COVID-19 Update from NHC HealthCare Athens
Thank you for choosing our center for your loved one. We appreciate the opportunity to provide excellent care and compassion to your family.
Our center follows CDC and CMS guidelines for precautions, testing, and reporting for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine: For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.
Visitation and Visitor Precautions
Visitation: We are excited to share that CMS released new visitation guidance that allows for indoor visitation for all patients at all times. Visitors will need to follow our CORE principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. It is important that you do not visit if you have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or do not feel well. Should you begin to exhibit any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 when visiting, we ask that you understand the risk that you may present to others and leave the center.
There may be times when we have staff members and/or patients that are infected with COVID-19. Please be aware of that potential risk. Our website will have our most current COVID-19 case status.
To review community updates on COVID-19, please check out the notification dashboard below.
To find out the county-level positivity for any facility, please visit https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg/ and scroll to the “COVID-19 Testing” paragraph and click the link to view “rates of county positivity.”
CMS requires us to notify the families of our skilled nursing patients of status changes including when a confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified, or whenever 3 or more patients or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours. NHC reports patients and staff with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 directly to the local and state departments of health.
Dashboard Reporting Categories
Number of In-House Active COVID Patients refers to the number of patients with active COVID-19 diagnosis being treated with appropriate personal protective equipment.
Number of Employee Active COVID-19 cases refers to the number of staff with active COVID-19.
Number of new onset Respiratory Symptoms refers to when three or more patients or staff have new onset respiratory symptoms that occur within 72 hours.
For more COVID-19 reported data, please visit this link to CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Data.