COVID-19 Previous Postings – 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Posts from 2021 can be found below. Revisit page with current COVID-19 data here.
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!

November 28, 2021 - Positive Cases

Today we began getting results from Friday’s testing and we are sad to report that we have 3 new resident cases to notify you of – all in Walworth. There are 2 new ALR resident cases and 1 new HCC resident case. Obviously both were quarantined immediately. It’s certainly discouraging to have new cases popping up, but we will continue to try to do all we can to limit the spread of this contagious virus!

November 26, 2021 - Positive Case

We are continuing to slowly receive results back from Tuesday’s lab testing and unfortunately were notified today of another positive case – this time a staff person in our Walworth building. They are quarantining at home now, of course, and we will continue to do routine testing to try to help limit and stay ahead of any spread.

November 25, 2021 - Positive Case

Unfortunately we again have a new positive assisted living resident case to report. As we’ve mentioned before, we have been testing our residents and staff twice a week in an effort to catch any spread as quickly as possible. We just received results back today from our testing on Tuesday and this new case was discovered as a result.

Obviously the COVID numbers remain high in the county and we continue to see cases popping up so we will continue to be vigilant and attempt to do our part to stop the spread to the extent we are able.

November 20, 2021 - Positive Cases

Unfortunately there are multiple new positive cases to report in our Walworth facility. There are 3 new positive resident cases in our assisted living, 1 new positive staff case in our assisted living, and 1 new positive resident case in our independent retirement village. We received the results today from our bi-weekly lab testing that was completed on Thursday and through that learned of 1 assisted living resident positive case and the staff positive case. The other 2 assisted living positive cases and 1 retirement village positive case were discovered as a result of rapid tests that were done today. The 1 positive case in our retirement village is directly tied to one of the resident positive cases in the assisted living.

Beginning immediately, all of our assisted living residents will be remaining in their rooms in an increased effort to limit any spread. We will be further increasing our PPE requirements for our staff and will be maintaining our increased testing protocols. As was mentioned in our previous posting, in following the newest CDC and CMS guidance, visitors remain allowed during this time.

We will attempt to keep everyone updated as more information becomes available.

November 19, 2021 - Updated Visitor Guidance
CMS and the CDC recently provided updates to their visitor guidance for senior living facilities, so naturally we are updating our guidance as well to remain in line with theirs. Visitors are now allowed regardless of the COVID status within our buildings (previously visitation was suspended with any positive resident case) and visitors remain allowed to visit throughout the day (there are no set “visitation hours” as previously in the pandemic).

Following are the primary expectations of visitors:

– Visitors must be screened prior to entering our buildings (take and record temp, attest to not being symptomatic or COVID positive, and agree to follow facility policies)

– Visitors must wear a mask in the building with limited exception. Within a resident’s room, if the resident and all visitors are vaccinated, they are allowed to take off their masks. Unvaccinated visitors must remain masked at all times – even in the resident’s room.

– Visitors must continue to only visit in private resident rooms or in areas approved as designated visiting areas with no other residents present. Visitors may visit in semi-private rooms if the roommate is not present. Visitors are still expected to go directly to the resident’s room or designated visiting area. CMS/CDC rules require that visitors not linger in common areas or hallways to limit their exposure to other residents. Visitors may help feed their loved one in the dining room or support their loved one in therapy, but they must remain masked and should be distanced (at least 6ft) from any other residents.

While the CDC and CMS does provide the Golden Years with the authority to require visitors to leave or not permit them to enter if they violate the above conditions, we obviously want to avoid that to the extent we can so we request that everyone please abide by these guidelines.

With regards to the holidays – and meals in particular – Golden Years will unfortunately not be providing meals for guests again this year. However, in light of the updated rules, guests may elect to bring food in and share it with their loved ones in their private rooms, or reserved designated areas, provided the resident and all of their guests are vaccinated.

Thank you for your understanding as these guidelines continue to evolve, and thank you in advance for your compliance with them.

November 15, 2021 - Positive Resident Case
Unfortunately we have a new positive case to report – and this time it’s a resident in our Assisted Living. We are unable to be completely certain where the exposure occurred, but through our contact tracing we are fairly certain it was not through contact with Golden Years staff and not from this individual’s direct family. All other assisted living residents were rapid tested today and all came back negative. However, we will begin testing assisted living residents twice per week as we have been for our skilled nursing residents in an attempt to catch any potential spread as quickly as possible. The positive resident, of course, is quarantined and their family has been notified directly.

At this time, all other residents will not be quarantined to their rooms, however, we will be proactive in attempting to limit contact and exposure throughout our building. In following the new CMS guidance, guests may continue to visit inside the building as they have been. We still intend to provide more details soon regarding these new visitation guidelines, but in short, having a positive resident case no longer means no visitors. Guests must continue to follow the infection control protocols we have in place, but even with positive cases they are still allowed to visit.

We will continue to provide updates as we are able!

November 12, 2021 - Positive Staff Case and Visitation Updates
We learned of a new COVID positive staff case in our Walworth building this evening. Through our contact tracing we are confident it was as a result of community exposure, not spread within the Golden Years.  Once again, our testing strategies will not change, but we will extend how long we intend to keep testing as a result of this new case.

We had intended today to release information regarding visitation around the holidays based on the CDC and CMS guidance that we’ve received. However, the federal government just provided updated regulations this afternoon regarding visits so what we had prepared to share is now already outdated! We are working to make sure our plans reflect their most recent guidance and intend to provide more information on this next week.

November 9, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We learned of a new COVID positive staff case in our Lake Geneva building today. Our testing strategies will not change, but we will extend how long we intend to keep testing as a result of this new case.

In addition to the current active staff cases, we have been made aware of numerous other recent COVID positive cases related to residents’ family members – some of whom had visited recently. Please continue to follow the guidance we have in place. Take your temperature prior to visiting and please do not visit if you have a fever or any other symptoms of illness. Please also refrain from visiting if you have been in contact recently with anyone else that may be sick. In addition, please remember that masks must be worn at all times – including in resident’s rooms.

We continue to do our best to allow visitors while providing a safe environment for our residents and our staff. However, please remember that our visitor status is subject to change based on the status of COVID cases within our buildings. We realize the stakes are even higher with the holidays fast approaching, and as a result we have an extra level of appreciation for everyone’s compliance and understanding.

November 7, 2021 - Positive Staff Cases
There are 2 new cases of COVID to notify everyone of. One in our Walworth building and one in our Lake Geneva building. We are confident that they are unrelated to each other and to the previous positive case we learned of last week. As we mentioned previously, we have already begun enhanced testing protocols in our Lake Geneva location and those will continue, of course. In addition, we will ratchet up our Walworth building testing protocols as well in an effort to identify and prevent any potential spread.

As many of you probably know, late last week rules regarding a federal COVD vaccine mandate were released. We are currently working toward understanding those rules so we can best navigate through them with our staff.

We will continue to provide updates as we have information to share!

