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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/23/2021

In order to be completely transparent regarding COVID activity in the community, we are sharing information regarding every level of care. As part of the CMS requirements to keep you informed of COVID-19 activity within the health center of this community, please be advised of the following:

Skilled Nursing (Health Center
Date1/23/2021
☒New Confirmed Infection(s) of COVID-19:
1
New Cumulative Total of COVID-19 Infections since March 2020):
83
☐Three or more ☐residents or ☐staff with new on-set of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.
Mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.☐Normal operations will be altered.
☐Resident(s) have been moved to quarantine unit.
☐Droplet precautions will be initiated.
☐Resident(s) will be placed on isolation.
☒Resident currently hospitalized.
Personal Care
Date1/23/2021
☐New Confirmed Infection(s) of COVID-19:
NO CHANGE
New Cumulative Total of COVID-19 Infections since March 2020):
4
☐Three or more ☐residents or ☐staff with new on-set of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.
Mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.☐Normal operations will be altered.
☐Resident(s) have been moved to quarantine unit.
☐Droplet precautions will be initiated.
☐Resident(s) will be placed on isolation.
☐Resident currently hospitalized.
Independent Living
Date1/23/2021
☐New Confirmed Infection(s) of COVID-19:
NO CHANGE
New Cumulative Total of COVID-19 Infections since March 2020):
3
☐Three or more ☐residents or ☐staff with new on-set of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.
Mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.☐Normal operations will be altered.
☐Resident(s) have been moved to quarantine unit.
☐Droplet precautions will be initiated.
☐Resident(s) will be placed on isolation.
☐Resident currently hospitalized.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Stay well,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA
Executive Director
slachman@wel.org
267-348-3340

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/22/2021

Below please find a Campus Update for Wesley Doylestown.

Skilled Nursing
Although we are continuing with our outbreak protocols, I am happy to share that all COVID-19 testing conducted this week was negative. On Wednesday January 20th a total of 42 residents received their booster vaccine and 3 residents received their 1st vaccine. The booster will be administered on or about February 10th. Most residents had mild side effects such as low grade fever and lethargy that resolved after Tylenol and bed rest. One resident was hospitalized for fever and chills. We will continue testing our staff 2x per week through next week per outbreak protocol and our residents will be tested through Friday January 29th. We will not have the results of that test back until Monday February 1st so we are planning quarantine through that time. This is a slight change from my previous correspondence, which indicated Thursday January 28th as the end date.

Personal Care
We surprised some residents in Personal Care on Wednesday afternoon when we asked them to come down to begin their vaccination process. We were able to give 23 residents their first shot. They will receive their booster on or about February 10th. A small handful of residents experienced mild side effects including lethargy. The remaining residents in Personal Care will receive their 1st vaccine during the January 30th clinic, 11am to 5pm. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Personal Care.

Independent Living
I know the vaccine is top of mind for residents in Independent Living. I have received calls and emails from many residents and families asking why WEL Doylestown has not provided vaccination information for this group. Please know that residents in Independent Living are not specified in the Governor’s Plan; only the skilled and personal care licensed beds are specified along with our staff. WEL Doylestown does not have access to vaccine nor are we able to administer the vaccine, other than through our partner, CVS. It is unclear how much vaccine will arrive on site, until they are actually here and unpacking. Furthermore, if the last vaccine draw out of the vial is low, they do not use that dose. So the amount varies as the clinic progresses.

That being said, if there is availability of the vaccine after all Personal Care residents and staff have received it on January 30, any remaining will be offered to our residents in Independent Living on January 31st. In an effort to prepare for this, you must have your most updated health insurance card on hand. You will need to bring it to receive the vaccine. CVS will run your insurance on site prior to your vaccination. This is in no way a guarantee that we will be able to provide the vaccine nor do we have any way to know if there will be an excess, or how much of an excess. It also means that we may not be able to vaccinate all residents residing in Independent Living. Please also check with your family physician and visit the Bucks County Department of Health Pre-registration site. Pre-registration means that the Bucks County Department of Health will contact you when you can register to receive the vaccine through the county. This is an option if you are unable to receive it at WEL Doylestown. The link is as follows: https://buckscovid.powerappsportals.us/Vaccine-Registration/Phase-1A-medical/

The team and I pride ourselves on clear, timely communication but unfortunately, we have not be able to provide that for our IL residents and families related to the vaccine because the information we ourselves have is limited. Please know we are doing our very best and will make every effort to get every resident vaccinated but we cannot make promises. We do recommend investigating other options for the vaccine. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support; not only are we all dealing with COVID-19, we are also working through the vaccination process which has proven to be challenging as well. But as with everything else, we will get there!

