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Administrator Donald R. Kirsch announced that Good Shepherd Nursing Home received Covid-19 Federal stimulus grant money to purchase equipment that will strengthen protection during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. This includes:
- Thermal imaging cameras that will be installed at every entrance to automatically record the temperatures of staff and visitors who enter the building. If a person has an elevated temperature, an alarm will sound, and a recording will ask the individual to remain at the entrance while a nurse is dispatched to take his or her temperature. Total Cost: $70,000
- New rooftop air conditioning and air circulating units with HEPA filters and ultraviolet lights that kill any bacteria or viruses before the air is recirculated throughout the building. Total Cost: $415,000.
- A portable UV disinfector to use on a recurring basis to further disinfect each resident’s room. This device will be used in addition to the ongoing cleaning of all resident rooms by our Housekeeping Department to eradicate all bacteria and viruses in the room. When this device is operating inside a resident room no one will be permitted to enter. Total Cost $20,500.
- A Rapid Point of Care Testing Device to detect the presence of Coronavirus in residents and staff. This Point of Care Device will enable each facility to test its own populations, receiving the test results in 15 minutes or less. The frequency of testing and the groups to be tested (staff and residents) will be determined by the percentage of community spread throughout the county. The higher the percentage of community spread the more frequent the testing will be conducted.
Because of the large number of staff and residents, Good Shepherd Nursing Home is performing more total tests at one time than any other nursing facility in WV. This high volume of testing, coupled with the urgency to determine test results and concern over a nationwide shortage of testing swabs, led Good Shepherd to purchase a total of 14 additional Point of Care Testing Devices and 1,800 testing swabs. Total Cost: $65,000.
Good Shepherd has added these measures to augment the ongoing processes currently in place to protect residents, including non-stop sanitation and the use of personal protective equipment.
Although nothing is foolproof, the Welty Board of Directors, Mr. Kirsch and the nursing home staff chose these areas of concentration because each has the potential doing the greatest good to mitigate the onset of the Coronavirus among residents and staff.