testing.  There are also ongoing issues with reimbursement of the testing costs – including employee copays, insurance denial of asymptomatic testing and ongoing lack of clarity on how self-insured providers should process reimbursement.

Re-opening continues.  Late today the Director of Health issued an order with at least some guidelines for the re-opening of Adult Day Services (Sept. 21 is the official re-opening date); Adult Day Services is essentially the last venue (along with senior centers) in Ohio remaining to open.  LeadingAge Ohio spearheaded work to, per ODA Director McElroy, “create for indoor visitation what we created for outdoor visitation.”  No date has yet been identified for the reopening of indoor visitation, but the approaching autumn season sets a clear timeline for having guidelines in place. It is uncertain what, if any guidance, the state will provide for testing for adult day centers, and certainly there are no easy solutions, given aforementioned difficulties with nursing homes and AL testing. The juxtaposition of testing challenges for those already mandated to have testing with the increased need for testing accompanying reopening of programs/services, including expanded end-of-life visitation, adds to the complexity of reopening.

Media coverage and Public Relations.  LeadingAge Ohio continues to drive media storylines with a strong voice for our membership…

Ohio pauses statewide assisted living COVID-19 testing initiative over ‘inconsistencies’ (McKnights)

State: More than 300 people in Butler County nursing homes have tested positive (Journal News)

All Ohio assisted living facilities to get baseline saliva tests (Dayton Daily News)

Elderly care providers call on Congress to act now for urgently needed coronavirus aid (19 News)

Half of assisted living providers are operating at a loss, unable to sustain operations another year: NCAL survey (McKnights)

Aging services providers call out Congress for ‘walking out on older Americans’ during pandemic (McKnights)

Ohio still won’t release names of nursing homes and assisted living centers with COVID-19 deaths (Columbus Dispatch)

Work on Buckeye Fields site begins (Marietta Times)

 

Please click here to see current Covid-19 Cases Brethren Care Village

 

8/31/2020 

Health Care Center 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 1 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1 

 

Belmont Tower 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 3

 

Brookwood Place 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 6

 

Bradford Houses 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0 

 

Brethren Care Home Health 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/29/2020

ASSISTED LIVING TESTING PAUSE

Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio is pausing its work to test residents and staff at assisted living facilities through saliva testing instead of nasal swabs due to inconsistent test results. The Ohio Department of Health will investigate the issue through controlled validation testing to determine if the irregularities can be attributed to the test kits themselves, the labs, or the specimen collection process.

Health Care Center

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

Belmont Tower

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 2

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

Brookwood Place

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 6

Bradford Houses

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

Brethren Care Home Health

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

 

8/25/2020 

Health Care Center 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 3

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brookwood Place 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 2

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 4

 

Bradford Houses 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brethren Care Home Health 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/24/2020

On 8/20/2020 Belmont Tower performed its mandated COVID-19 testing.  We were notified yesterday on 8/23/2020 that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff was asymptomatic.  Showing no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.  This staff member will remain off work for 10 days.

 

At this time, we will continue to monitor the residents on each shift to ensure they are not presenting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Staff members of Brethren Care have been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment since April 1st and will continue to do so. The staff has also had ongoing training regarding the proper use of PPE, handwashing, and best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are required to notify the residents and their emergency contacts regarding a probable or suspected COVID-19. For updated information from this point forward please refer to the Brethren Care Village website COVID page. If there is a change in the numbers of positive COVID staff members or if we would see a positive or suspected resident the immediate family and others that had contact will be notified by phone but all other communication will occur through this webpage. As always, we will keep you updated on your loved one’s care. All precautions, policies, and procedures are being followed. We have also notified the health department to ensure we are following proper state guidelines. As a reminder, all the staff at Belmont Tower will be tested for COVID-19 a second time on Tuesday, September 1st. The results from these tests will be returned within 3-7 days of testing. The numbers will also be reflected on the website.  Please reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns.

 

On 8/19/2020 Brookwood Place performed its mandated COVID-19 testing.  We were notified on 8/22/2020 that two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  Both staff personnel was asymptomatic.  Showing no signs or symptoms.  Brookwood Place continues to monitor all the residents and staff and take the same safety measures and precautions as Belmont Tower.  All staff at Brookwood Place will be tested for COVID-19 a second time on Monday, August 31st.  The results from these tests will be returned within 3-7 days of testing. The numbers will also be reflected on the website.  Please reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns.

