Village Updates

Tuesday, July 20 Update

On July 5, 2021 some of our residents felt ill and contacted our Wellness Nursing Team, at which point we had them take rapid COVID-19 tests. We followed our general infection control procedures and protocols and are working diligently to trace the origins of the virus. While we know it is possible for fully vaccinated individuals to get COVID, we are working to understand the science behind it’s spread, similar to those living outside of the community. The Department of Health is sequencing the test results as part of the process of learning the variant to obtain scientific understanding.

Those who have tested positive are showing very slight symptoms, which proves the vaccines are working. We will follow the lead of doctors and industry experts, as we always have, learning and adjusting accordingly. Our number one priority is keeping you safe.

Below are some of the changes that have been implemented.

  • Campaign to 100: a campaign consisting of education, awareness and vaccination opportunities on campus with the goal of 100% vaccination on campus. Increases in vaccination rates are happening on a regular basis.
  • No in-person dining room services and limited outdoor dining
  • All indoor life enrichment and planned activities have been suspended for all size groups
  • Transportation has been suspended other than to essential medical appointments and groceries
  • All resident-run meetings, support groups and games have been suspended until further notice
  • Masks are required for staff members and strongly encouraged for residents, visitors and vendors
  • Restricted inside health care visitation by family and guests with the exception of end of life or compassionate care
  • Screening which includes checking temperatures of all residents, staff, guests and vendors entering JKV at all campus gates
  • Created an array of Award Winning virtual events for residents in which to participate from their homes
  • Provided in-home food delivery from campus dining venues

Before the virus hit US shores, JKV had a Pandemic Plan months before going to restricted activities in March 2020. Our efforts at the outset were recognized by the Governor’s office and JKV was the first health care setting in the state to receive vaccinations for its residents and staff. Through these measures we have been recognized by industry leaders for best practices.

We will continue to proactively learn, like everyone else, as this virus continues to evolve. We trust our healthcare professionals and the CDC. We’re working in tandem with the Florida Department of Health, Agency for Healthcare Administration, LeadingAge Florida, Dr. Mark Cochran, former Managing Director of Johns Hopkins Healthcare, as well as a host of other agencies and organizations to provide continual opportunities for testing on our campus.

The vaccine is not 100% effective, we have known this from the start. However, it provides extra protection and minimizes side effects. We provide access to 24-hour Wellness Nursing- our partnership with the Center for Healthy Living in conjunction with Everside Health, Johns Hopkins, and Holy Cross. We additionally provide meal delivery, virtual life enrichment programming and connectedness with family members through technology. We are keeping our community as safe as possible. It’s important that we share that vaccinations DO work. The majority of symptoms we are seeing amongst those who are vaccinated are mild, and many are testing are asymptomatic.

Testing will be available on campus at John Knox Village in Gardens West, The Woodlands and Seaside

Cove on Tuesday, July 20 and Independent Living and Staff on Wednesday, July 21.

We will continue to communicate with the community in the coming days as we learn more. Check our website for updates.

Friday, July 9 Update

DATE:             July 9, 2021

TO:                 JKV Residents & Team Members (Staff)

FROM:           Bill Pickhardt, Chief Operating Officer

SUBJECT:       COVID-19 Update

WHAT: We want to share that we are experiencing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases on our campus.

 HOW: Most of the individuals who have contracted the virus do not recall being around anyone who was experiencing any symptoms. In addition, most have been vaccinated and therefore we do not know the root cause of the exposure, nor this increase in cases.

DEFINITION OF EXPOSURE: Being within six feet of an individual, who is positive with COVID-19, for 15 minutes or longer.

WHAT NEXT? If you have been exposed to someone you suspect has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we recommend:

  • Take your temperature twice a day to see if you have a fever of 99 degrees or greater.
  • Wear a face covering when you are outside your home.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.
  • Notify Wellness Nursing if you experience elevated temperature or any symptoms. At that time, Wellness Nursing will assist in obtaining a RAPID COVID-19 Test. Wellness Nursing can be reached at (954) 783-4004.

