Cumulative Number of Positive COVID-19 Cases:
Residents = 1
Employees = 9
Last Positive Case Confirmed on August 16, 2020
Data updated on September 21, 2020
Governor Stitt announced that long term care facilities would reopen for visitation on June 15, 2020. Unfortunately, he did not communicate the conditions of the reopening process. According to the phased reopening regulations that were released on Friday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, in order for a facility to consider relaxing restrictions, there must be a “downward trend in the number of cases over the past 14 days in the county”. However, Tulsa County is currently trending upward with the highest number of reported new cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Due to this increase in community spread, it is imperative for the health and safety of our residents that we not change any of our COVID-19 restrictions at this time.
As you may have heard in the news, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Tulsa County, Oklahoma by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). We do not have any cases of COVID-19 at our community, but this development triggers heightened infection control practices and protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of your loved one is our number one priority.
Effective immediately, Saint Simeon’s will restrict visitation on our campus as recommended by the CDC. For the health and safety of our residents, we ask that you do not visit our campus at this time. Based on federal guidance, no visitors will be permitted into our community, except for the essential vendors or family members of a resident who is at the end of life. These individuals will undergo a health screening process prior to entering the community to minimize the residents’ risk of exposure.
Please know that the news about the spread of this disease is concerning for us all. We understand that communication with your loved ones is incredibly important and encourage you to communicate with them in other ways such as the telephone, video chat, e-mail, or social media. We are happy to assist in connecting you with your family member, if needed.
In addition to restricting visitation to prevent the illness on our campus, we are also focused on infection control best practices with our staff and residents. Staff has been trained on the symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and on CDC recommended infection prevention techniques, and they have clear protocols to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic or have been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19.
We continue to monitor information and guidance from the OSDH, CMS, and the CDC and are working with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to prevent the illness and strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we believe it is in the best interest of our residents. We will continue to keep you informed.
Please also visit our website at www.saintsimeons.org, our FaceBook page Saint Simeon’s Senior Community, and our Instagram page @saint_simeons for regular updates, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Angela Green, BS, LNHA