COVID-19 Update, December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

Dear residents, team members and families,

As promised, we are increasing communications to keep you updated on Collington’s COVID-19 response. Today, we now have 16 total active COVID-19 residents.  We have zero positive team members.   While this news may be concerning, we would like to highlight some important facts.

We have been doing a lot of pro-active testing in order to reduce the spread of this virus which seems to be increasing across the country.  Only five of the 16 that were positive had any symptoms.  Therefore, the testing is identifying people who are asymptomatic and thus helping us with contact tracing and mitigating the spread.  We don’t have any new positive COVID-19 cases in Independent Living.  In a universe of 380 residents, we know that means that you are doing your part to keep your neighbors and families safe as well, so thank you!

We want to clarify for our community that a team member from Assisted Rehab tested positive for COVID-19; however, there is no indication that this person was in contact with any of the residents who also tested positive.

The residents who tested positive are following appropriate infection-control procedures, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health and Collington.  The affected residents, and/or their families, have been notified individually, and we have implemented our quarantine measures. Collington continues to follow CDC guidelines for healthcare personnel returning to work. 

For more information on nursing home reported cases of COVID, please visit the Maryland Department of Health COVID information portal or visit our website for a link. 

Collington’s COVID Mitigation Approach 

To mitigate the virus, Collington has taken the following actions 

  • Closed the campus to all nonessential visitors except Collington team members, health care professionals, essential life safety vendors, private duty aides, hospice team members and compassionate care visits for residents on hospice. 
  • Outdoor visitations are permitted for independent living residents only and are limited to one-hour visits. Per our local health department, outdoor visits for assisted living are discontinued at this time. Per Governor Hogan’s mandate, all indoor nursing home visits are also discontinued at this time. Any compassionate care visits to nursing homes require proof of negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to visit. 
  • Our security entrance is the one entry point to the shared Community Spaces. All persons must wash their hands upon entry, have their temperatures taken and answer a series of questions about contact tracing outside of Collington. Anyone with a temperature above 99.6, or has symptoms of a respiratory infection or other illness, will not be granted access to the community. 
  • Everyone on campus must wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, in accordance with the Prince George’s County mandate. 
  • All meals on campus are available for daily delivery and/or pick-up. For independent living residents, meal pick-ups are available in the main dining room. Creighton Center residents receive 3 meals a day in their rooms and are being delivered by team members who are donning masks and gloves. All meals are being served on and in disposable containers. 
  • Creighton Center team members receive on-going education on infection control methods, including wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Team members providing direct care to residents, wear the highest level of PPE, including masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. 
  • All in-person educational, entertainment and lifelong learning programs remain canceled. All in-person meetings must meet via conference call, Zoom or other technology supported platforms. 
  • The Creative Arts Room, library, Opportunity Shop, and salon are opened for Independent Living residents only with adherence to infection control guidelines and social distancing. 
  • Effective Monday, July 27, 2020, the fitness center reopened for Independent Living residents with limited hours from 6:45 am -2:15 pm. There is a three resident maximum capacity with 30-minute increments to allow for increased cleaning and to promote social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times; residents must wash their hands before entering the gym. 
  • All deliveries to campus go to the security entrance. Items are collected and a team member delivers those items to residents. 
  • Transportation is only for employee and metro runs, campus deliveries, grocery runs and urgent/essential resident medical appointments. 
  • We ask residents who test positive or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to quarantine and our social worker closely monitors their symptoms. 
  • Collington continues “cohorting” of COVID positive residents and dedicated team members as recommended by Maryland Department of Health and Prince George’s County Department of Health. 

While this list does not include all of Collington’s mitigation we remain focused on these as priorities. 

We will continue to keep you updated when new information becomes available. 

Thank you and stay well, 

Hope Nevins, Health Services Administrator 

Ann Gillespie, CEO 

Megan Barbour, COO