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December 18, 2020

 

Dear Family Member, Responsible Party or Employee,

 

Evergreen Place-Alton has received confirmation that we have had the following in our building:

 

X additional positive test results for staff member(s)

             

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local health department, we are reporting this information to you in written format and in line with the latest communication guidance. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19. Our staff will also verbally notify you.

 

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and quarantine and isolate residents who have tested positive to their individual apartments. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their apartment, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

 

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the latest developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Orban

Director




December 14, 2020

 

Dear Family Member, Responsible Party or Employee,

 

Evergreen Place-Alton has received confirmation that we have had the following in our building:

 

X additional positive test results for resident(s)

             

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local health department, we are reporting this information to you in written format and in line with the latest communication guidance. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19. Our staff will also verbally notify you.

 

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and quarantine and isolate residents who have tested positive to their individual apartments. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their apartment, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

 

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the latest developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Orban

Director




December 11, 2020

 

Dear Family Member, Responsible Party or Employee,

 

Evergreen Place-Alton has received confirmation that we have had the following in our building:

 

X additional positive test results for staff member(s)

             

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local health department, we are reporting this information to you in written format and in line with the latest communication guidance. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19. Our staff will also verbally notify you.

 

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and quarantine and isolate residents who have tested positive to their individual apartments. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their apartment, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

 

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the latest developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Orban

Director





November 23, 2020

 

Dear Family Member, Responsible Party or Employee,

 

Evergreen Place-Alton has received confirmation that we have had the following in our building:

 

X additional positive test results for resident(s)

             

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local health department, we are reporting this information to you in written format and in line with the latest communication guidance. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19. Our staff will also verbally notify you.

 

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and quarantine and isolate residents who have tested positive to their individual apartments. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their apartment, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

 

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the latest developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Orban

Director




November 18, 2020

 

Dear Family Member, Responsible Party or Employee,

 

*PLEASE NOTE: Notification updates for any new confirmed COVID positives in the building will transition from a postal letter to an online posting on this community’s website. You may access the updates using this page or this URL: www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates  Our staff will also verbally notify you by phone call. If you do not have access to the Internet please contact the community to access written update information.

 

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local health department, we are reporting this information to you in written format and in line with the latest communication guidance. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19. Our staff will also verbally notify you.

 

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and quarantine and isolate residents who have tested positive to their individual apartments. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their apartment, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

 

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the latest developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Orban

Director



November 14, 2020

Hello residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,


We would like to share with you our results from this week’s COVID-19 mass testing that was performed on all residents and employees. Unfortunately, this testing resulted in one additional positive case for one of our residents and for one of our employees. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ privacy and dignity.


Per the recommendation of the Madison County Health Department, we will conduct additional testing on all residents and employees next Tuesday, November 17, and all employees again on Friday, November 20. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours, however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.


At this time, we continue to follow the direction of the Madison County Health Department. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is their continued recommendation for all residents to shelter in place in their apartments.


We will continue to screen temperatures of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. We ask for your assistance in emphasizing the importance of this measure with your loved one through your calls, virtual visits, and emails. They love hearing from you!


Thank you all for your continued support and understanding and please continue to use this page for regular updates however I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.


Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place


November 10, 2020

Hello residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We are again happy to report that all resident and employee COVID-19 tests were negative from last Wednesday’s mass testing. We will be retesting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11, per the Madison County Health Department direction. We will keep you posted on the results as we receive them. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer.

At this time, we continue to follow the direction of the Madison County Health Department. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is their continued recommendation to sheltering in place; however, we are able to continue with outdoor visits in our designated areas, and residents are able to visit with each other on our beautiful patio as well as remain active by taking walks throughout our community.

 We will continue to screen temperatures of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. We ask for your assistance in emphasizing the importance of this measure with your loved one through your calls, virtual visits, and emails. They love hearing from you!