 

The Health Care Center will be performing its COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, August 26th.  To date, they have only received back 90 of the tests that were performed on Wednesday, August 12th.  As of today, all the tests that have been received have been negative.

 

Please click here to see the updated case numbers for COVID-19.

 

 

8/21/2020 

Health Care Center 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1 

 

Belmont Tower 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0 

 

Brookwood Place 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 4 

 

Bradford Houses 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0 

 

Brethren Care Home Health 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

NURSING HOME AND ASSISTED LIVING TESTING

Governor DeWine announced that a statewide testing initiative for Ohio’s 765+ assisted living facilities is now underway to offer baseline saliva testing to all staff and residents at no cost to the facilities.

The tests can be self-performed or performed with assistance, under the observance of licensed medical staff. Baseline saliva tests are minimally invasive and provide reliable results in approximately 48 hours upon the lab’s receipt.

This order requiring all assisting living facilities to participate in the testing initiative will be posted soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

On August 19 and August 21, Brethren Care Village completed testing for all the assisted living staff.  We are still waiting for those results. The second round of testing will be administered on August 31 and September 1. 

The Health Care Center has received 90 test results from the testing date on 8/12 and so far all results are negative. Our next testing date is 8/26. Outdoor visitation is going well. As a reminder, all appointments need to be made at least one day before the visit. The visits can be scheduled by calling the Health Care Center’s main desk. Visits are limited to 3 visitors per resident per visit and 2 visits per week. 

Happy National Senior Citizen Day!  Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for pictures and updates on programming with your loved ones during this time.  

 

8/18/2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that due to the congregate nature and population served, assisted living facilities are at high risk for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreading among their residents.  Often, when a new-onset infection is identified, others in the facility are also infected but who do not yet have symptoms.  Rapid action to identify, isolate, and test others who might be infected is critical to prevent COVID-19 spread in assisted living facilities. As we know, experience has demonstrated that unrecognized asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections are likely contributors to transmission in congregate settings. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Aging have developed a comprehensive testing program that supports COVID-19 testing in Ohio’s facilities.  The testing is scheduled for August 19 for Brookwood Place and August 20 for Belmont Tower.  Between the two Assisted living Facilities we will test upwards of 130 staff members.  The Belmont Tower staff member that was placed under investigation for potential Covid-19 received their test results back and was negative.  This number was reflected yesterday on the website.

The Health Care Center is starting to receive back the test results from Covid-19 staff testing that took place on Wednesday, August 12.  To date out of the 155 tests taken 44 results have come back and all have been negative.  We will continue to update the website with any changes and information that relates to Health Care from the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Aging, and the CDC as we are notified.

 

Fuel for the soul

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mathew 11:28-30

Our burdens (COVID, anxiety, stress, etc.) do not have to be a barrier, but a bridge to come to God. – Chaplain Dean, Chappy

 

8/17/2020 

The Covid-19 test results came back negative for our Belmont Tower staff member under investigation.

 

Health Care Center 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brookwood Place 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 4

 

Bradford Houses 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brethren Care Home Health 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/14/2020

On August 12, the Health Care Center started bi-weekly Covid-19 testing for staff working in the building. Testing is conducted every other Wednesday and includes our transportation staff, maintenance staff, and several staff members associated with the executive leadership team. Covid-19 staff testing will remain ongoing until further notice from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine. We’ve found that outdoor visitations at the Health Care Center have had a positive impact on both the residents and families and will be continued at this time.

 

On August 13, Belmont Tower was notified that one of our staff members was showing signs and symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. In response, the staff member’s physician requested that a Covid-19 test be performed. At this time, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents by going back to eating in our apartments, eliminating all small group activities, and suspending outdoor visits. Our staff member who is showing COVID-19-like symptoms will remain off work until all symptoms have resolved and or at least 14 days have passed.

At this time, we will continue to monitor our residents on each shift to ensure they are not presenting any signs or symptoms of COVID 19. Staff members of Brethren Care have worn appropriate personal protective equipment since April 1st and will continue to do so. Our staff continues to complete ongoing training on the proper use of PPE, handwashing, and best practices for preventing the spread of COVID 19. We will continue to notify our residents and their emergency contacts regarding any probable or suspected COVID-19 cases.

For updated information from this point forward please refer to the Brethren Care Village website COVID page. If there is a change in the number of positive COVID staff members, or if we see a positive or suspected resident, we will notify the immediate family and anyone who had contact with that resident by phone. All other communication will occur through this webpage.

