COVID-19 Information - as of 1/27/2022

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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 as of 1/27/2022

NEW VISITATION GUIDELINES

Governor Lamont’s executive order requires nursing home visitors to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. Under the order, which took effect on Saturday, January 22nd, the Connecticut Department of Public Health distributed 50,000 rapid antigen tests to all nursing homes. These are only to be used for testing visitors.

As the upsurge in COVID-19 infection continues in our communities, we are experiencing an uptick in positive cases within our health care center. Residents who have tested positive are displaying mild to no symptoms, however, we are working diligently to mitigate any continued spread. 

While we cannot restrict visitation, we are strongly encouraging visitors to evaluate visitation and be aware of the current community outbreak when making their decision to visit. 

Please be advised that: 

  • Recommended visiting hours are 10:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Only 2 visitors per resident are allowed at a time.
  • All visitors ust wear masks at all times while in the building including when visiting with a loved one in their room. Full PPE must be worn when indicated. 

PLEASE DO NOT VISIT IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS AND PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE BUILDING AND HAVE THEN TESTED POSITIVE. 

On behalf of the staff and residents of Masonicare Health Center, we appreciate your support as we work to keep our community safe. 


1/20/2022: UPDATE FROM JON-PAUL VENOIT, PRESIDENT & CEO:

There are signs that the post-holiday wave of COVID has peaked and may be starting to recede. The positivity rate in Connecticut has dropped slightly (16.5% at last check) and we are seeing fewer cases among staff, residents, and patients.

Still, I know that some areas at Masonicare continue to face staffing challenges. We will see some relief as fewer and fewer employees need to quarantine due to positive test results or exposures at home or in the community. Thank you to everyone for “picking up the slack” over the last several weeks.

NEW VISITATION GUIDELINES

Nursing home residents, like those at Masonicare Health Center, are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. That’s why we welcomed the announcement yesterday of Governor Lamont’s executive order requiring nursing home visitors to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. Under the order, which takes effect this Saturday, the Connecticut Department of Public Health will be distributing 50,000 rapid antigen tests to all nursing homes. These are only to be used for testing visitors.

WEBSITE OFFERING FREE AT-HOME TEST KITS

Every U.S. household can now order up to four free COVID-19 tests on the new federal government website COVIDtests.gov. The website also has instructions on how to order more than four tests (health insurance companies are now required to reimburse you for eight at-home tests per month for each person on the plan).

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

  • Masonicare Health Center (skilled nursing): 13 employees out (seven COVID positive and six due to exposure or pending test results). There are currently 16 COVID-positive residents and five others on quarantine due to symptoms or exposure.
  • Behavioral Health Hospital: One COVID-positive employee out and seven patients currently positive.
  • Lower Campus Residential: Two residents (currently hospitalized) have tested positive for COVID. Seven other residents are quarantining due to symptoms or exposure.

HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

  • Masonicare Home Health & Hospice: 31 COVID-positive patients on service and 35 others on quarantine (presumed positive). There are 13 employees out – seven COVID-positive and six awaiting test results.
  • Masonicare at Home: No staff or client cases to report.
  • External ALSAs: Welles Country Village has three COVID-positive residents. Smithfield Gardens has two COVID-positive residents and one employee out.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

  • Ashlar Village (all): Five employees are out – four COVID-positive and one due to exposure or pending test results. One resident is COVID-positive and six others are on quarantine due to symptoms or exposure.
  • Chester Village: Two COVID-positive staff out.
  • Masonicare at Mystic: Five employees out – three are COVID-positive and two due to exposure or have test results pending. One resident is currently COVID-positive and another is quarantining due to symptoms or exposure.

VIDEO UPDATE

Have you tested positive for COVID despite being vaccinated? In our latest video update, Dr. Ronald Schwartz, Masonicare’s Senior Director of Continuum Health Services, offers some advice from healthcare experts on what to do next. Masonicare Health Center Administrator Courtney Wood talks about how her team is handling the latest uptick in COVID cases. Sierra Drevline, Director of Employee Health Services, explains the four ways employee team members can submit proof of vaccination before the January 31 deadline. And I talk about when we hope to lift restrictions at our residential communities. Watch below.  


COVID Update with Masonicare President & CEO, Jon-Paul Venoit and Dr. Ronald Schwartz - 1/19/2022:

 

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