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this page for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban 
Director, Evergreen Place



October 30, 2020

Greetings residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We would like to share with you our results from our recent COVID-19 mass testing that was performed on all employees this past Wednesday. Unfortunately, this testing resulted in one positive case for one of our employees. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, the name of team members, areas of the building, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our employees’ privacy and dignity.

We will be performing COVID-19 mass testing on all residents today, Friday, October 30, 2020. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.  

We have temporarily suspended our hospitality services, including small group activities and all congregate meals. As our situation changes, we will re-evaluate when we can safely attempt to introduce those services again. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance following the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), we must now revert to phase 1, which consists of:

PHASE 1:

  1. Indoor visitation is prohibited, with the exception of compassionate care visitation
  2. Outdoor visitation may occur in an outdoor space designated by the community. Please contact the community for further information
  3. Virtual visitation is available to all residents via several video conferencing platforms
  4. Compassionate care visitation is considered on a case-by-case basis
  5. Beauticians/Barbers are not permitted

We continue to regularly assess temperatures, signs, and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift.  Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To contain the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this page for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place Alton



October 26, 2020

Greetings, residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place, Alton.

We have some great news to share with you today. All COVID- 19 tests that were performed on employees were negative, and therefore we are able to move to Phase 2, which consists of:

  1. Indoor visitation may occur, unsupervised, in common spaces or residents' apartments, with a six-foot separation and cloth face covering or masking by visitors and residents. Contact the community for further information.
  2. Outdoor visitation may occur in an outdoor space designated by the community. Please contact the community for further information.
  3. Virtual visitation will continue to be available to all residents via videoconferencing platforms.
  4. Compassionate care visitation is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Beauticians/Barbers are permitted at the discretion of the community.


Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this page for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.


Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place



October 7, 2020

Greetings residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We have wonderful news to share with you. We have received all of the results from our mass testing that was performed last week, and all are negative.

Per the recommendation of the Madison County Health Department, we will conduct additional testing on all residents and employees Thursday, October 8. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received. 

We remain vigilant in continuing to regularly assess temperatures, signs, and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift.  Infection control and prevention procedures continue to be a frequent routine in our community, however, heightened at this time.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this page for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.


Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place


September 30, 2020

Greetings residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We would like to share with you our results from last week’s mass COVID-19 testing that was performed on all residents and employees. Unfortunately, this testing resulted in one additional positive case for one of our residents and two positive cases for employees. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ privacy and dignity.

Per the recommendation of the Madison County Health Department, we will conduct additional testing on all residents and employees Thursday, October 1st. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.  

We will continue to regularly assess temperatures, signs, and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To contain the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to visit this page for updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place



September 22, 2020

Greetings residents, families, and friends,

We have some great news to share with you today. Our COVID-19 mass testing that was performed on all residents and employees last Thursday, September 17, came back negative.

Per the recommendation of the Madison County Health Department, we will conduct additional testing on all residents and employees this Thursday, September 24.  We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when the test results are received. 

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place


September 16th, 2020       

Greetings residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We want to share our results from the mass COVID-19 testing that was performed on all residents and employees last week. Unfortunately, the testing resulted in one additional positive case for one of our residents. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ privacy and dignity.

We continue to regularly assess temperatures, signs, and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To contain the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

Because we have paused all congregate meals and small group activities, the need for emotional, spiritual, and social support is great. We encourage you to spread the word to your family, friends, church groups, volunteers, and neighbors: please give your loved ones who reside at Evergreen a call!  We are also happy to deliver mail, pictures, letters, email messages, and cards to brighten our residents’ day. Additionally, feel free to call the front desk at (618) 462-1500 to make arrangements for a virtual visit--we would love to help our residents and families connect.

Per the recommendation of the Madison County Health Department, we will conduct additional testing on all residents and employees this Thursday, September 17th. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.  

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place



September 9th, 2020

Greetings residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We want to share with you that our results from last week’s mass COVID-19 testing that was performed on all residents and employees. Unfortunately, this testing resulted in additional positive cases for employees and residents. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ and team members’ privacy and dignity.

