COVID-19 Update, Nov. 27, 2020

 November 27, 2020 

Dear Collington Residents, Resident Representatives, and Family Members, 

We are reaching out to update you on Collington’s COVID-19 response. Today, we now have 11 total active COVID-19 residents on Shenandoah: our COVID-19 positive neighborhood, and one additional positive team member. Sadly, two residents who recently passed away had also tested positive for the virus. During this difficult time, our hearts are with the families of those residents and those individuals who are recovering. 

The residents and team members 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 team members have not returned to work since their COVID positive test results. 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. 

While we—like you—are disheartened by this development, it is a reminder that we must all remain diligent in taking steps to protect one another as we continue to navigate this surging pandemic. We urge residents, team and family members to remain steadfast in our combined efforts to limit spread of the virus. Please continue – as you have done – to follow CDC and Maryland Department of Health guidelines for handwashing, masking and social distancing. 

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. 
  • Residents residing on Chesapeake, our nursing home neighborhood, who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to our Shenandoah neighborhood, or COVID-19 Unit. Team members dedicated to this neighborhood do not work anywhere else on campus, this helps to minimize cross contamination. This “cohorting” of COVID positive residents and dedicated team members is 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