COVID-19 Information - as of 1/14/2021

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Yale New Haven Health COVID-19 Testing Site at Masonicare
The YNHH testing site at Masonicare in Wallingford is open for testing by appointment only. Please click here to schedule an appointment. You can download the testing FAQs here.

Please note: This is a testing site ONLY.


Masonicare Health Center Visitation Policy - posted 1/15/2021
As you know, Masonicare is partnering with CVS to provide the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer to residents and staff at Masonicare Health Center. This is a critical step in our efforts to slow the spread of the virus and better protect all those in our care.

However, please be advised that vaccinations do not currently have any bearing on visitation. Additionally, Masonicare Health Center is still dealing with an outbreak in our facility.  While we recognize that physical separation has been extremely challenging for our residents and their loved ones, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has mandated that we continue to follow our current guidelines for visitation. At this time, only end-of-life and compassionate care visits are permitted. Thank you.

Compassionate Care Visits
Compassionate care visits are ordered by the patient's medical provider. Family members should contact their loved one’s nurse manager or social worker to start the process.

Masonicare Health Center Food Policy
Food can be dropped off to residents in disposable containers that can be wiped down (containers cannot be returned). Individually wrapped snacks are also accepted. At this time, food deliveries from restaurants are not allowed.


1/14/2021 WEEKLY UPDATE FROM JON-PAUL VENOIT, PRESIDENT & CEO:

It has been a very busy week of COVID vaccine clinics across our continuum for employees and residents. I want to thank all of you who have rolled up your sleeves to receive your first and/or second dose. You are helping save lives which, ultimately, is what working in healthcare is all about.

I know that many of our homecare employees have already received or scheduled their vaccinations out in the community. But if you work at Masonicare Health Center, our residential communities, or any of our external assisted living sites, and have not yet been vaccinated, I urge you to attend the clinics that have been scheduled at your location. Please remember that all employees are expected to be vaccinated by the end of June (barring medical or religious exemptions). After the last clinics are scheduled, those who have not been vaccinated will need to find a provider in the community.

V-SAFE AFTER VACCINATION APP

If you have received your COVID vaccine – first or second dose – I encourage you to sign up for the V-SAFE AFTER VACCINATION HEALTH CHECKER. It’s a program from the CDC to help you report any side effects you might experience after getting the shot. You can sign up for V-Safe here: https://vsafe.cdc.gov/.

Please remember that side effects like fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and pain at the injection site are NORMAL and tend to be more noticeable after the second dose.

AROUND THE STATE

For the first time since widespread testing began, the COVID positivity rate in Connecticut has spiked over to just over 10%. It was less than 1% back in mid-July.

Governor Ned Lamont announced this week the beginning of the rollout of the state’s second phase of vaccinations. It includes Connecticut residents 75 and over, certain essential workers, and staff in congregate settings. This will be expanded soon to include people 65 and over as well as residents who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus.

To date, over 210,000 people in Connecticut have tested positive for COVID, of whom approximately 6,500 have died.

YALE TESTING SITES

Some of you have asked about using the COVID testing site on our Wallingford campus. To clarify, ALL of Yale-New Haven’s testing sites provide anyone with an opportunity to get tested without a referral, regardless of whether you are symptomatic or not. There should be no charge to you. However, you do have to make an appointment in advance. To make an appointment online, click here: https://covidtesting2.ynhhs.org/.

NOTE: This testing is offered as a service to the community. It is NOT a replacement for the mandatory weekly testing at your work location.

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

  • There are currently 25 COVID-positive residents on MHC’s isolation unit (3 Sturges), plus three currently hospitalized.
  • There are currently 30 MHC employees out who have either tested positive for COVID or were exposed to someone with the virus.
  • One GMPP resident has tested positive and is now on the isolation unit.
  • One food service employee at the Wright Building is out due to a positive test result.

HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

  • Masonicare Home Health & Hospice has 17 COVID-positive patients on service and eight staff members out.
  • Among our external ALSA sites, Smithfield Gardens reports three employees out while Kingsway, Immanuel House, and Welles Country Village each have one employee out.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

  • Masonicare at Chester Village reports one COVID-positive employee out, one employee on quarantine due to community exposure, and one resident currently recovering from the virus at MHC.
  • Masonicare at Mystic has one staff member out with positive results due to community exposure.

VIDEO: UPDATE WITH DR. SCHWARTZ

This week, many of our staff and residents received their second dose of the COVID vaccine, while many others will get their first. I spoke with Dr. Ronald Schwartz, Senior Director for Continuum Health Services, about how that process is going and the importance of taking advantage of our upcoming vaccine clinics. Watch below.


1/13/2021: COVID-19 Update from Masonicare President & CEO, JP Venoit and Dr. Ronald Schwartz


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