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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

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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