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Message from Eric Ghaul, CEO

Covid19 Updates

Outbreak Response Plan

The Pines at Whiting has established procedures to monitor the presence of infectious disease and implement Outbreak Prevention, Investigation and Response Policies and Procedures for Assisted Living (Georgetown Commons) and Skilled Nursing Care (Hamilton Place). These Policies and Procedures form the facilities Outbreak Response Plan. You may read and download our Outbreak Response Plan here.

Message from Eric Ghaul, CEO

For questions please contact Eric Ghaul or Pat Polchak at (877) 302-5303


Vaccine Update January 11, 2020

Independent Living has been scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, January 19th.  Walgreens will be in Town Hall to administer.  Residents who have registered will be scheduled a specific time to report.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Ghaul at 732-849-0400 or eghaul@thepinesatwhiting.org

Vaccine Update January 5, 2020

The Pines has collaborated with Walgreens to provide vaccination to staff and residents of our community.  The New Jersey Department of Health provides all guidance regarding distribution of the vaccine. On January 12, Walgreens will be on-site to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for skilled nursing (Hamilton Place), assisted living (Georgetown), and all staff who elect to receive the vaccine. The second dose will be administered 21 days later on Tuesday February 2, 2021. If you have not provided a Consent form please do so.  No vaccine can be administered without the Consent. You will be notified if a resident is not eligible for the vaccine based on their recent positive status. The Department of Health has not indicated when Independent Living residents will be eligible to receive the vaccine.  As soon as we hear any announcement, we will immediately notify you.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Polchak, LNHA at 732-849-2036 or ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update January 13, 2021

The following Positive Covid results have been identified;

Hamilton Place

Staff  3 – no resident contact for both Hamilton and Georgetown

Residents 1

Georgetown Commons

Residents 3

Staff    2

According to the CDC risk for exposure is “low” on Hamilton place and risk for exposure is “low” on Georgetown Commons and “high” in Garden.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update January 6, 2021

 Covid-19 Update

The following Positive Covid results have been identified;

Hamilton Place

Staff  3 – no resident contact for both Hamilton and Georgetown

Residents 1

Georgetown Commons

Residents 3

Staff    2

While the CDC lists the Hamilton risk exposure as “Low” considering our experience, clearly, Hamilton Place is significantly affected.  All visitation is suspended,  We will make every attempt to safely re-institute skype visits with residents as soon as we can. 

Georgetown resident’s risk for exposure is “High” in Garden Walk and “No Identifiable Risk” in Georgetown Commons.

All other departments “No identifiable risk”.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update January 5, 2021

Covid-19 Update 

The following Positive Covid results have been identified;

Independent Living

Residents 3

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update December 31, 2020

Covid-19 Update 

The following Positive Covid results have been identified;

Hamilton Place

Staff  0

Residents 6

Georgetown Commons

Residents 1

Staff​ 1

While the CDC lists the risk exposure as “Low” considering our experience, clearly, Hamilton Place is significantly affected. All visitation is suspended, We will make every attempt to safely re-institute skype visits with residents as soon as we can.

All other departments “No identifiable risk”.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update December 23, 2020

The following Positive Covid results have been identified;

Hamilton Place

  • Residents: 2
  • Staff: 5, All Nursing

Georgetown Commons

  • Residents: 0
  • Staff: 2, and 1 Agency All Nursing

While the CDC lists the risk exposure as “Low” considering our experience, clearly, Hamilton Place is significantly affected.  All visitation is suspended,  We will make every attempt to safely re-institute skype visits with residents as soon as we can.

Georgetown Assisted Living residents is “Low”. and all other departments “No identifiable risk”.



December 24, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

 Covid-19 Update

The following Positive Covid results have been identified;

Hamilton Place

Staff  2 

Residents 0

Georgetown Commons

Residents 0

Staff    0

While the CDC lists the risk exposure as “Low” considering our experience, clearly, Hamilton Place is significantly affected.  All visitation is suspended,  We will make every attempt to safely re-institute skype visits with residents as soon as we can.

All other departments “No identifiable risk”.


December 19, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

 Covid-19 Update

We have learned that 7 additional residents on Hamilton Place have tested positive during surveillance testing. We identified one additional employee who tested positive through rapid testing. Isolation precautions have been enacted throughout Hamilton Place.  While the CDC lists the risk exposure as “Low” considering our experience, clearly, Hamilton Place is significantly affected.  All visitation is suspended. We will make every attempt to safely re-institute skype visits with residents as soon as we can. Georgetown Assisted Living residents is “no identifiable risk”. and all other departments “No identifiable risk”.

We have continued our rapid testing of staff every other day. 


