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Coronavirus Update for Williamsport Retirement Village

WRV Family and Friends: Last week's testing results are ALL negative! Means of visitation remain consistent for window visits and hugging stations, although they must be scheduled through the LIFE enrichment department in advance.  We are brainstorming ideas for cooler weather and how we can continue to keep visitation open while safegaurding against COVID-19.

Effective today, September 21, we will accept flower deliveries from local florist and courier services.  As the holiday season is fast approaching, we are considering ideas for gifts and visitation. We so much appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Please visit our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for more detailed news and continue to pray for us. Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 14, 2020

WRV family and Friends: We are pleased to announce that all resident and staff testing for last week was negative, and we are no longer considered to be in "outbreak." We plan to create a YouTube video update on Friday, September 18, and post it next week. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 8, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We are blessed to report that all resident and staff testing for last week was negative.  We are committed to keeping you informed. Please call 301-223-7971 for questions or concerns. Don't forget to tune in to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for more in-depth discussion. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 31, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We regret to inform you that, for the first time, an employee tested positive for COVID on Monday, August 31. This employee is PRN, hasn’t worked since last week and is quarantining. WRV is taking all the necessary precautions as well, which includes testing for all of our residents. Residents have been tested today and will be tested next week per the health department. We will reevaluate next week and keep you updated. We appreciate you all. Please know that we are taking the best care of your loved ones. Please keep the prayers coming. If you have any questions, call Kristi Ashton at 301-223-7971, ext 3351.

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 24, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: All results from last week's testing are negative, thankfully.  We continue to remain free of COVID-19, but we won't be letting our guard down anytime soon to ensure the safety of all residents and staff members. We'd like to extend a friendly reminder that all "hugging station," "iPad visits" and "window visits" must be scheduled in advance with the LIFE enrichment department.  Also, we are not accepting items dropped off by family members, unless they are for a new admission at the time of admission.  Please feel free to mail in necessary items, cards or small gift items, within reason.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter and hope you continue to stay well! Please reach out with questions, comments or concerns to 301-223-7971.  Thank you and stay safe!"

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 17, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Testing on a weekly basis for all staff members continues, and we are grateful to inform you that last week's testing results are all negative.  We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest facility news through the biweekly letter, this webpage, and our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg. Take care & stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 10, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Another week has passed, and we continue to have all negative results for weekly COVID-19 testing.  We feel fortunate to have stayed clear of COVID-19 to this point and at the same time acknowledge that we are still at great risk to have a circumstance.  As such, we will continue to test weekly until our governing bodies recommend otherwise. We would like to remind you that appointments for the "hugging station" and "iPad visits" should be scheduled in advance through the LIFE Enrichment department.  We continue to brainstorm creative ideas to engage our residents and provide more opportunity for visitation.  Your support, notes of encouragement, kind words and patience during this time do not go unnoticed.  We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest facility news through the biweekly letter, this webpage, and our YouTube channel,  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg. Take care & stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - July 24, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We are pleased to announce that the remainder of test results from last week indicates that we remain free of COVID-19.  This week we wrapped up round 6 of testing for all staff and will keep you updated on those results accordingly.  There was some delay in test processing for last week as CIAN lab is accomodating a significant amount of COVID tests to meet the need for weekly testing for all nursing homes in the area.  Please continue to tune in to the weekly COVID-19 update on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg. If you have questions/concerns you'd like for us to address in the next video recording, we would be so pleased. Please submit that information to kashton@bgf.org with the subject line of "COVID-19 Inquiry."   

We continue to take comfort in your notes of praise, prayers and encouragement as we continue to navigate uncertain territory in this pandemic.  Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - July 13, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Testing results from last week are all negative, thankfully.  We would like to offer an opportunity for a Q&A session for our next YouTube weekly update.  Please email your questions and/or concerns to kashton@bgf.org with the subject line "COVID Question."  We are looking forward to tackling your questions as COVID-19 remains a concern in the community and nation. 

In last week's letter, we mentioned visitation opportunities for the nursing home and Twin Oaks Assisted Living. We would like to make a few clarifications due to the high demand for outdoor visitation.  Outdoor visitation for nursing home residents will begin on July 27 and be available for nursing home residents only (not West View rehabilitation guests).  A designated visitation area will be located in the front yard of the nursing home, not on the front porch.  This will accommodate social distancing for residents who enjoy front porch time independently. The scheduling of these visits will be on a first call, first come basis.  We have a waiting list of appointments to be scheduled.  Also, we would like to emphasize this opportunity must be scheduled in advance with the LIFE enrichment department at extension 1184.  Moving forward, Facetime video chats will be significantly limited to only individuals who are unable to visit the campus (i.e., live out-of-state).  This opportunity is weather-permitting and also contingent on the entire facility staying clear of COVID-19.

