COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
Covid-19/Coronavirus

May 29, 2020

 

One Lutheran Home associate and two residents have had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours. The two residents received negative COVID-19 test results in the last two days. When the associate began experiencing symptoms, they reported symptoms to their supervisor and did not return to work. The return to work procedure and timing for associates follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

At Lutheran Home, we continue to actively follow the strict guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life residents

  • Restrict all volunteers and non-essential health care personnel (e.g., barbers)

  • Active screening of residents and health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all associates and external caregivers

  • Separation and isolation of residents positive for COVID-19

 

We know, especially during these trying times, these restrictions are incredibly difficult for everyone. We do appreciate your partnership in helping Lutheran Home to vigilantly navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Thank you so much for your continued prayers, support and understanding.

May 27, 2020

 

In the past two days, we received a large number of COVID-19 test results from campus-wide testing last week.

Results for 86 resident tests across all levels of living at Lutheran Home resulted in two confirmed positive. Both are residents within the healthcare center. Each have been moved to the designated COVID-19 unit at Lutheran Home. 

Results for 221 associate tests resulted in one confirmed positive. The associate works within the healthcare center at Lutheran Home. The associate was asymptomatic at the time of testing. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 24, 2020

 

Today, we received COVID-19 test results for many of the campus-wide tests performed this past week.

 

Results for 190 resident tests across all levels of living at Lutheran Home resulted in two confirmed positive. Both are residents within the healthcare center. Each have been moved to the designated COVID-19 unit at Lutheran Home. 

 

Results for 204 associate tests resulted in three confirmed positive. The associates work within the healthcare center at Lutheran Home. They were asymptomatic at the time of testing. The associates who tested positive for COVID-19 will return to work based on Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 22, 2020

 

Today, we received one positive COVID-19 test result for a Lutheran Home healthcare center resident. The individual was moved to the dedicated COVID-19 unit and their resident representative was notified. Residents and associates who have had direct contact with this individual have also been notified.

 

Campus-wide testing continued today.

May 19, 2020

 

Two Lutheran Home associates have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the associates last worked April 30, the other May 14. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 18, 2020

 

One Lutheran Home associate has tested positive for COVID-19. This associate last worked May 14. Residents and associates who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 15, 2020

 

Two Lutheran Home residents and two associates have had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours. The two residents were tested for COVID-19 and results were negative. When the associates began experiencing symptoms, they did not return to work. The associates reported their symptoms to their supervisors. These associates will return to work based on local public health department guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 14, 2020

 

Today, we received one positive COVID-19 test result for a Lutheran Home healthcare center resident. The individual’s resident representative was notified.

May 12, 2020

 

Today, we received additional COVID-19 test results from the campus-wide testing performed toward the end of last week.

 

Results for 47 associate tests resulted in two confirmed positive. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

Results for five resident tests across all levels of living at Lutheran Home were all negative.

May 11, 2020

 

Today, we received COVID-19 test results for the vast majority of campus-wide testing performed toward the end of last week.

 

Results for 415 associate tests resulted in eleven confirmed positive. Two of those eleven associates work within nursing teams at Lutheran Home. The other nine are not in direct care roles. All associates who tested positive were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The associates who tested positive for COVID-19 will return to work based on Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

Results for 267 resident tests across all levels of living at Lutheran Home resulted in two confirmed positive. One confirmed positive individual is a short-term rehabilitation patient and the other is a resident within the healthcare center. Each have been moved to a designated COVID-19 unit at Lutheran Home. Resident representatives have been notified. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have also been notified.

 

These tests will be ongoing. Lutheran Home will continue to share confirmed positive tests, for associates or residents, in this way.

May 10, 2020

 

While we have not yet received results from the campus-wide testing performed toward the end of this past week, the handful of resident and associate COVID-19 tests received this weekend were all negative.

 

Three Lutheran Home associates and one resident have had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours. When the associates began experiencing symptoms, they did not return to work. The associates reported their symptoms to their supervisors. These associates will return to work based on local public health department guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 8, 2020

 

Today, we received COVID-19 test results for fourteen residents within the healthcare center at Lutheran Home. Five residents tested positive for COVID-19 and have been moved to a designated COVID-19 unit at Lutheran Home. Resident representatives have been notified. Nine test results for residents were negative.