In full transparency, as of today, we have 11 residents with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosed out of 924 residents/rehab guests, which is 1%. We have one employee confirmed with COVID-19 out of 834 employees, which is negligible, and we want to keep it that way!

We firmly believe in the science of the vaccination, which indicates that a vaccinated person who contracts the virus should expect to experience less severe symptoms.

It is important residents do not share or repeat names of other residents who are COVID-19 Positive or are suspected of being Positive, as that is a breach of protected health information. We also ask Residents to not ask Employees about their vaccination status, as there are specific protections Employees enjoy under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Management is committed to vigilance, keeping Residents and Staff informed, and making any changes in programming and services necessary to protect all Residents and Staff.

Thursday, July 8 Update

COVID-19 Update, July 8, 2021

Fran Murphy, RN, Director of Compliance and Risk

 Although guidance has loosened up greatly regarding COVID-19, it is still very much present.  The Delta variant is increasing, and data is being collected to determine further how the vaccine impacts the variant. Current information is that all three vaccines are effective against the variant, although there have been a small number of breakthrough cases among vaccinated persons as expected. There are no plans to change any of the current recommendations.  However, we must remain vigilant.

Common Questions and Answers

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? Quarantine keeps someone who might be infected from others, while isolation keeps someone who is infected away from others, even those in their home.

When do we quarantine Residents for COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those who have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 be quarantined if they are not vaccinated. Both vaccinated Residents and those who have had COVID-19 within the last three months do not have to quarantine if they live in Independent Living, but THEY MUST wear a face covering when leaving their unit and MUST monitor for symptoms.

How long should Residents who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated be quarantined? It is best to quarantine for 14 days, but can be shortened in Independent Living if the following occur:

  • If no symptoms, quarantine can be discontinued after 10 days.
  • Watch for symptoms the full 14 days and wear a face covering; If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and call Wellness Nursing (954) 783-4004.

What is considered close contact per the CDC? 

  • You were within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home for someone with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with someone with COVID-19 (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • The positive person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

What are some symptoms of COVID-19?

Per the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

CDC continues to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

When should I seek emergency medical care with COVID-19?  Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake.
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

 When do we isolate Residents for COVID-19? Residents are placed on isolation if they test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 determined not to be related to another condition. They are advised to call Wellness Nursing immediately if symptoms of COVID-19 appear.  Residents in The Woodlands, Seaside Cove and Gardens West fall under stricter regulations where both vaccinated and unvaccinated Residents must be quarantined if exposed.

 I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms. When can I be around others?

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​.  Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

Note that these recommendations do not apply to persons with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised). These persons should follow the guidance below for “I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication.

I tested positive for COVID-19, but had no symptoms. When can I be around others?

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.”

I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?

People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared.  Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing or to determine whether testing will be necessary before you can be around others or if you may need to see an Infectious Disease doctor.

Should I get Vaccinated against COVID-19?  

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness, and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.

This information was obtained from the CDC.gov website. Here is its link:

https://www.cdc.gov/

 Feel free to call Fran Murphy for further questions regarding COVID-19 at (954)784-4798 or email her at fmurphy@jkvfl.com Stay well and continue to be vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.

Wednesday, June 9 Update

As of this past Friday the Florida Department of Health ceased seven-day-a-week distribution of COVID-related statistics. According to an FDOH statement, the state will continue to release the numbers, however on a weekly basis now that the severity of the pandemic appears to be receding.

More than 10.3 million Floridians have been vaccinated and during the past three weeks the state has been below the test positivity rate of 5%. Health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5% or below.

  • To that end these Wednesday Updates will now be published on a need-to-know basis when important information needs to be shared.

