NHC HealthCare Bluffton
COVID-19 Alert NHC Healthcare Bluffton
We would like to recognize our incredible partners (employees) for providing excellent care and compassion to our patients and each other during these unprecedented times. Thank you to our families and community members for your kind words and outpouring of support to our patients and our partners. We appreciate you!
COVID-19 Vaccine: For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.
Precautions: We continue to follow infection control guidelines from the CDC and CMS, including proper hand-washing techniques, extensive environmental services, social distancing, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. We will follow our standard procedures and notify you if your loved one has a change in condition. We continue to screen partners and actively take temperatures.
Testing: CMS has issued updated requirements for COVID-19 testing in our centers. In addition to the symptomatic testing that has already been occurring, we are now required to test all partners and patients in response to a single new infection of COVID-19. The testing method is less invasive and results in less patient discomfort. We are to continue to test all patients and partners until no new cases are identified for 14 days. CMS also has released a new requirement for routine testing of partners based on the extent of the virus in the community.
Reporting: CMS now requires us to notify the families of our skilled nursing patients via our website of status changes including when a confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified, or whenever 3 or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other are under investigation. Please check out the new notification dashboard below.
We report all positive confirmations of patients and partners (employees) directly to the local and state departments of health. Active positive patients are supported in identified “transitional areas” in designated centers with dedicated team members equipped with proper personal protective equipment. All infection control protocols per CDC and CMS are followed extensively. We follow CDC guidelines in handling positive COVID-19 partners (employees).
Visitation and Visitor Precautions
Visitation: CMS has issued guidelines for visitation at skilled nursing centers. We have implemented a process for safe visitation when conditions at our center allows and a new online scheduling program, Calendly. Please understand that visitation policies have the potential to change daily, based upon state and federal guidance as well as the positivity rate of each center and community.
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.”
We ask that you watch this short video as a reminder of precautions necessary for a safe visit.
Dashboard Reporting Categories
Number of In-House Active COVID Patients refers to the number of patients with active COVID-19 diagnosis being treated in the center’s dedicated unit with appropriate personal protective equipment and dedicated staffing.
Number of Patients Admitted Positive refers to the number of patients confirmed positive for COVID-19 upon admission from exposure outside the center.
Number of Recovered Patients refers to the number of patients who have recovered per CDC guidelines.
Number or Patients under Investigation refers to the number of patients who have tests pending and meet the definition from CDC for persons under investigation.
Total number of Employees Tested Positive refers to the total number of employees, providers, and contractors providing care who have tested positive.
Number of Employees Recovered refers to the number of employees, providers, and contractors providing care who have recovered per CDC guidelines.
Number of Employees Under Investigation refers to how many employees, providers, and contractors providing care have tests pending and meet the definition from the CDC for persons under investigation.
Total Deaths refers to the total number of deaths diagnosed with COVID-19.
The tracking of the Point Prevalence Testing (mass testing of all patients and employees) will not be reflected in the Number of Patients or Number of Employees Under Investigation columns, as mass testing does not meet the definition from CDC for Persons Under Investigation. Any positives resulting from the mass testing will be reflected in the numbers appropriately.