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Published 4/28/2020
3:21pm

Pleasant View Has Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases

Health Department First Announced Positive Pleasant View Test Last Week

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Following testing of all residents and staff at Pleasant View SCMCF for COVID-19, additional positive cases have been confirmed. In total, Pleasant View SCMCF has 17 residents and 12 employees with confirmed positive cases. Residents that have tested positive for the virus have been placed in isolation, where they are being cared for by a designated medical team within our facility. No residents have been hospitalized. Employees that have tested positive are self-isolating in their homes and have no contact with residents.
Pleasant View SCMCF is working closely with the Shiawassee County Health Department to ensure residents and staff are safe by following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines. Health Department staff will continue to monitor this group of positive cases.
 
In accordance with guidance from the CDC, staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be able to return to work until:
 
• At least 10 days have passed since the test collection (if the individual displayed no symptoms)
• For those with symptoms:
* At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and, * At least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and * All symptoms have improved; and
• Been released by the Health Department from monitoring
Pleasant View SCMCF has implemented the following strategies to protect our staff and residents from the spread of COVID-19:
• We are continuing to take temperatures on all residents 4 times a day and staff twice a day
• We are continuing to monitor staff for respiratory symptoms, and new acute changes, twice a day
• We are continuing to monitor resident’s respiratory status 4 times a day
• We are continuing to monitor resident’s for new acute changes 4 times a day
• We have shut down all communal spaces and residents are quarantined to their rooms
• We have restricted all non-essential visitors for over the last 6 weeks
• We are continually educating staff on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how it is spread
• Staff members are continuing to wear masks at all times
• We will continue to test residents and employees that are showing symptoms of COVID-19 per the recommendations and guidelines of Centers for Disease Control
 
COVID-19 is present in our community. The Shiawassee County Health Department urges residents to continue social distancing by maintaining 6-foot separation from others and continuing to follow the Governor’s Executive Order to Stay Home, Stay Safe. For COVID-19 related information please visit health.shiawassee.net.

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Update 4/26/2020

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