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3.28.20 COVID-19 Update: Care & Contact

Dear Family & Friends of Notre Dame Health Care –

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you,

“Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 49:16

 

Let us begin by counting the numerous ways in which God is holding each of us and our loved ones in a loving embrace.  Let us together turn to our God and trust.

 

Like so many of you, we have more questions than answers. It is time we start to give praise and thanks to the many who are on the front line caring for our residents and home bond. We need to be clear in stating that our staff is doing their very best to prevent infection to residents in an environment with almost no (PPE) “personal protective equipment”.  When you hear PPE on the broadcasts know that we are among those working to provide staff with some level of protection. We are so proud of the sacrifice and courage being demonstrated daily by our devoted staff, they are the heroines/heroes in our midst.

 

To date, the only protection to reduce the risk of infection to our residents is to limit the number of people entering our facilities and screen all staff and residents for fever or symptoms of COVID-19. The PPE equipment is not available at any price.

 

When symptoms are present it is already too late because now we know that people without symptoms can infect others. At this time, we are in a battle against an enemy, we do not know. It takes weeks to get results if the test is allowed.

 

Our hospitals are overwhelmed by the demand, so as we send residents from nursing homes to hospitals, many are returned to the facility with instructions to quarantine for 14 days. This is a difficult task for those in semi-private rooms. We have also had to face hospitals not communicating with the facility.

 

We have welcomed representatives from the Center for Disease Control and LA Department of Public Health, all want to be helpful. Relief is promised but nothing has arrived.

 

So we have decided to rely on ourselves to reach out to industrial suppliers and have a very limited supply of personal protective equipment that will get us started in moving a resident with symptoms to a separate building behind Wynhoven Health Care Center. There are 10 private rooms and that will allow us to meet the needs of residents from our facilities and help hospitals. We have transformed this space into a safe environment and secured enough protective equipment to keep staff safe.

 

Let us remember that residents with COVID-19 need our love and support just as we strive to care for all who are entrusted to us.

 

When a loved one is moved to a hospital or to Wynhoven – YOU WILL BE INFORMED!

Let us rely on the adage –

No news is good news!

 

We ask your prayers for the families of the two residents who have died in hospitals. Our focus is on keeping our residents safe and being supportive to staff…

Please keep us in your prayers. We will send updates.

God Bless us and our world,
Wayne Plaisance

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