Submitted by Communications Team on October 5, 2020 - 6:09pm
We continue to have no new cases of COVID-19 for clients and staff in our system. As a reminder, we continue to update our website as we have changes in active cases.
Last week, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order which extends indoor visitor restrictions at long-term care facilities to October 27, 2020. In the wake of the Michigan Supreme Court ruling over the weekend on the Governor's Emergency Orders, Special Tree will continue to follow current EOs as well as best practices from the CDC, state, and local health departments to keep our clients and staff safe from COVID-19.
Outdoor visits will continue through the end of October. As the weather gets colder, Special Tree's Medical staff will access if outdoor visits are safe for clients due to exposure and will consult with families on a case-by-case basis. To schedule an outdoor visit please contact Cindy Manetta at 734-893-1001 for NCC; and a Residential Program Manager for Residential visits. More information about outdoor visits is available on our website.
Here are the latest updates:
- Mandatory weekly testing for NeuroCare Campus clients and staff will continue every Monday from 11am–5pm until we have no new positive cases at NCC for 28 consecutive days.
- Special Tree nurses are visiting the Residential homes this week to administer the flu vaccine to all participating Residential clients and staff. All participating clients at the NeuroCare Campus have received their flu vaccine. Special Tree kicks off their company-wide flu vaccine clinics next week for staff.
- Here’s a quick review of current quarantine protocols for new admissions and readmissions to Special Tree. Based on State of Michigan requirements for Nursing Homes, all new admissions and readmissions to NCC are required to quarantine for 14 days. There are currently no CDC requirements for Residential client admissions or readmissions. As an added precaution, Special Tree requests a COVID-19 test prior to a Residential client being admitted to a home and a monitoring period until confirmation of the test result.
- We are aggressively managing our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are following best practices for disinfecting and cleaning our facilities. We continue to appropriately secure supplies in anticipation of routine needs such as upcoming flu season.