MAY 19, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM GREG CHAMBERY, ADMINISTRATOR
On May 10, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order requiring periodic testing of all personnel in nursing homes and adult care facilities. The executive order was rolled out to the facilities on May 11th and facilities had until May 15th to determine how they were going to attempt compliance with the twice a week testing mandate.
As I write this update, Maplewood personnel are continuing the scheduling and testing process. We have informed the State that our testing began on May 15th and by Friday, May 22nd, all Maplewood employees will have been tested.
As the executive order for mandatory testing was rolled out last week, the labs immediately became overwhelmed. The Wadsworth lab in Albany and the ACM lab in Rochester stopped accepting COVID samples until they could catch up. Rochester Regional Health System presented documented factual evidence to the Governor’s office that implies that twice a week testing for all nursing home employees is not realistic given current lab capacity. As time moves on and capacity improves, there is the expectation that this will get better. As a facility we are doing our best to comply with regulatory dictates given the issues with current testing and capacity processes.
We have been implementing many strict precautionary measures all along and we feel confident that these tactics have been effective in protecting residents and staff. As I’ve mentioned in previous updates, some of our protocols include that all staff adhere to the following procedures upon coming to work each day:
- Enter through a single staff entrance and thoroughly wash hands before entering the building
- Receive screening and temperature testing
- Wear masks throughout their shifts. The only exception is while they are eating in the employee breakroom, and even then, staff is social distancing among each other.
As always, the safety of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority.