Kruse Village COVID-19 Update
Updated as of August 7, 2020 at 10:39 a.m. CDT
Dear Residents, Families, Staff, and Friends of Kruse Village,
We continue to be blessed by your ongoing support as we navigate the impact COVID-19 has on Kruse Village, our residents and staff, their families, and the broader community. As you know, we have implemented enhanced infection control and strict prevention measures, screening everyone for symptoms, testing as appropriate, and restricting non-essential visitors. Rest assured— we continue to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as state and local health officials.
Because we’re committed to respectful, open, and transparent communication, we make certain all residents, families, and staff are promptly informed in the event a positive COVID-19 case presents within our care community. In addition, we regularly communicate developments with our residents, families, and staff while preserving the privacy and dignity of our residents as well as the individuals who serve them.
Our team has been working around-the-clock to protect our community and surrounding neighborhoods. In response to this pandemic, key components of our action plan include:
- Quarantining residents and implementing enhanced infection control measures. This includes establishing a designated area for residents with positive COVID-19 diagnoses and quarantining the residents in their rooms. We have designated staff to provide support and care, and continue to follow all infection control protocols as outlined by the CDC, CMS, and state and local health officials. The residents will remain in quarantine until well and cleared by medical professionals to return to normal activity.
- Advising affected staff to take all appropriate measures. For their health and well-being, any staff members with a COVID-19 diagnosis are asked to quarantine at home, contact their medical provider to guide their care, and notify their supervisor. We are following all CDC guidance on the return to work criteria for health care professionals with confirmed COVID-19.
- Assessing and screening of individuals who come in contact with anyone affected. The community will work with state and local health officials to assess and screen all who may have come in close contact with affected individuals, and we will be following all requirements in implementing next steps which may include self-monitoring as determined by health officials. We understand there may be an increased desire to be tested for COVID-19. We are following all direction from state and local health officials on the additional testing required for other residents and staff.
- Monitoring and screening residents for symptoms. We have increased our screening of residents for fever and respiratory symptoms. Residents: we appreciate your partnership in keeping yourself and others healthy. Please wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Remember to let us know immediately if you feel ill. These symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Screening staff prior to beginning work. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Upon arriving at the building, a detailed health screening is completed including taking their temperature to check for a fever. Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to put on a mask, isolate at home, call their medical provider, and notify their supervisor. Additionally, our staff is following CDC guidelines for hand and other related hygiene requirements.
- Implementing environmental safety precautions. Housekeeping staff continue to take extra measures to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building. This includes counter tops and tables, faucet handles, toilet flush handles, door knobs, door handles, crash bars, bathroom and kitchen areas, elevator call buttons, and hand rails.
- Restricting non-essential visitors in our building for everyone’s safety. Visitors who need to enter the building for end-of-life care situations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to safeguard everyone’s well-being. We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone, letters, video chat, and/or social media. We understand that it is hard to not have visitors, especially family, during this time. We’re here for you. If you have questions, or need assistance with these communication methods, please contact the care community at (979) 830-1996. We are here to support you.
- Visitors who are permitted to enter the building for end-of-life situations are first screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. They are also required to frequently clean their hands, limit their visit to a designated area within the building, and wear a face mask.
- Canceling group activities and congregate dining. We have cancelled congregate dining, all community outings, and group activities. This occurred following social distancing guidance from the CDC, CMS, and state and local health officials. We also continue to help residents to practice social distancing and to frequently clean their hands.
- Utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately when interacting with residents and others, as directed by CMS guidelines.
Our close communications with key local and federal health officials will continue as will our monitoring of all new guidance from the CDC and CMS to ensure we are taking the appropriate next steps. We are privileged to continue serving as a resource for you all while providing compassionate, competent care to our wonderful residents.
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As information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rapidly changes, we are committed to providing the most recent information. Some of the details in this update may have changed following publication.
For the latest information about COVID-19, we suggest the following resources:
- Texas COVID-19 Information
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Health and Human Services
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Washington County’s Office of Emergency Management
- CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC – Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services