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COVID-19 Alert

October 7, 2020 Letter

Amelia Manor plans to shelter in place for Hurricane Delta. Our generator will run the facility at full capacity. We have been in contact with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and LDH to make them aware of our plans. We will continue to monitor the weather closely, and we will keep the resident representative notified if there are any changes. We will be posting updates on our website and Facebook throughout the duration of the storm to keep you informed of our current status.

October 6, 2020 Letter

There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff. All staff continue to test weekly. We have been able to begin some small group activities such as bingo and a ladies tea party while maintaining social distancing.

We ask that all families that visit adhere to the policy on visitation. The guidelines such as social distancing and hand hygiene are in place to protect our residents.

We have begun administering the flu shot to our residents this week. Vaccinations are an important part of helping to prevent illness. We encourage all visitors to receive the flu vaccine this season unless contraindicated by your physician.

September 30, 2020 Letter

We continue to be COVID free at this time.  All staff continue to test weekly, but we are not required to test resident’s routinely at this time. 

As we open up for visitation, we want to stress the principles of infection control with all residents, staff, and visitors.  Handwashing, masking, and social distancing is imperative for everyone.  If you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone that is sick, you are asked to refrain from visiting for at least 14 days.  All visitation is by appointment only at this time.  Please call the facility to arrange an appointment if you would like to visit your loved one. 

Flu season is quickly approaching.  We encourage everyone to receive the flu shot unless contraindicated by your physician.  If you are unsure about whether your loved you has consented for the flu vaccine, please contact Natasha Bourque, RN.  We will begin offering immunizations the first of October. 

September 23, 2020 Letter

All of our residents and staff continue to be negative for COVID at this time. We have been advised that 3 months after diagnosis the residents should be included in routine screenings.

THE FOLLOWING IS OUR VISITATION POLICY WHILE THERE ARE NO POSTIVE CASES IN OUR FACILITY:

Effective 9/24/20, each resident is allowed two visitors for outside visitation. When necessary, one visitor will be allowed indoors. Visitors must maintain a 6-ft social distance from residents and cannot have any physical contact. All visitors must bring and wear your own facemask, hand sanitizer and must be 18 or older. You will be screened upon arrival for any symptoms. Visitation will only be permitted during Monday-Friday, 9AM-7:30PM, by appointment only. All visitation will be in 30 minute intervals and supervised by a staff member.

September 18, 2020 Letter

All of our residents and staff continue to be negative for COVID at this time. We have been advised that 3 months after diagnosis the residents should be included in routine screenings. We will be discussing the following on Monday and reaching out to responsible parties once a plan is in place.

Updated Guidance for Nursing Facility Visitation:
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh.pdf

Effective immediately, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has updated its guidance for visitation in nursing facilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

We are to review and update policies for infection control and COVID-19.
While adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and control, communal dining and group activities may occur.

The core principles for infection control and prevention will be adhered to by all visitors. Outdoor visits can be held whenever practicable with certain limitations, by appointment and limited to so many visitors at a time.
Subject to certain limitations, facilities must accommodate and support indoor visits if there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing, and the parish positivity rate is less than 10%.

September 11, 2020 Letter

The following is the response we received when we contacted the state infection control office about follow up testing for residents that were previously COVID positive and visitation. 

“Yes, if the resident was infected more than 90 days ago, then they may be susceptible to infection again and should be quarantined for 14 days upon return to your facility. Things are constantly changing as new information is released, so unfortunately, visitors must be restricted, and residents must not leave the facility unless it is necessary. To my knowledge, if facilities would like to relax restrictions and have plans for doing so may call or email Health Standards to review the plans. Their contact information is 225-342-0138 or HSS.mail@la.gov.

Thanks,
Alexa Ramirez

As of this time, we have not received any additional guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health.  We have reached out to Health Standards to identify the process they are recommending moving forward. We will post updates on our website and Facebook page as more information becomes available to us. 