 

November 3, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
Unfortunately we have a new positive staff COVID case to report in our Lake Geneva building. We are confident this case came as a result of community exposure, and although the staff member is symptomatic, they are doing ok. We will be testing all of our staff and residents twice a week to identify any potential spread as quickly as possible. We are grateful that an initial round of resident rapid tests all came back negative today, so barring any additional positive cases, properly screened and masked visitors continue to be allowed at this time.

We will continue to provide updates as there are updates to share!

October 21, 2021
Our most recent COVID positive staff individual has now cleared their isolation period and is able to return to work within the recommended CDC guidelines. No other new cases have been identified to this point. In following the current CDC requirements, we will continue our enhanced testing through this week to continue to ensure there was no spread from their recent infection and will be sure to provide an update right away if a case is identified.
October 15, 2021
Our tests from this week continue to come back and we have no new positive cases to report at this point. We will continue our frequent testing through this next week to ensure there was no spread from the most recent positive case, and as a result of the county numbers that are remaining stubbornly high.
October 10, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
Unfortunately we have a new positive staff COVID case to report in our Walworth location. It is a breakthrough case in a fully vaccinated individual. Based on our contact tracing we are confident the infection source was outside of the Golden Years. However, in an effort to ensure we catch any potential spread, we will be testing our staff and health care residents over the next couple of weeks, as has become the usual response. The Walworth County positivity numbers remain high, so we continue to be on high alert and monitoring our residents and staff closely. Thank you for continuing to work with us through this time!
September 21, 2021
Our test results continue to come back all negative which is a huge relief! As a result, we are finally able to allow visitation in our Lake Geneva building once again beginning tomorrow! Visitors must still sign in and record their temperature and must still wear a mask, but even with those restrictions it will be great to welcome visitors back into the building!

Walworth County, like much of the US, continues to see a high level of COVID cases and the county remains in the highest CDC category for transmission levels. Due to those numbers, and some new federal guidance, our internal testing and infection prevention protocols are being increased. At this time, most of those changes will be made behind the scenes and should not affect our residents or our visitors.

We know the impact all of these restrictions have on our residents and their families, and the extra strain it puts on our staff. Thank you for continuing to be supportive and understanding as we navigate through everything day by day.

September 17, 2021
Thankfully as we continue to get test results back, we have no new positive cases to report. Test results continue to flow in slowly due to the heavy volume the labs are experiencing. Our quarantine status remains in place currently for our Lake Geneva building, but provided nothing changes we are hoping to be able to have that cleared early next week. We did have a positive case in our Walworth building that we reported earlier this week, but due to that positive individual’s personal work schedule and very limited recent contact with the building, we were able to avoid a full quarantine -although we have increased our testing and monitoring as a result of that case.

As always, we will share more information when we have more to share. Your continued support means more to us than we can adequately express.

September 15, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We unfortunately have a new positive staff case to report from our Walworth building. Through contact tracing we are confident that this new case came through community spread – not from within the Golden Years. Regardless, as a result of the positive case we will be increasing our testing and precautions to attempt to ensure there hasn’t been, and won’t be any spread. We are cautiously optimistic as the positive individual works part-time and has not been in the building for several days.

In Lake Geneva, all of our test results from last week have finally come back – and all were negative! We are now just waiting on the approval from public health to be able to allow visitors back in the building and will obviously let everyone know one we get that clearance!

September 7, 2021
We finally received the confirmatory test results that we mentioned in our previous post, and as we suspected, the test came back negative. We are obviously very grateful for this – as is our poor staff individual who is now thankfully able to return to work.

In addition, both of the previous COVID positive individuals in our Lake Geneva building have passed their quarantine periods and are physically doing well and have been cleared to return. However, based on the state and federal rules, we are still not able to open up our Lake Geneva building to visitors yet as we continue the required testing and wait the required timeframes for that clearance.

While it’s definitely good news regarding the staff we mentioned, unfortunately Walworth County continues to see an increase in its COVID positivity numbers. As a result, we will once again be increasing our pro-active “routine” staff testing in an effort to try to catch any cases as quickly as possible – and hopefully before any viral spread!

Thank you for continuing to support us and trust us as the challenges of this pandemic continue on!

September 4, 2021 - *False* Positive Staff Case
*We have since learned that this test result was a “false positive”. Follow up lab testing confirmed that this staff person actually did not have COVID-19.*

We have a new presumptive positive staff case in Walworth to inform you of. We say “presumptive” positive because there are some initial questions regarding the accuracy of this test result, but we obviously will respond as if it is a true positive right away. We will be testing all of our staff and health care residents in our Walworth building as a precaution and are doing some additional testing this weekend on the presumptive positive individual and should have confirmation on that result early next week. We are also continuing to test twice a week in our Lake Geneva building and continue to have enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols in place. We will plan to provide another update early next week when the confirmation test results are known.

August 30, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
Our tests from last week continue to come back and we do have another positive staff case to inform you all of in Lake Geneva. In addition, as we expected, the lab tests confirmed the rapid positive case we notified you all of last week. On a positive note, we have received the test results from Walworth and all were negative.

Through our contact tracing efforts we believe that of the most recent 5 positive cases in Lake Geneva, 4 were as a result of community spread, meaning, the exposure and infection was most likely not through transmission at the Golden Years. Also of note, 3 of the cases were in unvaccinated individuals and 2 of the cases were breakthrough infections in vaccinated individuals. Thankfully, 3 of those 5 individuals have recovered and are beyond their quarantine period, and the remaining 2 have mild symptoms, but are doing ok at this point.

Increased infection prevention measures have been put in place and visitation is still currently not allowed in our Lake Geneva building, with limited exceptions. We are in close contact with public health and continue to do all we can to prevent any further spread!

August 26, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We learned this evening of a rapid positive staff COVID case in our Lake Geneva building. As a result, we will be re-instituting many of our stricter precautions once again. Our testing frequency and infection control processes will unfortunately be ratcheting up. Visitation will be suspended at least until we receive the result of this first round of testing – so at a minimum visitors will not be allowed in the building through this weekend. Compassionate care visitors are still allowed, but those are specific individuals in limited situations that have previously signed paperwork and are documented as such in the resident’s chart. If there are questions or concerns about this, please feel free to talk to our social worker, Ally, or a member of our nursing leadership team – Jenny, Nancy, or Lori. As soon as we have more information or are able to change any of these precautions we will definitely let everyone know.

 

August 22, 2021
All of our test results continue to come back negative so as a result visitors will again be allowed in our Lake Geneva building beginning tomorrow, Monday, the 23rd. Residents will be able to return to the dining room and group activities will resume with infection control measures in place. Precautions that were in place previously – like the requirement for visitors to wear masks and visits only taking place in designated areas – will remain in place. We will continue our enhanced testing to ensure we stay on top of any cases, and will continue to update this website if anything changes.
August 18, 2021
As many of you may have seen, President Biden announced today that he will be instituting a nationwide mandate for all nursing home staff to receive the COVID vaccine. As of this moment, there have been no details released regarding this mandate but we are expecting more information regarding the specific rules sometime in early September. We obviously will be working closely with our staff as we attempt to understand and remain in compliance with these new regulations.
August 16, 2021

Thankfully, the last couple of rounds of testing have come back with all negative results in both buildings so that is an encouraging sign. All of our recent positive cases have now passed their typical quarantine time, but because we do have one individual showing some lingering effects, we are keeping our enhanced isolation protocols in place in our Lake Geneva building at the recommendation of our medical director. We are hoping for improvement and updates on that status before the end of this week, but for now those extra precautions will remain in effect.

