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.

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


UPDATE January 25, 2022

We have identified  four residents on Georgetown Commons, positive for Covid-19.  We have identified 2 residents on Hamilton Place and 1 employee on Hamilton Place who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Most residents were identified through outbreak testing.  The CDC identifies the risk for exposure as “low” according to their guidelines and based on PPE usage, however clearly, close contact resident exposures cannot always be determined.  All residents will be re-tested in 5-7 days.  Please contact Patricia Polchak, LNHA at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 21, 2022

We have identified one additional employee that tested for Covid-19.  There is “no identifiable” risk to residents in Georgetown or Hamilton Place.  Please contact Patricia Polchak with any questions at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 20, 2022

We have identified an additional 5 residents on Georgetown Commons that have tested positive for Covid-19.  In-room dining has commenced which we intend to do briefly.  Group activities are cancelled, however, activities are still available with socially distanced opportunities.  Resident may gather in common spaces with social distancing in effect.  Exposure risks for residents of Georgetown is high and residents are being encourage to wear masks in common spaces. We have identified an additional 2 employees who tested positive for Covid-19.   Hamilton Place residents have no identifiable risk for exposure.  If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Polchak at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 16, 2022

We have identified 4 additional employees who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Residents of Georgetown have had an additional “low” risk exposure related to two employees.  Other positive employees present “no identifiable” risk for exposure to Georgetown or Hamilton Place residents.  Please contact Patricia Polchak with any questions at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 14, 2022

We have identified 1 additional resident on Georgetown Commons that has tested positive for Covid-19.  Risk for resident living in Georgetown is “medium”.  Hamilton residents have “no identifiable risk”.  We have identified 2 staff member Covid-19 positive.  One in Georgetown creates a “low” risk exposure for residents and one in independent living present “no identifiable” risk to residents on Hamilton or Georgetown.  If you have had a higher risk for exposure to this individual you have been advised. If you have any questions please call Patricia Polchak at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 14, 2022

We have identified four resident on Georgetown Commons who have tested positive for Covid 19.  Residents on Georgetown have a potential “low” to “medium” risk for exposure depending on activity level of the resident.  Hamilton Place competed investigation testing with no additional positive residents.  An addition 4 employees have been identified as positive for Covid 19.  Risk to both Hamilton Place and Georgetown residents is “no identifiable risk”.  Investigation and symptom based testing will continue.  There are no changes to visitation.  Visitors to Covid positive residents is allowed with full PPE but not recommended.  If you have any questions please contact Patricia Polchak at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 13, 2022

We have identified two additional employees in food service who have tested positive for Covid-19 and two additional residents in Georgetown Commons that have tested positive for Covid-19.  Residents of Hamilton Place and Georgetown Commons have “no identifiable” risk for exposure to positive employees.  Georgetown Commons residents residing in Garden Walk have a “medium” risk for exposure.  All residents in this location, will be tested again in 48 hours. All other Georgetown residents have “no identifiable” risk for exposure.  Specific residents have been identified as possible close contacts and are being tested.  Please contact Patricia Polchak, LNHA with any questions at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 10, 2022

We have identified two residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 on Georgetown Commons.  This testing was conducted on Friday 1/7/22 and results received today.  Risk for exposure to residents is “medium”.  We will conduct another round of testing for all of Georgetown Commons residents by Friday 1/14/22.  In addition, we have identified three employees who have tested positive for Covid 19.  Residents in Georgetown have “no identifiable” risk for exposure.   Hamilton residents have a “low” risk for exposure. Independent Living residents have a “low” risk for exposure.  Please contact Patricia Polchak, LNHA at 732-849-2036 with any questions.

UPDATE January 7, 2022

We have identified three additional staff/agency members who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Residents on Hamilton Place and Georgetown Commons have “no identifiable risk” for exposure related to these positive employees.  Hamilton Place residents will be tested again on a second round on  Monday 1/10/22 related to previous exposures.  Select residents on Georgetown Commons were first round tested today 1/7/21 related to previous positive staff and results can be expected in 1-2 days. Independent Living residents have a potential “low” risk exposure.  Please contact Patricia Polchak LNHA at 732-849-2036 with any questions.

