*** NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 ***
June 23, 2020
We received notification today that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member last worked at our facility on June 22.
To summarize the previous few months, Gov. Greg Abbott had ordered that 100 percent of nursing home residents and staff be tested for Coronavirus, and that initial state-ordered testing for COVID-19 occurred May 24 at our facility. We had 14 residents and eight employees test positive initially, and all were asymptomatic. We then retested residents and staff, and all initial positives tested negative two times and successfully met the protocol for being deemed recovered.
During the course of the retesting and awaiting the results, Laurenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation received an email on June 6 from Dallas County Health and Human Services stating they had been notified by the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services Commission of certain COVID-19 test anomalies resulting from recent nursing home testing. DSHS and HHSC detected an abnormal number of COVID-19 positives associated with a single testing laboratory. Laurenwood was identified as potentially being impacted by this issue.
Our facility is under complete quarantine with only essential medical personnel permitted inside. We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control, Local Health Department, and Texas Health and Human Services guidance in medically assessing and examining employees at the beginning and end of each shift. We are diligently monitoring and assessing residents and employees, following the disinfecting and housekeeping protocols, adhering to social distancing guidelines, and numerous other preventative measures. Residents have been assigned representatives to aid with communication to family members via Smartphones, tablets, and computers to help minimize feelings of social isolation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19. As our nation and the world experience the impact made by the Coronavirus pandemic, rest assured we have implemented the best available precautions and have the appropriate supplies needed to care for your loved one. If you have questions or comments, contact Director of Nursing Roderick Harper at JHarper@paramounthc.com. Please check back to our web site for further updates.
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Quality Living at Laurenwood
The warmth of a smile comes from the heart, and personal service comes from our commitment to healthful living here at Laurenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation. Our residents enjoy the highest quality healthcare and rehabilitative services available in a secure and comfortable environment. This is a home.