Dear Family and Friends,
We understand the huge toll that separation has taken on our residents and families. We are excited to announce that Glenview Health Care will now allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents (regardless of vaccination status), with the exception of the three scenarios listed below. CMS, the federal agency that regulates nursing centers, has updated its visitation guidance due to high resident vaccination rates and a drop in COVID-19 cases around the country.
The following are the three scenarios where indoor visits would not permitted per CMS:
• If the Center’s county positivity rate is greater than 10% AND less than 70% of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated, then unvaccinated residents may not receive visits;
• Residents with confirmed COVID-19, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they meet criteria for discontinuation of transmission-based precautions; and
• Residents in quarantine (observation), whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine. Center staff, visitors and residents must still adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control, including maintaining physical distancing, screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, hand hygiene, wearing a surgical mask and conducting visits outdoors whenever possible. This continues to be the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly if either party has not been fully vaccinated.
We are working with our pharmacy partners to establish additional vaccination opportunities for our newly admitted residents to continue to keep all our residents as safe as possible. Thank you for your continued support during this very difficult pandemic. We are excited to begin welcoming you back into our Center. Resident and staff COVID-19 vaccination rates include those residents and staff members that received dose one of the COVID-19 vaccine, through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care program.
Center COVID-19 administration rates can be understood within the context of the CDC announcement that “among 11,460 SNFs with at least one vaccination clinic conducted during the first month of the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, a median of 77.8% of residents and 37.5% of staff members received ≥1 vaccine dose through the program.” Overall, our staff vaccine acceptance rates far exceed this national average, and resident acceptance rates are also above the national average with 86% of residents and 51% of employees receiving the vaccine. Of course, this data changes weekly, as we receive new admits and discharge residents home after their short term therapy stay.
We are so extraordinarily proud of the progress our centers have made vaccinating both residents and staff. These acceptance rates are a testament to the hard work and dedication our leadership and center staff have shown throughout this entire pandemic.