The state of South Carolina remains in a State of Emergency, per the Governor’s extended mandate this week. PCSC serves a defined, vulnerable population and has heightened our efforts of mitigating related risks of residents served and our employee partners in service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, at this time, restrictions to visitation and social distancing practices remain in place. However, these practices are reviewed routinely and we remain mindful of the desire by some to lift portions of the restrictions as soon as possible for connectivity. We will make our constituents aware of any changes that are able to occur in timely fashion.
On May 21st, Foothills Retirement Community participated in Phase Two of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC’s) recommendation to test all residents and employees who work in Nursing Home areas. After receiving the results from both residents and staff, it was noted that one long term skilled resident tested positive for COVID-19. We are able to provide on-site care for that resident in a specially designated area with strict isolation protocols. This area allows us to care for our own residents during their recovery, while limiting the risk of exposure to others.
All other PCSC Communities participated in Phase One for testing of employees and residents in health care centers and results were documented in our 5/22/20 update.
Sadly, we learned of one additional assisted living resident at Columbia Presbyterian Community testing positive this week. That resident was sent to the hospital and is receiving care in that setting.
Other than at Foothills, we have no other residents with known positive cases residing in any of our communities.
PCSC has been very fortunate that our implemented strategies and infection control methods for mitigating risk of exposure have resulted in very few cases. Efforts appear to be containing spread in the limited instances where it has appeared.
As a new safety protocol, we will be implementing COVID-19 rapid testing for all new residents moving into the communities.
These remain challenging days for all; and we are grateful for your continued support through honoring and complying with our safety protocols. Your prayers and support are appreciated for our residents and staff.