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COVID-19

Current St. Luke procedures in response to COVID-19

St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton Response to COVID-19

At St. Luke Lutheran Community, the health and safety, as well as the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of our residents is of utmost importance and priority. The residents we serve are cared about deeply, and we take our responsibility of providing care for them seriously. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our level of care and sanitization have been elevated as we work even harder than before to protect our residents and staff.

Following strategic guidelines from the Stark County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health, we are working diligently to limit and prevent the possible transmission of coronavirus.

Up-to-date, preliminary positive case numbers for our facility can be found at coronavirus.ohio.org.

The following rules and procedures have been implemented across our North Canton assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in an effort to diminish the spread of the virus:

-          Public health officials are notified as required, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health, and Stark County Health Department are implemented and followed

-          Positive residents are relocated to an isolation unit and their physicians and responsible parties are notified

-          Resident emergency contacts and staff are notified of any positive cases through phone, text, and email notifications

-          Only authorized staff members have access to the COVID isolation units and wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) while providing care

Air Scrubbers have been installed in our COVID isolation units

-          All staff members and vendors must wear an N95 face mask and a face shield while in the building

-          We practice social distancing and encourage it among our residents through enhanced in-room activities. Staff members practice social distancing in common areas like the employee break room by sitting at individual, separated tables. Both staff and residents perform proper hand hygiene procedures

-          All staff members and vendors are screen for signs and symptoms upon entering and exiting the facility

-          Visitor access to the building has been temporarily suspended until further notice

-          Testing for staff and residents has been increased to every 3-7 days

-          Positive staff members are removed from the scheduled, instructed to follow up with a physician, and cannot return to work until cleared by their local health department

-          All staff have been educated on the proper use of PPE and proper hand hygiene procedures

-          An additional infection control nurse educator has been added to our team to ensure heightened infection control measures are followed

-          Effected living areas, as well as common “high-touch” areas throughout the facility, are sprayed using an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer

-          Wavelength UV portable sanitation units have been purchased to further aid in disinfection processes

 

Unfortunately, despite our efforts, like so many other nursing care communities who have experienced similar challenges, we can confirm that some of our residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and that some of those residents have passed. We are extremely saddened that the pandemic has touched our facility in this way, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of our residents.

Your continued prayers and patience is greatly appreciated as we work to protect our residents and staff while limiting and preventing additional transmission. The need for faith-based care doesn’t stop during a time of crisis, and neither will we.


 

NORTH CANTON FACILITY

COVID-19 Notification for 10-22-2020

St. Luke Lutheran Community-North Canton COVID-19 update for October 22, 2020.

We were notified that an additional staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member has not been at the facility for one week.

We are working in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

We continue to re-test staff and residents with negative results via nasal swab until we have no positive results for a 14 day period. We will be re-testing residents and staff who have been negative on Friday, October 23.

Per ODH, those who have tested positive will not be retested for 12 weeks.

Outdoor/ indoor visitation remain on hold at this time. For specific precautions, that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org or call and speak to us directly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604.


 

COVID-19 Notification for 10-21-2020

St. Luke Lutheran Community-North Canton COVID-19 update for October 21, 2020.

We were notified that an additional resident has tested positive for COVID-19. They have been moved to the isolation unit and their physician and responsible party have been notified.  

We are working in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

We continue to re-test staff and residents with negative results via nasal swab until we have no positive results for a 14 day period.

Per ODH, those who have tested positive will not be retested for 12 weeks.

Outdoor/ indoor visitation remain on hold at this time. For specific precautions, that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org or call and speak to us directly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604.


 

COVID-19 Notification for 10-19-2020

St. Luke Lutheran Community-North Canton  COVID-19 update for October 19, 2020.

We received notification that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was removed from the schedule until cleared to return by the health department.

Three or more residents/staff have exhibited signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The residents have been placed in isolation precautions and the staff members have been removed from the schedule.

We are working in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

Staff and residents who have tested negative will be retested tomorrow.  Per ODH, those who have tested positive will not be retested for 12 weeks.

