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COVID-19 Alert

April 16, 2021 Letter

We remain Covid free at this time. We have a partnership with Melancon’s Pharmacy to vaccinate any residents and employees that would like to receive the Covid vaccine. They are also taking appointments for anyone from the community that would like to receive a vaccination. You can call 896-8434 to set up an appointment. Vaccination and maintaining principles of infection control are the best ways to keep our loved ones safe.

April 8, 2021 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time. We appreciate everyone remaining diligent with infection control practices to help protect our residents.

April 2, 2021 Letter

We continue to be COVID free at this time. Mandatory masking and principles of infection control remain in place for all staff and residents. We continue to test all staff as per the state guidelines. For residents that are fully vaccinated, they are allowed to go out on pass without having to quarantine upon return to the facility. If your loved one didn’t receive the vaccine, we would encourage you to consider vaccination. The vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective, and fully vaccinated residents are able to safely have close physical contact with their loved ones. We hope everyone has a safe and blessed Easter holiday.

March 25, 2021 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time. We continue to test all employees weekly. Mandatory masking remains in place for all employees and residents when they leave their room. We are taking appointments for visitation on the weekends. All appointments must be made in advance, and appointments for the weekends should be scheduled by 4:00 PM on Fridays.

March 19, 2021 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time.  We have hired someone to help facilitate visitations.  She will begin training next week! Outdoor visitation remains the preferred method but residents are allowed to have inside visitation.  All visits remain by appointment.  At this time we continue to limit visitation to 2 visitors at a time and they must be 18 or older.  As we get our new employees trained and we are able to ensure that inside visitation is progressing without any infection control related concerns, we will revisit the age restriction for visitors. 

March 14, 2021 Letter

The Louisiana Department of Health issued a directive late Friday afternoon advising that nursing homes can fully implement the newly released CMS nursing home visitation guidelines. We are immediately implementing those guidelines for all of our outside visitations. 

All visitation will remain by appointment only. The new guidelines continue to recommend that all of the core principles of infection control be maintained.  It also states that outside visitation is preferred because it generally poses a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow.  

The CDC defines a fully vaccinated person as one who is greater than two weeks following receipt of the second dose of the Covid vaccine. Residents who are fully vaccinated can choose to have close contact with their visitor while wearing a well fitting facemask and performing hand hygiene before and after contact. 

We are also working to implement processes to expand visitation to include inside visitation and weekend visitation.  We will post more information as those options become available.

March 11, 2021 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time. Although there have been new updates regarding visitation by the CDC and CMS, the state of Louisiana is still mandating that we maintain the current visitation policies. We are hoping to receive new guidance from the Department of Health soon. We will keep you updated as we receive more information. We have completed our three COVID vaccine clinics and 90% of our residents received the vaccine. We will coordinate with local pharmacies and the Office of Public Health to provide vaccines for new residents that are admitted to the facility.

March 8, 2021 Letter

We currently remain COVID free.  The CDC has issued new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated in NON-HEALTHCARE settings.  While the new guidance does not directly apply to nursing home settings, it does apply to staff outside of work. Please note that CMS has NOT issued changes to any of their nursing home visitation or quarantine guidance, so existing guidelines remain in effect. We will alert you if there are any further changes.  

March 3, 2021 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time. We are having our third COVID vaccine on 3/8/21.

February 25, 2021 Letter

We continue to remain COVID free at this time.  As of this time there have been no changes in the infection control regulations.  Mandatory masking, hand hygiene, social distancing, and screening for symptoms remain in place.  We will have our final COVID vaccination clinic on March 8th.

The weather is finally getting warmer and we were able to have socially distanced gathering today on the back deck. The residents enjoyed margaritas and chips with salsa.  We had some great music.  They all enjoyed getting out and getting a little sunshine. 

February 18, 2021 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time. Everyone has been getting a little restless being cooped up due to the weather. Today the Rotary Clubs of Lafayette and Youngsville blessed our residents with care packages and king cakes. Check out our Facebook page to see a few of the many smiles we were blessed with today.