We continue to have increased infection control protocols in place and increased testing. Even as our test results are coming back negative, for the time being we will continue to test frequently due to the increased Walworth County positivity numbers.

We know these quarantine times are especially tough on our residents and families, but we appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we work through these moments!

August 12, 2021

Our last rounds of testing have revealed no new cases in either building. Visitation restrictions remain in effect in our Lake Geneva building and we will continue to provide updates as we have information to share.

August 9, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

Unfortunately we learned today of a new staff positive case in our Lake Geneva building. They are quarantining at home and are physically doing alright. We continue to be in close contact with Walworth County Public Health and are working closely with our medical director as we navigate through these recent cases. Visitation continues to be only allowed for specific pre-approved situations in our Lake Geneva facility and we will continue with our enhanced testing, cleaning, and infection control protocols.

August 4, 2021 - Positive Resident Case

Unfortunately we learned today of a new positive covid case in our Lake Geneva building – and this time it is a resident. Due to this individual’s medical needs, they have been in and out of several medical settings recently so we cannot be certain where they their infectious exposure took place. However, with a confirmed resident case, our response does intensify.

Our testing and cleaning processes will be adjusted as well as our dining and activities services. Possibly of most significance to those of you reading this is that visitors are now temporarily not allowed to visit our Lake Geneva building unless they are pre-approved compassionate care visitors for end of life or other specific circumstances.

We’ll update everyone again when there is additional information to share.

August 2, 2021 - Positive Case

We were informed today that a contracted healthcare professional that has been in our buildings recently has tested positive for covid. As a result, we will begin testing in our Walworth building in addition to the testing we are doing in our Lake Geneva building in an effort to identify and limit any spread.

July 31, 2021 - Positive Staff Case

Unfortunately there is a new covid positive staff case in Lake Geneva to inform you all of. The source of the virus that infected our staff member is known so we are able to confidently say it came through community transmission- it was not originally picked up at the Golden Years. Thankfully, this individual had somewhat limited exposure to the building over the past week which means we are hopeful that any potential risk of spread will be limited.

To identify any potential spread and to follow CDC guidelines there will be mandatory covid testing for both our residents and staff in Lake Geneva over the next couple of weeks.

For the moment, masked family visits in resident rooms or outside can continue as they have been, although this is obviously subject to immediate change.

Clearly this virus is still around us so we will continue to respond with caution. We continue to appreciate your understanding and support!

July 23, 2021
Once again we haven’t provided a detailed update in a while. However, please know that we do review our facilities’ COVID status daily and we do keep the top “current status” portion of this page updated, even if we haven’t added a new written individual narrative recently.

We continue to be blessed with no recent COVID cases and even though the county positivity numbers have slowly begun to increase again, they still remain low enough that we have not needed to make any recent changes to our visitation or infection control procedures.

As always, we will do our best to continue to provide updates as things change. Thank you for your continued trust and support.

June 30, 2021
It’s been quite a while since the last update. We hope you all have enjoyed the break!!

We have been fortunate to have had no cases of COVID over the past several weeks and we have enjoyed consistently seeing visitors again in both of our buildings!

With the county rates remaining low and the fact that we’ve been blessed with no recent cases, we are able to make another change in our visitor policy for our skilled and assisted living areas. Vaccinated visitors will now be able to unmask in a resident’s private room – as long as both the resident and the visitor are fully vaccinated! Our sign-in documentation will be updated reflecting this change and we will now be required to ask that visitors identify their vaccination status on the sign in sheet. As a result of this change, we will also be allowing fully vaccinated guests to eat with residents – but only in the resident’s private rooms or outside – not in the dining room quite yet! We will go back to requesting that guests call in advance if they will be joining us for meals so that the kitchen can plan for the additional food. As in the past, payment for guest meals can be coordinated at the front desk. Unfortunately, visits are still not allowed to take place in common areas, and visitors must continue to wear masks – regardless of vaccination status – when in the hallways or in common spaces. Visitors that help feed their loved ones in the dining room may continue to do so, but the visitor must remain masked and therefore is not allowed to eat with the resident, regardless of their vaccination status, because the dining room is considered a common space.

As has also been in the works for some time, volunteers will also be making their triumphant return to the Golden Years! Our activities staff will be coordinating directly with them, and we are very excited to begin receiving them back into our buildings!

We will continue to keep building status portion of this page updated in real time and will provide our next written update whenever there is more info to share. Thank you for continuing to respectfully follow the guidelines as things very slowly move back toward “normal”!

June 8, 2021
Our test results are back from last week and all were negative again! Those results combined with the county numbers continuing to decline means that we will once again make adjustments to our testing frequency in following the CDC recommendations. All of our other requirements (masks, signing-in, taking temps) remain in place and the same as they have been.

We are also working on plans for allowing volunteers back into our buildings in the near future. As always, there are numerous regulations and “helpful” pieces of guidance that we are trying to navigate through. As more details become available, our activities folks will coordinate directly with our volunteers regarding their return.

May 31, 2021
We received the test results from Thursday and once again all came back negative! We will continue expanded testing for at least another week, but are certainly grateful that it appears there was no spread from the recent staff-positive case!
May 23, 2021
We received the test results from Thursday and ALL came back negative!! Expanded testing will continue for the next couple of weeks, but effective tomorrow, Monday, May 24, visiting is once again allowed in all of our facilities! Thank you for understanding our need to temporarily suspend visits in our Walworth facility. We’re so excited that the early results indicate that there was no spread within our facility which allows us to welcome visitors back relatively quickly!
May 18, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We had been going through a nice quiet stretch with no big changes and nothing major to report. Unfortunately, however, today we have a new COVID positive staff case in our Walworth building to inform you all of. This staff member is physically doing fine and is quarantining at home. As a result of this case though, there are some immediate protocol changes in our Walworth building.

We will be providing mandatory COVID testing for our Walworth staff and our assisted living and and health care residents to determine if there has been any spread. Our staff will also be wearing face shields/goggles as a preventative measure required by the state – once again, to try to prevent any spread.

Visitation in our Walworth health care center and assisted living is currently suspended. Please continue to check in to this page on our website for updates to that status. The ability to welcome visitors again will be reevaluated next week after we receive the results of this week’s testing.

We are currently working on personally notifying all of our residents as well as their primary contacts. Again, please continue to check this page on our website for updates.

We will obviously plan to provide updates as more information becomes available or if any changes are required.

April 29, 2021
The county positivity numbers are remaining steady in the medium (yellow) category, and we feel very blessed to have had no new positive cases over the past few weeks in either building, despite the county numbers and the increase we’ve seen in visitors to our buildings.