As always, we will keep you updated on your loved one’s care. We are following all precautions, policies and procedures and have notified the health department to ensure we are following proper state guidelines. As a reminder, all the staff at Belmont Tower will be tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 20th. The results from these tests will be returned within 3-7 days of testing. The numbers will be reflected on this website. Please reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns.

 

On August 17, Brookwood Place will finish reporting signs and symptoms and contact tracing to the local health department if no other staff or residents exhibit any signs and symptoms. At that time, our facility will resume outdoor visits and small group activities within the recommended CDC guidelines.

Please click on the link here to see up to date Covid-19 numbers for the Brethren Care Village campus.

 

 

8/12/2020
As of today, all Brethren Care active staff cases have dropped off.

 

Health Care Center

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brookwood Place

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 4

 

Bradford Houses

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brethren Care Home Health

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/11/2020 

Health Care Center

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brookwood Place 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 2

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 2

 

Bradford Houses 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brethren Care Home Health 

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/7/2020 

Health Care Center

 Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1 

 

Belmont Tower

 Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

 Brookwood Place

 Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 2 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

 Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 2 

 

Bradford Houses

 Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0 

 

Brethren Care Home Health

 Residents with active Covid-19: 0 

Staff with active Covid-19: 0 

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0 

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/4/2020

Health Care Center

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brookwood Place

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 3

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 4

 

Bradford Houses

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brethren Care Home Health

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

On July 20th the National Guard came on campus to perform the Covid-19 testing required for nursing facilities in the state of Ohio.  Altogether we tested 176 staff members.  All the staff members working at the Health Care Center along with Transportation staff, Human Resources, billing department, Executive Leadership team, and staff from Brookwood Place.  We are thrilled to report that all the test came back negative.

The Health Care Center was also informed by the Ohio Department of Health that all their staff will be tested biweekly starting no later than August 17th and continuing until further notice. The Health Care Center continues to monitor all staff and residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 making sure their health and safety is our top priority. Outdoor visitation started on July 27th and we have had over 130 total visitors in the first week! We thank you all for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new territory. As a reminder, the times and days of visitation are subject to weather and staffing and can change at any time. Up to date information regarding COVID-19 and outdoor visitation can be found on this website. Our staff member that had tested positive has recovered and will be returning to work soon.

It has been communicated that the state is looking at Covid-19 testing for licensed assisted living facilities.  We have been contacted by our trade association OALA and will be zooming in and attending webinars this week to discuss and learn how this could be implemented across the state.  This would affect both Brookwood Place and Belmont Tower.  As we learn more about this process we will communicate with both residents and the resident’s representative of any changes that will occur.

Belmont Tower residents and staff continue to learn and transition with the challenges brought on by Covid-19.  The licensed beauty shop has been opened back up inside the facility and almost everyone has been able to stop in for a fresh haircut to date.  The Life Enrichment staff have taken the lead on the family outdoor visits and to date we have had a little over 200 visits not including window visits and drive buys with family members and friends. Please reach out to Kelly Dull to schedule a window visit or FaceTime 419-207-3086.

Brookwood Place currently has 3 staff members recovering safely at home after testing positive to Covid-19.  The 4th staff member has recovered safely and since returned to work.  Administration is providing full support to the staff and residents during this time.  With that outdoor visits have been temporarily stopped due to the safety and wellbeing of the residents.  We do however encourage window visits, FaceTime, and Skype to talk with your loved one during this time.  Please reach out to Mary Adkins to schedule a window visit or phone call 419-207-3037.

Bradford House residents have been living life to the fullest.  To date, they have scheduled 22 outdoor visits for the 10 residents living there. Deb and Wendy have been keeping the residents busy with golf cart rides, crafts, and going to the Clubhouse.  Please reach out to Wendy Myers to schedule an outdoor visit or FaceTime 567-203-3062.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents remain our number one focus throughout this Covid-19 pandemic.  We along with the residents and families never thought that we would still be navigating through this 5 months later.  Thank you for your continued support and patients during these trying times.