February 12, 2021 Letter

Due to the very cold temperatures, we are encouraging all visitation to be virtual at this time. The comfort of the residents is our main concern. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

February 10, 2021 Letter

We currently remain COVID free. We have completed our second round of COVID vaccines and the residents tolerated the vaccine very well. We continue to implement the core principles of infection control such as hand hygiene, mandatory masking, social distancing, and screening for symptoms of illness. We are currently testing employees once a week. COVID testing for residents is not indicated at this time. We have been able to re-introduce small group activities with social distancing.

February 2, 2021 Letter

We continue to be COVID free at this time.  Our employees continue to test twice a week.  We have restarted OUTSIDE visitation by appointment only.  Please call and speak to Laina or Sierra to schedule a visit.  We will be having our second Moderna COVID Vaccine on 2/8/21.  Even after residents and employees are vaccinated, masking and other principles of infection control will continue to be mandatory.  We have contacted the state infection control office and they are not recommending any changes to our current COVID visitation policies at this time.  There has also been increased cases of influenza reported in our community.  Please refrain from scheduling a visit if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone who has been sick.    

January 28, 2021 Letter

We have not had any new cases of COVID in 25 days and we have been able to resume outside visitation by appointment only.  Please contact Laina or Sierra at 337-234-7331 to set up an appointment.  The residents didn’t have to test this week, but we are continuing to test all employees twice a week.  The second round of COVID vaccines will be administered on 2/8/21.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated.

January 22, 2021 Letter

All resident tests for COVID were negative this week. All staff tests through Thursday have also been negative. We will continue to test all staff twice a week, and further resident testing will be dependent on any new active cases.

We had an infection control survey this week and had no deficiencies!

As long as we do not have anymore active cases of COVID, we will be able to re-evaluate our outside visitation. More information will be posted next week.

January 19, 2021 Letter

All testing last week for residents and staff were negative.  To date we have had a total of 43 resident cases and 26 employee cases of COVID.  We continue to follow principles of infection control including mandatory masking, hand hygiene, social distancing, screening of all employees and residents for symptoms, and testing for all staff twice weekly and residents weekly.  We continue to have only virtual visitation at this time due to high prevalence of COVID within our community and the recent cases at the first of the month.  We are encouraging all residents to remain in their rooms at this time.   We will continue to post updates to our website of any new cases of COVID that occur in residents or staff.  In the event that you have a loved one that tests positive, we will alert the resident representative immediately by phone. 

We will have our second vaccine clinic on Monday February 8th, and Walgreens pharmacists will administer the second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at this time.  If you didn’t consent for the vaccine during our first clinic, we encourage you to consider having your loved one vaccinated.   If you have questions regarding the vaccine, you can contact Natasha Bourque, RN, ADON or Debbie Candella, RN, DON.

January 13, 2021 Letter

We have not had any new positive cases of COVID since January 4th.  We continue to test employees twice a week and residents weekly.  We also perform point of care rapid antigen testing for anyone that develops any symptoms consistent with COVID.  We had our first COVID vaccination clinic 1/11/21 and everyone tolerated the vaccine very well.  We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.  It is safe and effective.  We have posted the letter published by the Department of Health regarding the COVID vaccine on our Facebook page.  We continue to only have virtual visitation at this point due to the high prevalence of COVID within our community.  Please continue to be diligent with all principles of infection control. 

January 6, 2021 Letter

Attention family and friends: We are sorry to announce that we are having to suspend all in person visitation until further notice due to the influx of COVID cases in the community. As you know, this in only to try to keep our residents safe and healthy. Please do not hesitate to make a virtual visitation appointment by calling the facility.

January 5, 2021 Letter

We have had several new cases of COVID. We have had a total of 69 cases among residents and staff since the pandemic began. This week we have 6 new employee cases and 1 resident case. 

We will be having our first COVID vaccine clinic on Monday 1/11/21. We are encouraging all of our residents and staff to take the vaccine. Research shows the vaccines to be safe and very effective. We are attaching the Moderna FDA EUA for you to review. https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

December 25, 2020 Letter
There have been no new cases of Covid since last update. 
 
We would like to wish all of our residents and families a very Merry Christmas. 
December 20, 2020 Letter

We have had another employee that isn’t in direct resident care test positive for COVID. We continue to remain diligent in screening residents and employees all shifts to quickly identify any symptoms.