As was mentioned in our previous update, there have been indications of revisions coming that would provide separate guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and this week the first round of those details were released by the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

While there are now some variations to the guidance based on vaccination status, our goal remains to serve each of our residents well regardless of their decision on receiving the vaccine. As a result, we intend to be very careful with how we implement some of these details so that no resident feels singled out, and also to ensure that – as required – we are erring on the side of caution if there is any doubt or uncertainty.

This updated guidance provided NO changes to the visitor guidelines. Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors are still required to wear a mask during their entire visit – including while in the resident’s room and/or outside with a resident. Residents should also be wearing a mask during visits unless an exception has been previously approved and documented by the nursing staff.

Resident group activities have already been allowed for a little while with distancing and with masks. Now, if all residents participating in the activity are fully vaccinated, they no longer need to distance or wear masks. If any unvaccinated residents are present though, per the requirements, everyone in the group activity will be wearing masks and social distancing will continue.

Dining together for residents is now allowed again as well without distancing or masks for fully vaccinated residents. Per the requirements, unvaccinated residents are allowed to be in the same dining room, but must continue distancing and remain at least 6 feet away from others while dining. In addition, we remain unable to accommodate guest meals.

There are also several other updates to the guidance regarding some staff expectations and documentation obligations. As always, we are doing our best to implement and follow these ever changing requirements, and we will continue to attempt to keep you all informed as well!

April 23, 2021
The county COVID positivity numbers continue to stay in that yellow “moderate” category so we have been continuing to test our staff weekly. All of the results have been coming back negative so far which we are obviously very grateful for. As has been the most recent routine, we will not provide updates after every round of testing, but will definitely do so if any results come back positive.

We have enjoyed welcoming visitors back into our buildings, but want to publicly request again that everyone please follow the protocols that are in place. State and federal agencies currently do not make any distinction between individuals who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated with regards to mask wearing or entry screening expectations. Those agencies have begun to offer hints that they may be considering new guidance that will take those factors into account, but for now we are required to ensure that everyone is following the current guidelines. Unfortunately, the guidance we have been given indicates that we are expected to revoke visiting privileges for individuals that repeatedly fail to abide by the guidelines, so please continue to follow the protocols we have in place, and talk with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Finally, for those of you who have visited recently, we’re working toward some changes that we hope you will notice in the coming weeks. We will be starting the transition away from our facility-wide blue scrubs back to our more “normal” look with diverse scrubs and uniforms. While we look forward to every step back toward normalcy, some of us have some shopping to do now!

April 14, 2021
The surveyors have finally exited in Walworth! Three surveyors spent 4 full days digging through innumerable records and reviewing countless details in our small 24-bed skilled facility. (For reference, a similar size survey crew spends a similar amount of time at larger 60, 80, 100+ bed facilities!) It was one of the most difficult and frustrating surveys that we’ve dealt with in the past decade, and we spent the majority of the visit chasing down their document and information requests only to have them criticize or challenge various components. We’ve been told by surveyors that their job is to try to find things that are wrong – things that they feel don’t match up to the letter of the code book. They are not here to compliment things we do right…and we can verify that they are definitely working hard at that job!

The surveyors now have a couple of weeks to compile their findings in writing, and then we’ll have to provide a written response to them. Based on conversations before they left, we anticipate we will need to respond to a number of items, but we’re grateful that they are paperwork or code interpretation issues – not related to poor or negligent care. We’ll definitely try to learn from their findings and will try to improve our processes, but we certainly don’t intend to change our singular focus – attempting to provide the best care we can for our residents!

In our previous posting we mentioned that we were awaiting this week’s release of the updated county positivity numbers. Unfortunately those numbers were released and have continued to rise. Walworth county is now in the “yellow” or moderate category. For now, it will not have an impact on our current visitor restrictions. We will be increasing our routine staff testing, though, and will be ratcheting up some of our internal protocols.

Thank you, as always, for your continuing encouragement and your trust in us. We do love being able to serve, and your support contrasts so strongly with the messages we received from those surveyors all week which makes it all the more appreciated!

April 11, 2021
Sunday greetings from the Golden Years of Walworth where 3 state surveyors made a surprise appearance this morning…yes, on a Sunday morning! They have stopped in for a “routine” visit to ensure we are following all of their required guidelines – including all of their COVID restrictions. Their arrival is a great example of one of the major reasons for the detailed guidance we have put in place for any of you who have visited! It is ALWAYS an uncomfortable feeling when surveyors are in the building, but it’s also yet another time where we find ourselves so grateful for our amazing staff!

We are expecting updated county COVID positivity rates to be released tomorrow (Monday) late afternoon/early evening and those results could possibly dictate some changes to our testing and personal protective equipment policies. At this moment, we do not anticipate any major changes to our visitation status as a result of the forthcoming update. We will certainly plan to provide an update if any changes are required.

While the county positivity rate does have an impact on our policies, our internal COVID status has an even more significant impact. As a result (and as we’ve mentioned before) our visitation status is always subject to immediate change based on those factors. If you are coming to visit, please continue to abide by the guidelines we have in place as we endeavor to meet the expectations of the governmental authorities, and as we try to a keep our residents, our visitors, and our staff as safe as possible.

 

April 5, 2021 - Visitation Updates
All of the test results from last week have come back negative so we will be proceeding with relaxing the visitation restrictions in our Walworth building. It is important to note, however, that the Walworth county positivity numbers continue to go up. For now, we are safely and legally able to continue proceeding with these visitation changes. If the numbers continue to increase at this current pace, the next step would be increased testing for us, and then the next progression would be re-instituting tighter restrictions on our visiting rules. We will certainly keep you all informed as that develops, and we obviously hope and pray that the numbers level off and start to decrease again.

At the moment there are no changes to our current visitation restrictions in our Lake Geneva building or in our Walworth independent living Retirement Village. However, beginning this Wednesday, April 7, we will be implementing the same guidance in our Walworth health care and assisted living as we have had in place in Lake Geneva over the past week. In summary, these are the current expectations for visitors:

Visitors must continue to sign-in and take their temperature before entering. Each visitor entrance will be equipped with a thermometer and sign in sheet. Visitors will self-screen and must fill out all of the blanks on the sheet and sign their name before every visit (even if they are a repeat visitor).

Visitors must wear a visitor sticker.

Visitors must use hand sanitizer (provided at each entrance) before entering the building.

Visitors are only allowed to visit in the resident’s private room or outside the building. The only current exception is if a visitor is helping to feed a resident in the dining room, and this exception must be discussed and approved in advance by the director of nursing or assistant director of nursing in our health care facilities or the manager or assistant manager in our assisted living. Unfortunately, we remain unable to accept guests to enjoy a meal with our residents, and visits cannot take place in any of our common or shared living spaces at this time. Visits are also unable to take place within semi-private rooms in our Walworth facility. Visitors of residents in those semi-private rooms will still need to call in advance to ensure a designated visitation space is available for use.

