FutureCare COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a Novel (new) Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus is in the same family as SARS that circulated in 2003 and MERs that is still circulating in the Middle East.
Meagan Deming MD, PhD of University of MD Medical Center shares what we can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
New Visitation Guidance from CMS and CDC
Following a declaration of a State of Emergency by the President on March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance via a memorandum that is based on the newest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It directs nursing homes to significantly restrict visitors and nonessential personnel, as well as restrict communal activities inside nursing homes. All individuals other than essential health care staff and visits for end-of-life situations, should no longer enter skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) until further notice. For more information on our Visitor Restrictions, click here. Recent Coronavirus update regarding the National Emergency Declaration found here.
FutureCare COVID-19 Update
As of Thursday evening, March 5, 2020, there have been confirmed cases of the virus in Maryland, and as of Thursday, March 12th, there has been a confirmed case of Community transmission of COVID-19. More cases are expected in Maryland and FutureCare's goal is first to prevent and then to mitigate and limit the spread of the virus. All visitation is restricted with limited exceptions and enhanced staff, vendor and provider screenings continue, as well as limiting facility access to essential personnel only. Please contact the facility to arrange for alternative methods of communicating with your loved ones. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this ever-evolving situation. To see a letter that provides information about the virus and steps the Facility is taking as well as steps you can take to minimize the spread of the virus, click here.
Our clinical experts, in collaboration with experts from local hospitals, State Agencies and other resources are actively and regularly monitoring the situation and are following guidelines and protocols issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More information is available on the CDC – Novel Coronavirus webpage.
Safety Precautions and Tips
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Practice hand hygiene – wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Don't touch your face with unwashed hands; it's the easiest way for germs to enter your body
- Practice other good health habits – get plenty of sleep; stay active; manage your stress; drink plenty of fluids; and eat nutritious food
- Avoid large crowds and practice social distancing