December 16, 2020 Letter

We have had a resident test positive for COVID. The resident was moved to the designated COVID unit with designated staff. We will continue to test all residents weekly or as directed by the Office of Public Health. The resident representative will be notified by phone IF a resident tests positive. We will not call for negative test results. Staff members will continue to test twice a week.  We continue to stress hand washing, masking, and social distancing for all residents and staff. We will post regular updates on the COVID status of our facility on our website.

We encourage everyone to review the information that was sent to resident representatives on the COVID vaccine and return it to the facility as soon as possible.

December 11, 2020 Letter

The following information on COVID vaccine has been mailed to resident representative.  Please return the consent form to Amelia Manor as soon as possible. 

The COVID-19 Vaccine is expected to be approved by the FDA in December 2020.  Below is some of the information from the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine website (All information copied directly from CDC).    The CDC website has the most up to date information on COVID vaccinations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.  Information released by the American Health Care Association on 12/9/20 stated the “FDA Emergency Use Authorization review of the Pifizer vaccine shows the vaccine is very effective including in elderly over the age of 65 and over 75 and in minority populations.”   “The vaccine appears to very safe with predictable reactions common to a vaccine stimulating the immune response to make antibodies.”

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19 None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.  It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests. Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.  If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated.  Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. 

FACT: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19.  While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. If you get sick, you also may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

FACT: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (from CDC website).  We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the United States. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated. Below is a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what we currently know. CDC will continue to post updates as more data become available.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • COVID-19 vaccines are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
December 10, 2020 Letter

The FDA is set to approve the first COVID vaccination within the next few days. Initial distributions will be for frontline healthcare workers in hospital settings and then nursing home staff and residents.  Vaccine doses have been purchased with taxpayer dollars and will be given to the American people at no cost.  The vaccine will require two shots to be effective.  The CDC and federal government are working with pharmacies to offer on-site COVID-19 vaccination services for residents and staff of nursing homes.  As part of this program, Amelia Manor has partnered with Walgreens to do a vaccination clinic at our facility. 

At this time, we do not have a date for when the vaccine will be available to us.  We are beginning the process of preparing for when the vaccine is available, and we are trying to identify all residents that would like the vaccine.  We will be mailing out information to the resident representatives and asking that you return it indicating if you would like to resident to receive the vaccine or if you are declining the vaccine.  We will continue to post updates on our website as more information becomes available.  The CDC website has the most up to date information on COVID vaccinations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.  If you have questions, please contact Natasha Bourque, RN, ADON or Debbie Candella, RN, DON at 337-234-7331.

December 9, 2020 Letter

We have had two additional employees test positive for COVID. Neither were in direct care with the residents. To date we have had a total of 60 cases between residents and staff. We continue to test employees twice a week and residents weekly. The first vaccine for COVID is expected to be approved for use by the end of the week. We will continue to keep everyone updated as we receive information. We will be sending out a letter this week to all Resident Representatives to get further information on whether you would like your loved one to receive the COVID vaccine.

December 5, 2020 Letter

We have had an employee test positive for COVID. There have been a total of 57 cases between residents and employees. We continue to test all residents and staff twice a week.

December 3, 2020 Letter

We have had an employee test positive for COVID. We currently do not have any residents that are positive. Since April 4, 2020, there have been at total of 57 cases between staff and residents. Due to the high prevalence of COVID within the community, we are now testing residents and staff twice a week.

We are partnering with Walgreens to provide an onsite immunization clinic once the COVID vaccine is approved. We are not expecting the vaccine to be available for our residents and staff until 2021. Our medical director encourages all residents and staff to be vaccinated. We will be sending information to each resident’s designated representative as we learn more.

November 29, 2020 Letter

We did not have any positive cases among residents or employees last week. Due to the increased prevalence of COVID within our parish and surrounding communities, we are mandated by CMS and LDH to test twice a week. At this time we are allowing outside visitation only.  We will monitor the prevalence of COVID within our community and facility and update status on visitation accordingly. 
 
We have signed up with Walgreens to provide COVID vaccinations to our residents and staff when it becomes available. You will be receiving information on the vaccine via mail. We strongly encourage everyone to consider receiving the vaccination. 

