April 20, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
Over the weekend, the Florida Department of Health released a list of nursing facilities in state that either have or have had a reported case of COVID-19.
Majestic Oaks was named on the list for the one case that we reported on April 10 of a PRN staff member of Majestic Oaks who had tested positive for COVID-19.
At the time of the notification, all potentially impacted employees and residents along with their families were notified of the exposure.
All patients in Majestic Oaks who had exposure were placed in isolation for 14 days and all employees with exposure were sent home to mitigate exposure.
Since that time, no other staff members or residents have exhibited any signs or symptoms of illness and the employees have returned to work.
John Knox Village has anticipated and prepared for a COVID-19 case. Our mitigation and education strategies began in mid-January. Our team is trained in the use of personal protective equipment, they understand the importance for avoiding cross-contamination and are following disinfecting protocols approved by the Center for Disease Control.
Each John Knox Village department leader has instructed staff members about the symptoms of COVID-19 and monitoring residents for these symptoms; teaching staff about how the virus spreads and recommended containment actions, including staying home from work if they are symptomatic.
Our screening process for staff and visitors was initiated on March 10. During the initial phase, we screened out anyone that had visited one of the initial hot zones or had traveled on a cruise ship in the 30 days prior. Residents that had traveled during this time were isolated for 14 days. We continue the process of screening anyone that comes to our gates to ensure the health and safety of our community.
We have limited the access to both Majestic Oaks as well as our assisted living, Oak View Suites since March 11 to only essential employees.
The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority, and we’ve been focused on keeping the virus out of our community. We have been extremely proactive with containment strategies and infection prevention and control for several weeks now, and will continue to be aggressive in our efforts to protect our residents and staff.