1304 Pennsylvania Avenue Hagerstown, MD 21742
Phone (301)733-2914

Covid-info


Covid 19 - Update September 25, 2020

We have good news to report: after two weeks of testing residents all results were negative. We have tested staff for three weeks and those results were all negative. We will continue to test all staff members weekly until we hear otherwise from the State of Maryland.

Thus we now are back to porch visits instead of window visits, dining room meal service for residents and small group activities of five per program. The residents are very pleased for the progress we have made to date.

We are awaiting further information from the State of Maryland for increasing our visitation process and programs. They are reviewing new guidelines coming from CMS. We expect more direction soon. We will let you know about the developments and our new policies as we move forward.

The safety of our residents and staff is very important to us. We appreciate your continued confidence in us as we take care of your family members.

As always please remember to continue to use a mask, wash hands often, social distance, remain vigilant and stay well. Washington County is faring well compared to many areas of the state and we trust that will continue.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through this process.

The numbers below have been updated to reflect this new positive case: #Positives

#Deaths

#Returned to Work

#Became Negative

#Still Positive

Residents

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

Staff

2

0

2

N/A

0




Covid 19 - Update September 2, 2020

Today we received notification of our second Covid 19 positive test. This test is a non-nursing staff member and also not a resident. We have not had any residents test positive. We trust this will continue in the future. The safety of our residents and staff is very important to us. We appreciate your confidence in us as we take care of your family members.

Coffman Nursing Home was testing all resident and staff since the first week in August. Beginning the third week in August we only tested staff members as the entire resident group tested negative. We moved into Phase 1 last Thursday, August 27, 2020. We had just started back to communal dining and small activity groups. Our outside porch visits were well received by residents and family members. Jan Eccard, Director of Activities was instrumental in making these visits occur. Unfortunately we now have to move back to pre-Phase 1.

We will continue to test all staff and residents for the next two weeks and until further notice per the Maryland Department of Health guidelines and protocol.

Please remember to continue to use a mask, wash hands often, social distance, remain vigilant and stay well. The State of Maryland is faring well compared to many areas of the country. We desire that to continue to be the situation in our state and Washington County going forward.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through this process.

The numbers below have been updated to reflect this new positive case: #Positives

       #Deaths

#Returned to Work

#Became Negative

#Still Positive

Residents

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

Staff

2

0

1

N/A

1

 


Covid 19 - Update August 14, 2020

The safety of our residents and staff is very important to us. We appreciate your confidence in us as we take care of your family member or friends.

Coffman Nursing Home is testing all resident and staff during the second week of August. The results for the first week in August have come back negative for both residents and staff. We tested all residents and staff at the beginning of the 2nd week in August (August 10th and 11th). We will continue to test all staff weekly until further notice per the Maryland Department of Health guidelines and protocol.

Our staff in each department is screened before they begin to work by both temperatures and symptoms. If either is not acceptable they are sent home.

We have progressed from window visits to personal visits on our front porch. They are going well and it has been a positive step forward. Contact Jan Eccard, Activities Director to schedule a visit: 301-733-2914, ext. 114.

Please remember to use a mask, wash hands often, social distance, remain vigilant and stay well. This is not a sprint or a marathon; there is no finish line at this time.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through this process.

The numbers below have been updated to reflect this new positive case: #Positives

       #Deaths

#Returned to Work

#Became Negative

#Still Positive

Residents

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

Staff

1

0

0

N/A

0

 


Covid 19 - Update August 7, 2020

Beginning the second week in July, 2020 we have mandatory testing of all staff for the Covid 19 which is mandatory by the Maryland Health Department. Previously at the end of May we tested all staff with negative results.

During the last week in July we had our first exposure of one staff member test positive at our home. The staff member was immediately sent home to quarantine according to the State of Maryland guidelines and protocol. This staff member will not be able to come back to work here until cleared by the local health department.

All staff and residents have been tested for Covid 19 beginning Monday August 3, 2020 according to state guidelines. There will be two rounds of testing before we can move beyond the outbreak status. We are optimistic this is an isolated case and there will be no more cases. We have been monitoring residents for temperatures and oxygen levels three times a day even before this case.

We continue to utilize sanitization procedures throughout our building to ensure safe conditions. These safety measures have been in place since last winter when the pandemic arrived in our state. These measures will continue in place.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through this process. We continue to work with the Maryland Department of Health and the local Washington County Health Department to monitor and control this outbreak of Covid 19.

The State of Maryland Health Department conducted a Focused Infection Control Survey on Thursday, July 23, 2020 with no deficiencies note. They stated everything was in good order and to keep up the good work.


The numbers below have been updated to reflect this new positive case: #Positives

       #Deaths

#Returned to Work

#Became Negative

#Still Positive

Residents

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

Staff

1

0

0

N/A

1


Covid – 19 Update July 22, 2020 

Dear Friends and Families members:

Coffman Nursing Home continues not to have any Covid – 19 cases. We have been very fortunate to be located in a mild area of the state and country for the virus. I think that has benefited us as other counties in Maryland have been hit hard.

We are testing staff weekly per the Maryland Department of Health guidelines. All the test results have been negative. We are glad to share you this good news. We have been working with the Maryland Department of Health, Washington County Health Department and the federal oversight departments.

There are 3 phases we need to go through until we are beyond this pandemic in a significant manner. At this time we are in pre- Phase 1 due to our PPE supply. The Community has 3 stages and the nursing centers have 3 phases. This can create some challenges to understanding opening up process. Washington County is in stage 2, which is good news.

We are grateful that Coffman Nursing Home informs you of no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. We will continue to update the Covid 19 tab on our website as further developments are presented. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Cordially,
Coffman Nursing Home


May 28, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends:

                We are committed to keeping our residents safe from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). Coffman Nursing Home has not had any positive cases with this virus and we are very thankful for that news. We are determined not to have any cases now and in the future. Visitors and health care personnel are the mostlikely sources of introduction of the virus that causeCovid 19 into a health care center.

                As you know we are restricting visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life situations. These visits are screened for temperature and respiratory systems. These visitors will be required to wear masks and gowns and limit their visit to designated area in our building.

                We are monitoring our health care personnel and residents for symptoms of respiratory illness. Each health care personnel has their temperature checked when they arrive and when they leave their shift. Any health care person who has any symptoms will be immediately be sent home.

                We are also checking the resident on each shift for signs or symptoms of respiratory infection in order to quickly identify ill residents and implement additional infection prevention activities.

                Regrettably we have cancelled all group activities directly by our activity staff. We have had bi weekly bingo with residents staying at their doorway and increased one on one visits. We have used an I Pad for visits, Face time and the outside courtyard for alternate means of communication. Your ideas to increase low or high tech means to increase virtual family or surrogate visits is welcome.

                Coffman Nursing Home appreciates your understanding during this unprecedented time. We continue to monitor the Maryland Health Department directives and updated information. Stay safe and well.

Sincerely,

 

Nick Mason

Administrator