November 26, 2020 Letter

Thessalonians 5:18, CSB: “give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

Even though the holidays are being celebrated much differently this year, we are extremely thankful to have a wonderful community of residents, supportive families and dedicated staff members. We are wishing you all a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2020 Letter

All residents have tested negative for COVID during the weekly screening. There have been no new employee cases since last update. We want to encourage everyone to follow CDC HOLIDAY RECOMMENDATIONS which can be found on the CDC website.

November 17, 2020 Letter

We have had another employee test positive for COVID. That is a total of 15 employees that have been diagnosed since the pandemic began. Residents are being tested weekly and as needed any symptoms of COVID if they have any symptoms of COVID. Due to the current testing status within our facility, all visitation will have to occur outside or virtually.

November 16, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We are writing to you to clarify the Amelia Manor visitation policy.  All visits are to be arranged in advance, and they will be for a specified amount of time.  Visits will be conducted outside whenever possible.  Inside visits are only conducted when weather prevents visits from occurring outside.  In the event that the facility has an employee or resident that tests positive for COVID-19, NO inside visitation will be allowed until the facility is no longer conducting outbreak testing.  Amelia Manor will post updates regularly on our website in regards facility testing. 

Only two visitors are allowed at a time.  All visitors must be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to visit, and as per CMS and state guidelines, no one with any symptoms of illness is allowed to visit.  Symptoms of COVID can be mild such as allergy symptoms to severe including shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.  If you have any symptoms at all you should not schedule a visit. Also, if you have been in contact with someone that is ill, you should reschedule your visit. We can continue to arrange alternative visits such as video chats or window visits for you.  All window visits must occur through a CLOSED window.

There have been several instances in which visitors have been openly defiant of the principles of infection control thereby putting the resident at risk.  Your visit will immediately be terminated if you fail to follow proper infection control practices.  The following is a list of Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention directly taken from the CMS Memo.

  • Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. temperature checks, questions or observations about signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms
  • Hand Hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred)
  • Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose)
  • Social distancing at least six feet between persons

Please contact the facility to set up a time to visit with your loved one.  With the anticipation of increased COVID-19 cases and influenza during the winter months, we appreciate your assistance in helping to maintain the health of all of our residents. 

November 12, 2020 Letter

As of today we have had 15 confirmed employee cases of COVID and one case of a contract employee with COVID. All residents test from last week were negative. We will continue to test all residents weekly until there have been 14 days with no new positive cases. Updates will be posted on our website when there is a positive case in either staff or residents. Since this pandemic began, we have had a total of 41 resident cases. We have not had a resident with a positive COVID test since August 18,2020. We continue to work diligently to maintain infection control practices and would like to remind all visitors to refrain from scheduling a visit if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill.

November 5, 2020 Letter

We received notice today that one of our employees tested positive for COVID. Our last prior case of COVID was 8/18/20. As per CDC testing guidelines, we have tested all residents for COVID today. We continue to enforce universal masking for all staff and residents, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and social distancing. In the event that a resident were to test positive, the facility will contact the resident representative by phone. We will not call for negative test results. We will continue to test all residents weekly until there have been at least 14 days with no new positive cases. All employee will continue to have COVID tests weekly.

We want to again remind all visitors that they must adhere to infection control practices. If you are feeling ill or have any of the following symptoms you should not visit at facility: Fever, Chills, Sore Throat, new or worsened cough or shortness of breath, Nausea / Vomiting / diarrhea, Nasal congestion or runny nose, body aches or malaise, a loss of taste or smell. The CDC has indicated that there may be increased cases of COVID as we head into the winter months. It is imperative for everyone to remain diligent in working to prevent infections.

October 22, 2020 Letter

We continue to remain free of COVID within our facility. We have been able to implement more communal activities, and the residents have enjoyed them. Check out our Facebook posts to see what’s going on!

The safety of our residents is a priority and we continue to implement the principles of infection control such as masking, hand hygiene, screening for illness, and social distancing outlined by the LDH and CMS. It is imperative that all visitors also adhere to these principles in order to help decrease the risk of exposure for the residents. We understand family’s desire to touch their loved one, but this isn’t allowed under the current regulations issued by CMS. Please respect the policies that have been put in place to help maintain resident’s safety.

October 14, 2020 Letter

We remain COVID free at this time. All staff members continue to test weekly.

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.