December 16, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

Covid-19 Update

We have learned that 10 additional residents on Hamilton Place have tested positive during surveillance testing.  Isolation precautions have been enacted throughout Hamilton Place.  In addition, one staff member working on Hamilton Place has tested positive.  While the CDC lists the risk exposure as “Low” considering our experience, clearly, Hamilton Place is significantly affected.  All visitation is suspended, skype visits on Hamilton will be limited to non-Covid positive residents for now as we attempt to stop the spread.   We will make every attempt to safely re-institute skype visits with affected residents as soon as we can. Georgetown Assisted Living residents is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is ”low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk”.

We have continued our rapid testing of staff every other day. 

Covid-19 Vaccines

We have mailed Vaccine Consent forms, please complete them as soon as possible and return them.  We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.


December 13, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

 Covid-19 Update

We have learned that three residents on Hamilton Place have tested positive during surveillance testing.  Isolation precautions have been enacted.  In addition, two staff members working on Hamilton Place have tested positive. The risk to Hamilton Residents “low” and Georgetown Assisted Living residents is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is  ”low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk”. 

Outdoor visits are being cancelled until our outbreak resolves.  We have added additional testing for residents. Our two-week pilot for rapid testing, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place ends today..

Covid-19 Vaccines

There is no new information on vaccines.

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.


December 10, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

Covid-19 Update

We have learned that two employees in the food service department who have tested positive during weekly testing. These employees are not assigned to healthcare (Hamilton or Georgetown)  however they are part of our reporting requirement to the Health Department. The risk to Hamilton Residents and Georgetown Assisted Living residents is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is ”low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk. 

Our two-week pilot for rapid testing, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place will continue through Sunday 12/13/20. Residents who go out frequently are also required to be rapid tested every other day for two weeks. Visitors to Hamilton Place for end of life visits are required to be rapid tested prior to the visit.  Georgetown Commons is not participating in the two week pilot as per the DOH directive as it does not hold a laboratory waiver.

Covid-19 Vaccines

We have received some information re: the timing and distribution of vaccines.  We will be contacting you to advise you and we will be mailing consent materials that are required to be returned immediately in order to be part of the first distribution.  Vaccines are not required and you may decline.  New Jersey is prioritizing residential long-term care residents in Phase 1A of the distribution along with healthcare staff.

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.


December 9, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that two residents have tested positive on Hamilton Place Nursing Care during weekly testing. The risk to Hamilton Residents is “low”.  Georgetown Assisted Living residents have “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is ”low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk.  We cannot comment on the specifics around the resident’s conditions but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our two-week pilot for rapid testing, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place continues. Residents who go out frequently are also required to be rapid tested every other day for two weeks. Visitors to Hamilton Place for end of life visits are required to be rapid tested prior to the visit.  Georgetown Commons is not participating in the two week pilot as per the DOH directive as it does not hold a laboratory waiver.

 Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.


December 6, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that one employee has tested positive on Hamilton Place Nursing Care during rapid testing. The risk to Hamilton Residents is “low”.  Georgetown Assisted Living residents have “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is ”low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk.  We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our two-week pilot for rapid testing, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place continues. Residents who go out frequently are also required to be rapid tested every other day for two weeks. Visitors to Hamilton Place for end of life visits are required to be rapid tested prior to the visit.  Georgetown Commons is not participating in the two week pilot as per the DOH directive as it does not hold a laboratory waiver.

 Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.



December 5, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that one employee has tested positive on Georgetown Assisted Living during weekly testing. The risk to Georgetown Residents is ”medium” to “low”.  Hamilton Place residents hav “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is” no identifiable risk” and all other departments “No identifiable risk.  Georgetown staff risk is “low”. We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our two-week pilot for rapid testing, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place continues. Residents who go out frequently are also required to be rapid tested every other day for two weeks. Visitors to Hamilton Place for end of life visits are required to be rapid tested prior to the visit.  Georgetown Commons is not participating in the two week pilot as per the DOH directive as it does not hold a laboratory waiver.

 Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.



December 2, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that one additional employee has tested positive on Hamilton Place. The risk to Hamilton Place residents is  “low” and Georgetown Commons residents according to the CDC is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is “low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk.  We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our two-week pilot for rapid testing, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place continues. Residents who go out frequently are also required to be rapid tested every other day for two weeks. Visitors to Hamilton Place for end of life visits are required to be rapid tested prior to the visit.

 Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org. We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.

November 30, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that two additional employees have tested positive in our food services area and Hamilton Place Nursing  The risk to Hamilton Place residents is  “low” and Georgetown Commons residents according to the CDC is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is “low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk.  We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

As of today 11/30/20, in a two-week pilot, as per Executive Directive 20-033, staff on Hamilton Place with direct care are being rapid tested every other day.  Residents who go out frequently are also required to be rapid tested every other day for two weeks. Visitors to Hamilton Place for end of life visits are required to be rapid tested prior to the visit.

 Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. Written notification of positive results is provided on our website. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.

November 26, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that one additional employee has tested positive in our Hamilton Place Nursing  The risk to Hamilton Place residents is  “low” and Georgetown Commons residents according to the CDC is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton staff is “low” and all other departments “No identifiable risk.  We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

A new “Visitation Notice” has been posted with changes. Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. The Pines at Whiting is conducting Covid-19 resting of all residents and employees of Georgetown Assisted Living and Hamilton Place. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.


November 25, 2020  re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

We have learned that three employee have tested positive in our food service department.  The risk to Hamilton Place and Georgetown Commons residents according to the CDC is “no identifiable risk”. The risk classification for exposure for Hamilton and Georgetown staff is also “No identifiable risk”.  The exposure risk for food service employees is “Low”.  We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee conditions but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

A new “Visitation Notice” has been posted with changes. Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. The Pines at Whiting is conducting Covid-19 resting of all residents and employees of Georgetown Assisted Living and Hamilton Place. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.

UPDATE  Visitation  November 25, 2020

Please review the attached guidance from the CDC if you are considering taking your loved to a gathering this Thanksgiving.  If you have plans to have a resident to your home for the holiday, please contact us by Friday 11/20/20. If you do have plans you will be asked to sign a certification of your understanding of the potential risks.  In the event that an excessive number of residents plan to leave, and we are unable to accommodate the quarantine requirements of all returning residents, residents may be denied return to the facility until we can accommodate the return under quarantine.  Quarantine is especially difficult for residents with dementia diagnosis, so please consider this effect.  Notification of you plans will help us plan properly.

We understand how difficult these restrictions are and we care about how these past months have effected both you and your loved one.  We hope to make Thanksgiving Day a special time here because your loved one has become part of our family at The Pines.  Wishing you all many Blessing in this season of Thanksgiving!

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html


UPDATE  Holidays and Family Gatherings  November 17, 2020

According to the COVID-19 Activity Level Report published by the New Jersey Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Service for the week ending November 14, 2020 (MMWR week 46)[1] our region has been defined by the COVID Activity Level Index (CALI) to be “High”: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/index.shtml

As a reminder, Executive Directive 20-026, as revised on October 20, 2020, requires long-term care facilities to cease indoor visitation, with certain exceptions, when the regional CALI score is high or very high and in accordance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance found in QSO-20-39: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh.pdf.

Additionally, facilities in these regions are advised to curtail all indoor visitation in accordance with their own outbreak status, which includes compassionate and end of life visits. End of life visits up to now have been unlimited.  Until further notice, Hamilton Place and Georgetown Commons will move to scheduled visits on one time per week on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm or Thursdays at 1:00 pm for residents on Hospice who are considered stable. Limited weekends are available by contacting Pam Mozart, Social Worker. There is a limit of two visitors per resident per hour. Visitors will be required to have a Point of Care (Rapid) test prior to the visit being conducted. Results of Point of Care Tests take about 15 minutes for results.  The length of visits will not exceed 60 minutes.  These restrictions are put in place considering the likelihood that the current “High” level in the State will effect facility staffing and the need to conserve PPE as well as recognizing the increased risk to residents and staff of exposure to the virus.

Outdoor visits will continue and we will be increasing the available days and hours for outdoor visits.


COVID Family Notification November 13, 2020

Our resident testing continues to go well with all residents remaining negative for Covid-19.  Our last  positive employee was 9 days ago so we have 19 days to go in order to move out of Phase 0 restrictions.  After 19 days and Attestations are submitted, we can move Phase 2. This allows for limited scheduled visitation.  Unfortunately, we have heard from our Medical Director who reported that the local hospitals are discussing the need to close to all visitors since there has been a significant up-tick of positive cases and hospitalizations. Hamilton and Georgetown are under Executive Orders from The Department of Health and the Office of the Governor which have not changes at this hour. The heads up from our Medical Director on the Hospital concerns reminds us that we have to remain overly cautious with this most vulnerable population!

Outdoor visits will continue unless we hear otherwise.  Our team is planning to make the Healthcare resident’s Thanksgiving a special event considering the limitations we have in place.  Turkey with all the fixings will be served on Thanksgiving Day at 12:00 noon for all residents of Hamilton Place and Georgetown Commons. Please contact Patricia Polchak at ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org or 732-849-2036 with any questions.