Outdoor/ indoor visitation remains on hold at this time. For specific precautions, that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org for more information or call and ask to speak with our infection control nurse Katlyn.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604.


 

COVID-19 Notification for 10-16-2020

St. Luke Lutheran Community - North Canton COVID-19 update for October 16, 2020.

As you’re aware, we continue to Covid test residents and staff  2 times a week via nasal swab until we have no positive cases for 14 day period. All staff and residents who have tested negative will be re-tested on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. We will notify you of positive results. 

We were notified that several staff members and several residents under our recent group testing have tested positive for COVID-19. These staff members have been removed from the schedule and will not return to work until cleared by the health department. The residents that tested positive have been moved off their unit to an isolation unit. We have had several residents this week that have been cleared by their physician to move off of the isolation Unit.

We continue to work closely with the Stark County Health Department to inform them of new cases and are following their strategic guidelines.

While at work St. Luke staff are provided a mask and face shield to be worn.

We have been utilizing our electrostatic disinfectant cleaning system to  treat resident rooms and common areas. We continue to do frequent sanitizing of high touch surfaces, and encourage residents and staff to use good hand hygiene by hand washing frequently and using hand sanitizer and hand wipes as needed to keep hands clean.

In addition we have been also added a UV light that is used in sanitizing areas throughout the community.

Visitation remains on hold at this time in an increased effort to protect the health of our residents and staff members. 

For questions regarding COVID-19, prevention and procedures, please contact Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604 .


 

COVID-19 Notification: 07-15-2020
NORTH CANTON FACILTY
VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Responsible Restart: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Interim Visitation

Starting July 21, 2020, scheduled outdoor nursing home visitation is permitted.

Please see below for the updated requirements for Assisted Living Visitations

What You Need To Know:

· Prescheduled visitation is available 7 days per week from the hours of 10am to 4p for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

· Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for Monday-Friday visits and at least 48 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday visits.

· Visits will be limited to no more than 3 visitors per visit; each resident is permitted 3 in person visits/week.

· No children under the age of 2 will be permitted at this time, all others must be capable by age/maturity to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

· No food or drink is permitted to be consumed during the visit. If you would like to bring your loved one a food or drink, it must be dropped off at the front desk and it will be delivered to their room for after the visit.

· The facility reserves the right to reschedule visitation due to inclement weather, including extreme heat.

Beginning July 15, 2020, you may contact us to schedule your visit. For ease of scheduling a visit, we ask that you please call 330-499-8341 and select #3, leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Guidelines:

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Once you arrive to the main entrance, proceed to the front desk for screening.

1. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to, during as needed, and after each visit and wear a face mask. Visitors must provide their own face mask.

2. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to complete a screening form

     a. Visitors will be screened for fever and respiratory illness using a designated form prior to entry.  
         Those with symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will
         not be permitted to visit.

     b. Sign in is required in the designated visitor log book.

3. Once screening is completed, staff will direct you to the designated area.

4. Visitors are limited to an outside patio designated by the facility, please do not rearrange items.

5. Refrain from physical contact with resident and others while visiting the facility. Example:  practice social distancing with no hand shaking or hugging and remaining 6 feet apart.

6. At the prescheduled time we will assist your loved one to the designated area. Residents are required to wear a mask during the visit.

7. Visit is limited to 30 minutes, once you are at your designated area, if you would like a shorter visit or need to leave early, please call 330-499-8341 and ask for your loved one to be assisted back inside. Please do not leave without making sure your loved one is returned safely inside.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.


 

PORTAGE LAKES FACILITY

PORTAGE LAKES FACILITY

Responsible Restart: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Interim Visitation

Starting July 22, 2020, scheduled outdoor nursing home visitation is permitted.

Please see below for the updated requirements for Visitations

What You Need To Know:

·    Prescheduled visitation is available Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from the hours of 10am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

·    Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for Monday-Friday visits and at least 48 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday visits. Please be sure to call during business hours 9aa-5pm.

·    Visits will be limited to no more than 3 visitors per visit; each resident is permitted 2 in person visits/week.

·    No children under the age of 10 will be permitted at this time, all others must be capable by age/maturity to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

·    No pets allowed.

