COVID-19 Response

Updates for Residents, Patients, Family Members, Teammates, Volunteers and Friends of The Wesleyan during the COVID-19 Health Crisis


While The Wesleyan has completed its vaccination clinics for residents and teammates, we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 in Williamson County and are following the recommendations and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, we made a commitment to stay in communication with our residents, teammates and families regarding our COVID-19 response. We believe transparency is key to ensuring that all members of our community – The Wesleyan as well as the greater Georgetown community – are fully aware of the risks of exposure and can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and help limit the spread of COVID-19. In the chart below, we report the number of The Wesleyan’s residents and teammates who have contracted COVID-19.


CURRENT POLICIES

VISITATION FOR SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION

VISITATION FOR ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE

Please Note: General Visitation at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care is currently on hold, with the the exception of window visits, Designated Essential Caregiver visits, and end-of-life visits.

VISITATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING


Below you will find a chronological timeline dating back to March 11, 2020, which includes every message that The Wesleyan has communicated to share our response to COVID-19 with our residents, patients, family members, teammates, volunteers and friends.


March 31, 2021

WSN UPDATE

TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE
We continue to test WSN teammates weekly as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In routine testing this week, one teammate has tested positive. The teammate is asymptomatic and isolating at home. We have reported this new case to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Williamson County & Cities Health District. We will contact anyone who may have had close contact with this individual so that they may be tested.

Protocols also require that we test all residents to continue current visitation allowances. You will receive a call before your loved one is tested.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 1
The teammate is isolating at home.

VISITATION
As a reminder, our visitation policy was updated last week following the release of Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) revised visitation policies for Skilled Nursing facilities. Click here to review our updated policy.


March 26, 2021

UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY FOR VISITATIONTHE WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION

This week the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has revised visitation policies for Skilled Nursing facilities. While the news about opening up visitation is a relief to all who are eager to see their loved ones, implementing these new updates to our visitation policy are contingent upon safeguarding our residents and teammates from COVID-19. If a resident or teammate tests positive, the facility will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its residents, teammates and visitors. In addition, there are other factors that determine the types of visitation allowed, including the positivity rate of Williamson County and the percentage of residents who have been vaccinated. We know that you will join us in wanting to ensure that we take every precaution to remain COVID-19 free as we continue to take steps toward expanding visitation. Below is a summary of the revised visitation policies. 

Summary of Key Changes to the Visitation Policies from Texas Health and Human Services Commission:

  • Proof of COVID-19 testing is no longer required.
  • All visitation types must be scheduled to ensure that all residents have equal access to Essential Caregivers and General Visitors.
  • Each resident will continue to have two Designated Essential Caregivers. Education and agreement are required for each Essential Caregiver.
  • If your loved one is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their Designated Essential Caregivers or with General Visitors as long as they are wearing a well-fitting mask.
  • “End-of-Life Visits” must be permitted, given the visitor passes screening status, regardless of the resident’s COVID status.
  • End-of-life visits include all residents receiving hospice services; residents at or near the end of life, with or without hospice services; and residents whose prognosis does not indicate recovery.
  • Indoor visitation with a General Visitor can take place only in dedicated spaces inside the facility. Close contact can occur if the resident is fully vaccinated. If the resident is not vaccinated, physical distancing must be maintained by a General Visitor.
  • Essential Caregiver visits are permitted for all residents regardless of the residents’ COVID status.
  • Up to two Designated Essential Caregivers may visit a resident at the same time.
  • General or Personal Visitors are allowed to visit with a resident only if the resident is COVID-19 negative.
  • Visitors must be permitted to enter the facility if the visitor passes the COVID-19 symptom and exposure screen.
  • If a visitor indicates that they have had exposure, but the exposure was not considered close contact for an extended period of time, then the visitor can still enter.
  • Visitors are no longer required to be escorted to or from a visitation area. (Staff are still required to check in, screen, and document information about the visit, including date and time of visit.)
  • All visitation is without time limits, while adhering to infection prevention and control measures.
  • Outdoor visitation is allowed even when the facility has an outbreak.
  • The community may cancel the Essential Caregiver visit if the visitor refuses to comply with the facility’s Essential Caregiver policies, its infection control procedures, or if the visitor fails the COVID symptom and exposure screen.