COVID Family Notification November 6, 2020

Weekly testing of staff and residents continues.  We have learned that one additional employee has tested positive in Hamilton Place Nursing.  The risk to Hamilton Place residents according to the CDC is low. The risk classification for exposure for staff is also “low for Hamilton Place. We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee’s condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residents to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. The Pines at Whiting is conducting Covid-19 resting of all residents and employees of Georgetown Assisted Living and Hamilton Place. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.

COVID Family Notification October 30, 2020

re: Covid-19 Positive Notice

Weekly testing of staff and residents continues.  We have learned that one additional employee has tested positive in food service.  This employee did not have exposure to residents so there is “no identifiable risk” to Healthcare residents. The risk classification for exposure for staff is also “no identifiable risk” based on the employees schedule. We cannot comment on the specifics around the employee’s condition but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks for residenrs to wear during prolonged resident care..

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts. 

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. The Pines at Whiting is conducting Covid-19 resting of all residents and employees of Georgetown Assisted Living and Hamilton Place. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.

Update October 30, 2020

Healthcare residents have been enjoying some outdoor visits with the heat of summer well past us.  Hamilton Place has moved to afternoon visit hours and Georgetown will be doing the same.  Outdoor heating were ordered but are two weeks past the expected delivery date.  The Executive Order currently governing the healthcare portions of The Pines, Hamilton and Georgetown is EO 20-026 which was introduced August 10, 2020.  That order continues to limit a move to indoor visits as it requires that the facility test negative for two testing cycles in 14 days and that the last outbreak(which is just one positive employee or resident) be completed.  Outbreaks are monitored by the Ocean County Health Department and end after 28 days from the last Covid-19 positive.  Our most recent announcement (October 30, 2020) delays us from moving from Phase 0, with the highest restrictions.  Virtual visits are still being well utilized and are coordinated by our activity department.  Virtual physician visits are also, when appropriate, and are available as long as our IT options match those of the medical provider.

The Pines (Hamilton and Georgetown residents only) has registered to be included in the Covid 19 distribution when the vaccine becomes available.  The resident representative and when appropriate the resident will be included in decision making about taking the vaccine.  Included are some links to update you on what is going on with the vaccine.  Please feel free to contact Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator with questions at 732-849-2036.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations-process.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Update October 22, 2020

In this week’s testing we have identified that one employee has tested positive for Covid-19.  The risk for exposure according to the CDC for most staff is “no identifiable risk” based on this employees’ responsibilities.  Staff who have worked directly with this employee have been identified and notified of a “low risk “ exposure. The risk to healthcare and independent residents is “no identifiable risk”.

All precautions established in accordance with the procedures and protocols by the CDC and Department of Health have been in place. The risk classification for exposure is considered to be low for residents according to the CDC. We cannot comment on the specifics around the resident’s conditions but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. Assignments have been altered to prevent staff caring for Covid-19 positive residents from caring for negative residents whenever possible.  We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks and additional PPE for residents to wear during prolonged resident care.

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts.

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. The Pines at Whiting is conducting Covid-19 testing of all residents and employees of Georgetown Assisted Living and Hamilton Place. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.

Update October 16, 2020

We have learned that one additional resident on Georgetown Assisted Living has tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of positive residents to nine. We have also identified that one additional employee has tested positive bringing our total to eight employees who have tested positive. These results conclude two rounds of testing, testing will move forward every week until results for residents are negative for two cycles.  Staff will continue to be tested weekly indefinitely.

All precautions established in accordance with the procedures and protocols by the CDC and Department of Health have been in place. The risk classification for exposure is considered to be low for residents according to the CDC. We cannot comment on the specifics around the resident’s conditions but can confirm that we work in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus.

Our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees. Every team member across our organization took part in training specific to COVID-19. All employees receive a health screening upon entry to the building. Every employee wears a mask and practices distancing throughout the day.  Staff providing direct care and interacting with residents have had additional PPE assigned. Assignments have been altered to prevent staff caring for Covid-19 positive residents from caring for negative residents whenever possible.  We continue to monitor all residents for COVID-19 symptoms and we have added masks and additional PPE for residents to wear during prolonged resident care.

We are committed to working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in place to halt and minimize the spread of the virus. We believe in being as proactive as possible in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes communications efforts.

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents, their loved ones and members of the community broadly. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these questions as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at any time via email (ppolchak@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-2036).  Written updates and mandatory written communication is updated regularly on our website at thepinesatwhiting.org.

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors and families updated as we go forward. The Pines at Whiting is conducting Covid-19 testing of all residents and employees of Georgetown Assisted Living and Hamilton Place. Positive results will be shared individually with residents, families and staff. Negative results are not reported individually so that if you do not get a call within 72 hours of testing the results are likely negative.



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