Daily COVID-19 Updates for Portage Manor
Portage Manor Residents and Staff have recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred on 8/21/2020 through 9/21/2020.
Thank you all for your well wishes, prayers, support and kindness! We couldn't have done it without you!
Please see below for test numbers and details as it pertains to our COVID-19 onset of cases and response/recovery.
Sincerely, Robyn Challinor & Kris Borkowski
|Facility Daily Surveillance Line for ACTIVE COVID-19 at Portage Manor Cases 8/21/2020 through 9/8/2020|
|Date||Resident/Staff||COVID Tested||Persons Under Investigation||Positive||Recovered|
|OVERALL RUNNING TOTALS:||Resident(s)||542||15||9||9|
|New Onset +Case 8/25/20||Resident(s):||117||1|
|New Onset +Case 9/2/20||Resident(s)||3||1|
|New Onset +Case 9/8/20||Resident(s)||104||1|
Combating COVID-19 at Portage Manor:
We appreciate all the kind words of support and understanding as we work to contain and combat this new onset of COVID-19 cases at Portage Manor.
TESTING: All residents and staff will be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, it is collected by inserting a culture swab into the nasopharyngeal space through the nares. It is not painful, and feels like a tickle almost. Our phlebotomist Erica has been the main collector of specimens. We do have Nurse Liz and Nurse Kris who also are skilled to collect test too. Portage Manor will continue to test every 3-7 days until further direction from ISDH. Once we are 28 days clear of any new positive test we can start to allow visitation again on the front porch. 9/24/2020 Portage Manor has recovered from positive facility cases and no routine testing indicated at this time. We will isolate and test those who show symptoms or suspected exposed to COVID-19.
MITIGATION EFFORTS:We will continue with our mitigation efforts and have divided dining up into 5 serving times. The chairs at the dining tables are at least 6 feet apart. Sanitation of common areas has been increased. Residents are wearing mask throughout the building and have increased hand washing. We are very encouraged by everyone's help to decrease the spread of this nasty virus! Portage Manor has 2 isolation areas 1- "RED COVID Unit" for residents with positive test for COVID-19, it is divided by thick plastic walled areas that cannot be entered by general staff and residents who are not ill, the staff working this unit has a separate and dedicated entrance and do not enter the main building while working that unit. PPE and all needed supplies are kept on the unit and restocked by DON. Meals are made on the unit, and are nutritious GFS TV dinner style meals. 2- "YELLOW PUI Unit" for residents that are under investigation for COVID-19, either a roommate that tested positive and/or has come in close contact with someone who has newly tested positive. This unit is ran the same as the RED Unit, except these residents are more closely quarantined to their rooms on that unit, and must wear mask when moving through common areas. These areas were created with many hours of work and coordination with our Medical Director, Chris Quinn MD, Dr Bob Einterz from SJC Health Dept., and the Indiana State COVID surveyor, as well as help from SJC Human Resources. The staff are challenged, but hopeful and staying hopeful as we work through this together! So far these measures have proven to be a very successful plan
ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS: You will be alerted when we are testing and nightly while we are having new onsets on COVID positive cases. You will be alerted of test results. If they are negative you will get a general text or recorded call. If your family member or contact at Portage Manor is positive or under investigation you will receive a call from a nurse with detailed information about isolation, plan of care, and condition.
CONTACT TRACING: As it relates to this outbreak that was brought to our attention on 8/21/20. A Medicaid transportation service provider did not show up to drive 2 residents to scheduled appointments. Our scheduler jumped into action and took them to their appointments, when she got back to the building she call the transportation company to inquire why they had not shown up to take the scheduled appointments that morning and was told that the driver of the transportation vehicle was in the hospital due to complication of COVID-19. Thankfully we had not utilized this driving service provider very much and his last transport of our residents and had only had 3 residents in his vehicle over the past 2 week time frame. Each resident that was in his vehicle was screen and placed in isolation areas that we had at the time. Only 1 of the 3 resident's test came back positive for COVID-19 on 8/25, by the 4pm on that Tuesday 8/25 we had our entire resident population and all staff swabbed for COVID-19. Out of 160 some test we found 6 more residents who tested positive and 1 staff member. From there we jumped to work to improve our strategy to contain and combat this illness in our building. We will continue to work hard to keep resident's and staff safe and well during, after, and throughout this pandemic!
Again we cannot thank you all enough for the out pouring of support and kindness during a devastating time for us all!
God Bless you all, take good care!
Robyn Challinor Administrator
We report our numbers to the Indiana State Department of Health, Local Health Dept, and District 2 Health Care Coalition daily.