June 12, 2020
Dear Residents and Family Members:
I’m happy to report that we are now 17 days free of resident cases, we do have two new employee cases that were staff in non-resident contact positions. At day 28, the health department will consider our outbreak (which began in March) to have been resolved. We are waiting on guidance from DSS to start outside visitation.
Reaching day 28 is one of the criteria for reopening a nursing facility or assisted living;
the process of resuming normal operations and relaxing restrictions will be determined by the state and local health department and based on CMS guidelines. These guidelines identify requirements for removing restrictions, including the case status in the community that surrounds us, a state inspection of infection control and prevention practices, and the availability of ongoing testing for staff. Facilities will not be permitted to relax restrictions without the support and approval of the local and state health departments. Further information about this process can be found at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-30-nh.pdf.
Recently the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) launched a new website that chronicles the extent of COVID-19 cases in nursing facilities only. A review of the data attributed to Beth Sholom and many other agencies across the country is grossly misstated and factually inaccurate. When announcing the new website, even CMS acknowledge in the beginning the site might include bad data as developers and reporting agencies worked through the bugs of a new system. CMS made the site available prior to confirming that the information was correct. They have committed to updating the platform, so it better reflects the true number of cases in nursing facilities across the country.
To stay informed, please continue to check our phone line (804) 421-5141 and website for updates, www.bethsholomliving.org . If you would like to receive updates by email, contact us
at email@example.com and provide your name, the name of your loved one and the building where they reside.
Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of social distancing and frequent handwashing.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer