Covid - 19

The health and safety of our residents and families is our highest priority.

Imperial Healthcare is dedicated to keeping our family members, residents and friends safe during the covid-19 pandemic. We are following all of the recommendations set forth by the CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the New Jersey Department of Health. We are also committed to sharing with you our comprehensive outbreak plan and all of the latest information, data and regulatory changes that we will be posting on a regular basis below. Please continue to use imperialnjcommunications@gmail.com to schedule your window visits and video calls. Should you need to reach out to us for immediate response.

Please call (732) 232-0934.

Purpose

To develop a comprehensive response plan to address a community-wide infectious disease outbreak such as pandemic influenza and/or Covid-19 in order to protect residents, families, and staff from harm resulting from exposure to an emergent infectious disease while in the facility.

General Preparedness

This document will be used as a guide and will be modified according to local, state and federal health authority mandates at the time of an event. Local, state and federal agencies will be the source of latest information and provide the most up-to-date guidance on prevention, case definition, surveillance, treatment, and the facility’s response related to the specific EID.

This outbreak plan will build on the existing Infection Prevention and Control Program; communication to residents, families and staff; general facility control measures; education; reporting; isolation and cohorting; management of admissions, transfers and readmissions; and staff management.

Clinical leadership will be vigilant and stay informed about EID around the world. They will keep administrative leadership briefed, as needed, on potential risk of new infections in our geographic location through changes in existing organisms, immigration, tourism and other circumstances.

The facility will develop plans with their vendors for re-supply of food, medications, sanitization supplies, and PPE in the event of disruption to normal business.

The facility will regularly train staff and practice EID response plan through drills and exercises as part of the facility’s emergency preparedness training.

Identification of EID in the Community

Once notified by the local, state, or federal agency that EID is likely to, or already has, spread to the facility’s community, the facility will activate specific surveillance and screening as instructed by NJDOH / CDC.

The facility’s Infection Preventionist (IP) will research specific signs, symptoms, incubation period, route of infection, risk of exposure and recommendations for skilled nursing facility as provided by CDC, OSHA, NJDOH, LDOH.

The facility will review and revise internal policies and procedures, stock up on medications, cleaning agents and personal protective equipment in collaboration with the medical director, infectious disease consultant, administrator, director of nursing, infection preventionist, local and state agencies.

Facility will educate staff on the exposure risk, symptoms, and prevention of the EID. Re-education will be provided on basic infection prevention and control, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, use of PPE, isolation and employee sick leave policy.

Facility will provide residents and families with education about the EID and the facility’s response strategy at a level appropriate to their interest.

Facility will brief contractors on the facility’s policies and procedures related to minimizing exposure risk to residents.

Facility will post signs regarding hand hygiene, cough etiquette, restriction of entry to sick individuals, and other preventive strategies relevant to the route of infection.

To ensure staff and new residents are not at risk for spreading the EID into the facility, screening for exposure risk and signs and symptoms surveillance may be done prior to admission of a new resident or new staff.

Staff screening: Staff will be educated on the facility’s plan to control exposure to the residents. Measures will include: reporting any suspected exposure of EID to the supervisor/IP and possible exclusion from work; self-screening of symptoms prior to start of shift; prohibiting staff from reporting to work when sick in compliance with the facility’s Sick Leave Policy.

Self-isolation: In the event there is confirmed case of EID in the community, the facility may consider closing the facility to new admissions, limiting / restricting visitors based on the advice of LDOH.

Environmental Cleaning: Facility will follow current CDC guidelines for environmental cleaning specific for the EID in addition to routine cleaning during the duration of the threat.

Engineering control: Facility will utilize private rooms, convert semi-private rooms to private rooms, install plastic barriers, dividers, sanitation stations, disposal receptacles for waste and PPE as recommended by local, state and federal agencies.

Suspected case of EID in the facility

The facility will:

Place any resident who exhibits symptoms of EID in an isolation room and follow appropriate transmission-based precaution.

Notify local department of health.

Under guidance of local health authority, arrange a transfer of suspected infectious person to the appropriate hospital as soon as possible. Communication of suspicion will be made between transportation personnel and receiving facility.

Keep the numbers of staff entering the isolation room to a minimum. Allow only trained staff to enter the room and utilize the appropriate PPE.

Ask the isolated person to wear mask when staff is in the room. Provide care at the level necessary to address the essential needs of the isolated individual.

Conduct controlled activities such as management of infectious waste, terminal cleaning of isolation room, contact tracing of exposed individuals, surveillance, monitoring through a line listing of additional cases in collaboration with the LDOH.

Implement isolation protocol in the facility such as: implementation of transmission-based precaution, cohorting, cancellation of communal dining and group activities, visitation restriction, staff screening, universal source control as other activities outlined in the infection control and prevention plan and/or recommendations by local, state and federal agencies.

Activate quarantine intervention for residents and/or staff with suspected exposure as directed by local and state health agency.

Employer Consideration 

Management will consider OSHA, CMS, state licensure, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), American Disability Act (ADA) and other state and federal law in determining the precautions that will be taken to protect its residents and employees.  Recognizing that protecting its residents and its employees is of paramount concern.

Management will take into consideration: the degree of frailty of residents in the facility; likelihood of infectious disease being transmitted to residents and employees; method of spread of the disease; precautions which can be taken to prevent the spread of the infectious disease; other relevant factors.

Management will apply whatever action is taken uniformly to all staff in like circumstances.

Management will not consider race, gender, marital status, country of origin unless they are documented relevant to the spread of the disease.

Management will permit employees to return to work when criteria is met (Refer to P&P on sick leave).

Employees who refuse at any time to take the precautions set out in this and other sections of this policy may be subject to disciple including termination. 

Outbreak Plan Specific for Covid-19

Communication

Report any confirmed or suspected outbreak to Monmouth County Local Health Department.

Facility will communicate and coordinate with NJDOH, Monmouth County DOH, Monmouth OEM, NJHA during EID such as Covid-19 outbreak, Neptune Township Office of Emergency Management.

Facility will notify resident’s representative and staff through mass text messaging, website posting, and/or  mailing of letters by 5pm the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a single confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified or whenever three or more residents or staff members with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occur within 72 hours of each other.

Facility will notify residents using the in-house television system by 5pm the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a single confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified or whenever three or more residents or staff members with a new-onset of respiratory symptoms occur within 72 hours of each other.

Facility will communicate to residents, resident’s representative and staff information on mitigating actions implemented by the facility to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission and alterations in normal facility function through website posting, electronic mailing of letters and/or announcements on our in-house television system.

Facility will provide cumulative updates for residents, their representatives and families of those residing in the facility through website posting, electronic mailing of letters and/or announcements on our in-house television system.

Facility will provide virtual communication (phone, video calls, face time) with residents, families and resident’s representative, in the event of visitation restriction due to an outbreak of infectious disease or in the event of an emergency. (Refer P&P for Virtual Communication).

The facility will coordinate with the transport company if a presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 is going to be transported. A face mask will be provided to the resident for transport to protect the transport staff and receiving facility staff.

The facility physician will coordinate with the receiving facility’s physician to ensure report is accurately communicated and precaution is in place.

Reporting

Complete line listing for residents / staff.

Submit line listing to Monmouth DOH per instruction.

Facility will regularly evaluate personal protective equipment (PPE) and report level to corresponding agency: Office of Emergency Management /Local DOH/ NJDOH/ CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Covid-19 Module.

Facility will continue to report testing data through the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA); CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Covid-19 Module.

Facility will complete NJDOH Novisurvey Questionnaire for outbreak updates.

Admission, Transfer and Readmission 

Facility will designate one section as the cohort for the 14-day quarantine residents who are new admissions and readmissions in the facility.

Facility will close any affected unit to new admissions except as needed to cohort individuals and staff.

Facility will consider closing to new admissions if the facility is unable to appropriately cohort. This does not include readmission back to the facility.

When transferring resident to another facility / hospital, transporting company will be informed of the Transmission Based Precaution in place as well the as receiving facility.

New admissions and readmission will be monitored for signs of COVID-19 for 14 days and will be cared for by staff using COVID-19 PPE (N95, eye protection, gloves and gown). They will be placed in private rooms (if available). If feasible, a cohort will be created for this population.

Infection Prevention and Control Measures

The facility will ensure sufficient supply of hand hygiene resources in the facility.

The facility will educate staff on infection prevention practices, control measures for COVID-19.

The facility will implement universal source control by providing facemasks to all persons in the facility.  As an alternative, in the event of supply shortage, a cloth mask will be provided for staff who do not provide direct resident care.

The facility will evaluate all persons entering the facility for signs of COVID-19. Temperature checks will be done at entry point. Temperature checks will be done at the start of each shift for all employees.

The facility will monitor all visitors/vendors/physician for elevated temperature and any signs of respiratory symptoms. The following will also be assessed: history of international travel with 14 days, history of exposure to a presumptive or positive COVID-19. Visitors will be screened for any respiratory symptoms and/or Covid-19 symptoms, travel within 14 days from restricted states; exposure to Covid-19 individuals will not be permitted to enter the facility at any time.

Documentation of visitors, vendors, and transport attendants will be kept on file for a minimum of 30 days.

Facility will require visitors who are cleared to enter the facility to perform hand hygiene and use of facemask and restrict visitation to resident’s room.

Signage for visitation, cough etiquette and hand hygiene will be posted in several locations within the facility.

Visitation restriction will be communicated through mass letters, telephone calls and posting of signage. (Refer to Policy and Procedure on Communication)

The facility will facilitate and provide outdoor visitation for our residents per appointment upon request. 

Active screening for residents for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms will be performed on every shift.

Any supply delivery will be dropped off by the loading dock and/or at a designated area by the reception.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers for hand hygiene will be provided in the hallways and on medication carts, based on supply availability.

Necessary PPE will be made available outside the unit doors for easy access to the staff.

Facility will provide EPA disinfectants to allow for frequent cleaning of high touched surfaces and shared resident equipment.

Facility will suspend communal dining and all group activities as directed by the LDOH .

Residents will be encouraged to remain in their rooms. If the resident leaves their room, they should wear cloth face covering or face mask; perform hand hygiene, limit movement in the facility and perform social distancing.

Waste receptacles will be provided for PPE.

The facility will implement Standard and Transmission-Based Precaution including use of a N95 mask.

Signs will be posted for directions proper PPE use in residents on Transmission Based Precaution.

Facility will stockpile PPE (gloves, gown, surgical mask, respirator, face shield / goggles) to be used specifically only in the event of an outbreak.

The facility will engage NJDOH, LDOH, OEM, NJHA as a contingency plan when it anticipates experiencing supply shortages.

The facility will promote the use of telemedicine to reduce Covid-19 exposure to staff and residents.

The facility will use dedicated equipment in isolation rooms. If not possible, all equipment will be cleaned and disinfected using the EPA-registered disinfectant before use with another resident within the cohort.

The facility will conduct routine cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and shared medical equipment using EPA-registered disinfectant.

The facility will increase frequency of routine cleaning and disinfection.

The facility will prioritize rounding in a “well-to-ill’ staff flow to minimize cross-contamination.

The facility will establish testing capacity to identify SARS-CoV2 through Acculabs Laboratory for testing and to provide appropriate specimen collection materials (refer to policy and procedure on testing).

Resident Management / Cohorting 

Facility will create 4 cohort groups: COVID-19 Positive; COVID-19 Negative, Exposed; COVID-19 Negative, Not Exposed; New or Re-admission. (Refer to Policy & Procedure on Cohorting).

Facility will implement cohorting plan that allows for separation of residents, dedicating staff and medical equipment to each of these cohorts and allowing necessary space to do so at the onset of an outbreak.

In the event staffing cannot be designated specifically in the COVID-19 unit, staff will work from clean unit to COVID unit.  Staff will cluster work load from clean resident to COVID residents. (well to ill staff flow)

Staff will use COVID-19 recommended PPE: consisting of a  respirator, eye shield and gloves when entering resident rooms.

Laboratory confirmed COVID-19 positive residents will be relocated to designated cohort, with doors closed. Private rooms will be provided if feasible.  Cohorting with another COVID-19 resident maybe done when a private room is not possible.

A person under investigation will not be moved to COVID-19 cohort until results are confirmed.

Roommates of COVID-19 residents are considered exposed and should not share a room with others unless they have tested negative and has been asymptomatic for 14 days from last exposure.

Facility will adhere to the CDC guideline for the discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precaution.

Education

The facility will continue to provide education, training and updates to its staff, residents and family members to help them understand the implications of, and basic prevention and control measures for, COVID-19.

Staff Management

All residents will be provided a mask and instructed to cover their nose and mouth when around others, as tolerated.

The facility will mandate use of universal facemask (source control) for staff while in the facility in addition to active screening of asymptomatic staff.

Staff will be screened by logging their temperature and respiratory symptom checklist at the start of their shift.

Any staff member exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be asked to put on a mask and leave the facility.  Such staff will require clearance from IP before returning to work.

The facility will identify staff that maybe at higher risk for severe COVID-19 and attempt to assign this staff to unaffected units.

The facility will educate and reinforce sick leave policies, including not reporting to work when sick.

The facility will assess staff competency on infection prevention and control measure including putting on and removing PPE.

The facility will conserve use of PPE using CDC guidance for PPE contingency strategies.

The facility has a documented staffing contingency in the event of a staffing shortage brought about by a new outbreak of COVID-19 or any other infectious disease (refer to P&P on Staffing During an Emergency).

 

January 30th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

Our current COVID numbers are as follows:

29 COVID positive residents

13 recovered residents

2 COVID positive staff members

12 recovered staff members.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. Another reminder to please refrain from visiting if you are having symptoms of any kind. We also ask that you keep your mask on at all times during your visit to our facility. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

January 27th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are our current COVID numbers:

Residents positive covid is 32

Residents recovered is 8

Staff positive covid 6

Staff recovered 8.

We highly recommend for all visitors to keep masks in place at all times while visiting even if you are by yourself with your family member in the room. Thank you to those family members who joined our call today. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

January 25th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends:

Here are our updated COVID numbers:

Positive residents-23

Positive employees-7

Recovered residents-7

Recovered employees-5

We will be having a conference call on Friday, January 27th at 10 AM. Please call (978) 990-5396 x4177447. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

January 24th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends:

Here are our updated COVID numbers:

Positive residents-19

Positive employees-6

Recovered residents-1 tomorrow 1/25

Recovered employees-2.

We will be having a conference call on Friday, January 27th at 11 AM. Please call (978) 990-5396 x4177447.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

January 22, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are our updated COVID numbers:

Residents-16 confirmed cases

Employees-1 confirmed and 2 pending PCR confirmation.

We will continue to monitor our residents for any signs and symptoms of COVID. The units will continue to remain separated. Thank you for your patience and cooperation..

January 20th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are the updated COVID numbers as of today:

Residents confirmed with PCR-8

Residents positive on rapid test(awaiting confirmation)-3

Staff confirmed with PCR-3

Residents recovered-5

Staff recovered-3.

All symptoms remain mild. All residents are being monitored for any signs and symptoms of COVID. The units will remain separated at this time. Please do not visit if you are having signs or symptoms of any kind. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

January 16, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

We currently have a total of 5 residents positive with COVID, and 2 staff members. Our next round of testing will take place tomorrow. We are happy to report that all symptoms are mild, but at this time the units will continue to be separated for meals and activities. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

January 14th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

We have two additional, confirmed cases of COVID. This brings our total to 4 residents and 1 staff member. We will continue to update you with any changes. Thank you and have a nice weekend.

January 12th, 2023,

Dear Family and Friends,

We have 2 confirmed resident cases and 1 confirmed staff case of COVID. Today, we had a third resident test positive on a rapid test. All other residents are negative, but will continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms. We will continue to keep the two units separated to limit the spread of the virus.

Please do not visit the facility if you are having any signs or symptoms of any kind. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

January 9th, 2023

Dear Family and Friends,

We have two residents and one staff member who have tested positive on a rapid COVID test. We are awaiting the PCR results at this time. Due to this, we will be separating the two units to limit the spread of the virus. Please continue to refrain from visiting if you are experiencing symptoms of any kind.

We will continue to update you on this situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

December 19th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are the current COVID case numbers for both residents and staff as of today:

Residents-3

Staff-2.

All other Station Two residents are negative at this time. A third round of testing will be done on Tuesday and all residents are being monitored for signs and symptoms.

Please refrain from visiting if you are having any signs or symptoms of any kind. We appreciate you following all infection prevention protocols.

Have a pleasant day.

Saturday, December 17th, 2022,

Family and Friends,

Yeterday, we had three residents test positive on rapid tests. Two residents have mild symptoms and one resident has no symptoms. All other station 2 residents are negative at this time. The PCR results have confirmed these positive cases.

I would ask that anyone experiencing any symptoms of any kind to refrain from visiting at this time. Please remember to follow all masking guidelines while in the facility.

If you plan to take your loved one out for the holiday, please contact the Unit Manager to make prior arrangements. We will begin compiling a list of residents who will be out on pass for the holidays.

Thank you and have a pleasant weekend.

 

December 6th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. All residents who were potentially exposed have tested negative and will continue to be monitored for any signs and symptoms of COVID.

Friday, November 11, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

I am happy to report that as of November 8th, we are officially out of Outbreak Status. Thank you for your patience and for following all safety measures in order to keep our staff and residents safe. We wish everyone a happy weekend and we look forward to the upcoming holiday season.