Dining
Don’t forget the Bistro is open for lunch! The team is working hard to re-open the Bistro and Heritage Hall for dinner in the near future. We miss you!

Human Resources
On a happy note, please join me in welcoming Kathy Pinzka. Kathy is our new Director of Personal Care & Home Care. Kathy is an experienced licensed personal care administrator and a licensed practical nurse, and has served at both Peter Becker and Gloria Dei. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She will be on campus beginning Monday January 25th. Kathy can be reached at Extension 512. We will be making time for her to meet all of the residents and staff in the near future. We are thrilled to have her as part of the Doylestown Team!

Warm regards,
Maureen

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Executive Director update 1/22/2021

In the next step to our moving to our new pendant system, we are now going to move towards adjusting our system for checking in daily. As a reminder, we have 2 check in systems here at WEL Main Line. We will be ending one of these systems and continuing with the other. We are ending the use of the ‘I’m ok’ button and we will be using the dinner attendance as our check in system.

For a review, the dinner attendance system is related to the routine of either coming down for dinner in person, calling down for delivery, or calling down to let them know you were not coming down for dinner that evening. The list is compiled of those who haven’t done one of those 3 and we check on those who have not done one of those 3 tasks. We do have a few residents that have opted out of the request to call down daily to dining and we will reach out to those to engage them in a system to contact our security systems, either through dining or the concierge desk. The significant majority of our Independent Living residents do use dining services close to daily. As a reminder, dining extension is #207.

With the change to pendants for all of our residents, we are providing a device that should be with the resident at all times, so if there is a personal emergent need, there is more of an ability to contact our security and wellness staff in real time. The system being replaced did require you to be able to reach a pull cord, as opposed to a personal pendant on your person. The use of this pendant is strongly encouraged by myself and our wellness staff. We have already had some pendant calls to date.

We will begin to remove the old devices from the apartments in the next few weeks. We will also update the resident handbook to reflect the change as well.

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/22/2021

An employee who has been out of work for several days was tested through their physician’s office and was determined to be positive. The last test they had through WEL Pennypack Park was negative.

The positivity rate in Philadelphia for the period January 15 thru January 21 has dropped to 7.4%. As the city dropped below 10% testing of employees will reduce to once per week. Health center resident testing will remain weekly.

Stay safe,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA
Executive Director
slachman@wel.org
Direct: 267.348.3340

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Update for all WEL Upper Moreland Residents, Families and Staff– 1/22/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

As a result of last week’s positive COVID-19 case in Personal Care, we are conducting weekly testing of Personal Care residents and staff. We have one resident and one employee who tested positive in this week’s round of testing.

The Personal Care residents were tested yesterday using rapid tests. There were no new positive results.

At this time, in accordance with state guidelines, the residents of Personal Care are continuing with quarantine to the floor of their room and their individual rooms. We are working to isolate and contain the spread of the virus. All staff working in personal care are wearing full PPE to protect the residents and staff.  Housekeeping is working to sanitize all surfaces. Meals are being delivered to resident rooms. Visitation of personal care residents has been suspended.

Also in accordance with state and CDC and Department of Health guidelines we are continuing weekly testing of personal care residents and all staff. The residents will be tested on Monday January 25th and the staff will be tested on Tuesday January 26th from 10am to 4pm.

All Residents: If you experience any symptoms of a fever, new or persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden onset of fatigue please inform the care office. For staff members if you experience any of the symptoms please contact your supervisor.

We are continuing with a suspension of all group activities. The Cornerstone Dining Room remains open. We are working on a plan to make limited apartment cleaning available.

We are working on coordinating a vaccination plan for IL residents. We will inform you when we have more information.

Daniel Frost

Executive Director

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