Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our HOME.


Weekly COVID-19 notification 11 24, 2020
Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Southeast Colorado Hospital District (SECHD) Employees AND we have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our HOME. As of 11/24/2020:
• Currently 0 residents and 2 LTCC/ALZ staff have confirmed/active COVID-19. If a resident test positive, we will notify the resident's representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
• 10 SECHD staff members have recovered from COVID-19.
• 2541 residents and SECHD staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
• It has been 2 days since a new resident or LTCC/ALZ staff member has tested positive.

SOUTHEAST COLORADO LONG TERM CARE CENTER/ALZHEIMER'S UNIT is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:
• Enhanced infection control precautions
• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
• Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
• Postponing communal events
• Limiting communal dining to those neighbors needing assistance or on altered diets
• encouraging residents to wear masks and social distancing when out of room.
• Asking residents to cover their mouth and nose when staff enter.
• All staff wear masks and eye protection whenever in the home.
• Residents are encouraged to wash hands or hand sanitize before and after every meal.
Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.
We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we 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 also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, on social media, skype, or outdoor visitation. You can schedule video chats and calling by calling the nurses station - LTCC- 719-534-2144 or the ALZ 719-523-2140. For video chats and calling you may also email activitydirector@sechosp.org or call the Life Engagement Department at 719-523-2159. We have a nursing home Facebook page and you can find us under SECH LTCC - we do shout outs throughout the month. If you want to schedule outdoor visitation call 719-523-2141 (outdoor visitation has been cancelled until further notice, sorry for the inconvenience).
We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call for nursing question at Heather Burdick, DON @ 719-523-2144 or Glenice Wade ADON 719-523-2141, email for nursing questions at hburdick@sechosp.org or gwade@sechosp.org.
For administrative questions please contact Dave Engel, CEO @ 719-523-2130 or email at dengel@sechosp.org .


For Immediate Release
Monday, November 2, 2020
Conor Cahill |conor.cahill@state.co.us
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AARP Recognizes Colorado as
Model for Addressing COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

DENVER - The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recognized Colorado as a model for addressing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. AARP has launched a new Nursing Home Dashboard with state-by-state data showing Colorado's progress mitigating spread in long-term care facilities.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition from one of the nation's most distinguished organizations focused on addressing issues affecting older Americans," said Governor Polis. "We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for seniors living in nursing homes. While we are still fighting this virus, it is heartening to know that our Residential Care Strike Team is now being used as a national model."

In its initial assessment, analyzing data through Sept. 20, Colorado fared significantly better than the U.S. national average in three critical categories:
• Nursing Home Resident Cases (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 1 per 100 residents.
o National state average: 2.6 per 100 residents.
• Nursing Home Resident Deaths (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 0.17 per 100 residents.
o National state average: 0.48 per 100 residents.
• Nursing Home Staff Cases (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 0.9 per 100 residents.
National state average: 2.5 per 100 residents.

"I commend Gov. Jared Polis and CDPHE, and specifically the Residential Care Strike Team, for their leadership as national models for proactively addressing a difficult situation," said Bob Murphy, the State Director of AARP Colorado.

"We have made tremendous progress reducing COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, thanks in large part to decisive action taken by the Residential Care Strike Team back in May," said Randy Kuykendall, CDPHE director of health facilities. "The Strike Team will continue to meet and make recommendations for as long as the virus remains a threat in group-living settings."

The Residential Care Strike Team was formed in May and immediately set to work addressing five main areas: testing, enforcement and education, increased access to personal protective equipment, isolation plans, and staffing improvements.

In the U.S. more than 84,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19, representing 40 percent of all COVID-19 fatalities in the nation, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's most recent analysis released October 8.

Additional data points providing more information about each category in the AARP Nursing Home Dashboard are available online at aarp.org/NursingHomeDashboard.