Positivity Rate and Vaccination Status Affecting Visitation: 

  • If the positivity rate is < 10%, the facility will permit essential caregiver visits, end-of-life visits, outdoor visits, and indoor visits.
  • If the positivity rate is > 10% and at least 70% of the residents in the facility are fully vaccinated, the facility will permit essential caregiver visits, end-of-life visits, outdoor visits, and indoor visits.
  • If the positivity rate is >10% and fewer than 70% of the residents in the facility are fully vaccinated, the facility will:
  • Limit indoor visits, with the exception of essential caregiver and end-of-life visits, to fully vaccinated residents with COVID-19 negative status; and
  • Permit outdoor visits, end-of-life visits, and essential caregiver visits.

Some nursing home residents and staff have not been fully vaccinated, so not everyone in the facility is protected from COVID-19. Although the efforts for vaccination and safety precautions in Williamson County continue, it is important that we safeguard one another by wearing a mask, performing hand hygiene frequently, and maintaining physical distancing. Watch for an email from The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Administrator Laura Kate Placke for additional details about visiting hours and designated visiting areas as well as instructions about how to schedule visits.


March 26, 2021

UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY FOR VISITATIONTHE WESLEYAN ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE 

This week the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has revised visitation policies for Assisted Living facilities. While the news about opening up visitation is a relief to all who are eager to see their loved ones, implementing these new updates to our visitation policy are contingent upon safeguarding our residents and teammates from COVID-19. If a resident or teammate tests positive, the facility will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its residents, teammates and visitors. We know that you will join us in wanting to ensure that we take every precaution to remain COVID-19 free as we continue to take steps toward expanding visitation. Below is a summary of the revised visitation policies. 

Summary of Key Changes to the Visitation Policies from Texas Health and Human Services Commission:

  • Proof of COVID-19 testing is no longer required.
  • All visitation types must be scheduled to ensure that all residents have equal access to visitation.
  • Each resident will continue to have two Designated Essential Caregivers. Education and agreement are required for each Essential Caregiver.
  • “End-of-Life Visits” must be permitted, given the visitor passes screening status, regardless of the resident’s COVID status.
  • End-of-life visits include all residents receiving hospice services; residents at or near the end of life, with or without hospice services; and residents whose prognosis does not indicate recovery.
  • Indoor visitation with a General Visitor can take place in the resident’s apartment or in dedicated spaces inside or outside the facility. If the resident chooses, they may have close or personal contact with their visitor during the visit, but the visitor is required to utilize a facemask.
  • Essential Caregiver visits are permitted for all residents regardless of the residents’ COVID status.
  • Up to two Designated Essential Caregivers may visit a resident at the same time.
  • General or Personal Visitors are allowed to visit with a resident only if the resident is COVID-19 negative.
  • Visitors must be permitted to enter the facility if the visitor passes the COVID-19 symptom and exposure screen.
  • If a visitor indicates that they have had exposure, but the exposure was not considered close contact for an extended period of time, then the visitor can still enter.
  • Visitors are no longer required to be escorted to or from a visitation area. (Staff are still required to check in, screen, and document information about the visit, including date and time of visit.)
  • All visitation is without time limits, while adhering to infection prevention and control measures.
  • Outdoor visitation is allowed even when the facility has an outbreak.
  • The community may cancel the Essential Caregiver visit if the visitor refuses to comply with the facility’s Essential Caregiver policies, its infection control procedures, or if the visitor fails the COVID symptom and exposure screen.

Some residents and staff have not been fully vaccinated, so not everyone in the facility is protected from COVID-19. Although the efforts for vaccination and safety precautions in Williamson County continue, it is important that we safeguard one another by wearing a mask, performing hand hygiene frequently, and maintaining physical distancing. Watch for an email from The Wesleyan Assisted Living & Memory Care Administrator Donna Hohm for additional details and instructions about how to schedule visits. 


March 20, 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Independent Living Family,

We want to notify you that a teammate who works in Independent Living has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing has been completed and we have not identified anyone whose contact with this teammate would be considered high risk. The teammate is quarantining at home.

Conditions in Williamson County are improving. The County stepped down from COVID-19 Red Phase yesterday to Orange Phase, which means that the incidence rate during previous 14 days has stayed below 12.7 per 100,000 and the testing positivity rate has stayed below 15% for previous 14 days.

Even though we’re trending in the right direction, we encourage you to not let down your guard and continue to utilize the key tools – handwashing, mask-wearing, and physical distancing – to safeguard yourself and your neighbors.