JKV remains committed to a safe campus for Residents, Staff, and Guests so:

  • If you have not done so, we strongly urge you to consider getting vaccinated—for your safety, as well as the safety of those around you.
  • John Knox Village is pleased to announce that in the near future, we will be partnering with or one, possibly several, pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for Residents, Staff and Guests.
  • Ongoing vaccination clinics will be set up in The Woodlands and Seaside Cove for those Residents, Staff and Guests.
  • Another vaccination clinic will be set up for Independent Living Residents, Staff and Guests, as well.
  • Look for more related information soon.
    • DINING SERVICES UPDATE
      • As of May 20th, John Knox Village relaxed some restrictions on crowd size/room usage (see COVID Update 5/20/21). To that end, Dining Services has opened the Main Dining Room, Palm Bistro & Glades Grill to “open seating” at pre-COVID levels.
      • That means Residents are no longer required to make reservations to dine in those venues. However, we realize that some Residents like to plan and reserve a table. To accommodate those Residents and Guests, we are offering “limited” reservations—setting aside a percentage of seats for reservations.
      • In the Main Dining Room that may be 24-30 seats. In the Glades Grill it may be 12-18 seats and in the Palm Bistro it may be 8-12 seats, set aside and reserved.
      • Our goal is to offer Residents the flexibility to be spontaneous when they want to dine out or the ability to plan and be assured of getting a table.

–Joe Mallen

Director of Dining Services

Wednesday, June 2 Update

The COVID-19 vaccines have begun to positively impact the number of cases and the severity of cases of COVID-19, as we begin to open the country. For instance, the Florida Department of Health reported the positivity rate in all three South Florida counties is between 2% and 4%–and that is with results from the long, three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. For Broward County, the positivity rate yesterday was 1.56%, down from 2.13% on Monday.

Health officials say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5% or below.

  • If you have not done so, we urge you to consider vaccination for your safety, as well as the safety of those around you.
  • John Knox Village is pleased to announce that in the near future, we will be partnering with or one, possibly several, pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for Residents, Staff and Guests.
  • Ongoing vaccination clinics will be set up in The Woodlands and Seaside Cove for those Residents, Staff and Guests.
  • Another vaccination clinic/s will be set up for Independent Living Residents, Staff and Guests, as well.
  • It has yet to be determined which vaccine will be used—Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, or both.
  • These vaccines are being offered under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) which was done to expedite the vaccine for the new illness, COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 that has been with us for over one year. There are very specific guidelines for the use of and assessment of the recipient, teaching, cold storage of the vaccine, thawing, consent, administration, and reporting. Education must be provided to Residents and Staff.
  • We will keep you posted as we continue to put our processes in place for Residents, Guests and Staff to receive these vaccines here on our campus.
  • Please stay well as we begin to cautiously open up the Village. Consider your own risk factors as you determine where you go, what you do and continue to follow CDC guidelines as they evolve.
  • Let’s all work together to make JKV happy, healthy and safe.

Fran Murphy

JKV Corporate Compliance Officer

 

Wednesday, May 26 Update

  • The Florida Department of Health is reporting that more than 10 million Floridians have been vaccinated.
  • Broward County Positivity Rate has dropped to 3.19 percent. Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5 percent.
  • The state reported a positivity rate of 3.54 percent, down from 3.75 percent Tuesday.
  • There have been some instances of Breakthrough (after vaccine) Covid-19 positive cases throughout the country (.01%) with no or minimal side effects.
  • Vaccinated Residents and Staff may choose to continue to wear masks if they desire for many reasons (conditions-theirs and others they are around, just feel safer, etc.)  It does not mean they are not vaccinated.
  • JKV is in the process of developing policies regarding ongoing administration of vaccines. More information to follow at a later date.

Here is the latest John Knox Village COVID-19 Quick Glance Grid

 

John Knox Village of Florida, Inc.

Covid-19 Quick Glance Grid 5/25/2021

Covid-19 Topic

 

Independent Living Gardens West Woodlands and Seaside Cove
                                                                                        Residents
Screening Residents Screenings discontinued unless going to Gardens West, Seaside Cove or The Woodlands. All screened weekly and upon return from leaving building.  Screened at gate upon return to campus.  Screened upon return from hospital or skilled nursing. All screened daily and upon return from leaving building.
Testing Residents No Requirement. Consider when Exposed or Symptomatic via JKHHA fee for service or off campus site. When Exposed/Potentially Exposed

When Symptomatic

When positive case in facility, When Exposed/Potentially Exposed

When Symptomatic

Resident Post Hospital No testing requirement

No quarantine if fully vaccinated unless does not pass screening. Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 10 days and no symptoms without test.

