COVID 19 Update #13
Blue Skies of Texas (BST)
COVID 19 Update
June 1, 2020
San Antonio/Bexar County reported 2,825 confirmed cases of COVID 19 with 73 deaths as of May 31. The San Antonio Stay Home, Work Safe proclamation remains in place through June 4 and Blue Skies of Texas reminds employees and residents to be safe and consider risks as we travel outside of our homes: remain vigilant regarding preventative measures.
Mandatory Nursing Home Testing
The plan to test all residents and employees of The Mission and The Vista, per Governor Abbott’s mandatory testing of all nursing home staff and residents, was carried out on Friday, 29 May 2020. Test results are expected to be available in five days from date of testing and all appropriate parties will be notified of results as they are received.
The Mission and The Vista will have staff contingency plans in place in the event asymptomatic staff (without signs or symptoms of COVID 19) test positive and are required to be quarantined at home for 10 to 14 days.
Blue Skies of Texas COVID Unit
As a reminder, in preparation for potential positive COVID 19 cases among our residents, Blue Skies of Texas established a COVID 19 unit at The Mission. The Mission was selected due to its ability to segregate COVID 19 cases in a single household. Detailed protocols include separate entry/exit, dedicated staff, sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory and infection control guidelines were developed. These guidelines (as well as the facility) have been reviewed by San Antonio Metro Health and Texas Health and Human Services Commission and found to be well developed to ensure safe and effective care for individuals recovering from COVID 19, while protecting the remaining households.
The Mission’s COVID 19 unit was activated two weeks ago with the arrival of a Veteran recovering from COVID 19. While the veteran has completely recovered, the unit will remain prepared to ensure the availability of safe and effective care should a Blue Skies of Texas resident require COVID 19 care in the future. Without a dedicated Blue Skies COVID 19 unit, any Blue Skies of Texas resident who tests positive and requires nursing care would be transferred to another nursing home in San Antonio with the capability of providing care. Utilization of the COVID 19 unit is being closely monitored by Blue Skies of Texas leadership, San Antonio Metro Health and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Capacity will be managed, just as it is across all our healthcare facilities, to ensure our residents will have priority status if needed.