COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

The Golden Years’ primary focus and concern is the safety and well-being of our precious residents and our valued staff.

As a healthcare facility serving seniors, we recognize the increased vulnerability of our residents in this situation and therefore are continually monitoring and following the guidance and direction given to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Walworth County Division of Public Health. In addition, we have been, and will continue to be in contact with our local hospital and physician partners to ensure we are properly coordinating care with them and doing all we can to serve and protect our residents during this evolving situation.

As the situation related to Coronavirus develops, we will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top. Previous updates and past data from the COVID-19 pandemic available here. 

 

Current visitor status: Visitors ALLOWED in all facilities, with restrictions.

 

There are currently no active cases in our Lake Geneva facility.
There are currently no active cases in our Walworth facility.
 

 

November 12, 2022 - Positive Case

We learned this weekend of another staff positive case in our Walworth building. Thankfully all of the resident tests have been coming back negative so far. We will continue to provide updates as we continue to test!

November 7, 2022 - Positive Case

It’s a mixed report today after another round of testing in Walworth. We have a new staff positive covid case to report, but thankfully there were no more resident cases discovered today. As a result, we have decided to reopen the RV dining room and provide activities again – although we are still encouraging caution and mask wearing. We will be testing RV residents again later this week and with the onset of a new staff case, we will also be testing assisted living residents as well as all Walworth staff. Thankfully everyone continues to report manageable cases.

November 2, 2022 - Positive Cases

We have 2 more resident covid positive cases to report in our Walworth independent living. Both were discovered as we did another round of outbreak testing today. Of interest is that there is no direct link to most of these cases so far. They are from different parts of the building and are in individuals that don’t necessarily socialize together or have known times they have been together recently. However, because the cases continue to spread, we have decided to take some more substantial steps in an attempt to get ahead of it. Beginning immediately, we have suspended all group activities in the independent living. We have also decided to stop offering meals in the dining room – at least through Monday and pending further rounds of testing. Residents are still able to accept visitors within their rooms and residents that are not quarantining are welcome to leave their rooms for things like laundry or getting their mail – but we recommend they wear masks and limit their exposure to common areas. Our housekeeping team will be paying additional attention to common touch points to try to limit any hard surface viral spread. We will plan to do another round of testing for our retirement village residents and our retirement village staff this Friday, and then again on Monday. We will reevaluate these additional restrictions again next Monday after the testing that day is completed.

October 31, 2022 - Positive Case

There is unfortunately another resident positive covid case to report in our independent living in Walworth. We are continuing to encourage residents to wear masks, and did test all of them today. Thankfully there were no other new cases found at this point. We will continue to test and monitor things closely.

October 27, 2022 - Positive Case

Unfortunately we have a new resident COVID case in our Walworth Retirement Village to report. We are not sure if there is a direct connection with the previous cases or if the exposure came from another source. As our independent living residents come and go the contact tracing is a little more complicated! This individual is symptomatic and is obviously quarantining. We have done a couple of rounds of testing for all of our Retirement Village residents and staff after the previous positive cases and thus far all of the rest of those tests have been negative.

October 21, 2022 - Positive Cases

We learned this evening of 2 new COVID positive RV resident cases. We are not aware of where their exposure came from at this time. We will be testing our residents and staff as is our usual protocol in an effort to identify and minimize any spread to the extent possible. 

October 8, 2022 - COVID Guidance Updates

The CDC issued several new updates to their COVID guidance for healthcare facilities recently. Many of the changes don’t have any immediate impact, but they do offer hope for moving closer back to what “normal” used to look like.

Of most significance is if/when the county numbers drop below the level deemed “high” for healthcare providers, masking requirements will be loosened significantly. (Note: there is a separate chart for healthcare providers to follow vs. the general public when determining the category levels) While this is exciting, it also has the potential to cause more confusion since the expectations could end up flexing between statuses. As a result we will be updating the postings and signage at our entrances to try to communicate more clearly what the current status is. So, please take note of that when visiting. Along the same lines, we will be updating the requirements to enter our facilities in an effort to streamline the sign in process. Thanks to some of the changes in the CDC guidance we will be able to eliminate some of the current steps, so be on the lookout for that to begin this next week as well.

The journey through this pandemic continues to be challenging, but we so appreciate your support and understanding as we try to best serve our residents while also keeping up with and following the best practices outlined by agencies like the CDC.