Tested in Hospital prior to coming.  No quarantine if fully vaccinated unless does not pass screening. Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 10 days and no symptoms without test.

 

Tested in Hospital prior to coming.  No quarantine if fully vaccinated unless does not pass screening. Encourage surgical mask or face covering around others. Otherwise, 14-day isolation even with negative test.

 

 

Resident Outdoor Activities Masks not required.

 

KN-95 mask over mouth and nose must be worn by staff/visitors. Face covering for Resident whether vaccinated or not.

 

Fully vaccinated residents can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor if the Resident is wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand hygiene.

 

KN-95 mask over mouth and nose must be worn by staff/visitors. Face covering for Resident whether vaccinated or not.

 

Fully vaccinated residents can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor if the Resident is wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand hygiene.

 

Resident Travel Domestic Screen upon return.  No Testing Requirement if fully vaccinated.  Tight fitting face covering. Screen upon return from visits.  No testing Requirement.

Tight fitting face covering if tolerated.

Screen upon return from all visits.  Tight fitting face covering if tolerated.
Resident Travel

International

Negative Test-7 days quarantine.  No test-10 days quarantine.  Check CDC for areas not to travel and travel requirements for destination. Negative Test-7 days quarantine.  No test-10 days quarantine.   Check CDC for areas not to travel and travel requirements for destination. Negative Test-7 days quarantine.  No test-14 days quarantine.  Check CDC for areas not to travel and travel requirements for destination.
Resident Isolation for Positive Test or Symptoms Isolate for 10 days from test or 10 days after symptoms start then ok to stop if symptoms resolved and no fever for 24 hours.  Wear KN-95 and face shield x 10 days Isolate for 10 days from test or after symptom start, then ok to stop if symptoms resolved and no fever for 24 hours.  Wear KN-95 and face shield x 10 days if tolerated. Isolate for 14 days after positive test or after symptom start, then OK to stop if symptoms resolved and no fever for 24 hours.
Resident Transportation Service Reinstated Service Reinstated Service Reinstated
Resident Transportation While on Quarantine or Isolation Each case will be evaluated for critical nature of medical appointment and reason for isolation. Contact HH DON for consultation. Each case will be evaluated for critical nature of medical appointment and reason for isolation. Contact HH DON for consultation Each case will be evaluated for critical nature of medical appointment and reason for isolation. Contact Infection Preventionist for consultation.

 

John Knox Village of Florida, Inc.

Covid-19 Quick Glance Grid 5/25/2021

Covid-19 Topic

 

Independent Living Gardens West Woodlands and Seaside Cove
Employees
Screening Employees All who enter except paramedics. All who enter except paramedics. All who enter except paramedics.
Testing Employees.

 

 

 

  Assess contracted EEs and contractors as well.  Also, exposure/potential exposure.
Employee Travel Domestic No Requirement for Quarantine or Testing

Wear KN-95 x 10 days

No Requirement for Quarantine or Testing Healthcare to wear KN-95. Test upon return and per Broward County rates as well as exposure/potential exposure.  Wear KN-95.
Employee Travel International Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 10 days and no symptoms without test.  If fully vaccinated, wear KN-95 upon return x 14 days.   Check CDC for areas not to travel and travel requirements for destination. Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 14 days and no symptoms without test.  If fully vaccinated, wear KN-95 upon return. X 14 days. Check CDC for areas not to travel and travel requirements for destination. Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 14 days and no symptoms without test.  If fully vaccinated, wear KN-9 Check CDC for areas not to travel and travel requirements for destination.
Employee Quarantine for Exposure Quarantine if exposed to someone under suspicion or positive without appropriate PPE unless fully vaccinated. Length of time depends on circumstances.   Wear KN-95 upon return x 10 days.

 

Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 10 days after exposure and no symptoms without test.  Wear KN 95 upon return x 10 days.

