September 29, 2020 Update
As of today, we have been released from monitoring by the Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD). Residents and staff that previously tested positive have been released by JCHD and we have had no additional positive residents or staff since September 1st.
Currently, due to Jefferson County’s positivity rate, all employees are tested twice a week. According to both JCHD and DHSS guidelines, residents will only be tested if they have signs or symptoms. As of today, we have no residents with any signs or symptoms. We continue to monitor residents 3 times a day and staff are screened prior to each shift. We continue to wear required PPE per CDC, DHSS, and JCHD recommendations.
According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), indoor visitation for skilled care residents will be permitted once the Jefferson County positivity rate falls below 10% and there has been no new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days in our facility. This positivity rate is provided by CMS on a weekly basis. Once these guidelines are met and indoor visitation is permitted, we must follow additional restrictions and guidelines from CMS. We will notify skilled care resident’s families as soon as indoor visitation is permitted.
The Assisted Living is licensed and regulated by the Missouri DHSS and does not fall under CMS regulations (positivity rate is not a determining factor). DHSS has issued a set of restrictions and guidelines for Assisted Living facilities to allow limited indoor visitation. Therefore, as our Assisted Living has been COVID free we will be offering limited indoor visitation beginning Monday, October 5th. Keep in mind, DHSS has set multiple restrictions and guidelines for these visits. Call Michelle at 636-933-2927 for further information and to set up an appointment.
Thank you to the JCHD and DHSS for your continued support and guidance. We would also like to thank our staff for their continued dedication to our residents at Crystal Oaks during this difficult time. We would also like to extend our appreciation to family and friends of our residents for their continued patience and understanding.
As always, please call 636-933-1818 with any questions or concerns.