October 5, 2022 - Positive Case

There is a new positive staff case to report for our Lake Geneva facility this evening. We believe that the exposure in this case did not come through the Golden Years and thankfully this individual had very limited contact with the facility around the time of their positive test. As a result we are quite hopeful that any further exposure should be very minimal.

September 23, 2022 - Positive Case

We unfortunately have a new staff case to report this evening. This individual is symptomatic, but had tested negative on multiple rapid tests before a lab test just came back positive. We are attempting to remain proactive in our testing and our infection control protocols, but it’s a particularly tough time right now with many other “head cold” sicknesses going around in addition to covid!

September 16, 2022 - Positive Case

We have a new staff case to report this evening in our Walworth facility. In addition, we did hear back regarding the Walworth resident case that we sent out for confirmation, and it is confirmed to be a positive case. The result definitely reinforces why we started the quarantine right away just in case!!

September 14, 2022 - Positive Cases

We have 2 new staff cases and 1 potential resident case in our Walworth building to report this evening. The two staff are symptomatic, tested positive, and had known exposures so we are confident in those 2 results. With regards to the potential resident case we are doing some follow up testing to verify, but will be treating it as a positive case in the mean time just to be cautious. We will of course provide an update when we get back those confirmatory results. 

September 12, 2022 - Positive Cases

We have 2 new positive cases to report this evening – both in our Walworth facility. One is a positive resident case that we believe most likely was the result of an exposure through a recently confirmed case in their family. The second is a staff positive case that we believe is unrelated to the resident case and was a result of community exposure. We realize it probably sounds like a broken record, but we will continue to monitor closely in an attempt to catch cases as quickly as possible and limit the resulting spread to the best of our abilities!

September 10, 2022 - Potential Cases Update

Late last evening we finally received back the results from the follow up tests in our Lake Geneva facility and our suspicions were confirmed – the 3 potential cases we notified everyone of were all confirmed to be negative! None of the residents identified have been symptomatic and all are doing well. We still believe it was the correct action to be cautious, but we are also thrilled that this is the ultimate result!  

September 9, 2022 - Positive Case

We have a new staff positive case to report in our Walworth building. We are confident this case came as a result of community spread – not from within the Golden Years. We also are still waiting on confirmation for the Lake Geneva cases we informed you all about last evening. We will still plan to provide an update on those when we hear back.

September 8, 2022 - Potential Cases

We have 3 possible new resident COVID cases in our Lake Geneva building. To be honest, we aren’t completely certain that these tests were accurate so we are currently working to confirm those results. However, while we do so, we are quarantining each of the residents and will be treating them as positive cases in the meantime to ensure we are erring on the high side of caution. We will plan to provide another update once we are able to better confirm the status of these cases.

September 1, 2022 - Positive Case

We learned today of a new positive staff case in our Lake Geneva facility. Through our contact tracing we are confident that the exposure in this case was not through the Golden Years. Regardless, we continue to test all of our residents and staff twice per week with additional testing for anyone showing signs or symptoms of illness as recommended by the CDC. While we don’t mention it on here every time we have a new case, we do also remain in close contact with our local Walworth County public health department whenever a positive case comes up.

August 29, 2022 - Positive Cases

Over the weekend we unfortunately learned of 3 new positive staff cases from our Lake Geneva building. Each individual is in quarantine right away, of course, and we have increased our testing protocols right away. No others have reported any symptoms at this time. We continue our increased testing protocols in our Walworth facility as well. As no new cases have popped up, we are again allowing residents to communally eat in the dining room though we continue to try be extra cautious regarding distancing and mask usage.

August 22, 2022 - Positive Cases
Unfortunately there are 3 new COVID cases to notify you all of. 1 is a staff case in our Walworth building. Based on our contact tracing we believe this case is a result of community spread. The other 2 cases are resident cases in our assisted living.
 
As a result of these new cases, we will be making some changes in our Walworth assisted living to try to limit any additional spread. During this time, in following state guidelines, visitors are still allowed, but we want to re-encourage everyone to be diligent about wearing masks during their entire visit and only visiting in the resident’s room – not in common areas.
 
We are grateful that so far our staff and residents have had manageable symptoms, but we – of course – want to do all we can to prevent or limit any further cases.
August 19, 2022 - Positive Cases

This evening we learned of 2 new staff cases in our Walworth facility. The positive cases were related to each other, but we believe they were the result of community spread. As always, we will be proactively testing all of our residents and staff over the next couple of weeks in an attempt to catch any spread as quickly as possible.

