November 24, 2021
Dear Residents, Families & Friends:
We would like to provide you with an update on the most recent visitation guidelines, issued by The Rhode Island Department of Health, November 18, 2021.
Based on the revised regulatory guidance, we are pleased to inform you that indoor visitation will now be permitted at all times during normal visiting hours here which are 9.00am-9.00pm and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status. Effective today, there will no longer be limits on the time of arrival for visitation, we do ask that you continue to call and set up appointments to visit as to allow us to try to help control the amount of visitors in our building at the same time. As it was previously stated in our past notices you will still need to screen in and follow all the guidelines set forth previously. However, we respectfully ask that you be mindful of the time you arrive and that if it is “off hours” for our receptionists – that you patiently wait for another member of our team to be available to greet you and screen you – prior to entering the facility.
However, all facility visits should be conducted in a manner that adheres to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention [as noted below] and does not increase unnecessary exposure and/or risk to other residents or yourself.
The updated guidance for visitation and enforced measures for infection prevention are as follows:
- Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility.
- Facilities should screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions.
- Proper methods of hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred)
- Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose) and physical distancing at least six feet between people, in accordance with CDC guidance
- Instructional signage must be displayed throughout the facility and proper visitor education on COVID- 19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, other applicable facility practices (e.g., use of face covering or mask, specified entries, exits and routes to designated areas, hand hygiene)
- Cleaning and disinfecting high-frequency touched surfaces must be addressed frequently, especially in designated visitation areas after each visit
- Appropriate staff use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Effective cohorting of residents when/if exposure occurs (e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care)
- Resident and staff testing must be conducted as required per State and Federal Regulations
Hebert Health Center will continue to ensure that physical distancing is maintained during peak times of visitation (e.g., lunch time, after business hours, etc.) and that social gatherings (e.g., parties, events) be avoided where large numbers of visitors are in the same space, at the same time and physical distancing cannot be maintained. In addition, visitors should not travel around different halls of either facility, or walk into any of the common areas that are assigned for dining and/or group activities. Once screened in by a facility staff member, all visitors should go directly to the resident’s room and/or designated visitation area.
For additional guidance and any questions, you may have, we encourage you to contact a member of our management team.
Linda Wheeler-Omiunu, RN, LNHA, VPO
COVID Vaccination Record
Hebert Health Center
|Date Updated: 10/30/21||POST NUMBER BELOW:|
|Personnel/ Health Care Worker (Denominator) • Includes employees, as well as volunteers, students, trainees, and any individual whether paid or unpaid, directly employed by or under contract with the facility on a part time basis or-full time basis • Reporting should include, but is not limited to: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, environmental, laundry, maintenance, dietary service, certified nursing assistants, therapists (e.g., respiratory, occupational, physical, speech, and music therapists), social workers, clerical, other health care providers, administrative and support staff • Does not apply to a patient’s family member or friend who visits or otherwise assists in the care of that patient in a health care facility • If HCP were eligible to have worked in two or more facilities, each facility should include such personnel in their denominator • Include persons who work full-time and part-time; Count individuals rather than full-time equivalents||Number of Personnel: 100|
|Cumulative number of HCP who have Completed COVID-19 vaccination series (Numerator): Dose 1 and dose 2 of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine -or- Dose 1 and dose 2 of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine -or- 1 Dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine (Data sources may include health records – paper and/or electronic documentation of vaccination. Documentation of vaccination should include vaccine type and date(s) of administration).||Number Completed COVID-19 Vaccination: 98 Percentage Completed COVID-19 Vaccination: 98%|
|Cumulative number of HCP who have received Partial COVID-19 vaccination series (Numerator): Only dose 1 of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine -or- Only dose 1 of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (Data sources may include health records – paper and/or electronic documentation of vaccination. Documentation of vaccination should include vaccine type and date(s) of administration).||Number Received Partial COVID-19 Vaccination: 0 Percentage Received Partial COVID-19 Vaccination: 0|