June 3, 2020
At Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, we understand what an incredibly difficult time this is, and how important communication is to our extended community of residents, family members and staff. Therefore, we will continue to be providing regular updates on how the COVID-19 virus has impacted our facility. The below chart will be updated daily. As we share this information, please know that our staff across our organization are working tirelessly to manage this crisis. We are guided by all the proper regulatory and clinical guidelines, and you can be sure that we are always working for the best interest of our residents and staff. We thank you for your ongoing support during these challenging days. It means more than you could realize to our staff and residents. Please stay healthy and safe.
April 23, 2020 Update
The past month has been unprecedented, for our country and the world, as the COVID-19 virus has become front and center in all our lives. The concerns you may have are shared by healthcare providers like us as we navigate these uncharted waters. At Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, we recognize that time-sensitive and transparent communication with our residents, families and community is critical to how we all respond to this health crisis.
This week, as recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to skilled nursing centers across the Commonwealth, all residents at Pilgrim were tested for COVID-19. As a result, we have confirmed that there are a total of 29 residents in-house that are positive. Additionally, 13 positive residents have been relocated to our other affiliate, Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers. These residents were moved due to the fact that Hunt was able to provide a safe and secure cohorted unit to best accommodate their individual needs. We are happy to report that there are also 62 other residents at Pilgrim Rehab whose test results were negative for the virus.
We continue to follow protocols closely as outlined by state and local health authorities and to care for our residents with compassion and dedication. We appreciate your ongoing support of our residents and staff.
April 17, 2020 Update
Despite continued tireless efforts and tremendous care by the Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing staff, the positive cases of residents infected with COVID-19 has continued to grow. As of today, Thursday, April 17, we have a total of 9 residents who are currently in-house that have tested positive. This number has increased by three since Tuesday, April 14 at which time there were six cases.
Our existing protocols remain in place: staff absences are noted; all staff are being screened at the beginning of their shift for respiratory symptoms, actively taking their temperature for evidence of fever, shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. If they are ill, they will self-isolate at home. We are following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Health in this matter. I recognize that this is a time of great uncertainty. I can assure that your support has tremendous meaning to our residents and staff.
Jen Collins, Administrator
April 9, 2020 Update
The past several weeks have been unprecedented, for our country and the world, as the COVID-19 virus has become front and center in all of our lives. The concerns you may have are shared by healthcare providers like ourselves as we navigate these uncharted waters. At Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center we recognize that time-sensitive and candid communication with our residents, families and community is critical to how we all respond to this health crisis.
We have been informed that four residents, who have been residing at our skilled nursing center, have tested positive for COVID-19. We have and will continue to work with the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the state and local health departments to isolate this situation and mitigate any future problems.
Please be assured that we have been preparing for this situation for the last several weeks knowing that the virus is present in our local communities. We are confident that our team of clinicians, nurses, aides and other support staff at Pilgrim are well prepared to protect the ongoing health of our residents.
Throughout this entire public health crisis, we have been guided by, and consulted with, key federal and state agencies who are involved in the prevention and mitigation of the Corona virus. Their infection control, screening and assessment protocols have been instrumental in our preparedness for this situation. We continue to assess our residents and staff daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. It was the strict adherence to these protocols that enabled us to identify these cases, and led to our swift response in treating and transferring our residents to the hospital. Currently three continue to receive treatment at the hospital and the fourth is being cared for by our team. We will continue to follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s guidance on notifying members of our community who may have had contact with these residents.
We understand the concerns around COVID-19. Now with residents who have tested positive, patients, families and community members may feel worried about the care we are able to provide to them or their loved ones. We encourage you to remember that the team members working to care for our residents at Pilgrim are your neighbors and community members. They continue to work incredibly hard to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are being cared for with the highest quality of care, compassion and resources to safeguard their health and well-being.
Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center remains committed, as your community partner, to provide the best care possible. We are grateful for the efforts of our team here at Pilgrim, and our local healthcare partners, for their commitment and dedication to our residents and families. We are humbled by your trust in us and will continue to work tirelessly to earn that trust and confidence each day.
Please check our website for additional information and updates that pertain to this evolving situation as it becomes available.
Jen Collins, Administrator