 

8/2/2020

Health Care Center

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brookwood Place

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 3

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 4

 

Bradford Houses

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

Brethren Care Home Health

Residents with active Covid-19: 0

Staff with active Covid-19: 0

Residents under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Staff under investigation of Covid-19: 0

Cumulative cases of Covid-19: 0

 

8/1/2020
Healthcare Center:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

Brookwood:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 3

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 3

 

Brethren Care at Home:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

7/31/2020
Healthcare Center:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

Brookwood:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 2

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 2

 

Brethren Care at Home:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

7/30/2020:

Healthcare Center:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 1

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 1

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 1

 

Belmont Tower:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

Brookwood:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 2

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 2

 

Brethren Care at Home:

Residents with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

7/28/2020:

As we continue to navigate through the Covid-19 Pandemic please know that the safety and wellbeing of the residents and staff are and will continue to be number one priority.

On July 27th, the Health Care Center could permit outdoor visits with family members. We know that these past few months have been very difficult for both the residents and families and welcome this new and positive change. Please click here to review the guidelines for outdoor visitation at the Health Care Center.

On July 20th, the National Guard conducted the staff testing at the Health Care Center. We are still waiting on those test result from the lab company. The state is already working on a second round of testing to be conducted in August.

On July 24th, Brethren Care updated our guidelines for staff that vacation out of the state. This came after Governor DeWine spoke about vacationing hotspots and the spread of Covid-19. We are recommending that staff traveling to any of the “Hot Spots” for vacation will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. This again has been put in place for the safety of the residents and other staff at Brethren Care Village.
Both staff members that have tested positive for Covid-19 are still currently recovering at home.

If we experience a change in probable or positive Covid-19 case for staff or residents we will update the website with the numbers for each of the buildings on campus.

Thank you for your patience and understanding through these times.

 

7/27/2020:

Healthcare Center:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 1

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 5

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 1 

 

Belmont Tower:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

Brookwood:

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 1

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 1

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 1  

 

Brethren Care at Home: 

Resident with active COVID-19: 0

Staff with active COVID-19: 0

Residents under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Staff under investigation of COVID-19: 0

Cumulative cases of COVID-19: 0

 

7/24/2020:

Below are our current COVID-19 numbers:

Residents with active COVID-19: 0
Staff with active COVID-19:1
Residents under investigation: 0
Staff under investigation: 1
Cumulative cases of COVID 19: 1

 

7-23-2020:

Click here to view the current Brethren Care COVID-19 statistics.

 

7-22-2020:

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Governor DeWine issued that all Ohioans will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public starting July 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Please click the link to read the full mandate order: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/covid19-update-07072020

Currently, results from the National Guard Covid-19 testing at Brethren Care Village have not yet been received back.The Health Care Center staff member that tested positive is safely recovering at home. A second staff member is currently being tested and we are waiting on those results, but is not related to the first staff member. The staff member that tested positive at Brookwood Place is also safely recovering at home.We continue to monitor and screen all the residents for their health, well-being, and safety.

 

7-20-2020:

On July 20, 2020 we were notified that a staff member of Brookwood Place has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This staff member will remain off work until all signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are gone and at least 14 days have passed. At this time we are currently observing and monitoring all our residents to ensure their health and safety. The Health Care Center employees plus a portion of Brookwoods employees were tested by the National Guard today and the facility will expect results in 5-7 days. We will keep families and residents informed of these results as they become available. The staff member from the Health Care Center continues to recover at home.

 

7-15-2020:

Ever since we first learned of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brethren Care Village has worked diligently with our local health department, our health care team, our residents, employees, family and friends to ensure that we are taking every necessary precaution to safeguard residents and staff. Our community has been well equipped, trained and prepared to respond to this challenge.

 

Late in the evening on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Brethren Care Village learned that a staff member of our Health Care Center has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This staff member was not showing signs or symptoms while at work and has not worked over the last 4 days. This staff member will remain off work until all signs and symptoms of COVID are gone and at least 14 days have passed.  There are no suspected resident cases at this time, nor are any residents currently being tested. We will continue to monitor all residents closely for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

 

We will continue to be transparent in our communication about COVID-19 test results for anyone associated with Brethren Care Village. Updates can be found on our website https://brethrencarevillage.org/covid-19/.

 

All Brethren Care Village Health Care Center staff members will be tested, by the National Guard, for COVID-19 on Monday, July 20, 2020. Results are expected within 3-7 days following testing.

 

We are extremely grateful to our residents, family members, employees, vendors and community partners for their understanding and cooperation during this time.

 

07-10-2020:

To date, we have not had any confirmed Covid-19 cases with either staff or residents on campus.  At the Health Care Center, we are still waiting for the call from the National Guard to conduct the staff testing. During these challenging times, we cling to our core values with every decision we make: Compassion, Attitude of Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Nurturing, Giving.