·    No food or drink is permitted to be consumed during the visit. If you would like to bring your loved one a food or drink, it must be dropped off at the front door and it will be delivered to their room for after the visit.

·    The facility reserves the right to reschedule visitation for any reason including inclement weather, extreme heat, etc.

For ease of scheduling a visit, we ask that you please call Brianna Kocevar at 330-245-7312, if she is unable to answer please leave a message with your name and phone number.

Guidelines:

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Once you arrive call the front desk at 330-644-3914 to let us know you are here. We will then meet you outside the front doors for screening.

1. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to, during as needed, and after each visit and wear a face mask. Visitors must provide their own face mask.

2. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to complete a screening form

     a. Visitors will be screened for fever and respiratory illness using a designated form prior to entry. Those with symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough,
     shortness of breath, or sore throat) will not be permitted to visit.

     b. Sign in is required in the designated visitor log book.

3. Once screening is completed, staff will direct you to the designated area.

4. Visitors are limited to an outside patio designated by the facility, please do not rearrange items.

5. Refrain from physical contact with resident and others while visiting the facility. Example:  practice social distancing with no hand shaking or hugging and remaining 6 feet apart.

6. At the prescheduled time we will assist your loved one to the designated area. Residents are required to wear a mask during the visit.

7. Visit is limited to 30 minutes, once you are at your designated area.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.


 

MINERVA FACILITY

COVID-19 Notification for 10-5-2020

St. Luke Lutheran Community-Minerva COVID-19 update for October 5, 2020.

We were notified that three new residents tested positive for COVID-19. The residents have been placed in isolation and the responsible party and physician have been notified.

Additionally, three staff members have tested positive. They have been removed from the schedule and are being monitored by their local health department.

We are working in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines.

Those staff and residents who have tested negative will be re-tested on 10/8/2020. You will be notified only of positive results.

Per ODH, those who have tested positive will not be retested for 12 weeks.

We have enhanced our cleaning procedures. We will be implementing a wavelength UV portable sanitation unit to further aid in the disinfection process.

We take pride in the care that we are providing to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Katlyn Mickley, RN, at 330-704-5161.


 

MINERVA FACILTY

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Responsible Restart: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Interim Visitation

Beginning June 10, 2020, families may call into the facility to schedule an outdoor only visitation.

Please see below for the updated requirements for Assisted Living Visitations

What You Need To Know:

· Prescheduled visitation is available 7 days per week from the hours of 10am to 4p for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

· Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for Monday-Friday visits and at least 48 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday visits.

· Visits will be limited to no more than 3 visitors per visit; each resident is permitted 3 in person visits/week.

· No children under the age of 2 will be permitted at this time, all others must be capable by age/maturity to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

· No food or drink is permitted to be consumed during the visit. If you would like to bring your loved one a food or drink, it must be dropped off at the front desk and it will be delivered to their room for after the visit.

· The facility reserves the right to reschedule visitation due to inclement weather, including extreme heat.

To schedule a visit, we ask that you please call 330-868-5600.

Guidelines:

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Once you arrive to the main entrance, proceed to the front desk for screening.

1. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to, during as needed, and after each visit and wear a face mask. Visitors must provide their own face mask.

2. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to complete a screening form

     a. Visitors will be screened for fever and respiratory illness using a designated form prior to entry.  
         Those with symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will
         not be permitted to visit.

     b. Sign in is required in the designated visitor log book.

3. Once screening is completed, staff will direct you to the designated area.

4. Visitors are limited to an outside patio designated by the facility, please do not rearrange items.

5. Refrain from physical contact with resident and others while visiting the facility. Example:  practice social distancing with no hand shaking or hugging and remaining 6 feet apart.

6. At the prescheduled time we will assist your loved one to the designated area. Residents are required to wear a mask during the visit.

7. Visit is limited to 30 minutes, once you are at your designated area, if you would like a shorter visit or need to leave early, please call 330-868-5600 and ask for your loved one to be assisted back inside. Please do not leave without making sure your loved one is returned safely inside.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.