COVID 19 Update #14
Blue Skies of Texas (BST)
COVID 19 Update
June 8, 2020
San Antonio/Bexar County reported 3290 confirmed cases of COVID 19 with 78 deaths as of May 31. The San Antonio Stay Home, Work Safe proclamation has been lifted and visitors are allowed on campus with the following guidelines: Blue Skies Independent Living Campus will allow visitors in residents’ independent living units. Visitors are not allowed to use common areas or community services and if traveling through common areas, visitors must wear a face covering. Residents’ visitors need not be screened but are expected to check for temperature and other signs of COVID 19 prior to coming on campus and postpone visits if they are exhibiting any signs or symptoms.
Independent Contractors can also visit/provide services to independent living residents in their home. Independent contractors visiting residents living in the towers, hi-rise or mid-rise will be required to check in at front desk and complete a screening. All others must proceed directly to the residents’ home and avoid travel through common areas and are not allowed to utilize any campus services. Blue Skies of Texas reminds employees and residents to be safe and consider risks as we travel outside of our homes: remain vigilant regarding preventive measures.
Travel Outside of Blue Skies of Texas
As of June 5, 2020: Residents planning to travel outside of the San Antonio community, maybe required to stay at home (quarantine) for at least 14 days if the situation warrants self-isolation. Residents are asked to provide the community with travel plans so appropriate precautions can be implemented, if required. In an effort to protect all, the community asks residents to provide details to include destination, mode of travel, planned activities and precautions used during travel. Travel via airplane will require at home quarantine for at least 14 days.
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 still pending, and all appropriate parties will be notified of results as they are received.
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 is currently not in use but will remain prepared to ensure the availability of safe and effective care should a Blue Skies of Texas resident require COVID 19 care.
Licensed Health Care Facility Visitor Restrictions
While Texas is “re-opening” and Blue Skies starts to resume activities, all licensed health care facilities (The Mission, The Vista, Arnold House, Liberty House and Freedom House) remain closed to visitors. Our licensed health care facilities fall under state and federal authority, restricting visitors until further notice. While the restrictions are difficult for families and loved ones, they are in place to protect those most vulnerable. As of May 17, state leaders are collaborating with survey agencies and local and state health departments to determine the best course of action in relaxing restrictions. Careful review of many factors to include cases of COVID 19 in the surrounding community, case status in nursing homes, staffing levels, access to adequate testing, ability to maintain source control (use of masks by staff, visitors and residents), access to adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and local hospital capacity, will guide decisions. It is most likely a “phased” approach will be taken. The conversations are underway and Blue Skies of Texas is keeping a close eye on development of “re-opening” of our nursing homes/skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care facilities.