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Ginger Cove Coronovirus (COVID-19) Response and Communications

Ginger Cove Coronovirus (COVID-19) Response and Communications

Updated Thursday, May 28, 2020:

Ginger Cove is utilizing every resource at its disposal to help keep residents and staff healthy and safe from COVID-19, a highly infectious virus with no known vaccine or therapies.  We continue to monitor and follow guidance and protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the Maryland Department of Health, Governor Hogan, and local agencies.  Ginger Cove is committed to informing residents, resident family members, and staff of all news, emerging issues, or changes in regular operations in a prompt and open manner.

It is with great sadness that we report that two residents who were in the Health Center Isolation Unit passed away this week.  To date, there have been 16 residents that tested positive for COVID-19.    Those residents have all resided on the Health Center Isolation Unit.  Two residents have recovered, tested negative, and have moved out of the Health Center Isolation.  Currently, there are 12 residents residing in the Health Center Isolation Unit.  These 12 residents will be tested again for the virus on June 5.

The result of all resident testing done both at Ginger Cove and at Anne Arundel Medical Center has been consistent.

Please note that results posted to the Maryland Department of Health website may be different due to timing issues.

Final results from the second employee universal testing have been received. This testing included 219 employees. Three test results (1.4%) received were positive for COVID-19. These employees worked in the Health Center.

The table below has been updated to reflect employee testing results, received to date, by department, including positive testing completed outside the Ginger Cove universal testing initiative:

The week of May 4, we initiated universal testing for all 231 Independent Living results.  All test results have been received, and all 231 tests were NEGATIVE for COVID-19.  Ginger Cove has delivered the results to each independent living resident.

While the results from our Independent Living community are very encouraging, it is important to remember that the testing provides a snap-short look at the situation as of the date of testing only.  Given the nature of this virus and the impact it has on older adults, we must continue to be cautious and follow the infection control protocols that have led to the favorable testing results thus far:

  1. Wash your hands frequently.
  2. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and/or cough.
  3. Maintain “social distances” of six feet from others.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Stay in your apartment and get medical attention if you are sick.
  6. Wear a mask when in public areas.

Several weeks ago Governor Hogan issued an order for nursing home and assisted living universal testing.  We are being advised, given that we have already universally tested both residents and staff, it is unlikely that we will receive additional testing due to the order. We will keep you posted.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the names of the residents and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19?

A: Privacy issues prevent us from identifying and disclosing their names.

Q: Are other residents displaying symptoms?

A: Clinical staff is closely following residents. At this time, all residents are asymptomatic.

Q: What is Ginger Cove doing to help contain the spread of the virus?

A: Since mid-March, we are following the guidelines of national, state and local health guidelines to help contain the spread of the virus include isolation, heightened disinfection, wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), and closing monitoring of resident and staff health.  Specific actions include:

  • proactive secured universal testing for 76 Assisted Living and Health Center residents;
  • proactively secured universal testing for 186 employees;
  • implemented heightened infection control policies throughout the community, especially in Assisted Living and the Health Center;
  • heightened staff education regarding required PPEs, handwashing and social distancing;
  • did not schedule employees who continue to work at other nursing homes or facilities;
  • closed campus to all individuals and contractors except those deemed essential staff, and they subject to a daily screening process prior to entry;
  • closed Assisted Living and Health Center to visitors, except in the case of compassionate end of life situations;
  • cancelled all in-person resident activities, gatherings, and events;
  • providing meal delivery to each resident in their apartment; and
  • implemented resident and staff education to remain vigilant with infection control practices including frequent hand washing; covering one’s mouth when sneezing or coughing; maintaining social distances of at least 6 feet; avoid touching one’s eyes, mouth and nose; staying in the apartment and getting medical treatment if you are sick; wearing a mask when in public areas.

Important News for Family Members and Residents

Effective Wednesday, March 25th, Ginger Cove is closed to non-essential visitors. Only Ginger Cove staff and other healthcare professionals are permitted in campus buildings.  Essential visitation is determined by the Ginger Cove Director of Nursing, Maseray Bayoh-Sensie (410-224-8142 or bayoh-sensie@gingercove.com).

Family members who wish to drop off items may continue to do so at the Ginger Cove Screening Station located at the corner of Riva Trace Parkway and River Crescent Drive.  These items will be delivered to residents.

As an alternative to visitation, video conferencing is available through the Wellness Director, Alena Daily.  To arrange for this, please contact her at 410-571-8005 or dailey@gingercove.com

Residents have been advised to not leave Ginger Cove for reasons that are not medically necessary.  Convenience Store staff members are available to order items from the grocery store, CVS, etc., for all residents.

Residents are also encouraged to wear a mask while out of their apartment and observe social distancing guidelines.  Small groups of residents (6 – 8) gathering together are currently acceptable as long as social distancing is followed.   Holding these small gatherings outdoors (weather permitting, of course) is encouraged.

Residents are not asked to self-quarantine unless they are newly-moved in, returning from out of state, or if they are sick and need medical attention.

Other actions implemented:

  • All dining rooms, the bar, and the café are closed until further notice.
  • A Ginger Cove staff person will be available to prepare residents’ favorite coffee drinks from the café’s coffee machine from 8 am to 7 pm daily.
  • Resident meals are being delivered to resident apartments by Ginger Cove staff, free of charge. Menus and directions for ordering have been distributed.
  • All scheduled on-campus entertainment, meetings, and classes are cancelled at this time. Off campus trips are cancelled as well.
  • All non-medically-related Ginger Cove transportation is cancelled indefinitely. Ginger Cove will provide transportation to residents who have scheduled medical appointments.  Ginger Cove transportation to churches, grocery shopping, events, etc. is also cancelled indefinitely.
  • To assist with residents’ grocery and personal care needs, the Convenience Store has increased its inventory and revised its hours.
  • Staff are working with residents to procure additional grocery and personal needs through Amazon Fresh, Peapod, etc.

Coronavirus and Older Adults

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