COVID-19 Daily Email Update 5/20/2020

 

To all MORA Employees, Guardians/Families, Case Managers and Board Members,

This letter is detailed and important. Read it fully and carefully.

I am sorry to report that we have our 3rd confirmed case of COVID-19. This is notification that a Mount Olivet Rolling Acres staff has tested positive for COVID-19. If you were not contacted directly by phone, you have not been directly exposed.

We are letting you know only because client care, protection protocols and hygiene procedures will be changing at this MORA site under the guidance of Director of Nursing, Jen Hall.  Any protocol changes will be captured in the Communications Book at this site and updated frequently as the situation develops. We have contacted the Minnesota Department of Health and will closely follow their guidance.

We understand you may feel nervous. However, we have been preparing to care for both clients and staffing needs during COVID-19. Please remember to contact Stacy Richards in Human Resources by phone immediately, 952-767-4831, if you have possible symptoms of COVID-19 (temp of 100.4° or above, shortness of breath, cough). The sooner we are aware the sooner we can help ensure your health and safety.

Follow Privacy Laws: We fully expect all employees to follow privacy laws (HIPAA). We are not allowed to disclose the name of any staff member who tests positive for COVID-19, or any other medical conditions. We know that many of our locations are close-knit and may operate more like a family, and may figure out if an employee has tested positive. We ask that employees refrain from having conversations about this topic and refrain from trying to investigate who may have tested positive. If you become aware that someone has tested positive, do not communicate this information with anyone else. Doing so is a violation of HIPPA.

We also wanted to update you on changes to protocol as we transition from Stay Home MN to Stay Safe.  Going forward, we WILL allow outdoor visits with families with the following requirements:

  • Maintain 6 ft distance
  • All participants wear masks
  • One family at a time in the outdoor space
  • < 10 people total
  • Staff must provide oversight
  • Call ahead to schedule with home/Supervisor to ensure we are not “mixing” households
  • Dogs, on 6 ft leashes welcome
  • These changes to protocol are ONLY for SLS homes, ICF homes continue under our current restrictions of no visitors. (ICF homes include Cottage 1, Cottage 2, JanView and Mackenthun)

 

We have NOT changed our overnight visit protocol. The current guidance is that anyone who leaves their current home needs to quarantine, upon return, in their own bedroom, with their own bathroom, for 14 days. All staff would also need to wear PPE for those 14 days. Considering the difficulty in being able to quarantine in our homes; both with space, staffing and PPE supplies, not to mention how difficult this would be on our residents mental health during that 14 day period, we do not feel that home overnight visits are safe for anyone.  We appreciate your understanding and honoring this decision.

We will continue to monitor MDH/DHS requirements as well as the health of all of our homes. If we see any changes, we will adjust our protocols and let you know.

Thank you for continuing to take care of yourselves, our clients and give your generous hard work to our mission during this difficult time. We all need to play our part in helping to minimize the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19.  To review the latest reliable information on this topic, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us  or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.

A bit of Good News. The staff that was in the ICU with COVID-19 is now out of ICU and recovering in the hospital. Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers. Keep them coming!

Please direct any questions to:

Tracy Murphy, President
Stacy Richards
Jennifer Hall

Thanks for ALL you do. Be good to yourselves,

T.