Visitors must wear a mask for their entire visit. Masks cannot be taken off, even if in the resident’s room. Residents are also required to wear a mask during the entire visit. There are no exceptions to this requirement for visitors, and any exceptions for residents need to be discussed and approved in advance by the manager or assistant manager.

No more than two (2) visitors are allowed per resident at one time. This is not a daily limit or a requirement to choose only 2 individuals that will be allowed to visit – this is an “at one time” limit. If more than 2 visitors arrive and want to visit, they will be welcome, but should visit in shifts of no more than 2 at a time. Exceptions to this may be pre-approved in limited cases by the manager.

– Physical contact should be avoided during visits due to higher risks of exposure. However, residents that have been fully vaccinated may choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after.

Visits will be allowed during the day and on “off hours” like evenings and weekends, with common sense requests to be mindful around times like therapy treatments, meal times, and late evenings/early mornings.

Any visitor showing signs or symptoms of illness, or that have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus within the past 14 days, or have had close contact in the past 14 days with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness is not allowed to visit.

The only way we are allowed to accommodate visitors at this point is with these conditions. We understand some disagree and/or don’t like these restrictions, but we truly are trying to do all we can to allow as much freedom as possible within the guidelines that we are required to follow. With that in mind, we ask for your continued understanding and compliance. We certainly hope this will not be an issue, but we are required to ensure these guidelines are being followed, so any visitor that refuses to comply with these expectations may have their visiting privileges revoked.

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns or special circumstances that we should be aware of, and thank you again for your support!

March 31, 2021
So far all of the test results from Monday have come back negative! There are just a few that we’re still waiting on, but so far it’s great news. We will be doing another round of testing in Walworth tomorrow and the results of this next round will help determine how we need to proceed.

We also want to address the fact that today the Wisconsin State Supreme Court overturned Governor Evers’ most recent emergency order which included a statewide mask mandate. While this is of interest, it does not change anything within the Golden Years. All staff and any visitors are still required to wear facemasks that cover the nose and mouth while they are at the Golden Years. Even though there have been some recent loosening of restrictions, our guess is that wearing face masks in healthcare facilities will still need to continue for quite some time.

Today was the first day for our updated visitor restrictions in our Lake Geneva building, and it was exciting to be able to accommodate numerous face-to-face reunions that felt long overdue! We are anxiously looking forward to providing the same opportunities in our Walworth building – hopefully soon!

March 29, 2021 - Updated Visitor Guidance
We really appreciate all of our Walworth staff rallying together and coming in to get tested today! The lab test we sent out last week did confirm our staff member’s positive status so we will have another round of mandatory testing later this week. Our hope and prayer is obviously that all of the tests come back negative!

We also just received the most updated county numbers this evening, and once again Walworth County’s rate has ticked up a little higher. The numbers are still well below the highs of late last year, but they are definitely increasing which is concerning. We recognize that many of our staff and most of our residents have been vaccinated so the hope is obviously that the vulnerable we serve now have some intrinsic protection. However, many of the guidelines that we need to follow regarding visitation, testing, and protective equipment are based in part on the county levels so these increases do have the potential to affect us.

As was mentioned in our last posting, we have some new information to share regarding visitation in our assisted living and health care facilities. Please note that these updates will be going into effect this Wednesday, March 31, – but in Lake Geneva only. We intend to mimic this same guidance in our Walworth building, but need to wait until we receive the results from our testing today and Thursday. There are no updates to the visitor guidance in our Walworth Retirement Village at this time. It is also important to point out that these changes are – as always – subject to immediate change based on the positivity rate within our building and within Walworth County.

We are excited that we will be able to allow more inside and in-person visits for our residents! Guests will now be able to visit more freely – in most cases without the need to schedule a specific room – and during evenings and weekends as well!

The important high points for these changes are as follows:

Visitors must continue to sign-in and take their temperature before entering. Each visitor entrance will be equipped with a thermometer and sign in sheet. Visitors will self-screen and must fill out all of the blanks on the sheet and sign their name before every visit (even if they are a repeat visitor).

Visitors must wear a visitor sticker.

Visitors must use hand sanitizer (provided at each entrance) before entering the building.

Visitors are only allowed to visit in the resident’s private room or outside the building. The only current exception is if a visitor is helping to feed a resident in the dining room, and this exception must be discussed and approved in advance by the director of nursing or assistant director of nursing in our health care facilities or the manager or assistant manager in our assisted living. Unfortunately, we remain unable to accept guests to enjoy a meal with our residents, and visits cannot take place in any of our common or shared living spaces at this time. Visits are also unable to take place within semi-private rooms in our Walworth facility. Visitors of residents in those semi-private rooms will still need to call in advance to ensure a designated visitation space is available for use.

Visitors must wear a mask for their entire visit. Masks cannot be taken off, even if in the resident’s room. Residents are also required to wear a mask during the entire visit. There are no exceptions to this requirement for visitors, and any exceptions for residents need to be discussed and approved in advance by the manager or assistant manager.

No more than two (2) visitors are allowed per resident at one time. This is not a daily limit or a requirement to choose only 2 individuals that will be allowed to visit – this is an “at one time” limit. If more than 2 visitors arrive and want to visit, they will be welcome, but should visit in shifts of no more than 2 at a time. Exceptions to this may be pre-approved in limited cases by the manager.

– Physical contact should be avoided during visits due to higher risks of exposure. However, residents that have been fully vaccinated may choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after.

Visits will be allowed during the day and on “off hours” like evenings and weekends, with common sense requests to be mindful around times like therapy treatments, meal times, and late evenings/early mornings.

Any visitor showing signs or symptoms of illness, or that have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus within the past 14 days, or have had close contact in the past 14 days with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness is not allowed to visit.

We recognize that this is still not a complete return to “normal”, but it is yet another step in that direction! We are trying to do all we can to allow as much freedom as possible within the guidelines that we are required to follow, so we ask for your continued understanding and compliance. While we certainly hope this will never be an issue, we do need to mention that any visitor that refuses to comply with these guidelines may have their visiting privileges revoked.

Please let us know if you have any questions. It has been SO long, but we genuinely look forward to welcoming visitors back into our buildings!

March 26, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
For the first time in a long time we unfortunately need to report that we have a new likely positive staff COVID case in our Walworth building. This individual was exposed in the community and subsequently tested positive on a rapid test. As usual, we have sent in a lab test and are awaiting those results. Thankfully they have reported that physically they are doing fine.

As a result, we will be doing a couple of rounds of testing for both our staff and residents over the next week. The results of those tests will help determine any next steps.

For now, we believe that we can safely allow the current visiting restrictions in Walworth to remain the same with regards to scheduled visits and compassionate care situations. As was mentioned earlier this week, we have also been working on updating our visitor guidelines to relax some details within the new CDC restrictions. As was just stated, for now there will be no changes to the visiting policies in Walworth. However, starting next Wednesday, March 31, there will be some significant changes in Lake Geneva. There are a couple of components being finalized and we will be posting an update on Monday evening with those specifics.

