Durango, Colo.: San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and Four Corners Health Care Center are working together to implement facility-wide testing of residents and staff at the long-term care facility. The testing will take place on Monday, May 18 for residents and Tuesday, May 19 for staff.
The Four Corners testing will be the first of SJBPH’s prioritized surveillance testing sites. SJBPH is initiating prioritized surveillance testing to get an understanding of risk in facilities and businesses with high-contact interactions. SJBPH believes it is Important to keep high-risk patients protected from spread of coronavirus, and early identification of infection can prevent widespread transmission and outbreaks.
While no residents at Four Corners Health Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time, testing all residents and staff could reveal any asymptomatic cases and allow the facility to better cohort residents based on the test results, optimize the use of appropriate PPE, and accurately monitor any symptoms as they may develop.
“We at Four Corners Health Care Center understand this is an unsettling time for families and greatly appreciate their concern,” said Christy Bradley, Administrator at the Center. “We are in communication with residents’ family members to inform of about the measures the Center is taking to care for residents while keeping them updated on any significant changes to their loved ones’ condition,” Bradley said.
“SJBPH appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with Four Corners Health Care Center in our first prioritized surveillance testing,” said Liane Jollon, Executive Director of SJBPH. “This type of testing will help us get a better picture of transmission in facilities and businesses with high-contact interactions, helping us ensure the health and safety of employees and patients,” she said. “We know Four Corners Health Care Center has worked hard to keep their residents and staff safe during this pandemic, and this testing is one more demonstration of that commitment,” Jollon said.
Four Corners Health Care Center continues to take significant measures to protect all their residents and staff, including:
- Providing appropriate PPE, taking heightened precautions and adhering to protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- Before every shift, all staff and outside essential healthcare professionals are screened for respiratory illness, which includes a temperature check.
- If a staff member does not feel well, they have clear direction to stay home, and the facility is providing support mechanisms to help them during this time.
- Visitation of residents is restricted at this time based on guidance from the CDC and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Four Corners Health Care Center will continue to be transparent with all information released to the authorities, family members, and the wider public, while maintaining the dignity and privacy of each of their residents. The Center appreciates the continued support of the long-term care community, and the agencies and associations that support us in our efforts.
For the most up to date COVID-19 information, visit SJBPH’s website at: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.