Updated Information/COVID-19 Virus
April 3, 2020
We write to update the community on the status of the COVID-19 situation at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation. We can confirm that we do have residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and those COVID positive patients who remain in the building at this time are receiving care from the Riverbend clinical team. The treatment plan for these residents is being directed and overseen by the attending physician; is being continuously monitored by the clinical staff at Riverbend; and is being managed consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am pleased to report that we are seeing improvements in several of these patients, and so appreciate our talented Facility team for their focused delivery of care.
As far as actions we are taking relative to infection prevention and management, generally, Riverbend is carefully and consistently following the direction issued by the CDC, CMS, and the State of Kansas (including Wyandotte County Health Department). A sampling of our interventions include universal masking; full PPE when interacting with COVID-positive or COVID-suspected residents; frequent handwashing; frequent use of hand sanitizer; screening and assessing employees and essential medical personnel prior to entry; Facility-wide infection surveillance; and restricting visitation as per the CMS directive of March 13, 2020. While the Facility has always had a comprehensive infection prevention program in place, we escalated our interventions early in the month of March when news of the Coronavirus began circulating; infection control remains our highest priority in the current environment.
We are fully committed to the health and welfare of the residents, families and staff whom we have the privilege to serve and who comprise the Riverbend family, and will continuously act in a manner consistent with that commitment. We are grateful to the healthcare providers who are working tirelessly to take care of our patients during these challenging times, and for the support we feel from the community.