COVID-19 Update

January 23, 2021

Dear Resident and POA of Dunklau Gardens:

This communication will be brief, but to meet CMS guidance, the facility is required to continuously update the residents and POAs of any new positive cases of COVID-19 in the facility. This morning, while completing the required resident screening, the staff was able to quickly identify our 3rd resident who then tested positive for COVID-19 with Point of Care testing, which was completed in the facility. The resident was already in isolation in the “potential exposure” YELLOW ZONE, so no additional exposures in the facility occurred. Resident was moved to the RED ZONE and already received their BAM Monoclonal Antibody Infusion. We continue to monitor all residents with a greater degree of frequency as we combat this most recent outbreak. All residents currently recovering from COVID-19 are doing well, with minor symptoms. We anticipate a positive recovery with all residents having received the first vaccine dose as well as rapidly receiving the monoclonal antibody infusion.

There are no additional changes in room isolation at this time, but we may alter this after consultation with other resources should that be necessary. It is most important to ensure the safety and protection of our residents and staff as we continue to test twice a week both residents and staff for no less than 2 weeks to ensure no other new positives are identified. Resident and staff testing on Friday the 22nd revealed no new positives, but we know this can change in a 24 hour period of time.

We ask for your prayers for successful healing and recovery for our residents and for continued diligence as we combat COVID-19 both within and without the facility. Please stay safe!

Jayma Brown, BSN, MSHA
Director of Nursing, Dunklau Gardens

Rachel Reiman, PT, MSHA, LNA
Administrator, Dunklau Gardens


January 22, 2021

Dear Resident and POA of Dunklau Gardens:

As required by CMS, this is notification that Dunklau Gardens identified a new resident that tested positive for COVID-19 on 1/21/21. This resident was moved immediately to the RED ZONE for appropriate care and treatment. Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded our YELLOW ZONE exposed isolation areas to include the following:

DG 200 rooms 225-232

DG 300 rooms 314-327

This is in addition to the rooms listed in the communication provided on 1/21/21:

  • DG 100 rooms 100-105, 107-112, 114, 115 YELLOW ZONE; 106,113 GREEN ZONE
  • DG 100 rooms 116-121 RED ZONE
  • DG 300 rooms 300-313 YELLOW ZONE
  • DG 200 all rooms GREEN ZONE; 205, 215 GRAY ZONE

As you may have been hearing in the news, while the government has provided the States with adequate supply of the monoclonal antibody infusion, they are finding that its utilization has not been what one would expect with the number of new cases being documented. We can assure you that we immediately pursue the monoclonal antibody infusion for those residents who meet the criteria and have found it to be very affective at decreasing COVID-19 symptoms and improving the overall outcome in those receiving it. Even with our newly identified resident on 1.20.21, the time from identification of COVID-19 to the resident receiving the monoclonal antibody infusion was only 4 hours! We are blessed to have immediate access to infusion services through Methodist Fremont Health and will continue to pursue the most effective treatment available for our residents when indicated.

As the community rolls out the next phase of vaccination for COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to contact your local health department and get yourself registered! This vaccination is most critical for your health and safety, our community and to facilitate future visitation in the facility. Until then, we will continue to stay the course and test our staff twice a week and residents with the same degree of frequency when indicated, use masking, social distancing and hand hygiene at all times. We have increased our resident screening during the 14 day period of isolation and have increased staff screening as well.

Thank you again for your support and patience as we continue to maneuver through this most difficult time, but hope is here and we continue to encourage vaccination!!

Thank you for your consideration,

Jayma Brown, BSN, MSHA
Director of Nursing, Dunklau Gardens

Rachel Reiman, PT, MSHA, LNA
Administrator, Dunklau Gardens

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