Extended Care Visitation Guidelines

 


 

September 9, 2021

We have received notification about our staff test results from Thursday, September 9th, and all were negative except one. With this one positive test, the facility is now classified in Outbreak Status per State of Montana Health Department. To be removed from Outbreak Status, we must have two consecutive weeks of negative staff and resident tests. Therefore, we will also test residents starting this Thursday, September 9, 2021. Per federal guidelines, we must have 2 consecutive sets of negative tests from all staff and residents. We will test again next week on Tuesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 16th. 

Furthermore, the Richland County COVID-19 positivity rate increased to 27.6% and we are now in the yellow category. At this time, we cannot accommodate routine scheduled visitations at this time related to Outbreak Status and County Positivity Rate. We must remain below 10% in the county for two consecutive weeks according to Federal CMS COVID-19 visitation rules. We have suspended visitation as of Thursday September 9, 2021. The facility is doing everything to protect residents and families from this virus and continues practicing COVID-19 infection control protocols. In the meantime, we strongly encourage virtual visits, frequent calls, and care packages. 

WHAT WE ARE DOING:
All staff are required to wear surgical face masks and goggles or face shields while taking care of your loved ones.
Daily (2x/day) temperature checks of residents will continue.
Daily/shift staff health screenings and temperatures will continue.
Daily (2x/day) disinfecting checklist of all common areas, resident rooms and frequent touch points throughout the facility.
Appropriate common areas will continue to be treated with the UV lights and disinfection practices. 

In room, 1 to 1 resident activities will continue at this time. We will be postponing all communal dining, activities, and beauty shop until further notice. 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO: 
Call or write to your loved one. 
FaceTime or Skype with them. Don’t hesitate to call us for assistance. 406-488-2300
Send care packages or drop them off at the front desk. We will follow infection control protocol prior to delivering any contents.
Look to our Sidney Health Center’s Facebook for more real time notices of what we are doing/planning. 


We will continue to update you if any new cases with residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Sincerely,

 

Rajohn Karanjai, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Jen Doty
Chief Executive Officer

Ashley Tanner
Senior Executive, Long Term Care Services

                         
ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS: Ashley Tanner 406.488.3917