Statement From Signature HealthCARE
Thursday, August 13, 2020
"Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville recognizes, as the COVID-19 numbers rise throughout Greene County and fears grow in our community, the probability for misinformation and rumor is high.
Therefore, they would like to clarify their current numbers. As of the release of this statement, the Greenville facility has had 38 positive residents and 10 positive staff. Out of that number, one resident and four staff have recovered. Staff who experience symptoms and test positive for the virus do not return to work until they have been medically cleared.
Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville confirms the loss of three of its residents, the majority of whom passed at partnering hospitals after a considerable amount of time at those facilities.
As a result of the current numbers, Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville is creating a specialized COVID unit, which Signature HealthCARE has created in almost 4-dozen of its facilities nationwide with the acknowledgement of the CDC. Greeneville's COVID unit will be isolated with barrier systems in place, separating itself from the rest of the facility, with a separate air system, supplies, food, its own entrance, and dedicated staff who work on the COVID unit only. Personal protective equipment will be provided and worn per CDC guidelines. Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville has consulted with its Infectious Disease physician and Infectious Disease nurse on board, who have been providing guidance on this transition and who will be monitoring its implementation and operations. If at any time a physician determines a resident needs a higher level of care, they will be treated at one of the partnering hospitals.
Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville's fight against the transmission of this virus started early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. Signature employed a facility-wide testing strategy at select facilities, testing all residents and staff when the first COVID-19 positive case surfaced. This strategy came highly recommended by Signature's infectious disease physicians as a way to quickly identify the scope of the virus in a facility, knowing that positive persons can be asymptomatic, and then work swiftly to contain any further spread.
Currently, Greeneville tests facility staff once every seven days, per the mandates by the Tennessee Department of Health and Governor Bill Lee. Furthermore, as recommended by the CDC, the facility will continue to repeat viral testing of all previously negative residents once a week, until testing identifies no new cases of the virus in residents or staff for a period of 14 days.
The responsible parties for each of their residents have been called and those affected the most by the upcoming unit were the first to know about this decision. In addition, a family hotline has been created to provide updated information to their resident's responsible parties."
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