COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update: Protecting Residents & Staff During This Challenging Time:

 

Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center follows all guidelines as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as our local and state health departments. We continue to adhere to the latest advisories with our top priority remaining as always to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all residents and staff. Polaris is currently open to visitation (Click HERE to view visitation guidelines). We have implemented precautionary measures to ensure appropriate care is delivered to our residents in a safe, sanitary environment, including:

  • Screening of all staff and other health care professionals for COVID-19 symptoms, including taking temperatures, prior to the start of their shifts or before entering the facility and regular testing per state and CMS guidelines.
  • All health care professionals wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while performing direct care as well as during all other duties throughout the work day.
  • Ongoing assessment and care of all residents for COVID-19.
  • At least daily aggressive cleaning that includes regular disinfection of all surfaces and common touch points.
  • Limiting deliveries to designated areas and following procedures for acceptance to minimize contact.
  • The facility will continue to work with state, local and federal agencies and provide any additional updates to residents and their family members.

Mask Mandates in Long-Term Care Facilities

Although the CDC and local and state governments eased COVID restrictions for the general community, the CDC has yet to change its guidance for mask wearing at long-term care facilities like Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Masks continue to be required for all visitors, staff, and vendors regardless of vaccination status. Please continue to wear your mask while visiting our facility for the safety of your family member, our residents, and our staff.

COVID-19: How You Can Protect Yourself and Slow the Spread

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccination and booster as soon as possible,if you have not already done so.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Please do not visit with your family member if you or anyone in your household:
    • is feeling ill.
    • has symptoms typical of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, headache, loss of taste or smell, body aches, sore throat, nasal stuffiness, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting).
    • has been around someone positive for COVID-19 during the previous 14 days.
    • is awaiting COVID-19 test results due to exposure or feeling ill.
    • has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home except for medical care. Contact your healthcare provider and get tested.
  • If positive for COVID or while awaiting test results, isolate yourself from others, including those living in your household, to prevent spread to them and the people that they may have contact with, like grandparents. Consider wearing a mask even while in your home.
  • Call 911 if you are having emergency warning signs, like trouble breathing, bluish skin coloring, pain or pressure in chest.

For additional information regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), please view the CDC’s website – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/need-to-know.html

 

Isolation Guidance for Family Members and Visitors:

CDC’s updated guidance for the general public indicates that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, are to stay home and isolate from others for at least 5 days. You may end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving. If at anytime your symptoms worsen, or you develop symptoms when you initially had none, you should restart counting the 5-day isolation duration.

It is very important for you to be aware, that even after 5 days of isolation, a person may still be infectious and spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED per CDC guidance that you:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask for at least 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask during those 10 days.
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk from COVID-19, such as your loved one who lives at Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, for 10 full days following onset of COVID-19 symptoms or the positive test.