COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

COVID-19 Newsletter - May 26, 2020

This week’s updates are noted below:

  • Donations have been received from:
    • Joanna Faulconer donated special essential oil goodie bags for all of the team members;
    • Robbie Berry donated Mary Kay lotion for CNA recognition week
  • Window visitation has started with the designated windows and appointments. Please call our Social Workers to schedule a time to window visit at the designated windows.  This is one more effort to keep each of you in touch with your loved ones.  This is a very trying time for everyone, so thank you to all for your understanding.
  • The weather is getting warmer which promotes going outside to enjoy fun outdoor activities. We realize that vacations are starting and people are not always being as cautious while on vacation as they are at work.  We, therefore, have implemented a process to ensure that our team members are safe prior to returning to work in order to protect other team members and residents. 
  • As you have all been contacted, you are aware that we have had one team member test positive for COVID-19. This team member self-quarantined immediately when there was realization of being exposed, even prior to being tested. We continue to do everything we can to ensure the residents are not exposed, i.e., masking is mandatory for everyone, even residents who choose to come out of their rooms.  We have been encouraging all residents to remain in their rooms as an extra precaution, even prior to this event.  There is continuous training with team members and residents on hand-washing/sanitizing and proper use of PPE.  Rest assured that we are observing and re-educating on an ongoing basis.  The health and well-being of our residents and team members is of the utmost importance to us.  We are working very closely with the Virginia Department of Health and following their guidelines relative to testing and infection control processes, ongoing.  They are the ones that make the decision whether to test all or not.
  • There has been no change relative to when the nursing facilities will open, i.e., in the LAST phase, but we will keep you informed if something changes.
  • REMINDER—we are here to assist you with Face Timing your loved one. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.  We have the equipment. As long as you have a Smart Phone, we can make it work.
  • We continue to have a good stock of PPE.
  • Donations of non-perishable food items for our team members are still being accepted.
  • Remember, to send our team members a card of thanks. They are truly HEROES and working very hard to keep your loved ones safe. 

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your cooperation with the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents.

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator
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COVID-19 Letter - May 26, 2020

 Residents and Family Members:

We regret to inform you that Dogwood Village of Orange County Health and Rehabilitation has confirmed that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority. We are doing everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Dogwood Village Health and Rehabilitation, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we continue to restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We recognize that this is a very difficult time for everyone and we will continue to provide you with frequent updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.  

We realize that you may have questions and encourage you to contact our Infection Control Preventionist, Jennifer Harper, RN at 540-672-2611 or email her at jharper@dogwoodvillageocva.org.

Sincerely,

Pamela E Doshier, NHA, MBA, CD
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COVID-19 Newsletter - May 18, 2020

This week’s updates are noted below:

  • Donations have been received from:
    • American Woodmark Corporation
    • Martin brought in donuts
  • NATIONAL SKILLED NURSING CARE WEEK was a huge success. Our parade with you all was so heartwarming.  Just the look on your faces and the residents’ faces was worth a million bucks.  We are planning another parade for June 10th, same time, same place.  We hope to see everyone come back, plus more.  Thanks to all of our parade participants. 
  • FaceBook is loaded with pictures of our events for the week.
  • As we begin to open back up, per the Governor’s guidelines, we urge everyone to still be very cognizant of social/physical distancing, masking, and washing your hands. We are now at 60 cases in Orange, up by 12 from last week, with 3 hospitalized.  We cannot let our guard down.  We CAN break this chain.
  • The Governor’s updated guidelines for going into Phase 1 on May 15th, as we know. Today, 5/18/20, he spoke about opening Virginia Beach on Friday, May 22, 2020, for recreation other than just exercise and fishing; however, there will be Beach Ambassadors to ensure participants are still practicing physical distancing and masking, along with the high touchpoint areas being sanitized frequently.  If you decide to imbibe in the beach atmosphere, please remember these guidelines.     
  • News continues to reflect that nursing facilities will be in the LAST phase for opening back up to the public, but we will keep you informed if something changes.
  • REMINDER—we are here to assist you with FaceTiming your loved one. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.  We have the equipment. As long as you have a Smart Phone, we can make it work.
  • We continue to have a good stock of PPE.
  • Donations of non-perishable food items for our team members are still being accepted.
  • Remember, to send our team members a card of thanks. They are truly HEROES and working very hard to keep your loved ones safe. 

