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The COVID situation in local nursing homes is considerably better than it was at the end of 2020, and the state is taking action to make it that way.

“In 2021, the Rouse Home had only one case of an outbreak of COVID-19 which required the use of our isolation unit,” Marketing Director Kelsey Angove said. “We continue to see a small number of positives among our staff, but we have managed to keep these numbers low through our infection control processes and procedures.”

“At this time, we cannot report any cases among Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation residents and caregivers,” according to a Guardian Healthcare spokesperson.

Since cases were first identified in March 2020, in Warren County, nine facilities qualifying as nursing homes and personal care facilities have had cases of COVID-19.

In those, there were 351 cases among residents and 367 among employees, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 92 residents have died from COVID-19.

The majority of cases in long-term care facilities statewide occurred during peaks in March and April 2020 and November 2020 through February 2021. But, a spike in statewide data State, started end of December 2021.

“The challenges of caring for our most vulnerable populations in a collective setting while managing the threat of COVID-19 creates extremely difficult and stressful circumstances,” said Acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter. “While we are grateful for the efforts of those on the front lines in long-term care facilities, they need more than our gratitude.”

“The Long-Term Care Resilience, Infrastructure Support and Empowerment (LTC-RISE) program provides long-term care facilities with the support they need to fight COVID-19, recover and rebuild, according to a Monday statement.

A federal grant provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the LTC RISE initiative.

LTR-RISE began Jan. 1 and replaces Regional Congregational Care Assistance Teams (RCATs). The RCAT contract expired on December 31.

“The LTC-RISE initiative will provide the same services that Rouse received under the RCAT initiative,” said Angove. “We have a partnership with LECOM through this initiative and they provide technical support and infection control guidance.”

“The safety of our residents, patients and caregivers remains our top priority,” said the Guardian spokesman. “We continue to follow all CDC, CMS, and DOH guidelines for healthcare facilities. The Commonwealth LTC-RISE initiative will be available for all of our sites.

“Our caregivers continue to be focused on delivering quality care in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “We continue to enforce infection control protocols and communicate the importance of vaccinations and proper PPE.”

“The Rouse has certainly seen the impact of COVID-19 over the past two years,” said Angove. “We continue to follow all guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and update our infection control policies as necessary.”

“We have established a COVID-19 Control Task Force, including representatives from each of our divisions, which meets weekly to assess the main pillars of our response plan: education, vaccination, detection and prevention. .”

“Employees are screened for symptoms twice during each shift and all employees are tested twice a week,” she said. “Residents are also screened for symptoms and tested regularly. We are able to do both rapid antigen tests and PCR tests in-house at Rouse Home.

According to the latest information (from mid-December to the end of December) from the Ministry of Health, more than 90% of the residents of Rouse Home (92.9%), Kinzua (90.1) and Warren Manor (90 ,1) were fully vaccinated.

The rate among staff is lower. This number is 74.8 in Kinzua, 67.2% in Warren Manor and 51% in Rouse Home.

“We continue to follow all CMS guidelines regarding COVID vaccinations and religious/medical vaccination exemptions for nursing home staff,” said Angove.

Rouse staff are holding many of their meetings virtually to limit cross-exposure between divisions at the facility, she said.

“The Rouse Home is able to accept admissions while following PA Department of Health quarantine and isolation guidelines,” she said. “A negative test is required for admission and all admissions are retested at the care home upon arrival.”

“Our long-term care facilities provide a nursing home for some of our most vulnerable loved ones. As they continue to work through the current public health threat, we must maintain the resources that have helped facility management, staff and residents maintain safe operations,” said Acting Social Services Secretary Meg Snead. “We are committed to supporting our long-term care facilities through what lies ahead, and LTC RISE will continue the infrastructure that makes possible the prevention and effective response to health risks in long-term care facilities like COVID. -19.”

According to the release, “Through LTC-RISE, long-term care facilities can take advantage of improvement project opportunities in the following areas:

¯ Implement best practices in infection prevention and control and emergency preparedness to improve the delivery of resident-centred care;

¯ Development of a sustainable outbreak response operation structure that meets the needs of the facility; and

¯ Promote professional development and a resilient workforce in long-term care facilities.

“Long-term care facilities face unique challenges during a disease outbreak,” Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield said. “Offering a wide range of support options that meet their needs gives them the flexibility to support their staff and customers in a way that makes sense for each facility.”

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