It has been an unprecedented several weeks in our country surrounding the COVID-19, Coronavirus pandemic. Nye Health Services and our campus leadership teams have been aggressively working, putting in place protocols and procedures to minimize the exposure of the virus. Our team members’ professionalism, passion, commitment and countless hours have been so impactful in the development and implementation of our emergency response plan. Our top priority is to protect the health of our residents to the best of our ability.
Last Saturday, March 7th, due to the community exposure in Fremont, Nebraska, by a person who subsequently tested positive, we restricted access onto our Fremont campuses by visitors, family members and non-essential individuals, except for certain compassionate situations, such as end-of-life. On Tuesday, March 10th, we implemented those restrictions on all of our 7 campuses. We did this proactive action out of an abundance caution. At the present time we have no known cases of the virus on our campuses. These procedures were required this past Friday, March12th by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all nursing facilities nation-wide.
Our hope is that we can minimize exposure to the virus, but realize with the infectious nature of this virus and the current lack of adequate national testing resources that it likely will find its way onto our campuses, even with the best infection control protocols.
I also want to assure the public that we continue to serve our communities. We are taking admissions and providing in-patient and out-patient therapy. And despite the limitations we face, our team members are innovatively providing small group and individual social activities for our residents and engaging them in things that are so important to make our campuses a home-like environment.
If you have questions, I encourage you to contact the campus. You can also check our Facebook and website for additional information.
I also want to thank and express my understanding to the family members and visitors who have loved ones on our campuses. I know this is a difficult time for you, but these procedures are so essential. We appreciate you working with us to protect our residents.
We will keep you informed as information changes.