UPDATE January 4, 2022

We have identified an additional three employees who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Hamilton Place residents have “no identifiable risk” for exposure.  Georgetown Assisted Living residents have a “low” risk for potential exposure. Independent Living residents have a potential for a “low” risk exposure.  Please contact Patricia Polchak if you have any questions at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE January 3, 2022

We have identified 5 additional employees who have tested positive for Covid-19.  All Healthcare(HP and GAL) residents were tested on 12/30 through 1/1 and all have been negative.  Exposure risk for residents is “Low” to “Medium” for residents on Hamilton Place Skilled Nursing and on Georgetown Commons Assisted Living.  Both Hamilton and Georgetown will conduct resident testing again on Wednesday 1/5/22.  Independent Living Residents have “no identifiable risk” for exposure related to positive employees.  As a visitor, if you have a close contact exposure to a person found to be positive for Covid-19 your visit will be restricted.  Please use our Skype visit opportunities as much as possible to reduce the risk of exposure for our vulnerable resident population. If you have no known exposure and plan to visit, plan to wear your mask, limit touching, and do socially distance as much as possible.  This practice is recommended and not required under current guidance, however, be aware that an identified “close contact” to a positive person identified after the visit does require restrictions for the exposed resident up to and including isolation.  Everyone should understand the potential effects of isolation for residents.  The employee attendance work restrictions we are experiencing place a significant burden on work flow for staff on duty,  as always every resident will be cared for but the process is longer and we ask for your patience related to visitation as our priorities are resident care.  Please contact Patricia Polchak with any questions at 732-849-2036.

UPDATE DECEMBER 30, 2021

We have identified two additional employees who have tested positive for Covid-19. Residents in Georgetown Commons have ” no identifiable risk” for exposure. Residents in independent living have no identifiable risk for exposure. Residents in Hamilton place have a low to moderate risk of exposure. Testing of all residents on Hamilton Place was conducted with no resulting positives.  Please continue to wear your masks when visiting and practice good infection control prior to and during your visits. Please contact Patricia Polchak at 732-849-2036 with any questions.

UPDATE DECEMBER 29, 2021

We have identified  three employees who have tested positive for Covid 19.   The resident risk for exposure is as follows:

Georgetown Commons residents “no identifiable risk”

Hamilton Place residents up to “moderate” risk for exposure

Rapid testing of all Hamilton Place residents will occur beginning tomorrow 12/30/21 and again in 5-7 days until the completion of 14 days.

Rapid testing of all food service staff and Hamilton staff will begin tomorrow 12/30/21 and again in 5-7 days until the completion of 14 days. 

Please contact Gail Shepherd on Hamilton Place ext. 2039 with any questions on this exposure.

Stay safe while you enjoy a Happy New Year!

UPDATE DECEMBER 27, 2021

We have identified one employee who has tested positive for Covid-19.  Resident risk for exposure on Hamilton Place, Georgetown and Independent Living is “no identifiable risk”.  You may contact Patricia Polchak at 732-849-2036 with any questions.

We request that you wear your masks during all visits regardless of vaccination status and practice infection control because of the high positivity rate in the general community.  Thank you!

UPDATE DECEMBER 23, 2021

We have identified that one employee from Hamilton Place has tested positive for Covid-19.  There is “no identifiable Risk” to any employee or resident of The Pines as the employee  was not present in the building prior to the positive test.  

The Covid-19 virus is very active at a high level in our area and we are seeing a significant increase in exposures in the community.  Please continue to be vigilant with infection control prior to and during your visits.  The positivity rate in our area is high and so masks are requested/recommended regardless of vaccination status of the visitor or resident.  Your mask must be a non-cloth mask.  We can provide one.  Visitors are not permitted to visit in hallway or common areas.  The area hospitals are on “no visitors” with few exceptions, so we definitely want to avoid hospitalizing any resident when it could have been avoided.  We are wide open for visitation this Christmas and this is a Blessing but please be patient with staff as staffing numbers are low and many staff are giving so many hours.  This is a result of changes in workforce nationally, restrictions placed on us managing staff exposures, etc.  The State and local DOH and other regulating authorities are aware of lower than normal staffing numbers which is an industry wide concern.  Despite these concerns, The Pines continues to provide excellent care,  and we all work together as a team, as a part of your extended family.  On behalf of all the staff, we wish you all the Blessings this Christmas Season holds!  Peace!

Any questions or concerns can be communicated to Patricia Polchak, LNHA Healthcare Administrator at 732-849-2036.



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