COVID-19 Daily Impact

At Deutsches Altenheim, our top priority is the safety and well-being of residents and staff on our campus. Since this pandemic first arrived in Boston, we have been in contact with, and followed guidance from, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to maintain effective infection control. The pandemic has heightened awareness and scrutiny of infection control practices across the healthcare continuum. As part of its response, DPH has been auditing nursing homes against a 28-point Infection Control Checklist. German Centre has experienced three such audits, resulting in an “In Adherence” rating.

Below is the the current impact of COVID-19 as of July 24, 2020:

German Centre (skilled nursing)

0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our residents
1 employee is on medical leave after testing positive for COVID-19

Edelweiss Village (assisted living)

0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our residents
0 employees on medical leave after testing positive for COVID-19

Surveillance testing of all staff is ongoing per requirements by Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health. All staff who were not previously COVID-19 positive were tested to get a baseline. A positive test result was returned for one German Centre employee (who is currently in quarantine at home). As a result, all test-negative residents are being tested for COVID-19 and weekly testing of all staff has commenced until there are no new positive cases for 14 days.

According to the CDC, a patient can be considered recovered if they’ve had at least three days with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, their respiratory symptoms are improving, and at least 14 days have passed since their symptoms began.

The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been an ongoing issue on our campus – as it has been in many other facilities. We were fortunate to receive donations of PPE from several individuals, as well as organizations large and small. We are truly grateful for this outpouring of support. PPE supply and usage are monitored daily and our procurement team continues its relentless search for additional resources to keep our inventory stable. Our current supply of PPE, including facemasks, gowns, gloves and eye protection, is sufficient to meet our needs for two weeks with stringent conservation efforts.

Sadly, since the first positive test result in late March, there have been 20 deaths among test-positive residents and patients at German Centre. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and friends. While there is no substitute for family, residents are nurtured by a staff that are caring and compassionate. Every senior in our care knows they are loved.

Please refer to previous posts and to Frequently Asked Questions for more background information about how Deutsches Altenheim is responding to the pandemic.

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