Friday, October 7th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We are happy to announce that all of our residents are fully recovered as of today. We still have one staff member who is quarantining at home. Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the last few weeks. We will be opening the dining and activities for both units.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

On Sunday we had one new employee test positive at home. This employee had not been in the facility for 48 hours prior to testing positive. We have one remaining positive resident who will recover by the end of the week.

All other residents and employees have completely recovered. Thank you for your patience during this last outbreak. Just a reminder that we still have doses of the Pfizer Bivalent Booster available for our residents. Please contact the Unit Manager to give consent. Thank you and have a nice evening.

Friday, September 30th,

Dear Family and Friends,

Today’s COVID update is as follows:

1 positive resident

9 residents recovered

4 staff members recovered.

We will be testing all residents again on Monday. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Have a pleasant weekend.

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are our updated COVID case numbers:

6 positive residents

1 resident pending PCR

3 residents recovered as of today

2 positive employees

2 recovered employees.

We will have another round of testing on Thursday and will update you with any new findings. 

Just a reminder that we have the Pfizer Bivalent COVID Vaccine. Please contact the Unit Manager to give consent for your loved one to receive this new vaccine.

Thank you and have a pleasant evening.

Thursday, September 22, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

Our updated COVID count as of yesterday was as follows:

9 residents

3 employees

1 recovered employee.

All symptoms are mild and improving. All other residents were tested again today and we have no additional positive cases to report.

Please join us for our conference call tomorrow, 11 AM, by calling (978) 990-5396 and using access code 4177447.

Thank you and have a great day.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

Our updated case count is as follows:

6 positive residents

1 positive employee

1 recovered employee.

We currently have the newest Bivalent Vaccine available to administer to our residents. Please call the Unit Manager to give consent for your loved one to receive the vaccine.

We will be having our Family Conference Call on Friday at 11 AM. to join please call (978)990-5396 and use access code 4177447 to join us.

Thank you and have a good evening.

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We have an additional 4 residents who tested positive on a rapid COVID test. We are awaiting the results of the PCR tests at this time. This brings our total count to 1 employee and 7 residents. 

Our staff has been re-educated on proper use of PPE, we have begun deep cleaning of common areas and the Housekeeping Department has initiated frequent disinfecting protocols of high use items like door handles and hand rails.

I am also reminding all visitors that masks must be worn at all times in the hallways and they must be worn properly. We have masks at the front desk if you do not have one.

Thank you for your patience. We will continue to update everyone once the results of the PCR tests have been received. Have a pleasant evening.

Friday, September 16th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We have one additional resident who tested positive for COVID-19 bringing our total to three residents and one staff member. All are exhibiting mild symptoms.

We would like to schedule a conference call for next Friday, September 23rd at 11AM. I will be joined on the call by our new Administrator, Mr. Zevi Kopp. You can join this call by dialing (978)990-5396 and then using access code 4177447. All are welcome to join.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

September 15th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

At this time, we have two COVID positive residents and one positive staff member. The two residents have been moved into isolation and the staff member is home completing their quarantine.

For now, we will be closing the Main Dining Room to limit the spread of the virus. Meals will be served in the rooms. Activities will continue, but each unit will alternate time in the day rooms to allow for cleaning in between. 

We must ask that you do not visit if you are feeling under the weather or exhibiting symptoms of any kind. Please reconsider your visit if you have recently been around someone who has since tested positive.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns. Have a pleasant evening. 

Friday, August 26th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

We are happy to report that we have zero COVID cases in the facility. All cases have resolved and we have been able to resume all activities and meals for both units. Please remember to avoid visitation if you are not feeling well. We thank you for your support in keeping our residents safe.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

All residents and employees have fully recovered from COVID-19. We currently have zero cases to report. We would like to take this time to remind you to please stay vigilant with hand washing and mask wearing and to please refrain from visitation if you are experiencing symptoms of any kind.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding COVID protocols and guidelines. Have a pleasant evening.

August 8th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We currently have 3 residents positive for COVID and 5 positive employees. All positive residents are currently in isolation and all employees are at home in quarantine. We have one employee recovered as of today.

We will continue to keep you updated on the case count. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a pleasant evening.

August, 4th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

We have had two employees test positive for COVID-19 who are currently at home in quarantine. We also have one additional positive resident for a total of 2 residents. Both of these residents are in isolation.

We are strongly asking that any and all visitors adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. When visiting a resident, remain in the room with the resident. Please do not visit in common areas a this time.
  2. Please leave your mask on unless you and the resident are the only people in the room.
  3. DO NOT plan a visit if you have any symptoms of any kind or if you have been around someone who has been exhibiting symptoms.

