5 18 2021

Update for Tuesday, May 18, 2021

On Saturday, May 15th, Stonehill Communities communicated that resident visits were suspended until surveillance testing could be completed. We are currently conducting this testing of residents and employees. We will send an additional e-mail once surveillance testing is complete.

End-of-life and compassionate care visits may continue, please contact social work staff if you have questions.

Today, per CMS guidelines, we are reporting that Stonehill Communities Health Center had a resident test positive yesterday (5.17.21) using a rapid antigen test. The first test was positive; however, a second rapid COVID-19 test was negative. Stonehill has sent a PCR test to the lab and we are waiting results. The resident has no symptoms, but has been placed in droplet/contact isolation following protocol.

The current COVID-19 numbers for Stonehill Communities Health Center are:

Number of Positive Resident Cases: 1 Positive (PCR Pending); 61 Recovered
Number of Positive Employee Cases: 2 Positive; 112 Recovered

Number of Residents Tested w/ COVID-19 symptoms or Surveillance Tested (including pending): 152 (1 PCR Pending)

Number of Employees Tested for COVID-19 for Symptoms or Exposure (Including Pending): 318 (0 Pending)

As we previously indicated Stonehill Communities Health Center is currently listed in "outbreak status" per CMS. CMS defines outbreak status as one or more positive cases of COVID-19 in a staff member or resident. Outbreak status continues for 14 days past the last identified case.

We encourage everyone to consider getting vaccinated unless there is a health or religious reason that indicates otherwise. You can find information on vaccination opportunities on the City of Dubuque website at https://www.cityofdubuque.org/2965/COVID-19-Vaccinations.

Please contact social work staff if you have any questions about visits. Once visits resume, you may visit this link to view protocol for scheduling visits. Zoom visits are still available and the protocol has changed slightly, so please read carefully if you are interested in scheduling a Zoom (video) visit. https://www.stonehilldbq.com/visitor-information/

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to follow CMS guidelines and work together to keep residents and staff safe.

If you have any questions regarding visitation or our ongoing precautionary measures you may contact Peggy Stockel, V.P. of Operations or Matt Jahn, Director of Health Services at 563-557-7180. We thank you for your continued help as navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you,

Peggy Stockel
V.P. of Operations/Administrator

All previous updates can be read at: https://www.stonehilldbq.com/coronavirus/