Debbie Candella, RN, DON

September 10, 2020 Letter

All of our residents and staff continue to be negative for COVID at this time. Currently we are able to suspend weekly testing for residents but will continue to test staff members. Previously residents that had already had COVID did not have to be part of our routine surveillance testing. We have be advised that 3 months after diagnosis the residents should be included in routine screenings. We have reached out to the State Infection Control Department for clarification. We will post an update when we receive a response. Even though the state will proceed to move into Phase 3 we are still not allowed to have visitors within the facility at this time. As soon as the Louisiana Department of Health issues directives in regards to visitation, we will notify families.

September 3, 2020 Letter

All resident and employee COVID tests this week have been negative.   We remain diligent about hand washing, masking and screening for signs and symptoms of COVID.  We are beginning preparations for flu season. As soon as our pharmacy supplier receives their supply of immunizations, we will begin vaccinations.  The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season. We encourage all residents, staff, and family members to get vaccinated for the flu.  If you have questions about the flu vaccine, you can contact our Infection Preventionist Natasha Bourque, RN. 

August 27, 2020 Letter

We managed very well through Hurricane Laura without any incidents. We only had some small branches fall. We never lost power and all of the residents are doing well! We will continue to monitor the weather closely and post updates if our status changes. We have no new cases of COVID at this time. All resident and employee testing for this week has come back negative. We will resume testing for all employees and residents next week.

August 25, 2020 Letter

We are sheltering in place for hurricane Laura. Amelia Manor has never had to evacuate for a hurricane and we are not in a flood zone. We have a generator that will run the building at full capacity. We have plenty of food and water available. We have been in contact with state and local officials to let them know our plans to shelter in place. We will post updates on Facebook and our website to keep families informed of our status. In the event that something would happen that would necessitate an evacuation, we will contact you to provide an update.

As of this time there have been no new cases of COVID to report. We have performed COVID screenings for all residents and some staff this week. Further testing has been suspended due to impending weather conditions. We will resume testing once the threat of severe weather has passed.

August 20, 2020 Letter

As of August 20, we have had a total of 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Amelia Manor since our first case in April – 40 resident cases and 13 staff cases. We currently have 3 positive residents and 1 employee. As a reminder, we now have a secured COVID unit with a gated courtyard dedicated to any COVID positive residents. All residents and staff that have not had COVID-19, are tested weekly through the state designated laboratory. We will continue to work closely with the Office of Public Health to maintain testing protocols.

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones.

August 18, 2020 Letter

As of August 18, we have had 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Amelia Manor – 38 resident cases and 13 staff cases. We now have a secured COVID unit with a gated courtyard dedicated to any COVID positive residents. All residents and staff that have not had COVID-19, are tested weekly through the state designated laboratory. We will continue to work closely with the Office of Public Health to maintain testing protocols.

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones.

August 12, 2020 Letter

To date we have had 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Amelia Manor – 38 resident cases and 12 staff cases. In the event that a resident tests positive for COVID, the facility will notify the resident representative by phone.  All residents and staff that have not had COVID-19, are tested weekly through the state designated laboratory.  We are currently on round 13 of testing for residents and round 9 of testing for employees.  The turnaroundtime to receive testing results has improved significantly. We are currently receiving results within 48 -72 hours.  With the re-opening of schools, there is an expected increase in community testing which may affect the time in which we are able to get test results.  We will continue to work closely with the Office of Public Health to maintain testing protocols. 

As per OPH and CDC guidance, we are using the Symptom-Based or Time-Based Strategy for determining when individuals are no longer infectious.  We continue to implement mitigating actions such as active screening of residents and staff for symptoms of COVID-19, canceling communal dining and activities, practice social distancing, perform frequent hand hygiene, prohibit all non-essential visitors from entering the building, mandatory masking for all employees and masking for residents that leave their rooms.  We have worked with physicians within the community to increase the use of telemedicine visits when appropriate to help decrease the risk of exposure to our residents.  

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones.