 

We also received test results today confirming one associate positive for COVID-19. This associate last worked May 3 and has not worked since experiencing symptoms.

 

Yesterday, Lutheran Home received 850 test kits for COVID-19 from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). We have continued to make good progress with those tests. All healthcare center residents, assisted living residents and short-term rehabilitation patients have been tested. Over half of our associates have been tested. We expect to receive results from this campus-wide testing next week.

May 7, 2020

 

Today, Lutheran Home received 850 test kits for COVID-19 from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). We have made good progress in our plan to eventually test all Healthcare Center residents, short-term rehabilitation patients, assisted living residents and associates on campus.

 

At this time, we have not received the results of tests conducted on residents from the memory care unit adjacent to Tuesday’s confirmed cases.

 

Three Lutheran Home associates and one resident have had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours. The resident was tested today. When the associates began experiencing symptoms, they did not return to work. The associates reported their symptoms to their supervisors. These associates will return to work based on local public health department guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 6, 2020

 

Today, one Lutheran Home associate who works on an advanced memory care unit within the healthcare center tested positive for COVID-19. This associate last worked 5/4.

 

At this time, we have not received the results of tests conducted on residents from the memory care unit adjacent to yesterday’s confirmed cases.

 

Lutheran Home is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to secure the appropriate number of test kits which would allow broadly expanded resident and associate testing across our campus. If we receive sufficient quantities of COVID-19 test kits, our intention is to test every resident and associate on our campus.

May 5, 2020

 

As a follow-up to our earlier communication, we received the results back for the additional 14 residents on our advanced memory care unit that were tested today for COVID-19. Nine residents tested positive and five residents tested negative.  

 

An additional resident in an adjacent unit was tested and also tested positive. As a precautionary measure, we are offering tests to all residents on this resident’s unit this evening.

 

The resident representatives and families of all the residents that have been tested have been notified, as well as associates known to have been in recent, direct contact with the residents. Three associates who elected to be tested were negative for COVID-19.

 

Lutheran Home is taking immediate action to cohort all residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 with consultation and guidance from the Cook County Health Department.

 

Three Lutheran Home associates have had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours. When these associates began experiencing symptoms, they did not return to work. The associates reported their symptoms to their supervisors. These associates will return to work based on local public health department guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

May 4, 2020

Four residents from Lutheran Home’s advanced memory care unit recently exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 and were moved to a designated isolation unit for observation and testing. Those four residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The resident’s representatives and families have been notified, as well as associates who have been in recent, direct contact with the residents.

 

On the unit where these four residents first exhibited symptoms, the other 14 residents will be tested today. The resident representatives of individuals being tested today were notified this morning. We will be following the direction of the Cook County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding further testing on campus.

May 2, 2020 

An associate who is not involved with direct patient care at Lutheran Home, who was last on campus on April 29, has tested positive for COVID-19. The associate was not symptomatic at that time. We have informed each associate who had direct contact with this individual. When this associate began experiencing symptoms, the associate did not return to work. The associate reported the symptoms to the associate’s supervisor and sought treatment. At this time, this associate is doing well at home and appreciates our prayers.

 

Also, per new IDPH guidance issued April 27, Lutheran Home is required to provide written notification within 12 hours upon the occurrence of three or more residents or associates with new-onset of any one of many identifiable respiratory symptoms that occur within 72 hours. Lutheran Home has over 900 associates and residents.

 

Three Lutheran Home associates have had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours. One of the three is the associate who tested positive for COVID-19, as detailed above. When these associates began experiencing symptoms, they did not return to work. The associates reported their symptoms to their supervisors. These associates will return to work based on local public health department guidance and Lutheran Home policy. 

 

One Lutheran Home resident has had new-onset respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours.

May 1, 2020 

An associate who is not involved with direct patient care at Lutheran Home, who was last on campus on April 24, has tested positive for COVID-19. The associate was not symptomatic at that time. We have informed each associate who had direct contact with this individual. When this associate began experiencing symptoms, the associate did not return to work. The associate reported the symptoms to the associate’s supervisor and sought treatment. At this time, this associate is doing well at home and appreciates our prayers.

> APRIL 2020 Cases of COVID-19 at Lutheran Home

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