August 9, 2022 - Positive Cases

We actually have 3 staff cases to report today. All 3 cases are unrelated to each other, and are unrelated to the Golden Years. 2 cases are from our Lake Geneva facility and one case is from our Walworth facility.

The first case is an individual that was not at the Golden Years during their potential infectious period. They were exposed apart from the Golden Years and they have had no contact with any residents or staff. The second case is an individual that was exposed by a close family member. As a result, they had been proactively testing and were expecting to be positive. The final case is an individual that began showing minor symptoms after being exposed at a recent event so proactively tested. All 3 individuals are quarantining and managing their symptoms at home.

We will continue our increased testing to try to stay ahead of any cases.

August 1, 2022 - Positive Case

We learned today of a new resident case in our independent living in our Walworth facility. We will be testing all of our retirement village residents to try to determine if there has been any spread. No other residents are expressing any concerns regarding symptoms at this time.

July 10, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We were notified today of a new positive staff case in our Walworth building. This individual was at home and not feeling well so took a test at home and then confirmed it with a second follow up test. They are obviously quarantining at home and we will continue our increased testing routines to try to stay on top of any spread.

July 5, 2022 - Positive Case

After discovering a positive resident in our Independent Living Retirement Village in Walworth last week, we have scheduled a couple of follow up testing rounds for our residents. During our round of testing today for our RV residents we unfortunately discovered a new positive resident case. This individual does have minor symptoms and is obviously now quarantining. We will now plan to do another round of resident testing in the Retirement Village this Friday. We continue to provide testing for our staff and residents in other areas of our facilities as well and will continue to provide updates if/when new cases are identified.

July 1, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We have a new positive staff COVID case in Walworth to report. We learned of this case yesterday and apologize for the delay in getting this posted. The individual had been testing negative during our routine testing, but was beginning to have some symptoms and tested positive on a rapid test. Our staff and resident testing will continue!

June 27, 2022 - Positive Cases

We have 2 new COVID cases to report this evening. One is a staff positive case in our Lake Geneva building. We do not believe it is related to the most recent positive case and believe it is the result of community spread. The 2nd case is a resident case in our Walworth independent Retirement Village. This individual was aware they were exposed recently and again this exposure took place away from the Golden Years. As always, we will continue our testing in an effort to reduce any potential spread.

June 23, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We learned today of a new staff positive case – this time in our Lake Geneva building. We are confident through our contact tracing that this case is a result of community spread, not from within the Golden Years. However, as a result of this case we will once again increase our testing protocols in our Lake Geneva building to try to catch and limit any potential spread.

June 19, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases

Unfortunately we’ve learned of 2 new covid positive staff from our Walworth building this weekend. Based on our contact tracing, we believe both of these new cases were unrelated to each other and also unrelated to the previous staff positive case announced this past week. Both new individuals were tested due to being symptomatic, and both are doing alright, with cold-like symptoms. 

June 15, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We have a new positive staff case to report in our Walworth building. Once again, this was discovered as a result of our routine testing – there were no previous symptoms reported. We will once again increase our testing as a result to ensure we catch and isolate any potential spread. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

June 3, 2022 - Positive Case

We have mixed news to report. Unfortunately we learned of a new COVID positive staff case in our Walworth building. The staff individual is doing fine and the case was discovered as a result of our routine testing. The good news is that after testing all of our independent living residents today, there were no new positive cases! We will be doing another round of testing for our independent living residents early next week as a precaution and will continue our staff testing protocols as well.

May 31, 2022 - Positive Cases

Unfortunately we have a couple of new covid cases to report today. One is a staff member in our Walworth building and the other is a resident in our Walworth independent living. Based on our contact tracing we believe the 2 cases are unrelated to each other. As planned, we held a round of testing for our retirement village residents today and that was how the resident case was discovered. The staff member had tested negative during the most recent staff testing, but expressed they were experiencing some symptoms so was tested again today and came back positive.

We are continuing our scheduled testing for both our residents and our staff as we attempt to limit any additional spread.

May 26, 2022 - Positive Resident Cases

We have 2 new positive resident cases to report in our Walworth independent living. After the positive cases discovered earlier this week, we scheduled a follow up testing for all of our residents today and that is how the new cases were identified. Positive residents continue to report cold-like symptoms, but are overall managing well. We are now requesting/requiring all residents to wear masks when they are in the hallways or any common areas. We will also be scheduling another round of testing for our retirement village residents early next week.

