Hello Beehive Staff, Residents and Families,
As we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to update everyone on what Beehive Homes is doing to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.
As everyone knows, Governor Herbert has reduced the risk level in most of Utah from “Orange” to “Yellow.” You can go to www.coronavirus.utah.gov to find out exactly what this means to you as you go out and about in your daily activities.
Unfortunately, despite this reduction in risk level, long-term care facilities are still required to limit any visitors into homes unless there is an end-of-life event. This is Beehive policy, but it is also mandated by the Utah Department of Health, the CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as other government agencies. In addition, we are dedicated to the continued safety of residents and with even a minute risk of a “second wave,” Beehive Homes will continue to be laser-focused on keeping COVID-19 out of our buildings.
As a part of this commitment, I want to let everyone know about two new policies Beehive Homes is implementing.
- We will be testing all employees and residents for COVID-19. We are in the process of securing test kits, and those tests will be administered by trained individuals. Tests have taken at least three days to get responses on these tests, but with the number we will be submitting, it could be longer. We will not release the results of these tests unless they are positive. Please do not expect a telephone call or other communication unless staff or a resident tests positive.
- Beehive Homes is instituting a strict Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) policy. Although we instituted a policy of regular PPE use in late February prior to the quick spread of COVID-19 in the United States, we have found that some have not taken the mandatory mask and glove use as seriously as we believe they should. As of today, visitors that do not wear PPE will be immediately asked to leave and will not be able to return to the building until Utah is at a “Green” level. Staff that does not (a) complete the COVID-19 questionnaire at the beginning of each shift, (b) fails to check their temperature at the beginning of each shift, or (c) does not wear gloves and a mask at all times during a shift will be eligible for immediate termination and not eligible for rehire. Further, although we cannot enforce it, we very strongly advise all staff to limit interactions outside of their homes and to wear masks when not at work.
Please know that we understand these are harsh policies, and that they will be hard and painful to enforce; however, with a 20 percent mortality rate for those over 80 years of age that contract COVID-19, we feel we have an obligation to protect residents. Of course, there is no fool-proof way for us to keep this pandemic out of Beehive Homes, but we are more dedicated than ever to vigilantly work to do everything we can to keep our residents and staff healthy and safe. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.