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COVID-19

Current St. Luke procedures in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Notification 5-29-2020

On the afternoon of May 29th we received notification that one nursing home resident tested positive for COVID-19. This resident has been relocated to a separate unit and proper precautions have been initiated based on guidance from the CDC and the Stark County Health Department.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

We have called and are working in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department. We will provide additional notifications as we have more information.

For questions you can call Heather Coontz at 330-966-5626 or Kathleen Langer Champlin at 330-966-5604.

Weekly COVID-19 Update 5-7-2020

Here is your St. Luke Lutheran Community weekly update concerning COVID-19 with information about steps we are taking to reduce the risk of infection.

Our staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 in early April, has made a full recovery and returned to work. At this time we do not have any additional cases.

Visitor restrictions are still in place.

Substantial actions to reduce the risk of transmission based infection continue.

Residents are screened for signs and symptoms three times per day.

All essential staff and vendors are screened upon entering and exiting the building. Any staff showing symptoms are sent home and directed to follow up with their physician.

As part of our process we isolate residents who begin to show symptoms and newly admitted residents are monitored in private rooms for 14 days.

We continue to hold dining and activities in resident rooms.

Our cleaning procedures have been intensified during this event.

Weekly notifications will continue per Health Department guidelines until further notice.

Weekly COVID-19 Update 4-30-2020

 

At this time the staff member we notified you about earlier this month, who tested positive for COVID-19, is recovering nicely and expected to return to work soon. We have not had any additional cases at this time.

 

Visitor restrictions are still in place.

 

We are monitoring residents with screenings for signs and symptoms three times per day.

 

All staff and vendors are screened upon entering and exiting the building. Any staff showing symptoms are sent home and directed to follow up with their physician.

 

Actions have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection on the guidance from local, state and federal agencies.

 

We have plans in place to isolate residents who show symptoms and are keeping newly admitted residents in private rooms for 14 days of monitoring.

 

Dining and activities are occurring in resident rooms to meet social distancing guidelines.

 

We have heightened cleaning procedures in our facility.

 

Weekly updates will continue per Health Department guidelines until further notice.

Weekly COVID-19 Update 4-24-2020

Here is your St. Luke Lutheran Community weekly update concerning COVID-19 with information about steps we are taking to reduce the risk of infection.

At this time the staff member we notified you about last week, who tested positive for COVID-19, is still off from work. We have not had any additional cases at this time.

Visitor restrictions are still in place.

We are monitoring residents with screenings for signs and symptoms three times per day.

All staff and vendors are screened upon entering and exiting the building. Any staff showing symptoms are sent home and directed to follow up with their physician.

We are following plans from our Medical Director and Infection Preventionist Nurse to reduce the risk of transmission based on the Health Department.

Dining and activities are occurring in resident rooms to meet social distancing guidelines.

We have also heightened cleaning procedures in our facility to include deep cleaning all of the dining rooms.

Update - April 14, 2020

Dear St. Luke Lutheran Community- North Canton staff, residents, and families,

I would like to inform you that a St. Luke Lutheran Community- North Canton office staff employee has tested positive for COVID-19 0n April 13, 2020.

The staff member has not worked since April 3rd and had limited contact with anyone in the facility.

We have notified the Stark County Health Department and affected individuals per local, state, and federal guidelines/guidance.

No additional facility precautionary measures are necessary at this time. We will continue to work hard to keep everyone safe in this challenging environment.

Please call 330-966-5626 if you have any questions.

COVID-19 Update 4-1-2020

St. Luke Lutheran Community has instituted additional infection control protocols in response to the Health Alert issued by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on April 1, 2020. Maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our residents and staff is our number one priority.

ODH is recommending that all staff in long-term care facilities wear a surgical/medical facemask while working to avoid asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19. This directive includes facilities, such at St. Luke, not known to be affected by COVID-19 at this time.

Therefore, all St. Luke staff will be required to wear a facemask in the facility. This is an additional extra precaution to ensure resident and staff safety.

 

COVID-19 Update 3-24-2020 6:45 am

Now that the Ohio Stay at Home Order is in place we recommend that you have items needed by your loved ones shipped to our campuses.

Supplies, drinks, and food items:

If items must be dropped off they can be placed in a container at the entry of each of our campuses in a bag clearly labeled with the name of the resident and their room number. Individuals dropping off items will not be permitted to enter the building. Please call the front desk when you drop the items off. All food items must be in prepackaged, sealed containers. We are not allowing home cooked items at this time.

Deliveries including food, flowers and balloons:

Individuals delivering items will not be permitted to enter the building. Items can be placed in a container at the entry of each of our campuses and must be clearly labeled with the name of the resident and their room number. When you order from companies delivering items please instruct them to call the front desk when the items are delivered.

Laundry: Until further notice St. Luke Lutheran Community will launder all items for all of our residents.

Medications: Please contact the nurses’ station on their unit for instructions.

Medical appointments: Please contact the nurses’ station on their unit for instructions.

 

We are not issuing documentation for family members of residents as a waiver from the Stay at Home Order.

We are still following the Ohio State Department of Health Amended Director’s Order from March 13, 2020 limiting access to Ohio’s nursing homes and similar facilities. “No visitors of residents shall be admitted to any Home, except for end-of-life situations.”

 

Our campuses:

North Canton: 330-499-8341 • 220 Applegrove St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720

Portage Lakes: 330-644-3914 • 615 Latham Lane, Akron, OH 44319

Minerva: 330-868-5600 • 4301 Woodale Ave. SE, Minerva, OH 44657

 

For more information about the Ohio Stay at Home order

Full Director's Order

Stay at Home Order FAQs

For more information about COVID-19 visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/
https://www.starkcountyohio.gov/public-health/coronavirus-updates?ext=.

 

Memo to: All staff, visitors, and essential personnel 3-14-2020

The Governor of the State of Ohio and Director of the Ohio State Department of Health at 10:25 pm on March 13, 2020 issued an Amended Director’s Order to limit access to Ohio’s nursing homes and similar facilities.

“No visitors of residents shall be admitted to any Home, except for end-of-life situations.”

During this time, we will work with you to develop a reasonable plan for you to communicate with your loved one. We are beginning to setup video chat options. Please visit https://www.stllc.org/video-chat/page.html for details and to schedule sessions.

All access to our campuses will be restricted to the Main Entrance for anyone entering the building.

All individuals, staff, visitors and essential personnel will be screened for COVID-19 signs and symptoms each time you enter at the facility. As part of this process, you must provide a legal Federal or State issued identification along with address and phone number.

Please cooperate with us as we protect the health and safety of our residents, families, and staff. For more information contact Kathleen Langer Champlin, Executive Director at 330-966-5604, Heather Coontz, Director of Community Relations at 330-966-5626.