We hope you understand that we all need to work together to keep our residents safe and healthy. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We had one additional resident test positive for COVID. That resident has been moved into isolation. All other residents have tested negative at this time. We will continue to follow all testing and outbreak protocols. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thursday, July 28th, 2022,

Dear Friends and Family,

We had one resident test positive for COVID. We have one other resident on precautionary isolation. We have zero staff members positive at this time. The COVID cases are starting to rise again in Monmouth County and around the state. We strongly encourage any and all visitors who are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness to please refrain from visitation at this time.

We will continue to follow testing guidelines and will communicate any change in case counts to you. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

July 19th, 2022,

Dear Friends and Family,

I would just like to update everyone on our current COVID status. On June 30th our last COVID positive employee case was completely resolved. We have zero resident cases and zero employee cases as of now. We are waiting to hear back from the local Department of Health to officially end this outbreak.

Sadly, my last day at Imperial Healthcare will be Friday, July 22nd. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here getting to work closely with the residents, staff and family members. Mr. Marc Schon, the Executive Director, will be taking over the role of Administrator as of July 23rd. I wish all of you health and happiness in the future.

June 21, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We are happy to report that we have no new cases of COVID-19 at this time. We currently have one positive patient with no symptoms. All employees and other residents have fully recovered. 

We continue to ask all visitors to refrain from visiting if you are experiencing symptoms of any kind. We ask that everyone wear a mask upon entering the facility. 

Thank you for your patience. I wish you all a pleasant evening.

June 10th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

During our routine outbreak testing, we had one additional staff member and one resident test positive for COVID. That brings us to 2 employees and one resident positive with 2 employees and 2 residents recovered. We will continue outbreak testing until we have two weeks of consecutive negative tests for all employees and residents.

During an outbreak, we are required to hold family conference calls in order to keep communication open and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. We will conduct this call on Wednesday, June 15th at 11AM. Please call (623) 600-3763 and use access code 678331.

Please remember, if you are experiencing any symptoms or suspect that you may have been exposed or aren’t feeling well in any way, we ask that you refrain from visiting until all symptoms have resolved. 

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Sincerely,

Yochanon Goldstein, LNHA

June 8th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

During our routine outbreak testing, we had one staff member test positive for COVID. The employee was sent home to begin quarantine. This brings our total to 2 employees with one recovered and zero residents positive. We will test again on Thursday and will report any changes at that time.

Thank you and have a nice evening.

 

June 3rd, 2022

Dear Family and Friends, 

Yesterday, we had one additional staff member test positive for COVID-19. This employee was asymptomatic and was sent home to quarantine. Today, our two positive residents and one isolation resident will return to their rooms, ending their COVID status.

This brings our facility total to 2 positive employees and zero residents. We will continue our mandatory testing until we have two weeks of negative tests. We will continue to update you with any changes. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

May 31st, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Today, we had an employee test positive for COVID-19. This employee is not a direct care giver and was sent home to begin his quarantine. He was asymptomatic at the time of testing.

We still have three residents on isolation precautions until June 3rd. We will continue to update you with any changes.

 

Thankyou and have a good evening.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Dear Friends and Family,

Yesterday, we had two residents test positive for COVID. Both residents were confirmed positive with a PCR test. We will continue to communicate any pertinent updates to you as we have them. All other residents and staff members have tested negative thus far

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you and have a great day.

May 17th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday, we were informed that a staff member had a positive RAPID COVID test result. The employee is now at home in quarantine. The facility will follow the NJDOH guidelines on testing and all other infection control measures.

Please feel free to contact me or Ben Po, our Director of Nursing with any questions or concerns.

Have a pleasant day.

April 6th, 2022

Dear Friends and Family,

On Monday we conducted another round of COVID testing and all results came back negative. The patient who tested positive was sent out to the hospital for further evaluation. We do not have any positive cases in the facility at this time. Any fully vaccinated and boosted resident on Station One, low side is allowed to attend therapy in the gym. Those who are not boosted are required to quarantine for 7 days as per the state guidelines.

All residents are eligible for a second booster shot. We will be having our next COVID vaccine clinic on April 15th. You may call the nurses station or email to provide consent for a second booster for your loved one.

station1@imperialhealthcarenj.com

station2@imperialhealthcarenj.com

Thank you and have a pleasant evening.

March 31st, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday, we had one resident test positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing found that this was a hospital exposure prior to discharge to Imperial. This resident has been in isolation since the day of admission. This one case does not put us in an outbreak status.