Quarantine if exposed to someone under suspicion or positive without appropriat0e PPE unless fully vaccinated. Length of time depends on circumstances.

 

 

Usually, 7 days quarantine with negative test or 10 days after exposure without test.  Wear KN-95 upon return.

Quarantine if exposed to someone under suspicion or positive without appropriate PPE unless fully vaccinated.  Length of time depends on circumstances.

 

 

Quarantine 14 days.  Negative test prior to return.  Wear KN-95 upon return.

Employee Isolation for Having Covid-19 Isolate for 10 days after symptoms begin or positive test, symptoms resolve and no fever for 24 hours.  Test prior to return if available.  Wear KN-95 x 10 days upon return.

 

Isolate for 10 days after symptoms begin or positive test, symptoms resolve and no fever for 24 hours.  Test prior to return.  Wear KN-95 upon return. Isolate for minimum of 10 days after symptoms begin or positive test, symptoms resolve and no fever for 24 hours.  Test prior to return.  Wear KN-95 upon return.  See policy for details.
Employee PPE As per Department requirements. Face covering or KN-95 required by all.  Full PPE with symptomatic, positive, quarantined, and exposed Residents and Guests

If vaccinated; Can lower mask if alone outside-pull up if persons come near you.  Small groups of vaccinated employees can meet without masks (6-8 people)

KN-95 Mask.  Use Standard and Transmission Based Precautions.  Full PPE including eye protection with symptomatic, positive, quarantined, and exposed Residents and Guests   Can lower mask if alone outside-pull up if persons come near. Use Standard and Transmission Based Precautions.  Full PPE including eye protection with symptomatic, positive, quarantined, and exposed Residents and Guests.  When outside may lower mask when not in proximity of others.

 

 

 

John Knox Village of Florida, Inc.

Covid-19 Quick Glance Grid 5/25/2021

Covid-19 Topic

 

Independent Living Gardens West Woodlands and Seaside Cove
Visitors
Counseling Visitors None required in IL Counsel visitors regarding potential Covid-19 Counsel visitors regarding potential Covid-19
Testing Visitors

 

Not Required Unless International

 

Not Required Unless International

 

 

On an as needed basis at discretion of Administration.
Visitation Visitors are to follow same protocols as Residents.  Residents are responsible for Visitors adhering to JKV protocols.

 

International Visitors-Testing, Quarantine 7 days with negative test and 10 days without test.

Outdoor visits preferred. Weather permitting-protect sun and temp.

 

Appointment for visitors not being required, but preferred.

 

Maximum of two visitors per any given visit in room. Number of visitors over two per any given visit may be exceeded by permission of Admin. and ability to maintain and monitor core principles.

 

Time and length of visits will be determined on a case-by-case basis related to individual circumstances and ability to maintain and monitor core principles.

KN-95 mask over mouth and nose must be worn.

 

Visits may occur in Residents’ apartments regardless of vaccine status.

 

Fully vaccinated residents can choose to have close contact (including touch) with

their visitor if the Resident is wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand hygiene.

 

When there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the facility immediately begins outbreak testing and suspends general visitation until 1 round of facility wide testing is complete.

 

If first round outbreak testing reveals no additional COVID-19 cases in other areas, then visitation can resume for residents in areas/units with no COVID-19 cases.

 

Compassionate care visits should be always allowed, regardless of vaccination status, county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak.

 

Mask must be worn by all compassionate care visitors during an outbreak.

 

*When usage of full PPE is required; $10 PPE kits may be purchased

Outdoor visits preferred. Weather permitting-protect sun and temp.

 

First Floor/ Outside and visits in elder/ rehab guest room is permitted depending on facility Covid-19 status.

 

Maximum of two visitors per any given visit in room. Number of visitors over two may be exceeded by permission of Admin. and ability to maintain and monitor core principles.

 

Time and length of visits will be determined on a case-by-case basis related to individual circumstances and ability to maintain and monitor core principles.

 

KN-95 mask over mouth and nose must be worn.

