Submitted by Communications Team on June 23, 2021 - 11:37am
We're excited to let you know about upcoming changes at Special Tree as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in the state on June 22nd. While some epidemic orders are still in effect for long term care facilities like Special Tree, we're thrilled to finally be able to reopen many services and activities for clients and families. The COVID-19 Watch Team will continue to pay close attention to the guidance from the CDC, CMS, and MDHHS and adjust our infectious disease strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Effective Tuesday, June 22nd
- We will open up visitation at the NeuroCare Campus from 10am – 8pm daily.
- Vaccinated visitors will no longer be required to wear NCC-issued badges.
- At this time, Special Tree continues to have a mask requirement for clients, staff, and visitors at the NeuroCare Campus regardless of vaccination status.
- Leaves of Absence (LOA) and indoor community outings can resume.
- Supervised visitation for non-vaccinated visitors and clients is no longer required. All visitors are free to visit throughout the building but must wear a mask in common areas. Masks are still required in a client’s room when visitors/clients are non-vaccinated.
- COVID-19 screenings are still required for ALL visitors regardless of vaccination status.
- Children 12 and older may visit indoors at the NeuroCare Campus. Visitors under 12 may visit outside.
The MDHHS has NOT lifted the following COVID-19 orders which are still in effect at Special Tree:
- Weekly routine testing will continue for non-vaccinated staff.
- Routine testing is no longer required for fully vaccinated staff. Any staff and/or client who is symptomatic or has a known exposure to COVID-19 will be tested. All outbreak testing will continue whenever necessary.
- All new admissions to Special Tree are required to be quarantined/isolated for 14 days unless they are fully-vaccinated. When a client is symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, our current protocol is to automatically isolate to rule out COVID-19.