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 5 active STAFF cases, 1 active assisted living RESIDENT case, and 1 active health care center RESIDENT case in our Walworth facility.
 

 

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.
December 31, 2021 - Positive Staff Cases
There are 2 new staff cases to inform everyone of – both in our Walworth facility. Though our contact tracing we are confident that they are not related to each other, and we believe both are a result of community spread. Again, we are doing our best to stay on top of it while recognizing that cases continue to explode all around us! 
December 28, 2021 - Positive Staff Cases

Unfortunately we have 3 new staff cases to report this evening – all in our Walworth building. One is in our assisted living, one is in our health care center, and one is connected to our retirement village. Based on our contact tracing, none of them appear to be related to each other and all appear to be as a result of community spread – which there is currently plenty of! As always, we are attempting to stay vigilant and will continue to provide updates as best we can.

December 27, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

It’s been a crazy Monday after a holiday weekend! We learned of a new COVID positive staff case in our Walworth building, and have received numerous calls from resident’s families today indicating that they may have inadvertently exposed their loved one over the weekend as they have now learned of new COVID cases in their family that attended holiday gatherings. We will be extra attentive in watching for signs and symptoms of illness in those individuals and will be doing some extra testing for them as well.

It feels a bit like trying to chase and wrangle the wind at this point as we’re anticipating new cases to continue to pop up after the holidays. We will continue to do our best to stay on top of it and will also do our best to keep everyone informed!

December 26, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

A quick note to let you know that we do have a new staff COVID positive case in Lake Geneva. 

The COVID positive levels in Walworth County, and Wisconsin in general, have continued to spike over the past few weeks with the statewide daily numbers that we have been given eclipsing the previous highs from last November (2020) and the 7-day moving average trending upward as well. It has been driven by the even more contagious Omicron variant which has now become the most dominant strain of COVID-19 in the US. 

Our recommendations for our staff and visitors remains the same as always – wear your masks and wash your hands. We were informed this past week of another local facility that had nearly half of their residents actively positive with COVID with additional new cases being reported daily. As frustrating as it is to keep having individual cases pop up at the Golden Years, we are so grateful for the diligence of our staff and guests to continue to follow the protocols we have in place and we hope they continue to make a difference!

December 22, 2021 - Positive Cases

Unfortunately there are 2 new COVID cases that we learned of today to notify you all of. The first is a staff case in Lake Geneva. We are confident that this case is unrelated to the previous Golden Years cases and is the result of community spread. The second case is a resident in our independent living in Walworth. We are unsure of the source and therefore are assuming it is connected to a previous Golden Years case. As we complete some contact tracing for this case, we are hopeful as we learned that their recent exposure to others was somewhat limited over the past few days. Naturally we are hoping that will help limit any additional spread!

December 17, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

We have another new staff positive case to report – this one in our Walworth building in our independent living area. It continues to be tough and discouraging to keep having positive cases trickling on like this, but we’re super grateful that everyone has been recovering and we’re thankful for all of our staff that keep stepping up to keep things going during these times!

December 15, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

Unfortunately we have another staff positive COVID case in our Walworth building to notify everyone of. As has become the routine, this individual is now quarantining at home and we will continue our testing twice a week as we work toward finding the end of this outbreak. It has certainly been frustrating to have these individual cases continue to slowly pop up, but again, we recognize the high COVID rates throughout our county and we continue to do all we can to limit the spread within our facilities!

December 12, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

There is another new staff COVID case in our Lake Geneva building. We learned of it today after receiving the results from our lab testing from late last week. Through contact tracing we are confident that it is unrelated to the previous positive staff case and is a result of community spread. We will continue with our plans for increased testing and infection control precautions.

December 10, 2021 - Positive Staff Cases

Unfortunately we have 2 new staff COVID cases to inform you all of – one in Walworth and one in Lake Geneva. We are confident the cases are unrelated but recognize that there remains a high prevalence of COVID in Walworth County. All of our Lake Geneva residents were rapid tested today and we’re grateful that all came back negative. We will continue to be cautious, to test regularly, and to keep you all informed.

December 8, 2021 - Positive Resident Cases

With apologies for the delay in this posting, we have 2 new COVID positive resident cases to report in our Walworth health care center. One was discovered on Monday and the second was discovered today. We continue to proactively test our staff and residents to try to stay as much ahead of this as we can, and our staff continue to follow enhanced infection control protocols during this time. We are grateful that for the moment our Assisted Living has been cleared from its recent outbreak status and we are working hard toward getting our health care center to that point as quickly as possible as well!

December 3, 2021

We learned today of a new positive staff case in our Walworth building. This individual is doing alright and is of course quarantining at home. As a result, we will continue testing everyone twice a week to keep trying to get ahead of this virus. We will continue to provide updates as there is information to share

December 1, 2021

We recognize that we had not updated everyone on 2 new staff positive cases that we learned of this week – 1 in Walworth and 1 in Lake Geneva. In both cases, the timing and details of the positive test indicated that there had been no possible exposure to staff or residents in either building. While we want to continue to be transparent and share this information with you, because of the details in each situation, those 2 cases will have no impact on our testing plans or infection prevention procedures. 

We also want to mention that while we haven’t shared much detail regarding our response to the federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, we are working hard to ensure we remain compliant with those regulations. A late evening announcement of a temporary injunction last night adds some confusion to the rapidly approaching deadlines for this mandate, and we are attempting to work closely with our attorney as well as state agencies to ensure we are on solid ground with our response and documentation. This impending mandate has certainly added a significant level of stress to all of us here, but as with this entire pandemic, we are attempting to take things a day at a time!