COVID-19 Information - as of 8/4/2021

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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 INDOOR VISITATION GUIDELINES

  • Visitation schedule is as follows: 10am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday / 1pm-7pm Tuesday and Thursday / 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Visitors must stop at the security desk first for sign in and directions, proceed to check-in for screening, and then sign in on the unit.
  • Visitors must return to the security desk for check out, return their visitor pass and exit through the main entrance.
  • No visitors under the age of 16; no pets at this time
  • Visits must remain in resident rooms and cannot be moved to other units or common areas.
  • Two visitors per resident and only 20 visitors per floor for a Ramage floor, and 15 visitors for 2 Wooster at one time
  • We understand that everyone is excited to spend time with their loved ones; however, in order to give everyone adequate time, we ask that visits be no longer than two (2) hours.
  • Surgical masks are required to be worn at all times in the facility in accordance with CDC guidelines for nursing facilities and hospitals regardless of vaccine status (no cloth masks).​​​​​​
  • Screening on Entry: Anyone entering the facility for visitation or to sign out a resident for a leave of absence should be screened at the front reception area prior to going to the unit or having contact with the resident.
  • Outdoor visitation is preferred as there is a lower risk of transmission due to increased open space and airflow. The front lawn area is a designated visiting location or a walk around the grounds. The area under the front portico is not a visitation area as it is the sole entry point for the facility which includes ambulances, emergency vehicles, and vendors. Masks may be removed when outside.
  • Please sign out residents at the nurses’ station prior to taking them off of the unit.
  • During indoor visitation, visitors should limit their movement in the facility and go directly to the resident’s room or visitation area. Please be respectful of the roommate and be sure they have the option to exercise social distancing should they elect to do so.
  • If both the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touching and hugging) while both are wearing masks. Use of hand sanitizers is recommended before and after any contact.
  • Visitors should physically distance from other residents and staff in the facility.
  • Cafeteria: The cafeteria remains closed to visitors at this time.
  • Public restrooms are located adjacent to Wilder lounge.
  • Leaves of Absence for residents leaving our campus for a family outing should be prearranged by calling the nurses station. Nursing will provide proper education to the family prior to the visit and will conduct a risk assessment at the completion of the visit.
  • Observation Unit: Newly admitted residents who are on observation/potential exposure units (Short-term Rehab) or are on transmission-based precautions for COVID-19 will only receive virtual visits. In person compassionate care visits will be arranged and accommodated, when indicated, on a case by case basis.
  • Positive Visitor/Exposed Visitor: If a visitor becomes positive for COVID-19 and has visited Masonicare within the last 48 hours, they should contact Infection Prevention at Masonicare as soon as possible at 203-679-5987 for contact tracing purposes.

7/29/2021: BI-WEEKLY UPDATE FROM JON-PAUL VENOIT, PRESIDENT & CEO:

History tells us that COVID-19 infections will pick up in fall and run through January of 2022, but we are already seeing an uptick in cases around the state. This is happening for a few different reasons, including the arrival of the highly transmittable Delta variant and changes in our own social behaviors.

Let’s face it: many of us have become lax with our mask use, social distancing, and hand hygiene. Low positivity rates lulled us into thinking the threat has passed, but the numbers say otherwise. Vaccines have helped save hundreds of thousands of lives but breakthrough cases can occur among vaccinated people. Please continue to strictly follow infection control guidelines at work and exercise caution at home and out in the community.

NEW MASK GUIDANCE FROM CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. This is due to the Delta variant’s ability to spread among vaccinated people. The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Masonicare will continue to monitor and adjust our mask policy as we see fit at our communities and branches.

SCIENTISTS STUDY BOOSTER SHOTS

Pfizer released data this week suggesting that a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine more than six months after vaccination can boost protection against the Delta variant beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses. Although both the CDC and FDA both have said that boosters are not necessary at this time, we have been in touch with our pharmacy partners to discuss the possibility that boosters will eventually be recommended.

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

  • As of today, 16 residents at Masonicare Health Center have tested positive during the current outbreak, along with eight employees.
  • 3 Ramage will be on quarantine until MHC is no longer in outbreak status and no further positive cases are identified through ongoing weekly testing.
  • N95 masks and a face shield are required of all 3 Ramage staff on the unit. In addition, gloves and gowns are required when entering a resident’s room and must be changed between every room. It is imperative that we continue to wear PPE to fight the outbreak.

HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

  • Masonicare Home Health & Hospice has one pending COVID-positive patient expected to be admitted today and two employees out.
  • Virginia Connolly Residence, one of our external ALSA sites, reports that a visitor who had been in the building for six consecutive days tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and staff will be tested on August 2 and August 9. After contact tracing, any residents found to have been in contact with this visitor will be advised to quarantine for 14 days.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

  • No COVID-positive residents or staff.

VIDEO UPDATE

In this week’s video update, I talk to Karen Garlie, Director of Hospice Clinical Services for Masonicare Hospice and Palliative Care, about the expansion of services into Rhode Island. Our hospice team members show such extraordinary dedication and compassion, particularly during this time of a pandemic that has presented extra challenges. I also give an update on our efforts to contain COVID-19 at Masonicare Health Center. Watch below.


COVID Update with Masonicare President & CEO, JP Venoit - 7/29/2021:

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