August 5, 2020 Letter

Today, we are reporting two new positive COVID employee cases. So far, all resident’s results from this week’s testing have come back negative. Any new cases of COVID will be announced on the website and appropriate responsible party will be contacted. Masking remains mandatory when a resident comes out of their room. All staff and residents are screened daily for any possible symptoms and we continue to test both employees and residents weekly. We are continuing to follow the CDC and LDH guidelines for infection control.

It’s imperative we all continue to do our part – masks, social distance, and frequent hand hygiene.

July 31, 2020 Letter

Today, we are reporting another positive employee case and one positive resident case. We are testing all residents today and any new cases of COVID will be announced on the website. Masking remains mandatory when a resident comes out of their room. All staff and residents are screened daily for any possible symptoms and we continue to test both employees and residents weekly. We are continuing to follow the CDC and LDH guidelines for infection control.

It’s imperative we all continue to do our part – masks, social distance, and frequent hand hygiene.

July 30, 2020 Letter

Today, we have one new employee case to report. This makes a total of 9 employees since the start of testing. Currently, we have no known resident cases in our facility. We continue to monitor the health of our residents and employees and are testing weekly. We are moving doctor’s visits to telemedicine when possible to limit unnecessary exposure. We are slowly allowing our additional services, such as our podiatrist, back into the building. The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones. We have also implemented iN2l tablets that residents will have access to connect with the world around them, particularly with their family and friends.

It’s imperative we all continue to do our part – masks, social distance, and frequent hand hygiene.

July 28, 2020 Letter

We have no new cases to report from last week’s test results. We continue to monitor the health of our residents and employees. Our staff is tested weekly and residents tested when symptomatic or upon positive direct care staff case. We are moving doctor’s visits to telemedicine when possible to limit unnecessary exposure. We are slowly allowing our additional services, such as our podiatrist, back into the building. The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones. We have also implemented iN2l tablets that residents will have access to connect with the world around them, particularly with their family and friends.

It’s imperative we all continue to do our part – masks, social distance, and frequent hand hygiene

July 22, 2020 Letter

Since our last update, our COVID cases have not changed. Since April, we have had a total of 44 cases, 8 being employees and 36 residents.

We are excited to announce that we are rolling out a new program. We were granted 9 iN2L touchscreen tablets. iN2L is an innovative computer system, designed just for your loved ones in our care. These tablets are programmed for activities, games, therapy, reminiscing, music, virtual travel, and so much more. One of our favorite features of the iN2L system is that it provides an opportunity for our residents to connect with the world around them, particularly with their family and friends. A profile will be made for the resident and family & friend contacts will be added for easy access. You will be able to send messages, pictures, and virtual visit. You will still need to call the facility to set up a date and time for the visit. At that point you’ll receive a message from (970) 710-4625 with a link to connect. With your continued support, we know that this addition to our community is going to be a great success!

July 18, 2020 Letter

We have had two employees that are not in direct resident care test positive. All staff and residents are screened daily for any possible symptoms and we continue to test both employees and residents weekly. We are continuing to follow the CDC and LDH guidelines for infection control.

July 14, 2020 Letter

Amelia Manor is conducting weekly testing on all employees. Last week’s test results have shown that we have one employee who is COVID-19 positive. Since April, we have had a total of 42 COVID-19 cases in residents and employees. Currently, we have no known active resident cases. All employees and residents will be re-tested this week. Any new information will be updated to this site.

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones.

July 7, 2020 Letter

Today, our facility is happy to report that our third round of COVID-19 testing for employees and residents have come back negative. Since April, we have had a total of 41 COVID-19 cases in residents and employees. Currently, we have two staff members recovering at home and no active cases in residents. All employees and residents will be re-tested this week.

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones.

July 3, 2020 Letter

The total number of COVID cases among Amelia Manor residents and staff is 41. We haven’t had a positive resident case since 5/19/20. We continue to screen all residents and staff for symptoms and elevated temperature daily. Amelia Manor is conducting weekly COVID testing for employees and residents that have not had the virus. We utilized the Symptom / Time Based Strategy, as outlined by CDC/ LDH, to clear employees to return to work. All new cases of COVID will be announced on the website. Masking remains mandatory when a resident comes out of their room.