We will continue to temporarily suspend our hospitality services, including small group activities and outdoor visitation. As our situation changes, we will re-evaluate when we can safely attempt to introduce those services again. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

We continue to be in communication with the Madison County Health Department and, under their recommendation, will be conducting additional testing on Thursday, September 10th, on all residents and employees. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place

August 31st, 2020

Greetings residents, family, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We want to share with you our results from last week’s mass COVID testing that was performed on all residents and employees. Unfortunately, we have two positive cases resulting from this testing. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ and team members’ privacy and dignity.

We continue to have our hospitality services, including small group activities and outdoor visitation, temporarily suspended. As our situation changes, we will re-evaluate when we can safely attempt to introduce those services again. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

We have been in communication with the Madison County Health Department and, under their recommendation, will be conducting additional testing on Thursday, September 3rd, for all residents and employees. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director Evergreen Place, Alton



July 20th, 2020

Greetings residents, families, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton,

We are pleased to report that we have received our COVID-19 test results that were performed on July 17th on all residents and employees, and all tests are negative!

This is great news as we can continue with our small group activities in our community and outdoor visitation. Please call (618) 462-1500 so that we may schedule a time to visit with your loved ones!

We continue to remain vigilant in regularly assessing temperatures and signs and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures continue to be common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place Alton


July 16th, 2020

Greetings,

We have some great news to share with you today. Our recent positive COVID-19 case in our community in which we were informed of earlier this week, has been determined to be negative or “false positive.” After numerous tests performed on this individual, which resulted in negative tests, their physician has deemed them COVID-19 negative.

We are now able to resume our few hospitality services consisting of small group activities and outdoor visitation. Our residents will again be able to enjoy socializing with their friends in small groups and have the opportunity to visit with their loved ones in safe, coordinated outdoor visits.

We remain vigilant in continuing to regularly assess temperatures and signs and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures continue to be common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

We will still follow the Madison County Health Department recommendation and continue with our COVID-19 testing for all residents and staff on Friday, July 17th. Once again, we anticipate receiving these results within 72 hours and will update as soon as results are received.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates for regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban
Director, Evergreen Place

        

July 15th, 2020    

Greetings, residents, families, and friends of Evergreen Place Alton. We wanted to keep all of you informed of the upcoming event that will be happening in our building.

Following the directions of the Madison County Health Department, COVID-19 testing will be completed on all residents and staff on Friday, July 17th. The tests will be administered at Evergreen Place Alton by our licensed nurses. Residents will be educated on the purpose of testing and strongly encouraged to test. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.

We continue to regularly assess temperatures and signs and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

We continue to help our residents keep in touch with their loved ones through virtual visits using either Facetime or Skype. Please call us at (618) 462-1500, so we may help coordinate this. They love to hear from you!

Please continue to use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates, to read regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

Laura Orban

Director, Evergreen Place



July 13th, 2020

It is an ever-changing healthcare climate as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues in our cities, across the country, and the world. Thank you for your patience, as it is our priority to directly care for your loved ones at Evergreen Place in Alton. We do understand the importance of timely communication and education and intend to give regular updates.

We can share with you that our community has had a positive COVID-19 test result received. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ and team members’ privacy and dignity.

We can also share that we are in constant communication with the Madison County Health Department, following their guidance and ensuring the proper protocols are being followed to minimize the additional risk of exposure to our residents as well as our team members. We are regularly screening temperatures of residents throughout the day and employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are standard and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to sheltering in place. For our residents, this means staying in their apartment. We ask for your assistance in emphasizing the importance of this measure with your loved one through your calls, virtual visits, and emails. They love hearing from you!

Last month we communicated a few alternative hospitality services to be introduced, including small group activities and outdoor visitation; however, due to our current circumstances, we have had to suspend those options. As our situation changes, we will absolutely re-evaluate when we can safely attempt to introduce those services again. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Please use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/alton/updates, to gain regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions if urgent. I realize how startling this communication may be; rest assured, we have never worked harder to protect your loved ones. We love them too.

Sincerely,

Laura Orban
Director