There continues to be positive signs in the overall direction of this virus, but it obviously remains very present in our area. Please know that we are continuing to do all we can to protect our residents and staff while working toward moving past the strict quarantines and isolation of this past year. Thank you so much for your continued support and compliance through all of this!

March 22, 2021
We are so grateful that all of our recent COVID test results have continued to come back negative! This helps allow us to continue to push forward with updates to our visitor restrictions. We have finally received most of the clarification we were looking for with regards to the new CMS visitation guidance, and are working on the documentation we need to be able to proceed. We hope to release updates to our visitor procedures before the end of the week!

We also want to take a brief moment to mention a letter that some of you may have received in the mail from us in the past couple of weeks. We had attempted to send the letter to the primary contact for each of our residents, and we had simply wanted to express our thanks for the support and patience they’ve given us during this time. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication with our local post office, there were some issues with the postage on the envelope, and as a result we apologize to any of you who were affected!

March 11, 2021
Last evening the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released updated guidance regarding in-person visits in healthcare facilities. We are working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for clarification on a few of the details and then intend to update our procedures accordingly. Once we have everything in place to be able to safely implement this new guidance we will be sure to update everyone. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this process!
March 8, 2021
It has been strange, but fantastic to not be providing COVID updates so frequently! All of our COVID tests in both buildings over the past several weeks have been coming back negative, and while the testing is currently not required by the State (due to our numbers and the county numbers), a significant number of our staff have continued to get tested, which has been very much appreciated. In fact, because the positivity rate in Walworth county continues to decline, and has remained in the lowest category long enough, we will be adjusting our testing schedule from weekly to every other week. After having our noses probed twice a week for so long, only needing to have it done every other weeks seems unbelievable!

For now, all of our other precautions remain in place, and the current resident visit restrictions remain unchanged as well. As some of you may already know, the CDC released some updated guidance today – particularly for vaccinated individuals – but that guidance is for non-healthcare related settings only. It does not apply to our buildings. There have been indications that new guidance will be forthcoming specifically for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but nothing has been released yet. We anticipate this new guidance will likely include some significant changes and we will obviously do our best to share those details with you as well as implement those changes once they are released.

This week marks 1 year since we first closed our doors due to COVID, and it’s so exciting to see some of those related restrictions slowly being lifted!

February 17, 2021
In our last posting we noted that we don’t intend to be posting updates quite as frequently moving forward, so of course we have another update to post the very next day!

There is another change to our restrictions that we wanted to share. With the decline in the COVID positivity numbers, we are also now able to have some modified group activities and some modified group dining in our Lake Geneva building as well as our Walworth assisted living and health care center. There are obviously still many precautions in place with regards to distancing, mask usage, and cleaning, but it has been SO amazing to see our residents back together in these small ways! While we have tried to do all we can to keep our resident’s spirits up throughout these months as we follow the guidelines and try to protect them from the COVID virus, the isolation has certainly taken a toll on them. It has definitely been refreshing for everyone to spend a little time together again!

February 16, 2021 - Updated Visitor Guidance
All of last Thursday’s test results are back, and again, all were negative in both buildings! Those results, combined with the continued improvement in the Walworth County positivity rate, means that some more big changes are coming!

Possibly the biggest news is that we will now be able to begin allowing in-person visits for our assisted living, health care, and Lake Geneva residents inside of our buildings! Now, this is just a first step so there are still many restrictions that will be in place. The visits must be scheduled and will only be able to take place in specially designated areas and only during designated times. There will be screening and infection control precaution requirements as well as some documentation. It’s definitely not a return to “normal” yet, but it’s at least a step in the right direction!

Anyone interested in scheduling a visit should plan to call the individuals listed below:
For Lake Geneva, please call Ally at 262-249-1960.
For Walworth’s Health Care Center, please call Carol at 262-275-6103.
For Walworth’s Assisted Living, please call Chris at 262-275-6103.

Those three ladies will be able to schedule visits, answer questions, and will help coordinate this process. Unfortunately, during this initial phase we are unable to accept unscheduled or walk-in visits, so please be sure to call them in advance to set up a time to come in.

Due to differences in the regulations, family visitors for our residents in the Retirement Village have had restricted access inside of the building for some time now. As of this moment, there are no additional changes to those restrictions, but we will do our best to communicate if and when any major changes are possible for that area.

It is very important to note, once again, that the loosening of these restrictions is subject to immediate change. If there are any positive cases within our buildings, or if the county positivity rate increases again, tighter restrictions will again be put back in place right away. These tighter restrictions would also most likely include the temporary suspension of scheduled inside visits. Obviously we would intend to inform you all if that happens.

Finally, we are intending to continue to cut back on the frequency of these postings. As was mentioned in the last update, based on our positivity rate and that of Walworth County we have been able to reduce our routine COVID testing to weekly now. While you should continue to check this site for our most up to date information, we do not plan to continue to post an update after every round of testing unless there is a positive case to report or an important update to share.

We cannot express how much we appreciate the support and cooperation that you all continue to provide. We know that these next steps will be slow and frustrating at times, but we are so excited that we are finally able to start taking these steps!

February 11, 2021
We have all of the results from Monday’s testing – all negative in both buildings once again!

With the continued negative results in both buildings and the improving (lowering) county positivity numbers, we will be able to transition to once a week COVID testing (instead of the current 2x week) beginning next week! Our residents will also have a reprieve and will no longer be required to receive routine testing. Obviously, we will continue to test any symptomatic individual or suspicious case in addition to the weekly routine testing for our staff.

With that said, it is really important to note that the loosening of these restrictions is subject to immediate change. If there are any positive cases within our buildings or if the county positivity rate increases again, the testing frequency will return to 2x a week. Our other precautions like masks, and scrubs, and extra cleaning all remain in place.

We also have some vaccine updates to share. We were able to confirm that we will be able to offer 1st doses of the vaccine on February 23 in Walworth after all. We have reached out personally to any residents and/or their family that may be impacted by this availability. Our next clinic in Lake Geneva will be March 1 and there will be no first doses available during that clinic.

As a quick tease, if the trends continue, we are hoping to have some good news to share – possibly as early as next week – regarding allowing some visits inside our assisted living and health care center in Walworth as well as in our Lake Geneva building!

February 8, 2021
We received the remaining 3 test results from last Monday and have received all of our test results from last Thursday…and all results were negative in both buildings!!

For the moment, biweekly COVID testing remains mandatory in our buildings, but it’s possible that could change as early as next week thanks to our negative tests and the receding county positivity rate.

Finally, it now looks like we may be able to offer 1 last chance at a first dose of the COVID vaccine in Walworth. We are confirming the details but it looks like 1st doses may still be able to be given on February 23. We recognize the impact this may have on several of our residents and staff that were previously COVID positive, and will reach out directly to those residents and their families in the coming days/week as we confirm the details.

February 3, 2021
In Walworth we have all but 3 results back from Monday’s testing, and so far all have come back negative!