All other residents on Station one, low side have been tested and all are negative. All staff members that had any exposure are in the process of testing, but so far all are negative. For now, activities and therapy will be provided for in the rooms on station one, low side to limit any potential exposure to the rest of the facility.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please reach out to myself or Ben Po, Director of Nursing should you have any questions regarding this situation.

Have a healthy day!

February 22, 2022,

Dear Friends and Family,

We are so happy to report that all staff and residents tested negative yesterday. This officially ends this outbreak for our facility. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding throughout this time.

Have a pleasant evening.

February 18th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

We are very happy to announce that as of today all of our residents are fully recovered. We do not have any active cases at this time. We will complete our last round of testing on Monday. If all tests are negative, then we will be able to open the rest of the building on Tuesday and officially end our outbreak.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Have a great weekend!

February 15th, 2022

Good morning,

We are happy to report that we had no new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff. We still have 2 remaining hospital acquired cases and one other resident has completely recovered.

Please feel free to reach out to myself or Ben PO, Director of Nursing should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you and have a great week!

Sincerely,

Yochanon Goldstein, LNHA

(732) 922-3400 x141

Friday, February 11th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

I am happy to report that we had no new resident or employee cases of COVID-19 this week. We still have two hospital acquired cases at this time.

We will not have a Family Conference call next week, but we will be scheduling a call once a month moving forward. We are hopeful that these calls will continue to be a way to keep an open line of communication between the facility and our families. The date will be announced in next week’s update.

Have a safe and “super” weekend!

Friday, February 4th,

Dear Friends and Family,

We have one new positive resident with no symptoms giving us two total positive cases. All employees are fully recovered and back to work. We will have another round of testing on Monday.

We will be having a Family Conference call on Friday, February 11th at 11AM. Please call (978)990-5396 and use access code 4177447 to join us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Yochanon Goldstein, LNHA

(732) 922-3400 x141

 

Monday, January 31st, 2022,

Dear Friends and Family,

We have two positive employees and two positive residents with a third resident recovered. No new cases were reported today. We will have another round of testing on Thursday.

We will be having a Family Conference call on Friday, February 4th at 11AM. Please call (978)990-5396 and use access code 4177447 to join us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

January 28th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We had one employee test positive for COVID. We also have two positive residents and one additional positive resident in the hospital due to an issue unrelated to COVID. These three cases are hospital acquired.

We will be having a Family Conference call on Friday, February 4th at 11AM. Please call (978)990-5396 and use access code 4177447 to join us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe this weekend.

January 26th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday, we had two employees test positive for COVID. We also had one additional resident test positive, but this resident had a recent hospital stay and has been quarantined since their return. This positive is considered a hospital acquired case.

These new cases keep us in an outbreak status. We will be having a Family Conference call on Friday, January 28th at 11AM. Please call (978)990-5396 and use access code 4177447 to join us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

January 24th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Today’s testing confirmed that we are COVID free on Station 2 low and high sides and Station1 high side. We do still have one hospital acquired case on Station 1 low side. All staff members have fully recovered.

We will be allowing the residents from the three recovered units to join group activities and dining starting tomorrow. Visitation is allowed, but we ask those who have loved ones on Station 1, low side to still minimize visitation until we are completely recovered. We are still asking all family and friends to refrain from visiting if you are exhibiting symptoms of any kind.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these last few weeks. We believe we are nearing the end of this outbreak. Have a pleasant evening.

January 19th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are our updated COVID-19 numbers;

Positive residents-24

Recovered residents-19

All staff members have fully recovered and returned to work following a negative test. Monday’s testing revealed zero new cases. We will have another round of testing tomorrow.

We strongly recommend that you pause on any visitation for the next few days so that we can limit exposure to the residents and staff and try to minimize the spread of this strain. We truly appreciate you making every effort to honor this request at this time.

The Activity Department is scheduling virtual visits. You can request a visit by emailing imperialnjcommunications@gmail.com.

We will have another Family Conference call on Friday at 11 AM. You can join the call by dialing (978) 990-5396 access code 4177447.

Thank you and have a good evening.

January 13th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We are happy to report that during today’s round of mandatory testing, we had zero new cases among our residents and staff. We will have another round of testing on Monday, but this is a good sign that the spread is slowing down.

Here are our updated COVID-19 numbers;

Positive residents-24

Recovered residents-8

Positive staff-28

Recovered staff-22.

We strongly recommend that you pause on any visitation for the next 7-10 days so that we can limit exposure to the residents and staff and try to minimize the spread of this strain. We truly appreciate you making every effort to honor this request at this time.

