It is an honor to be entrusted with the care of patients and residents in our centers; it is a responsibility and privilege that we do not take lightly. The safety and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is our number one priority. To that end and in alignment with CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance on COVID-19, Diversicare is restricting ALL visitors and non-essential health care personnel except in compassionate care situations. We have an interdisciplinary team monitoring and reviewing information about the virus and its prevalence.
COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the U.S. Given the national spread of this virus, skilled nursing care providers across the country and many right here in southern Indiana, are providing care to positive COVID-19 residents. We are committed to continue our collaborative efforts with the local and state health departments to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our center. Diversicare has pandemic policies and procedures in place, and our team is working around the clock to be as prepared as possible.
It has become abundantly clear that the number of asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the rapid spread of COVID-19. These asymptomatic carriers are important to be identified so that we can effectively cohort our residents as well as the team members caring for them. For the safety of our residents and team members, we made the decision to test all residents, regardless of symptoms presenting because it is the right thing to do to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We believe 100% testing in our center was necessary to protect not only the residents in our center but also our community as a whole.
At this time, Diversicare of Providence is caring for zero COVID-19 positive residents and has five COVID-19 positive team members. We have informed residents and designated representatives and are committed to continue to provide updates on a regular basis.
We have had zero new cases in the last 24 hours and zero deaths in the last 24 hours. The CDC has instructed physicians to report deaths of those who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive as a ‘COVID-19 death’. Our patients are elderly, frail, and often have co-morbidities. Many of these patients may also be receiving end of life palliative care. It is very difficult, if not impossible, in many cases to accurately determine that COVID-19 was the cause of death for many of our patients who passed away after testing positive. We are unable to say how many of those deaths were primarily related to the effects of COVID-19.
We cannot begin to express how appreciative we are to our dedicated team of caregivers. Early on, we implemented strict visitation policies at our center and screenings of all team members. They have continued to be committed to providing exceptional healthcare during this challenging time. They are our heroes!