May 23, 2022 - Positive Resident Cases

Late this weekend we learned of a new resident COVID positive case in our independent living in Walworth. As a result, today we rapid tested all of our Retirement Village folks and discovered 2 additional new resident cases. All 3 residents are doing “fine” and are reporting only cold-like symptoms. Naturally, all 3 of them will be quarantining in their rooms, and we will be providing another round of testing for our independent living residents later this week. There are clearly not the same regulations in our independent living as there are in our assisted living or skilled nursing areas, but we are encouraging our residents to follow the same general guidance – wear masks and wash their hands!

May 18, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We have another new staff positive case to report in our Walworth building. We do not believe this case was related to the positive we discovered earlier this week. This individual was surprised by their diagnosis as they have not felt any symptoms. As we are already on our highest alert for testing, there is no change to our plans based on this positive case. 

May 16, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We have another staff positive case to report – this one in Walworth. This individual is asymptomatic and this case was only found due to our routine testing. We had actually just returned to slightly less robust “routine” testing status in Walworth which does not include pro-active testing of residents, but now will increase our testing back to “outbreak” levels. Is this pandemic almost over yet?!

May 11, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

We have a new staff positive case in Lake Geneva to report this evening. We are not certain if this case came as a result of previous staff cases or as a result of community spread as our contact tracing has not been able to identify a specific exposure. We continue to test twice a week to try to capture any cases as quickly as possible and intend to continue doing so until this current COVID wave subsides.

May 6, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases

We have 2 new positive staff COVID cases to report. Both in our Lake Geneva building. One of the cases is someone that has had no resident or staff contact during any pre-symptom contagious period so there should be no risk of spread as a result of that case. The second case is an individual that tested negative earlier in the week as part of our routine testing (with no symptoms) but has been in the building so there is the potential for exposure. We will continue our testing protocols to try to stay proactive regarding any spread.

May 5, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

There is another new staff COVID case to report in our Walworth building. This is another situation where the individual had no resident or staff contact during their pre-symptom contagious period so there should be no risk of spread as a result of this case. We are continuing our increased testing regiment just to be safe and will of course continue to report any positive results to you all. 

May 3, 2022 - Positive Staff Case
We have a new positive staff case to report in our Walworth building. This individual had very limited resident/staff contact during their pre-symptom contagious period so we are believing any risk of spread should be minimal. However, we will continue our frequent testing to ensure we try to catch any possible cases.
May 2, 2022

Our most recent rounds of testing have all come back with negative results in both buildings. We will continue to keep testing, but at least this last round’s results were encouraging!

April 28, 2022 - Positive Case

We have another staff positive case to report in our Walworth building. This individual has not had direct resident contact during their infectious period so we are thankful that the risk of spread through this case should be limited. We will continue our more frequent testing to keep trying to identify these cases early so we can isolate and limit any spread as much as possible.

April 27, 2022 - Positive Case

Late last evening we received notification of a new COVID positive resident case in our Lake Geneva building. This individual had tested negative the day before, but then suddenly came up positive on a new test the following day. As a result, we will be altering activities and dining to limit possible resident exposure. We also did rapid tests on all Lake Geneva residents today and everyone else came back negative. Our staff are wearing masks and eye protection throughout the building, with full PPE and N95’s in rooms with confirmed or suspected positive residents. In following the CMS regulations, visitors remain allowed in the facility during this time, and must just follow the normal screening protocols. We are in close contact with the county public health department and they have been affirming with regards to the steps we are taking.

April 23, 2022 - Positive Cases

Late last evening we received a result from Wednesday’s testing in Lake Geneva of a positive resident case. Thankfully this individual is asymptomatic and showing no signs of illness. We have sent in another test sample to try to verify if it’s a legitimate positive or a false positive. In the mean time, however, we are taking all precautions including implementing additional PPE to remain on the high side of caution.

We also have a positive staff case in Walworth to report. The individual has very mild symptoms but the positive case was confirmed with a second test. To be safe, all Walworth residents were rapid tested today and all were negative! We will be increasing our testing in Walworth to try to stay ahead of any potential spread.

April 18, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

Unfortunately there is another staff positive case in Lake Geneva to make you all aware of. There is not a clear connection to the previous positive staff case at the moment, but as it is with invisible little viruses, it is possible. The county community transmission numbers have begun to increase again so we recognize that COVID is again gaining ground in our broader community. We have increased our testing to try to catch and isolate any cases as quickly as possible and will provide updates as information becomes available.