The Activity Department is scheduling virtual visits. You can request a visit by emailing imperialnjcommunications@gmail.com.

We will have another Family Conference call tomorrow at 11AM. You can join the call by dialing (978) 990-5396 access code 4177447.

Thank you and have a good evening.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022,

Dear Family and Friends,

We remain in outbreak status at this time. Our current numbers are as follows:

Positive residents-20

Recovered residents-4

Hospital transfers-1

Positive staff-8

Recovered staff-20.

We strongly recommend that you pause on any visitation for the next 7-10 days so that we can limit exposure to the residents and staff and try to minimize the spread of this strain. We truly appreciate you making every effort to honor this request at this time.

The Activity Department is scheduling virtual visits. You can request a visit by emailing imperialnjcommunications@gmail.com.

Please feel free to drop clothing, food or other items off to the front desk for your loved one. We will make every effort to get it to the resident in a reasonable amount of time.

Due to our outbreak status, we will be conducting weekly family conference calls to keep you informed and updated. Our next call will be Friday, January 14th at 11AM. You can join this call by dialing (978)990-5396 and then using access code 4177447. All are welcome to join.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are in constant contact with our state and local DOH and we consult our Infectious Disease group with each outbreak. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ben or myself should you have any additional questions or concerns.

January 7th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are our updated COVID-19 numbers;

Positive residents-17

Recovered residents-2

Hospital transfers-2

Positive staff-16

Recovered staff-12.

We strongly recommend that you pause on any visitation for the next 7-10 days so that we can limit exposure to the residents and staff and try to minimize the spread of this strain. We truly appreciate you making every effort to honor this request at this time.

The Activity Department is scheduling virtual visits. You can request a visit by emailing imperialnjcommunications@gmail.com.

Thank you and have a safe weekend.

January 6th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We remain in outbreak status at this time. Our current numbers are as follows:

Positive residents-17

Recovered residents-2

Hospital transfers-2

Positive staff-15

Recovered staff-12.

We strongly recommend that you pause on any visitation for the next 7-10 days so that we can limit exposure to the residents and staff and try to minimize the spread of this strain. We truly appreciate you making every effort to honor this request at this time.

The Activity Department is scheduling virtual visits. You can request a visit by emailing imperialnjcommunications@gmail.com.

Please feel free to drop clothing, food or other items off to the front desk for your loved one. We will make every effort to get it to the resident in a reasonable amount of time.

Due to our outbreak status, we will be conducting weekly family conference calls to keep you informed and updated. Our next call will be Friday, January 7th at 11AM. You can join this call by dialing (978)990-5396 and then using access code 4177447. All are welcome to join.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are in constant contact with our state and local DOH and we consult our Infectious Disease group with each outbreak. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ben or myself should you have any additional questions or concerns.

January 4th, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

We remain in outbreak status at this time. Our current numbers are as follows:

Positive residents-17

Recovered residents-1

Positive staff-15

Recovered staff-8

For the most part our residents are experiencing mild symptoms. Our staff members are also reporting mild symptoms overall, and have tested negative anywhere between 5-8 days after a positive test. We will conduct another round of mandatory testing on Thursday.

I would like to thank the family members that have reported their positive test results to the Nursing Department. Your honesty helps us track and monitor your loved ones more closely. All departments have implemented increased cleaning schedules. All high touch surfaces and common areas are being cleaned multiple times per shift. Please understand that this variant is highly contagious and is unlike the strains we have seen so far. We are taking all precautions as brought forth by the CDC and Department of Health.

I want to assure you that throughout this outbreak we have been able to maintain our staffing levels and the care for your loved ones remains our top priority. We have paused on accepting any new admissions so that we can focus all care on our residents currently at Imperial.

Due to our outbreak status, we will be conducting weekly family conference calls to keep you informed and updated. Our next call will be Friday, January 7th at 11AM. You can join this call by dialing (978)990-5396 and then using access code 4177447. All are welcome to join.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are in constant contact with our state and local DOH and we consult our Infectious Disease group with each outbreak. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ben or myself should you have any additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely, 

Yochanon Goldstein, LNHA

January 2nd, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Over the weekend we had 7 residents test positive for COVID-19 and four additional staff members test positive. This brings our current total to 18 staff members, 2 recovered staff members and 11 positive residents with 1 recovered. We will have another round of mandatory testing for all residents and staff members on Monday. All symptoms remain mild and the recovery period in staff members looks to be about 5-8 days so far.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through this outbreak. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Yochanon Goldstein, LNHA