We have been fortunate to be the recipient of a grant through LEADER to receive 9 iN2L tablets. These are filled with interactive videos, games and puzzles. They are also designed to make virtual visitations with loved ones easier.

Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your loved ones.

June 27, 2020 Letter

We have two positive cases of COVID-19 in staff. We will be testing all residents again on Monday as precautionary measure and will continue weekly testing of all staff. We will be working with OPH and all employees have to follow the return to work guidelines outlined by LDH.

June 26, 2020 Letter

Dear Family Members,

Fighting the spread of the COVID-19 is our number one priority. We continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Today, our facility is reporting that we do have an active employee COVID-19 case in our facility. To date, we have had a total of 40 cases in residents and employees with 36 of those considered recovered. We continue to monitor the health of our residents and employees.

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials. We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones.

June 23, 2020 Letter

We have no active cases of COVID-19 at Amelia Manor at this time. To date we have had a total of 39 confirmed cases in residents and staff. We are performing weekly testing on our employees as per state guidelines. The first round of testing was negative for all employees. Universal masking for all employees and for all residents any time they leave their room remains in place. We continue to monitor all residents and staff for any symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis. Unfortunately due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, visitors are still not allowed within the facility as per state guidelines.

June 17, 2020 Letter

All of our residents and staff with COVID-19 have recovered. There have been no new diagnosed cases since May 19th. We initiated testing of all employees this week and are awaiting results. We will be performing weekly employee screenings until further guidance received from LDH. Announcements will be made on website any time we have a new resident or staff member diagnosed with COVID. We will continue mandatory masking for all staff and stressing hand hygiene. We are still unable to have visitors in the building per LDH directives.

June 10, 2020 Letter

We have had no new cases since last reported. Of the 39 residents and staff that were positive, 35 are recovered.

We performed routine surveillance testing on all residents that have not had COVID and we are working with Omega Diagnostics and OPH to set testing for all employees.

We still are unable to have visitors in the facility. Families can call during business hours to make arrangements for electronic visitation.

June 3, 2020 Letter

Amelia Manor has 31 recovered residents as of June 3, 2020. We will continue to do screening through stated contracted lab and update as needed.

Tropical Storm Cristobal:
Amelia Manor plans to shelter in place with the recent updates on the storm. We will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Cristobal and will update families of any changes in our plan.

May 29, 2020 Letter

Dear Family Members,

Fighting the spread of the COVID-19 is our number one priority.  We continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Today, our facility is reporting that we do have active resident COVID-19 cases in our facility. No new cases have been identified since last reported. Thirty residents are considered recovered along with the staff. We continue to monitor the health of our residents and employees.

The “NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME” policy is still in effect per our Local and Federal Government officials.  We would like to remind you that we are happy to assist with virtual visitation calls so that you can visit with your loved ones. 

May 23, 2020 Letter

We continue to work with the Office of Public Health to do surveillance testing on all residents at Amelia Manor. We will continue to test residents that have previously tested negative at intervals advised by the OPH. The resident and the resident representative will be notified of any positive test results. To date we have had 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff, and we continue to have people at varying stages of the illness from fully recovered to newly diagnosed. As per OPH guidance, we are using the Symptom-Based Strategy for determining when residents are no longer infectious. We continue to implement all mitigating actions listed in our previous posts and work with our local and state agencies to guide our treatment protocols. We will continue to keep the Amelia Manor Nursing Home community updated on all developments with updates on the facility website at least weekly and with each new confirmed COVID case in a resident or employee. 

May 20, 2020 Letter

To date we continue to have had 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff, and 24 of the cases have recoveredAs per OPH guidance, we are using the Symptom-Based Strategy for determining when residents are no longer infectious and are considered recovered.  We re-tested all residents that have previously tested negative on 5/19/20 as part of OPH recommendations for prevalence screening.  We continue to work with our local and state agencies to guide our treatment protocolsand to implement mitigating actions listed in our previous posts such as hand hygiene, social distancing, and screening of both residents and staff for symptoms. We will continue to post updates on all developments on the facility website at least weekly and with each new confirmed COVID case in a resident or employee. 