In order to facilitate this outdoor opportunity, ground rules must be followed for the nursing home and assisted living: All individuals must: 

  • Schedule their visit in advance  
  • Stay in the designated visitation area for the duration of the visit
  • Practice social distancing (remain at least 6 feet apart) 
  • Wear a facemask 

We appreciate your continued support as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - July 7, 2020

WRV family and friends:  We are grateful to announce that testing results for last week of all staff are ALL negative. We are now on a weekly testing schedule and will continue to keep you updated As always, thank you for the ongoing prayers, kind words, support and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 26, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Round 3 of universal testing is scheduled for June 30 and July 1. This round is a little different because it pertains to staff only.  New guidance released last Friday, June 19, from the Maryland Department of Health explained that nursing homes must test all staff and those who enter the facility regularly, such as Hospice, on a weekly basis.  As such, we will continue to keep you informed through means of this Web site and the biweekly letter.  Additionally, we encourage you to visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for weekly COVID-19 updates on our YouTube channel.

We remain observant as Washington County reopens and are so incredibly grateful for our partnership with the Washington County Health Department.  This partnership will be instrumental in guiding our facility safely through phases of reopening for nursing homes.  It is important to acknowledge that the phases of reopening for the state of Maryland and nursing homes vary greatly.  The primary reason for the variance is due to the fact that nursing homes house one of the most vulnerable, at-risk populations for COVID-19.  As always, thank you for the ongoing prayers, kind words, support and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 15, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Round 2 of universal testing is complete for the campus, and ALL results are NEGATIVE.  We are so incredibly grateful for this news; however we must remain vigilant.  As you may be aware, Washington County is in Phase 2 of reopening, which makes it even more critical that we are cautious and monitoring the number of cases in the community.  We are committed to keeping everyone informed. With that being said, please continue to visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for weekly COVID-19 updates on our YouTube channel. Thank you for the ongoing prayers, words of encouragement and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We remain hopeful and strong! Stay well!" 

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 4, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Even though our COVID-19 testing last week was favorable and all results were negative, we feel that regular testing is imperative while the community is in phases of reopening.  The interval of repeat testing for the future will be determined upon the results we receive for next week. With that being said, all staff and residents will be retested the week of June 8th. The results, as made available, will be posted to this Web site.  Remember to check out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for weekly COVID-19 updates as well.  Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 1, 2020

WRV family and friends:  Universal testing was completed last week for all residents and staff.  We are so incredibly grateful to announce that ALL test results are negative.  To date we have not received a positive result for any residents or staff members.  Thank you for the ongoing prayers, words of encouragement and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We remain hopeful and strong! Click on this link, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg, to check out the weekly COVID update posted to our YouTube channel and don't forget to keep an eye out for the bi-weekly newsletter. Stay well!"  

 

NEWS RELEASE - May 22, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Williamsport Retirement Village has a YouTube channel. Please tune in this weekend for our first weekly update.  Also, be on the lookout for the biweekly letter that was mailed. As always, we welcome your questions and concerns. Please call 301-223-7971. Stay well! 

UPDATE: To view WRV's first weekly update on YouTube, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJX5dYwjJU.

 

NEWS RELEASE - May 20, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We are pleased to announce that we continue to have no cases of COVID among our residents and staff. We have tested nearly 100 residents and staff members campus-wide to-date.  We feel extremely blessed, but also acknowledge that we are still very much at risk given the population we serve.  With that being said, precautions remain in place on all fronts.  Looking into next week, universal testing of all residents and staff will be completed on May 26 and 27. Please continue to check this Website for the latest facility news. We will also publish a COVID update via video this week and in the weeks to follow. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - May 7, 2020

Members of the WRV Family: Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. We are so grateful to report that we have had no cases of COVID-19 for our residents or staff members to date.  We remain vigilant on several topics, including personal protective equipment, testing, infection prevention measures, reporting and following the guidelines issued by our governing bodies. 

As you are likely aware, the information related to COVID-19 changes rapidly...Our COVID-19 response team spends time daily reviewing the latest guidance, making changes as necessary and implementing new policies and procedures.  As this pandemic continues to demonstrate unchartered territory for all, WRV's focus and aim is to remain continually connected to our residents, family members, staff and community partners.  With that being said, please be on the lookout for a letter from us entailing how you can tune in to a weekly recording for facility updates.  We encourage you to continue utilizing this Web site for updates also. If you have questions or concerns related to this information, please call 301-223-7971, extension 3350. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - April 20, 2020

While we are still under continued restrictions, we would like to remind our residents' family and friends to please contact our LIFE enrichment department to schedule a FaceTime visit. Call 301-223-7971 and ask to speak to LIFE Enrichment. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - April 8, 2020

Effective April 3, laundry and nonperishable drop-off services were precluded due to increasing community-based transmission of COVID-19 in our area. With the approaching Easter holiday, we would like you to know that the US postal service is still an option for cards and packages. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this ever-changing time.

 

NEWS RELEASE - April 6, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village currently has NO cases of COVID-19 on campus. We will continue to screen every employee entering the building to ensure the safety of our residents throughout these trying times.  

Again, we would like to recognize the outstanding efforts  made by our staff daily to ensure the health and safety of our residents during these trying times. We are always available to answer any questions you may have by calling  our Administration office at 301-223-7971. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 27, 2020

While visitation remains restricted, our LIFE Enrichment team continues to work closely with the residents and families to provide communication through FaceTime and Skype.  If you would like to be added to our communication calendar, please call 301-223-7971 ext. 1184 to coordinate the call.

