November 13, 2021

On Nov. 12, CMS issued revised QSO-20-39-NH related to nursing home visitation, which is effective immediately. The memo clearly states that “visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times.”

Below are some of the highlights, please click on the QSO-20-39-NH link for further visitation guidance and requirements.

CMS states that vaccination efforts have substantially reduced the number of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and that while there are still concerns associated with transmission associated to visitation, CMS believes that adherence to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention mitigates these concerns.

During Outbreak Status: Visitation is permitted, but visitors should be made aware of the potential risk of visiting during an outbreak investigation, wear a face covering/mask during visit, adhere to infection control measures, and visit in the resident’s room.

Visits for Residents on Transmission-Based Precautions or Quarantine: Visitation is permitted but not recommended. Visitors must be made aware of the potential risks and precautions necessary. Visits must occur in the resident’s room. LTC providers may offer appropriate PPE to visitors but are not required to provide PPE for visitors.

Updated Visitor Guidelines for Stonehill Health Center

- Visitors still need to screen in.
- Visitors will need to perform hand hygiene before and after a visit. Hand sanitizer is available at the main entrance and throughout the building.
- Visitors must wear face coverings and allow physical distance.
- Visits no longer need to be scheduled in advance. We encourage families to work amongst themselves to schedule visits so we can moderate the number of people in the building at one time and accommodate the need for physical distance.

Please see below for current case/testing numbers (no change since yesterday).

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.

Thank you,

Peggy Stockel
V.P. of Operations/Administrator

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

COVID-19 test results at the Stonehill Communities Health Center, as of November 13, 2021:

Number of Positive Resident Cases: 2 Residents; 76 Recovered

Number of Positive Employee Cases: 8 Employees; 136 Recovered

Number of Residents Tested w/ COVID-19 symptoms or Surveillance Tested (including pending): 210 (0 Pending)

Number of Employees Tested for COVID-19 for Symptoms or Exposure (Including Pending): 395 (2 Pending)