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your cooperation with the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents.

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - May 12, 2020

This week’s updates are noted below:

  • Pruitt Pharmacy provided pizza for the nurses on National Nurse’s Day
  • We have received more homemade cloth masks—THANKS TO ALL!!
  • NATIONAL SKILLED NURSING CARE WEEK started on Mother’s Day. We have a week full of things we are doing for our residents and team members. 
    • Monday—Doorway Bingo;
    • Tuesday—The Soul Train rolled down the hallways with team members dancing along;
    • Wednesday—banana splits will be enjoyed by all and then, we are having a parade with family members driving by in their cars—join the parade. The residents will love seeing their family members even if from a distance; 
    • Thursday—“Funnercise”; writing cards to families;
    • Friday—we wind down the week with fresh popcorn and cards to the ground floor residents.
  • Watch Facebook for some pictures of our events this week and ongoing.
  • We want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the AWESOME TEAM here at Dogwood Village who have been very conscientious and focused on the safety of our residents.
  • As we begin to open back up, per the Governor’s guidelines, we urge everyone to still be very cognizant of social distancing, masking, and washing your hands. We are now at 48 cases in Orange with 3 hospitalized.  We cannot let our guard down.  We CAN break this chain.
  • The Governor’s updated guidelines for going into Phase 1 on May 15th; includes opening of more retail, restaurants with outdoor seating up to 50%, grooming salons by appointment only, beaches for exercise/fishing only, social gatherings continues to be a 10 person limit, face coverings are strongly encouraged, childcare is open for working families, places of worship for drive-in services; 50% capacity, private campgrounds will open, state parks open for day use and overnight in phases, and schools continue to be closed.   
  • As you may be aware, there are still major concerns regarding opening nursing facilities and other post-acute centers; therefore, nursing facilities will be opening up in the LAST phase to ensure the safety of our residents.
  • REMINDER—we are here to assist you with Face Timing your loved one. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.  We have the equipment. As long as you have a Smart Phone, we can make it work.
  • We continue to have a good stock of PPE.
  • Donations of non-perishable food items for our team members are still being accepted.
  • Remember, to send our team members a card of thanks. They are truly HEROES and working very hard to keep your loved ones safe. 

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your cooperation with the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents. 

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - May 4, 2020

We continue to be COVID-19 free!

This week’s updates are noted below:

  • Martin donated 6 dozen donuts to our team
  • We have received more homemade cloth masks—THANKS TO ALL!!
  • NATIONAL NURSE’S WEEK starts this week. We have a week full of things we are doing for our nurses.  We have received numerous donations:
    • McDonald’s & Pepsi are donating breakfast for 11-7
    • Hardee’s & Pepsi are donating chicken tenders for days/evenings
    • Staples has donated note pads and pens
    • McKesson/Seni have donated tubes of lotion for those extremely sanitized hands
    • American HealthTech and Legacy Hospice are donating meals for the nurses
    • Hershey’s has provided the nurses with candy bars
    • Krispy Kreme donuts will be provided on Monday
    • And, Corkcicle cups will finish out the week of recognition
  • We urge everyone to be very cognizant of social distancing, masking, and washing your hands as we continue to have new cases pop-up all-over Virginia. We are now at 39 cases in Orange with 3 hospitalized.  We CAN break this chain.
  • In the communications from the Virginia Department of Health, we are able to view the facilities that have COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, there are quite a few with COVID-19; however, the good news is that there are numerous facilities that are still COVID-19 free, as are we.      
  • Hope you saw the pictures of our team and Board in their Rosie the Riveter pose on our FaceBook page. We had loads of fun posing and taking pictures!  #Break the Chain!!
  • The Governor’s updated guidelines are that we continue with the same measures that are currently in place. We will go into Phase 1 for reopening on May 15th; therefore, the guidance continues to be “stay at home”.  Phase 1 includes opening of more retail, restaurants, and hair salons all with specific requirements that must be met in order to open, i.e., physical/social distancing, masking, and more cleaning/disinfecting expectations.    
  • Nursing facilities will be opening up in the LAST phase to ensure the safety of our residents.
  • We will be receiving some PPE from FEMA sometime in the near future. We do, however, continue to have a good stock of PPE. 
  • Donations of non-perishable food items for our team members are still being accepted.
  • Remember, to send our team members a card of thanks. They are truly HEROES and working very hard to keep your loved ones safe. 

