Latest COVID-19 Update
Friday, May 21, 2021
It appears as if COVID-19 is retreating, and we certainly welcome the break. All staff and resident testing for this week was negative. On Wednesday we received written notification from the Department of Health on the revised guidelines in the areas of visitation, COVID-19 testing, and communal & dining activities.
Below are a few important takeaways:
- As previously mentioned, we are now allowed to open the hair salon.
- There are limited circumstances involving vaccination status and the location of visits where residents and visitors may choose to have close contact and remove their facemask (please see details attached, this will also be provided during visitation).
- The day rooms will be reopening for communal activities.
- Logging and screening of everyone entering RCH remains a priority regardless of vaccination status.
- Written informed consent from residents and visitors is still a requirement of visitation.
- Visitors are still required to wear well-fitting masks regardless of their vaccination status.
Victory over COVID has not yet arrived but it is growing close!
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
On Wednesday we received some eagerly anticipated updates from our state Department of Health. These updates include the following:
- The Beauty Salon can now open with the return of our hair stylists (Stay tuned for the new schedule as we work behind the scenes to get things up and running again.)
- Group activities can now include residents from other floors (Residents who are fully vaccinated may participate without socially distancing and without wearing a mask. However, if a resident who is not vaccinated is present, all residents in the activity MUST wear a mask. While we respect that vaccination is a personal choice, we would like to encourage once again those who have not yet received the vaccination, to consider it. It is our best chance of getting back to a pre-pandemic lifestyle.)
We are very excited to bring you this news. However, understand that we are still awaiting some directives from the DOH on how these new allowances should proceed. These directives will be given mid-next week. We will follow up with more details then.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
We are celebrating the end of our Outbreak status. As of yesterday, we are no longer considered to be in outbreak status. This means that we have not had any facility onset COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days! This is especially good news for our SNF residents because we can now open the dining room starting tomorrow. Of course, we would still need to socially distance ourselves and take safety precautions.
Nothing will change regarding visitations. Families can continue to use signup Genius to schedule their visits.
Unfortunately, this does not change the restrictions on the beauty parlor. Under the current guidelines, we are still not allowed to have those personnel in the building. We will keep you updated once we receive word from the state.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Our COVID-19 test results for this week are in! Once again, we are in the clear with everyone testing Negative. We could not be happier to bring you this news because it means we can continue the indoor visitations. Although the CDC recently updated their guidelines on lifting restrictions in regard to dinning and activities for fully vaccinated Skilled Nursing residents, we have not received a directive from the Department of Health just yet. We will keep you posted as the directives are received.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
We bring you great news! Last week we reported that one of our staff members from the therapy department had tested positive using an off-site lab. Yesterday we learned that there was an error in the reporting of the results from the off-site lab. It turns out, the staff member’s test was actually negative. All previously reported cases have recovered and we’ve had no new cases in the last 14 days. This means we can resume indoor visitations tomorrow!
Outbreak Response Plan
Updated January 14, 2021 – Per the reopening guidance given to LTC facilities by the NJ Department of Health, Reformed Church Home has created a COVID-19 Outbreak Response Plan to be fully prepared in the event of a future COVID outbreak. Please see the attachment for more information. This document will be updated as necessary and implementation will be announced on our website, via emails to all current families, and other methods.
For any questions or concerns, a dedicated hotline number (848) 230-6427 at RCH can be called. Families will be able to leave a message for follow-up by the administrative team.