 

Fully vaccinated residents can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor if the Resident is wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand hygiene.

 

When there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the facility immediately begins outbreak testing and suspends general visitation until 1 round of facility wide testing is complete.

 

If first round outbreak testing reveals no additional COVID-19 cases in other areas, then visitation can resume for residents in areas/units with no COVID-19 cases.

 

Compassionate care visits should be always allowed, regardless of vaccination status, county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak.

 

KN-95 Mask must be worn by all compassionate care visitors as well as full PPE with positive Covid-19 cases.

 

 

*When usage of full PPE is required; $10 PPE kits may be purchased

 

Definitions.

Core Principles of Covid-19; Prevention, Screening, Hand Hygiene, Face Coverings/Masks, Social Distancing, Instructional Signage, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Staff use of PPE, Cohorting Residents, Required Staff and Resident Testing.

Fully Vaccinated; Two weeks after second vaccine of two vaccine series or two weeks after first vaccine of one dose series.

11/3/2020, 12/3/2020, 12/7/2020, 1/19/2021, 2/23/2021, 3/10/21, 3/17/21, 3/25/21, 4/6/21, 4/22/21, 4/27/21, 5/25/2021

References Used

 DEM ORDER 20-0111

CDC Criteria for Returning to Work, 7/17/2020

CDC Summary of Recent Changes 2/13/2021

JKV Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

CMS Nursing Home Visitation- COVID-19 (revised) 3/10/2021

CMS QSO-20-39-NH

CDC Update 4/27/21

Wednesday, May 19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented everyone with a lot over the past 15 months since it arrived on the shores of the United States. For some, it instilled a sense of fear, others sadness and grief, and others the pandemic was political. Regardless of age, race, or political affiliation, the pandemic has affected us all!

WHAT: JKV’s main objective throughout this pandemic is protecting those who call John Knox Village home.  

How do we survive and thrive? We are resilient and will continue to restore services and lessen regulations as we continue moving towards this “New Normal.” To do this, we need to make informed decisions and understand how to accept shared risk. Some people may choose to continue to wear masks and 6-foot physical distance after the requirements are eliminated, and that is their choice. Others cannot wait to leave the masks behind and return to activities with no restrictions.

A thoughtful and thorough COVID-19 Update was provided last Friday indicating residents and team members (staff) who have been vaccinated have the choice to wear masks/face coverings or not, inside, or outside except for our health care settings—Gardens West, Seaside Cove and The Woodlands. All health care buildings are governed by the Agency for Health Care Administration and/or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and still require masks/face coverings to enter.

We are also making the following changes effective Monda, May 24, 2021.

SCREENINGS: Will be discontinued at our campus entrances for everyone other than those going to any of the following health care buildings (The Woodlands, Seaside Cove, and Gardens West).

CROWD SIZE/ROOM USAGE: We will be discontinuing crowd limits imposed as a direct result of COVID-19. We will still have quantity limits for different functions by location based on occupancy limits and event type.

WATER FOUNTAINS across campus will be turned back on Monday, May 31, 2021.

As a team we believe we have been successful in mitigating COVID-19 infections on campus with the prudent measures we have implemented and tweaked over the past 15 months. Each one of us has the responsibility of managing and accepting risk. If you are more comfortable wearing a mask and remaining six feet apart, feel free to do so.

Wearing masks and remaining vigilant is a personal choice and does not in any way mean the individual is not vaccinated. We will continue to work on a campaign to increase the percentage of residents and employees vaccinated with the goal of a 100% fully vaccinated campus.

Best,

Bill Pickhardt

JKV Chief Operating Officer

Friday, May 14 Update

JKV Guidelines After Yesterday’s CDC Communication

 Dear Residents and JKV Team Members (Staff),

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided a new communication yesterday, regarding the use of masks inside and outside, and regarding the size of crowds. We are reviewing the implications for JKV and will have additional information and guidance next week.

In the meantime, the following changes are acceptable on campus:

  • Vaccinated individuals (resident and non-healthcare employees) are not required to wear a mask inside or outside of their homes or work areas on campus.
  • The use of a mask is a personal choice that provides additional protection for those who are vaccinated.
  • The wearing of a mask is not an indication of whether a person has been vaccinated. Some individuals choose the higher level of protection because they have a higher risk of consequences from COVID-19, or they are concerned that they may carry the virus home to others.
  • Being vaccinated does not ensure that you will not be infected by the virus or a variant. It is likely, though, that you will have a less severe reaction if you actually do get infected.
  • There are no changes in the use of PPE in the health care environments. All Healthcare employees must continue to follow CMS and AHCA guidelines.
  • All Home Health employees must use PPE while providing direct care in the home.
  • Regulations regarding health care are enforced by CMS and AHCA and do not change based on CDC communications.

Our handy JKV Covid Quick Grid will be reviewed and updated next week, after we have had time to process the implications.

Thank you for your continued diligence, understanding and grace under pressure.

–Fran Murphy, JKV Corporate Compliance Officer 

Wednesday, April 21 Update

Dear Residents & JKV Team Members (Staff),

  • About 38% of Floridians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination, yet the number of cases per day is not changing much, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
  • Today, the State of Florida reported 5,571 new cases and another 83 deaths.
  • Broward County reported 671 additional cases, with 21 more deaths and a positivity rate of 5.78 percent, which is down from the 7.44 percent reported in last Wednesday’s Update.
  • Public health experts at the Florida Department of Health say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5 percent.
  • We ask all Residents and Staff to remain diligent in following the CDC guidelines of maintaining 6-foot physical distancing, wearing of a face mask and frequent hand washing.

MAIN GATE UPDATE FOR RESIDENTS

Beginning at 7AM, Thursday, April 22, the Resident Lane (right lane) at the Main Gate will be open to Residents ONLY. To enter the campus Residents using that lane MUST either show their COVID-19 Vaccination Card or go through the screening and temperature taking process.

USE THIS RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH

& CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE EVENTS

Flyers were distributed today for the April 25th Sunday Brunch and April 30th Cheeseburger in Paradise events.

These are Catering Events, so Residents are asked to call Catering Susanne Russell to make their reservations. Susanne can be reached at (954) 783-4063 or srussell@jkvfl.com Please DO NOT call the Dining phone number of (954) 783-4061 and DO NOT email dining@jkvfl.com

The Sunday Brunch will have two seatings—11AM and 1:30PM.

The Cheeseburger in Paradise event next Friday will begin at 5:30PM.

Both events will take place at Stryker’s Poolside Sports Pub.

Again, please call Susanne at (954) 783-4063 or email her at srussell@jkvfl.com for reservations.

Wednesday, April 14 Update

Dear Residents & JKV Team Members (Staff),

  • Even with more COVID-19 vaccination clinics opening up and the vaccinations themselves becoming available to more people, Florida reported 6,772 new coronavirus cases today and another 44 resident deaths, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
  • The state has now reported 2,141,686 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Public health experts at the Florida Department of Health say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5 percent. Florida’s positivity rate was 7.44 percent today. Broward County’s positivity rate, as of April 12, was 8.3 percent.
  • We ask all Residents and Staff to remain diligent in following the CDC guidelines of maintaining 6-foot physical distancing, wearing of a face mask and frequent hand washing.
  • COO Bill Pickhardt removed his mask during his update portion of Monday’s Resident Senate Meeting for All Residents, held on Zoom. He did that because his chair was strategically located more than 6 feet apart from President Gerry Stryker’s chair. Several people have contacted the Administrative Offices asking if that meant we did not have to wear masks. JKV continues to follow the CDC guidelines related to mask wearing when 6-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please adhere to that protocol.

A LIFE ENRICHMENT COVID-19 PROTOCOL UPDATE

  • Effective Thursday, April 15, Residents attending Life Enrichment events in all locations on campus will not be subject to temperature taking prior to the event as long as they show their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as proof they have received both COVID- 19 injections.
  • Residents who do not bring their COVID-19 Vaccination Card will be asked to have their temperatures taken.
  • For questions or more information, call Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039.

 

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