COVID-19 Information


Weekly COVID-19 notification 09 29, 2020.
Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 AND we have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.
Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our HOME. As of 9/29/2020:
• Currently 0 residents and staff have confirmed/active COVID-19. If a resident test positive, we will notify the resident's representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
• 2 staff members have recovered from COVID-19.
• 687 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
• It has been 105 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

SOUTHEAST COLORADO LONG TERM CARE CENTER/ALZHEIMER'S UNIT is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:
• Enhanced infection control precautions
• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
• Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
• Postponing communal events
• Limiting communal dining to those neighbors needing assistance or on altered diets
• encouraging residents to wear masks and social distancing when out of room.
• Asking residents to cover their mouth and nose when staff enter.
• All staff wear masks and eye protection whenever in the home.
• Residents are encouraged to wash hands or hand sanitize before and after every meal.
Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.
We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, on social media, skype, or outdoor visitation. You can schedule video chats and calling by calling the nurses station - LTCC- 719-534-2144 or the ALZ 719-523-2140. For video chats and calling you may also email activitydirector@sechosp.org or call the Life Engagement Department at 719-523-2159. We have a nursing home Facebook page and you can find us under SECH LTCC - we do shout outs throughout the month. If you want to schedule outdoor visitation call 719-523-2141 (outdoor visitation has been cancelled until further notice, sorry for the inconvenience).
We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call for nursing question at Heather Burdick, DON @ 719-523-2144 or Glenice Wade ADON 719-523-2141, email for nursing questions at hburdick@sechosp.org or gwade@sechosp.org.
For administrative questions please contact Dave Engel, CEO @ 719-523-2130 or email at dengel@sechosp.org .







SOUTHEAST COLORADO MEDICAL CLINIC
Visit Guidelines August 27, 2020

Given the recent positive cases of COVID-19 in the county as well as the potential exposures, the clinic is tightening down our clinic access. ALL clinic and hospital staff are screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms and temperatures are checked. All staff will wear surgical masks as well as eye protection based on current Colorado Health Department recommendations.

 ONE person may accompany the patient if necessary. If you are an independent adult, please come to the clinic solo. ONE parent may accompany an under-18 year old patient if necessary. We understand elderly may also need a companion to help relay history as well as confirm the plan.
 Patients will be screened on the telephone for symptoms of COVID-19. Please be patient with our staff, this is an extra burden on them. We are just trying to ensure safety for all patients and staff in the building.
 As we have a finite number of rooms in the clinic, please CALL 523-6628 when you arrive to ascertain whether your room is ready. If it is not, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle until the room is ready/cleaned.
 ALL persons entering the clinic must wear a mouth/nose covering.
 IF the provider believes there is a degree of suspicion for COVID-19, then a curbside visit will be offered. You will notify the front desk of your arrival in the parking lot and describe your vehicle. The provider will arrive at your vehicle, obtain vital signs, history and conduct physical exam. If COVID-19 testing is warranted, they will collect for that testing from the curbside.
 If laboratory or Xray testing is needed, then you will be asked to wait inside the exam room until you are registered, and staff can check the availability of those departments. Due to limited space and social distancing needs, you might be asked to visit the laboratory or Xray at a later time that day.
 We will continue to have acute care appointments later in the day for same day appointment needs. Patients will be screened as noted above.
 PLEASE remember we have telehealth visits, so you do not even have to leave your home! The health record software will send you a link to click at your appointment time and you will see your provider face to face on your computer, tablet, or smartphone!


COVID-19

We will not allow any outside visitors into the facility effective immediately.
Patients will be allowed to get labs, radiology studies, therapies will not be taking patients outside their rooms in the hospital.

Outpatient therapy cardiac rehab is suspended effective immediately.


Symptom Update for COVID 19
The CDC has updated the COVID 19 symptoms.
Watch for symptoms.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
• 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
• Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Post by Karma G. Wilson MSN, RN
Informatics/Infection Control

Southeast Colorado Hospital District Long Term Care Center is proactively informing you that we will be participating in testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This surveillance is at the request of the Federal and State regulatory agencies.

We want our county/community to know this surveillance will be conducted with the assistance of the National Guard. We will have our second sampling collection the first week of July. Samples from Residents and Staff will be sent to the state lab.

We are happy the State and National Guard are assisting us to keep our elders safe from COVID-19 exposure.


Important tips for face masks.Your face covering should:
Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
Fit snugly against the sides of the face
Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through
Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape
Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings.
Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels.
Learn more at https://bit.ly/2Ravt42


Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center,
Your providers at Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic want to remind you that your health is essential. We want to reach out to make sure everyone is staying safe and healthy. We understand staying home to protect yourselves from COVID-19, but do not put your other health conditions on hold. We do not want a medical problem getting worse by waiting too long.
Our clinic is safe and ready to see you. Please do not think that you are burdening our medical staff by making an appointment. We work in healthcare because we care about your health, that will never change. We have put into place recommended new precautions to keep our patients safe. Every patient and staff member is screened according to guidelines daily and masks are being worn at all times.
We have also implemented Telehealth visits. These are visits you can do from the comfort of your home using a safe video conferencing software with your smartphone, table or computer. You and your provider will be able to see each other face-to-face. Our providers are very accommodating and will make sure you are taken care of safely, even if that means they need to see you inside your vehicle.

We have many options available for appointments. To schedule an appointment with your primary provider, please call (719) 523-6628 and we will find the best and safest choice for you.