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your cooperation with the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents.

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - April 28, 2020

We continue to be COVID-19 free!

This week’s updates are noted below:

  • Pruitt Pharmacy provided us with 60 desserts, again, to share with our team.
  • McDonald’s is offering a free meal per day to first responders and healthcare workers.
  • As we all know, we continue to have new cases pop-up all-over Virginia. We are now at 27 cases in Orange with 3 hospitalized.  It will be quite a while before we are back to business as usual.  We need to keep our guard up for a long time to win this war against COVID-19.  We CAN break this chain.
  • We receive continuous updates and information from the Virginia Department of Health that offers new and current information in real time. We want to ensure that everything we are doing and hearing is accurate.    
  • Remember to, please take a picture making your best Rosie the Riveter pose and we will post it for your loved one to see. This Friday is our Rosie the Riveter day.  We will have on our Rosie t-shirts (provided by our Board—THANK YOU) and bandanas.  Join us by sending in your pictures. #Break the Chain movement!!
  • Even though some states are opening various businesses, we are following only the Governor’s guidelines. We do not foresee any changes at this time or in the near future. 
  • Nursing facilities will be opening up in the LAST phase to ensure the safety of our residents.
  • We continue to be able to access PPE on a consistent basis. We are using some daily, but only as required. We are not at the point of having to reuse PPE, yet.    
  • Donations of non-perishable food items for our team members are still being accepted.
  • As we receive cards for our residents from all over the nation, we would like to ask you to send our team members a card of thanks. They are truly HEROES and working very hard to keep your loved ones safe. 

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your understanding for the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents.

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - April 20, 2020

We continue to be COVID-19 free!

This week’s updates are noted below:

  • We again received a bunch of masks. We truly appreciate everyone’s efforts to ensure that we are supplied.  Special thanks to Terry Graham and Eileen Woodcock who made 185 masks for our team.  In addition, members of the Covenant Community Christian Fellowship brought a wonderful supply of masks that have pouches for filters.  THANK YOU ALL and EVERYONE else who has contributed to us. 
  • Hospice of the Piedmont is providing our team with lunch on Wednesday.
  • Pruitt Pharmacy provided us with 60 desserts to share with our team.
  • As we all know, we continue to have new cases pop-up all-over Virginia. We are now at 20 cases in Orange.  PLEASE ensure that you and your loved ones are following the guidelines for social distancing and washing of hands.  We can break this chain.
  • Our team meets daily to discuss information related to COVID-19 to ensure we are current on all the changes occurring, as they happen daily. We participate in various webinars sharing information and changes.  Understanding this virus is critical to ongoing protection for our residents. 
  • You might wonder what #Break the chain and Rosie the Riveter have to do with this. We have decided this is our motto.  Please take a picture making your best Rosie the Riveter pose and we will post it for your loved one to see.  We want to get as many as we can to share here and on Facebook.  Start the #Break the Chain movement!!
  • All team members have been reeducated on the proper handwashing technique, along with the proper way for donning and doffing PPE. Team members are being observed to ensure they are performing correctly.
  • Restricted visitation continues, which includes no “window” visiting due to privacy of others. End-of-life visitation is the exception, and then, only 2 may visit at a time.  End-of-life means that they are imminent in their transition, not just on Hospice.
  • REMEMBER, the Governor’s order of “stay home”. As we hear daily, there are possibilities of phasing into “normalcy”; however, until we go 14 days without Virginia’s number of cases rising, we will continue being under the stay at home order.    
  • Nursing facilities will be opening up in the LAST phase to ensure the safety of our residents.
  • We continue to be able to access PPE on a consistent basis. We are using some daily, but only as required. We are not at the point of having to reuse PPE, yet.    
  • We continue to collect non-perishable food items for our team members that might be struggling with the additional costs related to meals.
  • A special THANKS to all of our team members who are working diligently to protect our residents and ensure their care needs are met, as well as our team’s family members for their support and understanding.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your understanding for the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents. 

