Daily COVID-19 Updates for Portage Manor

Portage Manor Residents and Staff COVID-19 Testing/Reporting

Please see below for test numbers and details as it pertains to our COVID-19 onset of cases and response/recovery. 

Facility Daily Surveillance Line for ACTIVE COVID-19 cases at Portage Manor 
DateResident/StaffCOVID TestedPersons Under InvestigationPositiveRecovered

Weekly Testing
 NUMBERS
Resident(s)All00
Staff
Tested every Tues & Friday
All01
OVERALL RUNNING TOTALS:Resident(s)

1212
Staff86
1111

TESTING: All residents and staff will be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, it is collected by inserting a culture swab into the nasopharyngeal space through the nares.  It is not painful, and feels like a tickle almost.  Our phlebotomist Erica has been the main collector of specimens.  We do have Nurse Liz and Nurse Kris who also are skilled to collect test too.  Portage Manor will continue to test staff every 3-7 days until further direction from ISDH and test residents who have developed symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  

MITIGATION EFFORTS:  

We have made efforts to contain and combat this virus with guidance from our State Dept. of Health and Local Health Dept. All essential workers are screened at the front entrance and must pass the screening to gain access.  Anyone approved to enter the building is required to wear a face mask that is medical graded and googles or face shield at all times.  All essential workers have been asked to be responsible when not on duty to decrease risk of exposure when not at work, we have to do our part to keep everyone in our care safe any way possible. We also have worked to create visual ques and posted signs for residents to follow social distancing in the hallways, medication line, dining room, and during activities.  The chairs at the dining tables are at least 6 feet apart and meal service has been divided to decrease the amount of residents in one area at a time. Sanitation of common areas has been increased and scheduled.  We have limited access to areas in the building that are encourage potential congregation and that are unsafe during this time of illness prevention. Limited visitation is being conducted as able with as much flexibility as possible while decreasing risk of exposure as much as possible.  Residents are wearing mask throughout the building and have increased hand washing.  We are very encouraged by everyone's help to decrease the spread of this nasty virus!   

Portage Manor has 2 isolation areas:

1- "RED COVID Unit" for residents with positive test for COVID-19, it is divided by thick plastic walled areas that cannot be entered by general staff and residents who are not ill, the staff working this unit has a separate and dedicated entrance and do not enter the main building while working that unit.  PPE and all needed supplies are kept on the unit and restocked by DON.  

2- "YELLOW PUI Unit" for residents that are under investigation for COVID-19, either a roommate that tested positive, they have symptoms of COVID-19, and/or has come in close contact with someone who has newly tested positive.     

These areas were created with many hours of work and coordination with our Medical Director, Chris Quinn MD, Dr Bob Einterz from SJC Health Dept., and the Indiana State COVID surveyor, as well as help from SJC Human Resources.  The staff are challenged, but staying hopeful as we work through this together! So far these measures have proven to be a very successful plan   

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS: You will be alerted when we have a new onset of positive staff or resident case of COVID-19. Nightly communication will be sent out while we are having new onsets on COVID positive cases.  You will be alerted of test results.  If they are negative you will get a general text or recorded call.  If your family member or contact at Portage Manor is positive or under investigation you will receive a call from a nurse with detailed information about isolation, plan of care, and condition. A general update will go out as needed with any updated information, in an effort to keep everyone informed as best we can. 

CONTACT TRACING: Once a positive test is reported, we go to work to find out: 1- when symptoms began? 2-If the positive person has been in contact with anyone that meets exposure criteria, and may have spread it to? 3- if they have been around anyone sick and if so when?  We work to find these answers to move swiftly in containing those most likely at risk.  

I hope this answers some of your questions.  This is such a difficult time for everyone and I can only imagine the fear and concern you have for your loved ones.  Portage Manor continues to be vigilant as we combat this virus, thank you for your trust in us!

Robyn Challinor Administrator

Resident, Friends, and Family Information Sheet

Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19

CDC COVID-19 

We report our numbers to the Indiana State Department of Health, Local Health Dept, and District 2 Health Care Coalition as required daily, weekly, and as needed.