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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID 19) UPDATE:

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COVID-19 Vaccine

All PMMA communities signed up for the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. All 15 PMMA communities, which offer skilled nursing and assisted living services, were eligible to participate and signed up through either Walgreen’s or CVS.

The pharmacy partners will begin contacting campuses in mid-December to schedule three vaccine clinics at each location. Clinic dates are subject to change based on the availability of the vaccine. CVS and Walgreens anticipate scheduling the first round of clinics at the end of December, with subsequent clinics scheduled in January and February.

PMMA strongly encourages all eligible residents and employees to carefully consider what these vaccinations will mean for themselves and our PMMA communities. As front-line providers of senior care services, our employees are among those at the greatest risk of COVID-19 infection, and our residents are at the greatest risk of serious illness or death if they are infected.

In preparation for these clinics, PMMA communities are already working to ensure all the required consent forms and physician’s orders are in place.

Kansas is expecting to receive 75,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of December. Missouri expects to receive 300,000 doses of the vaccine in the same time frame. Both states have identified frontline health care workers and skilled nursing and assisted living residents as high priority to receive the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine requires a two-step process consisting of two shots to get the most protection from the virus. The first shot starts the process of building immunity protection within the body, with a second dose required a few weeks later to provide the maximum amount of protection available.

Click to download an FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccines.


Community Visitation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state guidelines allow communities to establish protocols and reasonable limitations around visitation. View our Visitor Information Card and our Visitation Guide. Visitation is allowed at our communities, based on the presence of COVID-19 on campus.

Outdoor visitation is preferred whenever possible. All visitation is subject to screening and precautions. Indoor visitors are encouraged to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination against the virus when county COVID-19 testing positivity rates are greater than 5 percent.

Reasonable limitations include requiring visitors to assisted living, memory care or health care to schedule visits in advance, limiting the total number of visits that may be scheduled during a time period, and screening visitors for entry to the community. Screening includes answering a questionnaire about recent travel, health status and exposure risk, and taking and logging temperatures before they are allowed entry into the community.

Independent living visitors do not have to schedule visits, but they are required to check and check out. Residents will meet their guests at check in and escort them to their apartment and escort the visitors out again. Visits are limited to 2 visitors at one time. Visits may be as long as desired, but no overnight guests will be allowed.

Resident safety always comes first. Based on the recommendations from the CDC and CMS, outdoor visitation will be preferred when weather permits. Outdoor visitation provides the best ventilation and opportunity to maintain safe social distances during visitation. It also provides the most locations for residents and families to meet together.

Please be vigilant in self-monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website and check your symptoms with the online Self-Checker available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

When you visit our communities, you are expected to adhere to safety practices and take necessary precautions to protect our residents and employees.

You should:

  • Schedule your visit in advance with the community’s designated contact for assisted living, memory care or health care residents.
  • Check in and check out at the screening center when visiting independent living residents.
  • Be respectful of visitor limitations (2 visitors per resident per day) and time limitations. Time limits are set to allow as many opportunities as possible for residents to visit with their family and friends. It also provides opportunity for the community to complete cleaning protocols between visits.
  • Answer screening questions honestly.
  • Have your temperature taken at entry to the community.
  • Adhere to safety measures, including wearing the provided face mask over nose and mouth at all times, washing or sanitizing hands before and after a visit, and maintain physical distance. Hugging, kissing and handshaking is prohibited to protect residents and employees.
  • Follow all instructions given for movement within the community.
  • Report immediately to the community if experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or any positive COVID-19 test results occurring within 14 days of visiting any community.

For more guidance from the CDC on visiting senior living communities, view "Mom's Vaccinated: When Can I Visit Her Nursing Home?" or CDC.gov.

COVID-19 Prevention Practices

Our campus screens employees at the beginning of their shifts upon entering the community and before the employees have had any direct contact with residents. These screening measures include taking staff temperatures and asking a set of questions about their health status and COVID-19 exposure risks and review a list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Employees who have a fever or report feeling unwell are not allowed to work and are asked to get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms of the disease. These measures continue to be updated as guidance changes.  We encourage all staff members to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. 

Employees who test positive remain in isolation until cleared to work by the health department. We follow CDC guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees may return to work when at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of the employee’s fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the employee’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Asymptomatic positive employees will quarantine for at least 10 days. Upon the employee’s return to work, we follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated surveillance testing of our staff. Surveillance testing requires all employees, agency employees, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers at our campus to be tested on a frequency determined by our county’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate. Based on our county positivity rate for COVID-19 tests, our campus is testing staff once a week.

Residents who test positive are placed in COVID-19 isolation and cared for by designated staff members. We follow CDC guidelines for when the residents may come out of isolation. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic residents may come out of isolation when at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of the resident’s fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the resident’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. If asymptomatic, the residents will remain in isolation for at least 10 days. Designated team members are following doctor’s orders for treatment protocols and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection prevention protocols.

We continue to stay current with preventive measures in accordance with the CMS/CDC guidelines and best practices. We strongly encourage all residents to shelter in place and adhere to the precautions we provided.

Follow these basic safety precautions to protect yourself and others and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask or cloth face covering. Maintain adequate social distance between yourself and others who do not live with you. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel. Residents should limit trips off campus, and family members are encouraged to avoid crowds. 

Please be vigilant in self-monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website and check your symptoms with the online Self-Checker available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

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