FutureCare COVID-19 Updates



The following timeline details several of the key actions FutureCare has taken in preparation and in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

June 26, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding Maryland Department of Health requirements and criteria for Nursing Home visitation and relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. Click here

June 4, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding Governor Hogan's plan for reopening the State as compared to CMS' plan for opening nursing homes to visitors. Click here

June 3, 2020: Governor Hogan's Renewal of Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency-COVID-19. Click here.

May 26, 2020: Governor Hogan announce 17 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites with CVS utilizing self-swab tests in Maryland. Click here for locations and more information.

May 21, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) plan for opening nursing homes to visitors. Click here.

May 18, 2020: Message of encouragement from FutureCare's Chaplain, Dr. Durant K. Harvin III to all FutureCare Team Members. Click here to view.

May 15, 2020:  As of 5 p.m., the State's stay-at-home order has been changed to a safer-at-home advisory. Unfortunately, this does not affect the Facility's visitation policy. Visitor restrictions still remain in effect for the health and safety of our residents.

May 12, 2020: COVID-19 letter sent to Residents and Families providing a Facility update and another request for current email addresses.

May 8, 2020: Responsible Party notifications of Facility COVID-19 updates are being sent via email. Responsible Parties should contact the Facility Admissions Office to ensure the Facility has a current email address on file for them. Responsible Parties may also contact the Facility Executive Director or Director of Nursing for a verbal update. Email updates will be sent when there are new cases to report or at a minimum of weekly. 

May 5, 2020: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents

April 30th:  COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents including information about the Facilities' ongoing response to COVID-19, the State of Maryland's new website reporting coronavirus data for infections in nursing homes, and the Governor's April 29th order.

April 29th: Governor Hogan issues an executive order to mandate universal testing of all residents and staff in all Maryland Nursing Homes. Executive Order

April 22nd: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents. Click here

April 15th: Governor's order for mandatory masking in the community. Click here.

April 13th: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents. Click here

April 9th: Amendment to Governor's Directive and Order regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment in Nursing Homes. Click here.

April 8th: COVID-19 Update letter sent to Families and Residents, notifying them of COVID units and efforts to cohort residents. Click here

April 8th: Covid Answer Line initiated for Staff. Click here

April 5th: Governor's Directive and Order regarding Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Masking in Nursing Homes. Click here.

April 1st: Implementation of Universal Masking at all FutureCare facilities

March 31st: Stress Management Video Sessions with Dr. Mansbach launched for Staff. Click here

March 15th: Deployed 130 Ipads to the facilities. 70 for family communications and 60 for telemedicine.

March 14th: Family update regarding visitor restrictions, alternative communication options, and facility operations. Click here

March 13th: Medical Coordination conducted by FutureCare's Chief Medical Officer with Facility's Medical Directors and Providers, addressing: Testing, N95 usage, telemedicine, HD, LOA, Hospital Transfers, Travel Guidance, and Dr. Katz' visits.

March 11th: Families Updated Notification. Click here

March 10th: Implementation and Notification to Families of complete Visitor Restrictions. Click here

March 10th: Dr. Morgan Katz, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine retained as an Infectious Disease Consultant to assist with COVID preparedness and response conducts site visits to FutureCare Homewood and FutureCare Irvington to assess ventilator units and review the Facilities' infection control measures in place.

March 6th: Notification to Staff regarding staff symptom monitoring, Travel restrictions/considerations, Use of PPE, Efforts to obtain PPE are ongoing, and infection prevention measures. Click here

March 6th: Notification to Families regarding increased visitor restrictions. Click here

March 5th: Company Wide Environmental Hygiene Cleaning and Disinfecting Training conducted by an Environmental Infection Control Preventionist, Industrial Hygienist and OSHA Training Expert Shari L. Solomon, engaged by FutureCare in April 2019 to assist with reviewing and updating environmental hygiene cleaning and disinfection protocols in the health care setting, staff observation and competencies, and training.

March 5th: Governor's Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency-COVID-19. Click here.

March 3rd: Notification to Families/Residents and Staff regarding visiting restrictions, staff monitoring and travel guidance.. as well as infection control techniques. Click here

Frequently Asked Questions

We know many of you have a wide range of questions regarding COVID-19 and this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide you with accurate, up to date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html  We believe this is your best source of information for a number of topics so feel free to check back regularly.

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

FutureCare COVID-19 Update

Beginning Thursday evening, March 5, 2020, cases of the virus in Maryland were confirmed. Beginning, Thursday, March 12th, there was a confirmed case of Community transmission of COVID-19. Substantially more cases developed in Maryland with significant community outbreaks throughout the State. Currently the positivity rate of the virus is holding on average, below 5% in Maryland as FutureCare continues with ongoing testing of staff and residents. All visitation continues to be 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. For current updates and information, please see the time line above.

Our clinical experts, with the direction from the Maryland Department of Health, State Agencies and in collaboration with experts from local hospitals, and other infectious disease expert consultant 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:   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

Additional Resources

The coronavirus pandemic is causing increased stress and anxiety for all of us. The Mental Health Association of Maryland is curating a list of trusted resources to help you take care of your mental health during this difficult time.  Learn more here: mhamd.org/coronavirus
MDH Coronavirus Updates

CDC – Novel Coronavirus
Understanding the Risks and Prevention of Coronavirus
How Is Pandemic Flu Different from Seasonal Flu?