Princeton Health Care Center (PHCC) is a Not for Profit, Skilled Nursing Facility. We are licensed to provide care to 120 residents and employ 162 dedicated team members. Our team continues to strive to be transparent with our residents, staff and our community throughout the Covid Pandemic.
Our team has continually monitored the rate of community spread Covid cases closely. Based on the increased rate of infections within our community, our team decided to suspend visitation on 10-21-20, as a precautionary measure. On 10-27-20 the decision was made to halt communal dining, also as a precautionary measure. We have continued throughout the Covid Pandemic to follow CDC guidelines and in fact have exceeded many of their recommendations. Our team has continued to utilize PPE including N-95 masks, even though they are not required when a long-term care facility is not in an active Covid outbreak. A Covid outbreak in a long-term care facility is defined as one positive case.
We currently have one employee who has tested positive within the past week. She is recovering at home at this time. We have five recovered employees and zero positive residents. Per the Governor’s guidance, we are now required to test staff twice weekly and residents once weekly while during active outbreak status. Testing was performed on residents and staff on 11/17/2020 and on staff again on 11/19/2020 this week; we are awaiting lab results. We plan to test again on 11/23/2020 and 11/25/2020.
Visitation remains suspended and will continue to remain so until at least 14 days have passed since the last positive case is identified. In the meantime, we encourage loved ones to remain in contact with our residents through Skype messaging, phone calls, window visits and mail.
PHCC has fought hard to prevent and mitigate Covid. State health officials have been on site to complete four different surveys in the last four months. Each time, Princeton Health Care Center has been “determined to be in compliance with the Federal and State guidelines”. I want to thank our team members for being so dedicated to each other and most importantly, to our residents during this difficult time.
There are many nursing homes in our state suffering from COVID-19 outbreaks at this time. Please pray for them, our residents and employees as we continue to fight this battle!
Stefanie Compton, RN, BSHA, NHA