 

Click here to read a great article about our Nursing Homes.

 

07-02-2020:

As we continue to navigate life through the Covid-19 pandemic we have been taking a deeper look at our air filtration in the building. Starting with the Health Care Center we have installed the iWave air purifying units to help stop the droplet spread of Covid-19.  We are now looking at the systems at Brookwood Place, Belmont Tower, and the Bradford House to do the same thing. You can read more about this technology here.

 

06-29-2020:

Governor DeWine announced today that on July 20th, Nursing Homes and Health Care Facilities will be able to start outdoor visits between family members and residents. Brethren Care Village is currently reviewing the orders and establishing guidelines that will be put into place, once completed, all families will be notified. Full press release available here.

 

06-19-2020:

On May 26, 2020, Governor DeWine discussed the new congregate care unified response teams: “All staff in all Ohio nursing facilities will be tested to help nursing home administrators gauge the status of the virus in their facilities and help isolate the virus to stop it from infecting their community.” As of June 19, 2020, Brethren Care Village has not yet been contacted to start the testing process for staff.  When we are notified about testing, we will inform both family members and residents. In the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Brethren Care Village, all residents and family members will be notified.

 

06-15-2020:

Brethren Care Village Assisted Living will permit outdoor visitations per ODH and CDC guidelines, effective June 8, 2020. The following policy and guidelines have been established to ensure the health safety of the residents, visitors, and staff. Visitation procedures are subject to change. Just-in-time modifications to this policy will be made as needed based upon the most current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. Modifications will be communicated with residents, visitors, and staff.

Click below to read a letter from the Director of Housing, and to view our policy and procedures for outdoor visitations:
Letter from the Director of Housing
Policy and Procedures for Outdoor Visitations

 

06-12-2020:

To date, Brethren Care Village has not had a Covid-19 case. We continue to follow all CDC and Government guidelines set in place. In the past week Governor DeWine opened up Assisted Livings to outdoor visits, he has still not opened up Nursing Homes and Health Care Centers to visitors. We will keep you informed as these guidelines change. You can read the most recent press release by clicking here. We thank you for your continued support during this difficult pandemic. Many blessings.

 

06-05-2020: Letter from the President/CEO

We are blessed to be COVID 19 Virus-free thus far.  While our Health Care Center (Nursing Home) will have the National Guard assist in the testing of all Residents and staff (most likely in the month of June), we are also optimistic that God is on our side and he knows what is best for all of us and will keep his hands on us as we travel together down this path; whatever the future holds.  Some good news for our two Assisted Living homes (Brookwood Place, Belmont Tower, and Bradford House); they are allowed to have visitation, outside, for our families and loved ones to visit.  We have set up tents for some shelter and chairs/benches for seating and are excited for this next step.  Hours of Visitation are: 10am-6pm Monday through Sunday, by scheduled appointment.

Please make sure you are helping us support the guidance on social/physical distancing and help us support all of the safety needs for our residents, families and staff.  If we can assist or if you have some ideas/suggestions for making this process better, please share; we are open to helping you and everyone have a great experience while visiting.  Blessings, Troy

Update: 06-3-2020: ODA Releases Visitation Guidance
On an all-provider call today, Director of Aging Ursel McElroy shared visitation guidelines for assisted living and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ICF-IDD), which could be used for facilities planning to allow visitation beginning June 8, for Assisted Living and Congregate Care Settings only at this time. The one-page document outlines both mandatory requirements, as well as those practices that are recommended as best practices, and allows facilities the flexibility to develop their own practices and approaches to allowing visitation.

All family members will receive communication addressing upcoming guidelines Brethren Care Village will put into place, once finalized. We’ll update this page with the guidelines as well.

Update: 05-28-2020:

Governor DeWine announced a plan to lift restrictions on visitation at assisted living homes in Ohio.

Beginning on June 8, 2020, properly prepared assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities can begin to allow outdoor visitation.

The lifted restrictions do not yet apply to nursing homes. Read the full press release here.

 

Update: 05-26-2020:

Today the Governor announced the formation of new Congregate Care Unified Response Teams to test residents and staff members in Ohio’s nursing homes, read all details here.

 

Our Wellness and Community Center is now open to our members, we are following all mandatory guidelines from the Governor’s office and the local health department. Click here to view all guidelines.