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - April 13, 2020

We continue to be COVID-19 free!

This week’s updates are noted below:

    • We continue to receive numerous donations and masks that have been made for which we wish to express our many thanks. THANKS to everyone for your support!!
    • Legacy Hospice provided Subway platters for our team members
  • We are monitoring the number of cases in Orange and Virginia, daily, maintaining our awareness of the spread of this virus.
  • Restricted visitation continues, except for end-of-life residents, and then, only 2 may visit at a time. End-of-life means that they are imminent in their transition, not just on Hospice.
  • REMEMBER, the Governor’s order of “stay home”. We know it is hard not to be able to see your loved one, but it is imperative that we all do what is asked of us in order to conquer this virus.  We appreciate your support and understanding. 
  • Several families have Facetimed or Skyped with their loved one. The residents love it!
  • We are providing various creative activities to keep the residents engaged, i.e., doorway Bingo, snack cart, one-one visits, airplane making/flying contest…all while maintaining social distancing. Thanks to our Activity Team for their creativity.
  • Residents coming out of their rooms are masking. We are asking that they stay in their rooms as much as possible for additional protection.  However, we realize that some residents prefer moving around; thus, the masking requirement.
  • All team members are masking at this time. Direct Care team members are wearing surgical masks, not cloth.  We truly appreciate all of the cloth masks that have been donated for others to wear.  Please know that we are being frugal with our PPE supplies to ensure we have an adequate supply for use with you/your loved one(s). 
  • We continue to collect non-perishable food items for our team members that might be struggling with the additional costs related to meals.
  • A special THANKS to all of our team members who are working diligently to protect our residents and ensure their care needs are met.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  We appreciate your understanding for the necessary restrictions.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents.

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP, Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - April 6, 2020

We continue to be COVID-19 free!

This week’s updates are noted below:

    • We continue to receive numerous donations for which we wish to express our many thanks. THANKS to everyone for your support!!
    • KFC donated a meal with our DVOC badge last week.
    • Domino’s Pizza donated some pizzas for our team.
  • Restricted visitation continues, except for end-of-life residents, and then, only 2 may visit at time. End-of-life means that they are imminent in their transition, not just on Hospice.
  • REMEMBER, the Governor’s order of “stay home”. We know it is hard not to be able to see your loved one, but it is imperative that we all do what is asked of us in order to conquer this virus.  We appreciate your support and understanding. 
  • Facetime or Skype with your loved one. They love it!
  • All team members are masking at this time. Direct Care team members are wearing surgical masks, not cloth.  We truly appreciate all of the cloth masks that have been donated for others to wear.  Please know that we are being frugal with our PPE supplies to ensure we have an adequate supply for use with you/your loved one(s). 
  • We continue to collect non-perishable food items for our team members that might be struggling with the additional costs related to meals.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents. 

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP, Administrator
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COVID-19 Newsletter - March 30, 2020

We are currently COVID-19 free!

Each day brings a new experience and ever-changing recommendations relative to the COVID-19.  Keeping you informed of the things that we are doing to keep you/your loved one(s) safe is paramount for continued open communication.  Noted in our previous letters, the same items are being carried out. We are in close contact with Virginia Department of Health. This week’s updates are noted below:

  • We have received numerous donations for which we wish to express our many thanks:
    • Bill Berry/Kendra Crane from the school system donated gloves/masks
    • Kim Ellis donated some Gnomes for our residents
    • Conway & Joanna Faulconer donated goodie bags for our team members and activity books for the residents
    • Melissa Henderson has facilitated the receipt of cards and letters to our residents
    • Eileen Dunn donated some homemade masks
    • Robin Walters donated some handmade flowers for the residents
    • THANKS to everyone for your support…and, if I have missed someone, thank you for your generosity
  • Restricted visitation continues, except for end-of-life residents, and then, only 2 may visit at time.
  • We are collecting non-perishable food items for our team members that might be struggling with the additional costs related to meals

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.  Each day is a new day and we are working toward continued safety for our residents. 

All future updates will be on Facebook and our website.

Yours to count on—
Pamela E. Doshier, NHA, MBA, CDP
Administrator