The remainder of the staff surveillance tests have returned. We have 318 negative tests and the one previously reported non- clinical staff member that is positive. There are no known COVID-19 cases in residents at d’Youville Pavilion.
There continues to be a high level of community transmission in Androscoggin county. What does this mean at d’Youville Pavilion? We will continue to test all of our staff twice monthly. All staff continue to be vigilant in handwashing, wearing PPE and being socially distant from others when not providing resident care. Resident appointments are limited to those that are essential to maintain health and safety. This will help reduce any exposure to our residents from the outside community. Group activities remain on hold and our activities department is working with residents 1:1.
Our staff continue to monitor patients and residents twice daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Those patients that develop any of the signs of COVID-19 are being swabbed and isolated until their COVID-19 status is known.
Any staff that exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with individuals under investigation for COVID- 19 are excluded from work and referred to our employee health department.
Should there be any positive cases in residents or staff at d’Youville Pavilion we will post another update with the plan for testing and how this impacts the care provided to your loved one.
How can you help us keep COVID-19 out of our facility?
- Wear your mask or face covering while out in public
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home while you’re sick and avoid close contact with others
- Limit gathering with people outside of your household
Our staff has done an incredible job with all the added infection control practices we have implemented over the last several months. All these added measures keep our residents safe. However, in the upcoming weeks and months it will be the hardest battle we have fought against COVID-19 to keep it out of the facility. We need your help in reducing community transmission, which will help in keeping our residents free from COVID-19.
Please follow the Maine CDC guidelines found here for COVID-19 prevention.