We’re also excited to announce that The Greens Bistro and Pub is now open for indoor dining and outdoor dining on our patio. See our hours and new summer menu here.

 

Update: 05-20-2020:

Yesterday the Governor changed the Stay Safe Ohio Order to an Ohioans protecting Ohioans order. This order allows for some restrictions to be lifted and/or changed. However, this order does not change the visitation order for Nursing Homes or Long Term Care facilities. At this time visitation is still restricted. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services has given guidance to the State and Local officials to begin the planning phases of reopening Nursing/Assisted Living facilities. As the reopening process is released it will be posted on this website. We do know that when we do allow visitation again that all visitors will be required to wear a cloth or health grade mask for the entirety of your visit. Please know that we are working diligently to keep your loved one safe.

 

Update: 05-18-2020:

Please stay tuned to Responsible Restart Ohio and Opening Up America Again to read more on how we will keep pressing on to better days, and what your part is in the bigger picture.

 

Update: 05-15-2020:

GYMS, FITNESS CENTERS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Gyms Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for gyms and fitness centers to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

PUBLIC/CLUB POOLS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

To ensure that these pools operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these facilities to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. 

This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.

 

Update: 05-13-2020:

OLDER ADULTS – STAYING CONNECTED:

To help ensure that older Ohioans stay connected while staying at home, Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy announced a new service today that will provide a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans age 60 or older.

The Staying Connected program will call older adults who sign up for the service during a predetermined window of time. When participants answer the phone, they will be asked to respond via touch-tone to confirm that they are OK or to access live support.

If no one answers after three attempts, a call is then made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services. The service can be canceled at any time.

“Especially during this very challenging time, we encourage older Ohioans to sign up for the Ohio Department of Aging’s Staying Connected phone program. This program will help reduce isolation and support the health and well-being of older adults in our state,” said Robert Cornwell, Executive Director, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.

Eligible Ohioans can sign up at aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-800-266-4346. Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance.

CURRENT OHIO DATA: 

There are 25,250 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,436 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 4,539 people have been hospitalized, including 1,232 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

 

05-08-2020: Letter from the President/CEO

While we continue to be COVID-19 free of this terrible virus on campus, I write this message with a heavy heart. Mother’s Day is upon us and while I miss my mom, she passed a few years back, so many of you have the sincere interest to hug and see your mom (and Dad) and that special person close up this weekend; but, unfortunately for the safety of our beloved residents and staff we cannot allow this at this time.

The President of the United States has established the Opening up America Again,” initiative. As part of the initiative, Senior Living communities, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living fall under his “Phase 3” step; which, unfortunately, is the last step in the re-opening of America. I prefer the term Recovery. Our organization is governed by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), which has Federal Authority over us; until which time they move Senior Living, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living out of the Phase 3 re-opening, we must adhere to the governance we are under; a visitation restriction still has to be upheld.

We are charged with trying to safeguard and protect the seniors in our community, and although we are both anxious and excited for the recovery to occur, we must not rush this with our population (given the terrible stories we are hearing across the nation); vulnerable individuals (the presidents words not mine) are to still shelter -in-place. We encourage you to visit outside a window on the first floor, phone call, Facetime and we would be honored to deliver gifts/flowers to your Mom or special person.  I just ask that you help me maintain the vigilance we have worked so hard to uphold; we are almost there.  May God bless you and keep you safe. – Troy Snyder, President/CEO

 

Update: 05-05-2020:

We are blessed to not have any resident or staff COVID-19 cases.

 

Update: 05-04-2020:

The Governor and the Director of Health provided updated testing Guidance. Click here to view.

 

Update: 05-01-2020:

We are blessed to continue to be COVID-19 virus free. As the Governor prepares to slowly open up the state for business and allow all of us to, “Stay Safe Ohio”, we will probably be one of the last businesses to fully open for our families and loved ones. That said, please know that we are continuing to love and cherish these times with your family…because they have become our family too. There will most likely be many changes between now and the expiration of the new state order on May 29, 2020. If there is anything we can do to help you and your family member/loved one during these transitions, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your trust and patience during these challenging times. Below is a list of steps and areas that we are taking to help mitigate the risk of COVID19 exposure. May God continue to bless you and your family, be safe.  – Troy Snyder, President/CEO

Mitigating Steps:
-Reduced/eliminated visitation and/or community exposure
-Isolated staff to same work areas/zones
-Isolated residents with like symptoms (whether confirmed or suspected)
-Social distancing impressed
-Education for both staff and residents
-Enhanced cleaning/disinfection
-Enhanced infection control policies
-Wellness initiatives established

 

Update: 4-30-20: Governor Announces PPE Shipments

Governor DeWine officially announced PPE shipments yesterday, noting that the state of Ohio has shipped 4.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency management agencies (EMA) across Ohio. The shipment includes: 500,000 N95 masks, 850,000 face shields, 750,000 surgical-type masks, and 2 million non-medical gloves.