Again, we would like to recognize the outstanding efforts  made by our staff daily to ensure the health and safety of our residents during these trying times. We are always available to answer any questions you may have by calling our Administration office at 301-223-7971. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 25, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village remains committed to the safety of our residents and will continue to restrict visitation until future notice. We appreciate your continued understanding.

Please don't hesitate to contact the facility with any questions or concerns by calling 301-223-7971.

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 23, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village remains committed to the safety of our residents and will continue to restrict visitation until future notice. We appreciate your continued understanding.

As a reminder, we would like to share the following preparedness measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Prevention to keep you and your family safe during the days ahead.

  • Have an adequate supply of non-prescriptive drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines
  • Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply; refill your prescriptions if needed
  • Have a thermometer, tissues and hand sanitizer in case you become ill and must stay at home to recover
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what will be needed to care for them at home
  • Have a two-week supply of water and food at home

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 21, 2020

In a continued effort to offer our residents remote access to their friends and family during the state ordered visitation restriction, WRV will continue to provide the option to communicate through Facetime or Skype.  Please call 301-223-7971 ext.  1184 for assistance.

If you have questions or concerns, please call 301-223-7971 and ask to speak to the Administration office. Thank you for your continued understanding.

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 18, 2020

Per the Maryland Department of Health and Governor Larry Hogan, all visitation remains restricted at this time due to the COVID-19. We do have iPads and computers available for those who would like to Facetime or Skype with one of our residents. Please call 301-223-7971, ext 1184, to coordinate the call.

We would like to recognize the outstanding effort being made by our staff daily to ensure the health and safety of our residents during these trying times. Our LIFE enrichment team continues to maintain a level of normalcy and hopes to to mail handmade cards, made by our residents, to their friends and families within the coming week.

Please contact our administration office at 301-223-7971 if you have any questions. We will continue to post brief updates each week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) by noon. Thank you for your continued understanding

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 13, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the declaration of a National Emergency, we are precluding ALL visitation of non-essential persons indefinitely effective 3/13/2020. Williamsport Nursing Home and Twin Oaks Assisted Living is devoted to the continued care and support of the population we serve

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 10, 2020

On behalf of Williamsport Retirement Village, we would like to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) very closely to ensure we are taking the appropriate measures to protect our communities, residents, and staff, and are responding to developments as they occur. 

Viral transmission is similar to the flu via respiratory droplets and close contact with infected individuals.  After exposure, the symptoms of the illness include cough, fever and shortness of breath.  This lasts from 2-14 days after exposure.  The illness usually resolves on its own with supportive measures including rest, hydration and medicines to relieve cough and fever.  At this time, there are no indicated antiviral medications, and a vaccine is currently under development.  Seniors and immunocompromised individuals are at greater risk for complications.

At this stage, Brooke Grove Foundation is following the guidance from the Maryland Department of Health.  Residents admitted from local hospitals are screened at the hospital prior to discharge.  Additional medical and food supplies are being ordered and kept on hand, in the event that the spread of the virus affects delivery of goods.

The general strategies CDC recommends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long term or Post-Acute Care facilities are the same strategies we use every day to detect and prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses like influenza.

Efforts to prevent the introduction of the virus to the facility are as follows:

  • Visitation is prohibited at this time per the Maryland Department of Health.  For extenuating circumstances relating to visitation i.e. end of life care and extreme change in condition please call 301-223-7971 extension 3350.
  • Our sick leave policies ensure employees are able to stay home if they have symptoms of a respiratory infection.
  • Assess resident symptoms of respiratory infection prior to admission to the facility and follow the CDC recommendations for admission or quarantine.
  • Resident outings to the community for lunch and other off campus activities will cease temporarily.

Efforts to prevent the spread of the virus within the facility:

  • Monitor local and state public health sources to understand COVID-19 activity in the community.
  • Ongoing education for staff and residents of the need for diligence in hand washing.
  • Monitor residents and employees for fever or respiratory symptoms and direct accordingly.
  • Environmental services staff are taking extra measures to wipe down door handles, handrails, counter tops and other surfaces with anti-viral cleaning agents.
  • Restrict residents with fever or acute respiratory symptoms to their room.  If they must leave the room for medically necessary procedures, have them wear a facemask.
  • Masks, gowns, gloves and shoe covers are in short supply. Suppliers are rationing them in order to ensure that all facilities receive supplies. WRV is accepting its full rations to increase supplies on hand.
  • If cases of the COVID-19 develop within the facility, we will stop group activities, and control the movement of staff from unit to unit as much as possible.  We will also stop the use of volunteers temporarily.

The best way to prevent this or any respiratory illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. 

  • Avoid non-essential travel to affected communities and countries.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your arm at the elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Brooke Grove Foundation takes the health and wellness of our residents and staff as its highest priority.  We are closely monitoring developments in real time and will modify our response as required.  We will continue to communicate any further updates to you as necessary.  Updates will continue to be posted on this Web site.


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