A staff member at Sayre Healthcare Center tested positive today and a resident in the Assisted Living Memory Care Community at Friendship Towers also tested positive.
We will test all staff and the residents on Unit 100 at the Healthcare Center tomorrow, 1/27. We will also be testing all residents and staff on the Friendship Towers 3rd floor in the Assisted Living Memory Care Community.
VACCINE CLINIC FOR STAFF
Staff that are in need of a booster or vaccine may sign up by February 2nd to reserve their onsite shot by contacting Rebekah Lemaster at .
CRITICAL STAFFING PLAN
The current public health emergency has resulted in a rapidly changing environment.
Sayre Christian Village has developed strategies to mitigate healthcare personnel staffing shortages in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Maintaining appropriate staffing in healthcare facilities is essential to providing a safe work environment for HCP and safe patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, staffing shortages will likely occur due to HCP exposures, illness, or the need to care for family members at home. Sayre Christian Village is prepared for potential staffing shortages and has plans and processes in place to mitigate these shortages. These plans and processes include communicating with HCP about actions the facility is taking to address shortages, maintaining patient and HCP safety, and providing resources to assist HCP with anxiety and stress.
CDC’s mitigation strategies offer a continuum of options for addressing staffing shortages.
Contingency, followed by crisis capacity strategies, augment conventional strategies and are meant to be considered and implemented sequentially (i.e., implementing contingency strategies before crisis strategies). For example, if, despite efforts to mitigate, HCP staffing shortages occur, healthcare systems, facilities, and the appropriate state, local, territorial, and/or tribal health authorities might determine that certain HCP with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection should return to work before the full conventional Return to Work Criteria have been met.
Allowing HCP with SARS-CoV-2 infection or higher-risk exposures to return to work before meeting the conventional criteria could result in healthcare-associated SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Healthcare facilities (in collaboration with risk management) should inform patients and HCP when the facility is utilizing these strategies, specify the changes in practice that should be expected, and describe the actions that will be taken to protect patients and HCP from exposure to SARS-CoV-2 if HCP with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection are requested to work to fulfill staffing needs.
At baseline, Sayre Christian Village will:
• Ensure any COVID-19 vaccine requirements for HCP are followed and encourage HCP to remain up to date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses.
• Understand their normal staffing needs and the minimum number of staff needed to provide a safe work environment and safe patient care under normal circumstances.
• Understand the local epidemiology of COVID-19-related indicators (e.g., community transmission levels).
• Communicate with local healthcare coalitions and federal, state, and local public health partners (e.g., public health emergency preparedness and response staff) to identify additional HCP (e.g., hiring additional HCP, recruiting retired HCP, using students or volunteers), when needed.