Long-term care providers in many cases are still struggling to stock certain types of PPE. Members should continue to reach out to their local EMAs to report needs.

 

Update: 4-28-20:

We continue to be blessed with NO positive cases of COVID 19 at Brethren Care Village. While we have had some symptoms of residents and staff, no one has tested positive.  Governor DeWine has issued a few new orders relative to restarting some business sectors; unfortunately, Senior Living is not one of those; including our Wellness Center Fitness gym and swimming pool.  We will keep you apprised of the changes with Brethren Care Village as soon as we know more.  Please be reminded that even when we are “open” for visitors and guests, our approach to continue to ensure the safety of our residents will look a bit different; you may be asked to wear a mask, check-in at the front desk while answering a few questions, even take your temperature.  While we know that this will be new and even frustrating at certain times of the day, please be patient, we are trying to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones and all the residents of the campus.  Read the full Responsible Restart Ohio Plan

Blessings, Troy Snyder, President/CEO

Update: 4-21-20:

Statement from Troy Snyder, President and CEO. Read full statement by clicking here.

Update: 4-20-20:

Director’s Order to Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians and Sponsor of Positive or Probable Cases of COVID-19.

See full Director’s Orders here.

 

Update: 4-17-20

RECOVERY PHASE UPDATE:  Governor DeWine reiterated today that Ohio’s recovery phase will be not start and end overnight.  “We must continue to assume that everyone has this disease because it is not going away until we have a vaccine,” said Governor DeWine. “As we gradually, carefully, and responsibly start to reopen Ohio, it will be important that we all continue to work together to protect each other.”  As Ohio begins to reopen, Governor DeWine stressed the need to balance: Compliance with public health measures; Implementation of safeguards in business; and Protections for the most vulnerable Ohioans.

Update: 4-14-20

Today Gov. DeWine announced an order compelling nursing home and long-term care facilities to notify families and caregivers of all residents when an employee or resident tests positive for COVID-19. This notification must be completed within 24 hours.Additionally, the state will begin releasing the names and addresses of all long-term care facilities and nursing homes that have a minimum of one resident or employee case of COVID-19 on their website: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/long-term-care-facilities

Update: 4-5-20

As of March 13th, Governor DeWine has restricted all visitors to senior care centers except essential employees. No visitors will be allowed at this time. Please be assured that we are following all CMS and CDS guidelines and that the needs of your loved ones are being met. We encourage you to call to speak to your loved ones, mail letters and cards, or visit outside their windows (which must remain closed). On April 1st, Governor Dewine highly recommended that all nursing homes have their staff masked at all times while working, and we have complied. All staff are currently wearing masks while at work. At this time, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19. We are taking precautions and new admissions to campus are put in isolation for 14 days to be observed for signs and symptoms. Be assured that you will be alerted if we have a positive case on our campus. Please continue to reach out with any further questions or concerns. This page will be updated on a continuous basis.

Update: 3-17-20

As of Monday, March 16th, 2020 the Ohio Governor has closed all gyms and pools. The Wellness Community Center will be CLOSED until the Governor reopens businesses.

All classes and events have been canceled until further notice, including yoga, water aerobics, and Zumba. The Greens Bistro is OPEN for carryout and delivery, offering fresh meal options! Call: 419-496-0502 for orders. COVID-19 is a serious concern for all of us, and we’re dedicated to protecting both our residents and the wider community.

COVID-19 Information

What should I know about COVID-19?

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person like the flu. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
  • Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • The virus spreads person-to-person like the flu.

 

What can I do to protect myself and my loved ones?

  • Review the CDC Household Checklist to confirm you have necessary preparations in place.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from others as much as possible.
  • Don’t go anywhere when you feel ill. Stay home and rest.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If tissue is not available, use the bend of elbow to cough or sneeze into.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, the CDC recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
  • Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19. A good place for reliable travel information can be found on the CDC Travel Page .
  • More information about this virus can be found on the CDC Website

 

Click to view the Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance.