- With the new CDC guidelines. ICMCF is no longer testing asymptomatic residents or employees unless they have had a significant exposure to someone with COVID-19.
- All residents and employees who are symptomatic with symptoms of COVID-19 are tested.
- Visitors are no longer screened by staff for COVID-19. Instead, visitors are asked to self-screen and if they have:
- a current COVID-19 infection
- symptoms of COVID-19, or
- been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days
to postpone their visit, in order, to help prevent the introduction or spread of COVID-19 to residents or employees.
- Visitors should log in when they enter the facility and complete an entry on the Visitor Log. If you do not have any of the conditions listed in the bullet above, you are asked to initial the specified column on the log.
- Visitors should log out before exiting the building.
- Because Iron County is still noted as being at a high COVID-19 community transmission level, masks are still required when in the facility and face shield should be worn when in resident care areas.
- Maintaining a 6-foot distance from others is still recommended, when possible.
- Frequent hand hygiene is important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Residents are encouraged to wear masks when they are out of their rooms.
- We are sorry but due to COVID-19 precautions, visitors are not permitted to eat in the café at this time, as all visitors are still required to wear a mask while in public areas of the facility and are encouraged to wear them when they are with a resident.
- It is recommended that visitors postpone visits with residents who are in precautions (quarantine). Precautions are typically lifted after 10 days following an exposure or being diagnosed with COVID-19.
When visiting a resident who is on precautions, please talk to the nurse regarding required personal protective equipment that you should wear during your visit.
- We do recognize that visitors, when in a private room with only the resident who they are visiting being present, may remove their mask and shield, if the resident (if own decision maker) or his/her representative has agreed to this. However, for your safety and the safety of our residents, it is recommended that visitors wear their mask and face shield at all times, when in the facility.
- Experts are recommending that all residents be fully vaccinated and receive a booster when eligible for COVID-19. If you are a legal representative for a resident who is not currently vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted and would like to authorize a vaccination, please contact our Infection Prevention Department (906-874-1223 or 906-874-1222).
- All visitors are asked to follow the guidelines posted in our lobby, the core principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention (listed below.
- Visits will typically occur in the resident’s room, if the resident resides in a private room or a large room with a curtain divider. When a resident resides in a smaller room with a roommate, visits will typically be held in another location, so a 6-foot physical distance can be maintained between visitors and residents. If a resident and/or the roommate cannot be moved to another area, nursing and/or infection prevention will help ensure all infection prevention guidelines are able to be followed during a visit. Please ask for assistance.
- CDC is no longer recommending that asymptomatic individuals be tested. If, however, you are symptomatic or you feel you have been exposed to someone with cOVID-19 and would like to be tested, we are able to test you. Results are available within approximately 15 minutes.
- Window visits and visits via Facetime, Zoom, etc. are still possible. If interested in arranging for one of these types of visits, please call Diversional Therapy to make arrangements. We are very happy to assist you with these visits.
- Following your visit, we ask that you monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and notify us if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days following the visit.
- Currently, the café is open to only residents and employees.
The following are the CORE PRINCIPLES OF COVID-19 INFECTION PREVENTION that ICMCF follows:
- Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19 or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility. Facilities shall screen all who enter for signs, symptoms, and exposure to COVID-19.
- Hand hygiene supplies, preferably alcohol-based hand rub, is accessible to residents and visitors for visitation.
- Face coverings/masks covering the mouth and nose, along with physical distancing at least 6 feet should be followed.
- Signage educating on COVID-19 signs, symptoms, masking, physical distancing, and infection control precautions shall be posted throughout the facility.
- Facility is conducting cleaning and disinfecting of high-frequently touch surfaces often, including designated visitation areas after each visit. Visitation areas using physical barriers such as clear plexiglass dividers or curtains should be routinely clean and disinfected to prevent transmission.
- Staff are wearing personal protective equipment in accordance with CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control recommendations
- Residents are effectively cohorted such as having separate areas dedicated for the care of COVID-19 positive residents which is clearly designated with signage indicating the level of personal protective equipment needed to enter.
- Residents and staff testing is conducted in accordance with CMS QSO 20-38-NH.
Those unable or unwilling to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should be asked to leave and future visitation options such phone calls, window, or virtual visitation should be utilized.