September 18, 2020 Letter
Dear Residents, Employees, Family Members, Legal Representatives and Health Care Providers:
On our company COVID call this week, we reviewed the positivity rates for the counties where our facilities are located. The positivity rate is a measure the federal government uses to identify the current level of COVID transmission in a certain area. A county with a positivity rate less than 5% is designated a “green” county. A county with a positivity rate between 5-10% is designated a “yellow’” county and a county with a positivity rate over 10% is described as a “red” county.
Plum City Care Center and The Seasons are located in Pierce County, which is currently designated as a “green” county.
The federal government has provided Plum City with its COVID antigen point-of-care testing device and supplies. Since Pierce County is a “green” county, we are required to COVID test our staff on a monthly basis. If the county turns “yellow”, we are required to test the staff weekly. If the county turns “red”, the staff must be tested twice a week.
At the beginning of this week, we notified you we had one staff member test positive for COVID. Based on this single positive test, we are required to test all staff and residents weekly until we have 14 days with no new positive results. This testing requirement supersedes the testing requirement discussed above for a “green” county. We have been conducting staff and resident testing this week and expect to have the test results back within a few days.
Once we reach our 14-day timeframe with no new cases, and the county remains “green”, we will start outdoor visitation at Plum City Care Center and The Seasons. We will keep you informed of the testing progress and give you ample time to schedule your outdoor visitation appointments when the time comes.
We are grateful Pierce County has earned a low positivity level. We thank the residents of Pierce County for this accomplishment. Please keep masking and practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing. Our residents and staff appreciate it!
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the facility administrator or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Shellie M. Sonnentag, DNP, AGPCNP-C, CD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Real Property Health Facilities Corp.
435 Village Walk Lane Suite B
Johnson Creek, WI 53038