In Lake Geneva we have all of Monday’s test results back and all were negative as well.

Our next Walworth vaccine clinic is now scheduled for February 23. We believe this will be the final clinic available in Walworth. As a result, there will also be no 1st doses given during this clinic – only 2nd doses for those individuals that have already received their first dose. The exact time is not confirmed, but we anticipate it will be similar to the last one with the Retirement Village in the morning and Assisted Living residents as well as staff in the early afternoon.

This Monday was our 2nd Lake Geneva vaccine clinic. Another 57 staff and residents received their doses of the vaccine and we so appreciate everyone’s efforts to help pull that off successfully! The final vaccine clinic in Lake Geneva is scheduled for Monday, March 1. As in Walworth, there will be no 1st doses given during this clinic, only 2nd doses for those individuals who received their first shot this Monday. We do not have a confirmed timeframe for this clinic yet, but anticipate it will be late morning/early afternoon.

One other piece of good news: the Walworth County COVID positivity rate has finally dropped out of the highest category! If it can remain in the medium category for 2 weeks, and if we continue to have no positive cases, we will finally begin to have some more flexibility in allowing some inside visits for our residents! We’ll keep a close on this and will certainly keep everyone informed.

January 31, 2021
A super short update today:

We have all of the results from Thursday’s testing, and once again…all negative results in both buildings! Updated county positivity rates should be released early this week so we’ll keep an eye out for those as well.

January 28, 2021
We have all of the test results back from Monday for both buildings…and all came back negative!!! Unfortunately the county positivity rate remains in the highest category, but those numbers have been trending down lately as well. Much of our ability to revise our restrictions are based on our personal positivity rate and that of the county so it’s a very positive sign that both continue to trend down!

Tuesday this week was a pretty momentous day for all of us. It marked the moment when the COVID vaccine was available to be administered to any member of our staff and residents. Prior doses were only available to our staff and skilled nursing residents. This Tuesday, with our assisted living and retirement village included, 108 doses were administered throughout our Walworth campus! Our next clinic will be Monday in Lake Geneva so the number of vaccinated individuals throughout our organization will only grow.

We truly feel privileged to be on the front line of being able to receive and offer the vaccine. As we were thanking the great pharmacy crew from CVS on Tuesday, they commented that it’s been a long year for us and we deserve it. I’m honestly not sure that any of us have ever felt that we “deserve” the vaccine right away, and we recognize that only time will tell of the impact it will have on our campuses as well as the community at large. We certainly do feel grateful, but more than anything, we feel hope!

January 25, 2021
We have received all of the test results from last Thursday and there were no new positive cases in either building! We also realize we never followed up on the last 15% of the test results from last Monday in Walworth. Those were all negative as well!

We have learned of multiple individuals – both residents and staff – with family members that have recently tested positive, however. We are encouraging cautiousness in each of those situations and recognize that while the county positivity numbers have improved from their peak, the prevalence of the virus locally still remains very high.

This week we will have our 2nd opportunity for COVID vaccinations in our Walworth building. We’re especially grateful that this round will include our retirement village and assisted living residents. Our next vaccine opportunity in Lake Geneva is the following week. We are working on finalizing all of the necessary paperwork for both of those vaccine clinics as we expect 100+ participants this week in Walworth alone!

January 20, 2021
We have most of the test results back from Monday’s testing, and we finally have some more details for the upcoming vaccine clinics.

In Walworth we have received back about 85% of Monday’s test results and so far have no new cases to report.

In Lake Geneva we have received back 100% of Monday’s test results and also have no new cases to report.

Our next vaccine clinic for Walworth has finally been officially confirmed for next Tuesday, the 26th, and it WILL include our assisted living and retirement village residents! We are working through all of the required paperwork and notifications, but are excited to now be able to offer the vaccine to the rest of our residents!

Our next vaccine clinic for Lake Geneva has not yet been officially confirmed, but we are believing it will be held Monday, February 1.

Even with the arrival of the vaccine, the requirements for masks, shields, social distancing, and visitors have not changed and likely will not change for a little while yet. While we absolutely hope and pray that the vaccine helps bring an end to this pandemic, any changes to our daily lives will take some time. For one thing, the vaccine is a two part process and it takes weeks for your body to respond and develop the response to the virus that is needed for protection. The vaccine protection is not immediate. In addition, we still have had positive cases popping up in our Walworth building recently, and the positivity rate throughout Walworth County remains very high. The state has also indicated that they want to see improvement in the positivity rates before they will review their guidance and make any alterations. We’ve been experiencing variations of these preventative measures for 10 months now, so we intend to stick with it and make it a point to finish strong!

January 18, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We continue to prepare for our upcoming vaccine clinics, and unfortunately we have another rapid positive case to inform you of as well.

In Walworth we finally received the result back for that 1 remaining sample from last Thursday and it was negative. However, today we did have a staff person test positive via a rapid test. As always, we are sending in a lab test for confirmation, but they have begun quarantining immediately. This individual was tested last Thursday and it came back negative at that time, which is one of the reasons we continue to test twice per week.

In Lake Geneva there is nothing new to report at the moment from a testing perspective.

Our upcoming vaccine clinics are scheduled for next week in our Walworth building and the week after in our Lake Geneva building. We are still working through many of the details with the pharmacy, but are confident we will be prepared to meet our portion of their requirements. At this time we are still expecting our assisted living and retirement village residents to be able to be a part of next week’s clinic as well.

January 16, 2021
A fairly brief update this evening:

In Walworth we have all but 1 test result back from Thursday and there are no new cases to report.

In Lake Geneva we have received all of Thursday’s test results back and there are also no new cases to report.

We continue to move toward our second vaccination clinics – Tuesday January 26th in Walworth, and Monday February 1st in Lake Geneva. We are still working with the pharmacy on specific details, but at this point are believing that our assisted living and retirement village residents will be included along with our staff and health care residents during this vaccination clinic.

As always, once we get more details we will do our best to share them with you all!

January 14, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We have some good news to share regarding the next vaccine clinic, and unfortunately a new positive staff case to notify you of as well.

In Walworth we have 1 new positive staff case. This individual began feeling ill while at home so received a rapid test today and it came back positive. A lab test will be sent in for confirmation, but they are quarantining right away. As of today we have also received all of the lab test results from Monday and there were no positive cases identified through that testing.

In Lake Geneva we have also received all of the results from Monday’s testing and there were no positive cases identified.

We finally have a tentative date for our next vaccine clinic in Walworth for our staff and skilled nursing residents – Tuesday, January 26. While we do not have final confirmation yet, it also appears that our Assisted Living and Retirement Village residents will be able to receive the vaccine on Tuesday the 26th as well! As we work on confirming this possibility, we will begin collecting the requirement consent information from interested residents so that we are prepared should everything work out. At this time we have not been made aware of any future opportunity for our Assisted Living or Retirement Village residents to receive the first dose of the vaccine, so we are encouraging any interested residents to consider getting the vaccine during this opportunity.

We remain on track for February 1 for our next round of vaccinations in our Lake Geneva building.

