COVID-19 and Long Term Care
Updates for Families
June 25, 2020: Samaritan Keep Home Receives Fifth Positive COVID-19 Test Among Staff
Samaritan Health has received notice one staff member at Samaritan Keep Home, in one of our training classes, has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member had been tested four times prior and has been negative until now.
June 19, 2020: Samaritan Summit Village Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19
Samaritan Health has received notice one staff member from skilled nursing at Samaritan Summit Village tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was asymptomatic, exhibited no outward signs of being ill, and was unaware they had the virus.
June 7, 2020: Samaritan Keep Home Receives Fourth Positive COVID-19 Test for Staff Members
Samaritan Health has received notice that one staff member at Samaritan Keep Home tested positive for COVID-19. This is the fourth positive test result received for staff members at the facility.
COVID-19 and Long Term Care
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions appear to be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This makes nursing homes and long term care facilities more vulnerable than other community locations.
Samaritan understands that long term care residents and their families have heightened concerns about COVID-19, and we are here to alleviate those concerns as much as possible. Our two long term care facilities, Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village, are committed to the safety of residents and staff and have been following all recommendations from the New York State Department of Health since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Scroll down to read about some of the safety measures we have taken at our facilities.
General Safety Close
- Universal masking protocols are in place. Staff at all Samaritan facilities are wearing medical-grade face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and have been doing so for several weeks. Residents are also provided a medical-grade mask if they leave the facility for a medical appointment.
- Social distancing is being practiced at all Samaritan facilities, and activities for residents have only been held on floors in limited size.
- Upgraded cleaning procedures are being used, and long term care facilities received regular deep sanitizing. Watch the video below to learn more about cleaning and disinfection at Samaritan.
Visitor Restrictions Close
Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit have maintained strict visitor restrictions since March 13th, when Governor Cuomo announced only medically necessary visits will be allowed at nursing homes.
A letter was sent to all residents and family members on March 12, informing them of these policies and encouraging them to use phone, email, or video conference technology to communicate with their loved ones.
We understand this has been a very difficult time for all, but our staff has done its best to keep families connected, residents active and, most of all, our community safe.
Family members wishing to pass along a message to a resident at Samaritan Keep Home or Samaritan Summit Village are welcome to do so via our Email a Patient page.
Screening and Testing Close
Anyone who enters a Samaritan facility is screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and has his/her temperature checked. Long term care residents also receive temperature checks every eight hours as an added precaution.
Any individual who shows symptoms of COVID-19 receives an expedited test and remains isolated while awaiting results. Beginning May 11, all staff at long term care facilities will be tested twice a week for COVID-19 to ensure no asymptomatic cases arise.