April 14, 2022 - Positive Staff Case

It has been 2 months since our last positive COVID case in either of our buildings, but unfortunately we need to inform you all this evening that we have a new staff positive case in our Lake Geneva building. As a result, we will be testing all of our Lake Geneva staff and residents in an effort to identify and limit any potential spread. We will plan to provide additional updates as we have information to share.

March 7, 2022
We are grateful that we have had no new cases to report in either building! It is also exciting to report that the county positivity levels have been dropping as well. As of today, Walworth County has dropped from the “substantial” transmission level to the yellow “moderate” level. In following the federal guidance, we will continue to be proactively testing our staff at the “higher” level but look forward to giving our noses a break and testing a little less if the transmission levels remain low for at least 2 weeks.
 
We also want to briefly note that, as many of you may already know, the CDC has updated their guidance regarding mask wearing and no longer encourages them to be worn indoors in communities in the yellow “moderate” categories. However, this guidance does not apply to healthcare facilities. So, all staff and all guests continue to be required to wear face masks within the Golden Years at this time. If/when this changes, we will be sure to let everyone know!
February 13, 2022 - Positive Staff Case
We had a great stretch of no cases, but unfortunately do have a new positive staff case to report in our Lake Geneva building. We are confident this case was not a result of exposure within the Golden Years, but we will be increasing our testing again to ensure there is no spread. While Walworth County remains in the highest possible category for COVID positivity according to the CDC, the trends have all begun pointing downward so that is a huge encouragement!
January 31, 2022

For the first time in what feels like a really long time, we have no new cases to report AND no current cases in either building! We know the county levels remain high so while we recognize that we are nowhere near out of the woods yet, we certainly celebrate this current reprieve. We continue to do routine testing to ensure we catch any new cases as quickly as possible, and as always, will provide updates as information becomes available. 

January 23, 2022 - Positive Cases

There are 3 more positive cases to report in our Walworth building this evening. 2 of the positive cases are staff and 1 is an assisted living resident. We believe at least 1 of the staff as well as the resident case are most likely the result of community spread, but are unable to determine that for certain. We have been testing at least 2x per week, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. 

January 20, 2022 - Positive Cases

We have 3 new positive staff COVID cases to report – all in our Walworth building, and one new positive resident case in our Walworth health care center. Our lab test results continue to be pretty delayed – we are still waiting on results from earlier this week – but we’ll keep doing our best to provide updates and respond appropriately when we do get results back, and with that delay in mind, we have been doing a lot more rapid tests for individuals showing signs or symptoms of illness to try to stay in front of any spread as best we can.

January 17, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases

There are 2 new staff positive cases to report this evening. One in our Walworth building and one in our Lake Geneva location. One individual was asymptomatic and was discovered through our proactive testing, and the other was as a result of a rapid test. Once again, we believe both cases came as a result of community exposure – not through spread within the Golden Years.

January 14, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases

We have 2 new staff COVID positive cases to notify you of – both in our Walworth building. Both were discovered through rapid tests and we believe both are (again) through community exposure – not through spread within the Golden Years. Our lab test results are extra behind this week and we are still waiting on numerous results from Tuesday’s tests. We are sure it’s a result of the influx of cases throughout the state that the lab is having to manage, but the delay is certainly frustrating!

January 10, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases

There are 2 more positive staff cases to report. One in Walworth and one in Lake Geneva. We are confident that both are the result of community exposure, not spread from within the Golden Years. 

It has certainly been tough with the recent spike in cases, but thankfully the CDC recently revised their guidance for healthcare entities like the Golden Years and reduced the quarantine time required for positive staff. We’re definitely grateful for the reduction as individuals returning as quickly as safely possible will definitely help us better weather this current surge!

January 6, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases
We have 4 new positive cases from the last couple of days to report – 3 in our Walworth building and 1 in our Lake Geneva building. We believe all of these new cases were from community spread – not from within the Golden Years. We continue to systematically test frequently and follow the quarantine and return to work guidance issued by the CDC. Sadly, we expect we will be reporting more in the coming days as this spike throughout Walworth County continues.
January 3, 2022 - Positive Staff Cases
Another update with more positive staff cases. Over the last 48 hours we’ve learned of 4 new positive staff cases in our Walworth building, and we continue to hear of countless more families and friends that are testing positive right now as well. We continue to test 2x per week in both of our buildings with rapid tests available at anytime to symptomatic individuals. We will continue to provide updates as we continue to get results back from these tests.