More info to come!

January 11, 2021
We received the remaining results from last Thursday’s testing and thankfully there are no new positive cases to report for either building. Obviously today was another testing day so we should begin receiving these results by the middle to later part of this week.

We continue to work with the pharmacy on future vaccine planning. The second vaccine clinic is tentatively scheduled in Lake Geneva for Monday, February 1. We do not have a set date for the second clinic in Walworth yet, but we expect that it will likely be sometime during the last week of January. We also do not have any additional information about vaccine availability for our assisted living or retirement village residents at this time. The state of Wisconsin should be releasing those doses at the end of this month, but we don’t know yet which specific facilities will be prioritized in that rollout process. We received an update today from the Walworth County public health department that they continue to work on helping us get access to the vaccine for our interested staff that are 16-18 years old. They are somewhat hopeful that there might be a way to make the Pfizer vaccine available, but again, there is nothing definite yet.

As always, we’ll try to keep providing updates as we have information to share!

January 9, 2021 - Positive Resident Case
We received that last remaining test from Monday’s testing in Walworth that was mentioned previously (it was negative), and are currently receiving results back from Thursday’s testing. Sadly, we do have a new positive case to notify you of.

In Walworth we have received all of Thursday’s test results and have no new positive cases to report.

In Lake Geneva we have received about 80% of the test results back from Thursday and we do have a new positive resident case. They are asymptomatic at this time and their case was only discovered because of the routine testing. Family has been notified personally and obviously their quarantine has begun immediately. We will be watching for the remaining 20% of the results and will update you all once we have those details.

We have mentioned several rapid positive cases over the past couple of weeks and realize that we have not followed up specifically on those with you all. However, to this point all of those recent rapid positive cases have been confirmed as positive by the lab. We have not had any recent “false positive” cases.

This new resident positive case in Lake Geneva is now our 80th positive case within the Golden Years – 47 staff and 33 residents. It’s a sobering number, and we recognize the fear, anxiety, and extra effort that each one of those 80 cases represent. These days continue to be challenging, but we are so grateful for our staff, our residents, and families for all of the continuing support and care through these crazy times.

January 7, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
We finally have almost all of the results back from Monday’s testing. At this moment we are only still waiting on the results of 1 sample from our Walworth building. The rest of the results have all been received.

In Walworth we do have one new positive staff case. This individual was beginning to feel some symptoms so when they came in for their routine lab test today they also were given a rapid test. Their lab test from Monday came back negative, but unfortunately their rapid test today was positive. As is the routine, we are sending in an additional sample from today to the lab for confirmation and this individual is quarantining at home right away.

In Lake Geneva there are no new cases to report.

We have continued to pursue access to the COVID vaccine for our assisted living and retirement village residents, as well as for our staff that are under the age of 18.

For our younger staff, we still have not been able to get access to the Pfizer vaccine. The only vaccine that has been allocated to nursing facilities through our pharmacy continues to be the Moderna option. However, at the recommendation of the Wisconsin Department of Health we have reached out to the Walworth County public health department for assistance. To this point they have also not been able to get access for us, but have said that they will continue to work with us to try to find a way for us to be able to offer it.

With regards to our assisted living and retirement village residents, there is finally some progress toward the vaccine becoming available for them. Just today, the state of Wisconsin notified the federal government that they plan to activate the next phase of the vaccine rollout plan which should include both our assisted living and retirement village. Per the rules of the program, the state must notify the federal government 2 weeks before they can start distributing the vaccine which means the first dose should begin to be available to assisted livings in the state at the end of January. We have not been given any specific dates or details about when we might be scheduled specifically, but at least there is some progress at the state level toward expanded access to the vaccine.

The department of health also indicated today that by the end of the day tomorrow they anticipate that the first dose of the vaccine will have been made available to about half of the skilled nursing facilities throughout the state. We are still working on confirming details of when we can expect them to return to our buildings for the second dose (and possible first dose for those who waited) and will plan to share those details when we have them.

January 5, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
Unfortunately we have yet another positive test result to inform you of from today.

In Walworth we had a staff member that wasn’t feeling well while they were at home, so they came in and were given a rapid test which came back positive. As always, they have been personally notified and are now isolating at home.

In Lake Geneva we finally received the rest of the results from last Thursday’s testing and have no additional positive cases to report.

The lab has received a number of our samples from yesterday’s testing already. No results yet, but we can see they are beginning to process them. Hopefully now that we are past the holidays we will begin to see results a bit sooner than we’ve been experiencing recently. Obviously we will provide more updates when we receive those results.

January 4, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
Those in our Lake Geneva building were able to receive the first dose of the COVID vaccine today! We were encouraged by the good turnout and there are now 78 individuals between both buildings that have received the vaccine! We are still working on making the vaccine available to our assisted living and retirement village residents, but to this point do not have any updates to share in that regard.

The lab received another batch of our tests from last Thursday that had been held up by FedEx, as was previously mentioned. We hope to receive those results soon. We did another round of lab tests today in our Walworth building, and with the new positive cases in Lake Geneva we prioritized doing some rapid tests. As a result of those rapid tests, unfortunately there is one positive case to report.

In Walworth there were no new cases.

In Lake Geneva there was another positive staff case discovered today. This one was as a result of a rapid test so we are sending in another sample to the lab for confirmation. This individual is feeling some symptoms, but to this point they have reported that they are manageable.

We’ll continue watching for the results from last Thursday and will share them as soon as they become available.

January 3, 2021 - Positive Cases
We are beginning to receive test results from last Thursday’s testing (the 31st). Due to the holidays, it appears some packages of tests have still not even been delivered by FedEx to the lab. Those are scheduled for delivery tomorrow (Monday) so hopefully we’ll start to get those results soon. However, even with limited results, we unfortunately do have some positive test results to report.

In Walworth all of the new results we’ve received so far have been negative.

In Lake Geneva the routine lab testing results we have received so far identified 1 new positive resident case. As a result, several rapid tests were performed and 1 more resident and 1 staff person tested positive. All are currently isolating, and for the 2 rapid positive individuals we will send in a lab test, as usual, for confirmation.

We will obviously be doing all we can to prevent any spread from occurring within our building(s), and please keep our staff and residents in your thoughts and prayers as we try to do so!

January 2, 2021 - Positive Staff Case
The holidays have really seemed to impact the timing of our test results for this week. We have finally received the rest of the results from our testing early in the week, and at this point our New Years Eve testing hasn’t even been registered in the lab’s system yet. As a result of the early week testing we do have one new positive result to report.

In Walworth we have 1 new positive staff case. This individual has been notified and is now quarantining at home. They are asymptomatic and their case was discovered simply because of the routine testing. We also received the results back from testing our Retirement Village residents and they were all negative!

In Lake Geneva there were no new positive cases from the early week testing. Monday in Lake Geneva we will be working with our pharmacy to provide the first dose of the COVID vaccine to our residents and staff in that location.

We will obviously continue to watch for the test results from New Years Eve’s testing and will update you all when they come in!