May 13, 2020 Letter

We continue to work with the Office of Public Health to do surveillance testing on all residents at Amelia Manor. We will continue to test residents that have previously tested negative at intervals advised by the OPH. The resident and the resident representative will be notified of any positive test results. To date we have had 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff, and we continue to have people at varying stages of the illness from fully recovered to newly diagnosed. As per OPH guidance, we are using the Symptom-Based Strategy for determining when residents are no longer infectious. We continue to implement all mitigating actions listed in our previous posts and work with our local and state agencies to guide our treatment protocols. We will continue to keep the Amelia Manor Nursing Home community updated on all developments with updates on the facility website at least weekly and with each new confirmed COVID case in a resident or employee. 

May 11, 2020 Letter

As has been reported, there have been multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Amelia Manor Nursing Home. When the first case was confirmed on April 10, 2020, residents and their resident representative were notified by phone.  As soon as a case is suspected in residents, our team quickly notifies the proper state agencies as well as the resident, resident representative and staff. The affected individuals are receiving proper medical attention and are placed in transmission-based precautions as directed by CDC and the Louisiana Office of Public Health. Our team continues to implement all Louisiana Department of Health and CDC recommended protocols to protect our residents’ safety and wellbeing.  We are able to provide testing through the State Lab and MedComp Sciences with results typically within 48-72 hours.  We maintain frequent contact with the Office of Public Health and discuss any changing dynamics within our facility.  We provide daily reporting to the Louisiana Office of Public Health via the “Daily COVID Suspect Cases and Potential Outbreak Survey”.  We have contact every weekday with the VA and provide a detailed report of cases three times a week.  We will begin mandatory reporting to the CDC once full access to the reporting site has been established.   We are currently working in conjunction with the Office of Public Health to have every resident in the facility tested for COVID-19.  To date we have had 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff.  We have people at different stages of the illness from fully recovered to newly diagnosed.  As per OPH guidance, we are using the Symptom-Based Strategy for determining when residents are no longer infectious.  We continue to implement mitigating actions such as active screening of residents and staff for symptoms of COVID-19, cancel communal dining and activities, practice social distancing, perform frequent hand hygiene, prohibit all non-essential visitors from entering the building, cohorting ill residents in area with designated staff, rescheduling of appointments, utilizing telemedicine visits when they can’t be rescheduled, and extending isolation precautions beyond the recommended guidance from CDC.  We will continue to keep the Amelia Manor Nursing Home community updated on all developments with regular updates on the facility website.

May 8, 2020 Letter

As has been reported, there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Amelia Manor Nursing Home. As soon as a case was confirmed, our team quickly notified the proper state and federal agencies, as well as residents, family members and staff. Our residents are receiving proper medical attention and our thoughts and prayers are with the them and their family. Our team continues to implement all Louisiana Department of Health-recommended protocols to protect our residents’ safety and wellbeing, including restricting non-essential visitors. We will continue to keep the Amelia Manor Nursing Home community updated on all developments. To learn how you can best protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit ldh.la.gov.

May 6, 2020 Letter

Effective immediately, the Louisiana Department of Health is directing and requiring all nursing homes in Louisiana to prohibit all non-health care related visitors for 30 days between the dates of March 12, 2020 and April 10, 2020 unless otherwise extended by written notice from the Department of Health. We are asking the general public and family members to refrain from visiting Amelia Manor. LDH and LNHA are keeping us updated with the Coronavirus outbreak. This new strain of the Coronavirus is causing major problems in elders with underlying health issues. Our main concern is the safety of our residents. We know that this will create some uneasiness and worry. Please feel free to call our facility at 337-234-7331 to arrange an alternative way of communicating with your loved one such as phone calls, Skype or Facetime. Regular updates will be posted on the Amelia Manor Nursing Home Facebook page and website AmeliaManor.com. Thank you for your help and understanding during this process.