October 2: Routine Testing Update
On September 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a regulation regarding COVID-19 testing requirements for team members and residents in the healthcare areas. This routine testing—based on the positivity rate in Botetourt County for the prior week—is designed to identify asymptomatic cases early and allow for a rapid response. While The Glebe’s leadership team understands that the recent positive cases amongst team members are concerning, the testing process is achieving its intended goal.
Due to Botetourt County’s COVID-19 positivity rate, the Glebe is testing team members in the health care area twice a week. On September 28, the routine testing identified an asymptomatic certified nursing assistant (CNA) who tested positive. The CNA has been removed from the schedule and is self-quarantining at home. Once the positive case was identified, contact tracing began. All residents who may have been in contact with this CNA have been notified and are self-quarantining for 14 days. These residents have also been tested per the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines.
Out of an abundance of caution, The Glebe’s leadership team has decided to institute a seven-day visitor restriction while test results are pending. On October 8, The Glebe’s leadership team will re-evaluate the situation and determine if the visitor restriction will remain in place. All residents are asked to stay home and stay safe. Communal dining has been suspended at this time. Meals will be delivered to all residents. All indoor activities have also been suspended for the time being.
VDH has been notified of this positive test and The Glebe’s team continues to follow all recommended guidelines for infection prevention and spread. All residents and team members will continue to be tested every three to seven days, in accordance with Botetourt County’s positivity rate, until all tests are negative.
The Glebe’s team urges all residents and team members to continue wearing masks and using proper hand hygiene. Everyone will continue to be screened before entry into the community. All team members are required to wear facial coverings. Team members who have interactions with residents are required to wear surgical masks.
During this difficult time, The Glebe team wants to assure the extended community that these restrictions are precautionary and temporary; no residents or team members are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19.
Please reach out to The Glebe’s team if you have questions or concerns. Stay tuned to https://theglebe.org/blog/covid19/ for the latest updates.