Rolling Meadows takes precautionary measures in response
to the Corona Virus Covid-19 Pandemic
Dear Residents and Families,
As our nation, commonwealth and local community continue to weather the Corona Virus pandemic, we believe it is extremely important that accurate communication occur. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the facility. We are taking steps based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the local Health Department and Emergency Management Agencies to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:
On May 8, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new reporting structure for facilities to follow. The new structure directs facilities to implement a notification system in which information can be readily provided to residents, responsible parties and family members. The system will provide a weekly update regarding COVID-19 including the number of active cases in residents and staff. Any new confirmed resident cases will be reported within the next calendar day. I addition, we will report any instance in which three or more residents present with respiratory symptoms over a 72-hour period. The same criteria will be used to report new confirmed cases or symptomatic cases in staff.
We will be updating our website with the most current information. A weekly update will be provided each Thursday. Per the guidelines above, any newly confirmed or respiratory clusters within 72 hours occur, the website will be updated by 5 pm the next calendar day.
Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19. The new reporting requirements will not replace our normal communication with you regarding changes in resident condition. Facility staff will continue to contact you directly with any resident changes in condition including symptoms of COVID-19.
At this time, Rolling Meadows reports the following:
We have 0 confirmed resident cases of COVID-19. We have 0 residents with new onset of respiratory symptoms within a 72-hour period.
We have 1 confirmed staff case of COVID-19. We have 0 staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within a 24 hour period.
Should you have any questions regarding your family member, please contact the facility. Continue to reach out to facility staff to assist you in communicating with your loved ones. Our residents and staff appreciate the support from the community during this unprecedented time.
July 12, 2020
Jennifer Rhodes, NHA
COVID-19 Green Zone Update
In anticipation of moving to the GREEN Phase on Friday, June 5, 2020, we want to remind you that the restrictions currently in place for Rolling Meadows have not changed. We continue to work with and receive guidance and direction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).
On May 15, 2020 the Governor moved our county and the surrounding counties to the yellow zone. We value our residents, their families, staff and volunteers and continue to be open and transparent with communications as our nation, commonwealth and local community continue to weather the Corona Virus pandemic.
As part of the green phase designation, the Governor has released many businesses from the previous restrictions. With that said, as it was in the yellow phase designation, long term care facilities, personal care homes, assisted living and senior housing are designated as congregate care facilities. Under his plan, the restrictions continue for senior living facilities including those in the green phase designation. Therefore, Rolling Meadows will continue to restrict visitation, refrain from group activities, communal dining, and follow the directives from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Centers for Disease Control.
Staff will continue to undergo a mini-health screen prior to entering the facility and infection control protocols including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will remain in place. Rolling Meadows continues to have no resident active Corona Virus cases at this time. Please continue to reach out to facility staff to assist you in communicating with your friends and loved ones. Our residents and staff appreciate the support from the families and the community during this unprecedented time.