Please keep our teammate in your prayers and let’s all continue to keep caring together.


March 13, 2021

CVS OPENS APPOINTMENTS FOR SECOND DOSE OF VACCINE

The Wesleyan has learned that CVS is taking appointments for the second dose of vaccine. We know that some of our Designated Essential Caregivers have had difficulty scheduling appointments after receiving your first Pfizer vaccine. If you have not been able to secure an appointment to receive your second dose of vaccine, we encourage you to visit the CVS website now.


March 12, 2021

TESTING FREQUENCY REDUCED FOR DESIGNATED ESSENTIAL CAREGIVERS

Dear WSN Designated Essential Caregivers,

When this pandemic began, we made a commitment to provide regular updates to our residents and families, whether the news we had to share was good or bad. Our news today is good.

Even though Williamson County is still in Phase Red, which is defined as “uncontrollable spread,” The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation has had no new cases among residents and teammates since February 25.

We’re incredibly grateful to all who have been vaccinated and continue to diligently practice precautionary measures and faithfully use PPE. You are helping safeguard our community and contributing to the factors that make it possible for us to adjust parts of our visitation policy.

VISITATION POLICY CHANGES

Starting Monday, March 15, the testing frequency for Designated Essential Caregivers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be reduced from within the last 7 days to within the last 14 days.

Also, we will be opening visitation 9am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 20 and 21. All designated essential caregiver visits still must be scheduled in advance.

Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of our residents. We are pleased to be able to adjust our policies that make it easier for you to see them and them you. Of course, we will notify you if we learn of any regulatory changes as well.

Thank you for the opportunity to care for your loved ones.


March 10, 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING

A plan was shared with Independent Living residents which included a timeline (subject to change) for resuming services and activities that have been limited during this pandemic.  Always check the policies linked above for the most recent version.


March 9, 2021

ASSISTED LIVING TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We want to notify you that a teammate who was experiencing symptoms was tested for COVID-19 and the results came back positive. That teammate is quarantining at home. We have begun the process of contact tracing and will inform anyone who has had close contact with this teammate so that they may be tested.

As we do with each positive test result, The Wesleyan has notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). General visitation continues to be closed.

Some of you have asked about whether those who have tested positive have been vaccinated. While we cannot provide an individual’s private health information, it is important for everyone to understand what vaccinations do. Even a person who has been vaccinated can contract COVID-19, but the likelihood of a vaccinated person getting seriously ill is greatly lessened. Below we have provided a helpful section of the vaccination information that can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

As a reminder, we have a virtual Town Hall Thursday for residents and family members. Join us if you can.

Also, please keep our affected resident and teammate, and their families, in your prayers. As we have updates, we will provide them.

What we know

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. People are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html


March 8, 2021

ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We wanted to inform you that a resident has tested positive for COVID-19. We have begun the process of contact tracing and will inform anyone who has had close contact with this resident so that they may be tested. The resident who tested positive is in isolation. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will notify you if anything changes.

As we do with each positive test result, The Wesleyan has notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). General visitation continues to be closed.

As you know, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order (GA-34), which will become effective March 10, and includes rescinding the statewide mask mandate. However, number five in his Executive Order states that facilities such as The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care still must follow current Health and Human Services Commission rules and guidance, which have not changed.

Thank you to all who continue to diligently practice recommended precautionary measures. It takes all of us working together to safeguard our community.


February 25, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We want to report to you that a teammate involved in direct patient care tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing this week. The teammate is quarantining at home. We have reported this new case to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Williamson County & Cities Health District. We will contact anyone who may have had close contact with this individual so that they may be tested. 

As you know, we are holding our 3rd and final vaccination clinic provided by CVS Health for The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation tomorrow, Friday, February 26, 2021. Vaccinations are an important tool in helping us get back to normal. We are so grateful to those teammates and residents who have been vaccinated. If you haven’t been vaccinated and are considering it, we encourage you to read about the benefits and sign up with the providers in your area.

Thank you for your steadfast encouragement and support. You are a vital part of our mission


February 11, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We have had another teammate test positive for COVID-19. We have reported this new case to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Williamson County & Cities Health District. Like the case announced earlier this week, we believe that there has been minimal exposure inside the building. When teammates test positive, we review the last times they were in the building and trace any contacts they may have had. 

We’ll provide more details soon, but we have received confirmation that our 3rd and final vaccination clinic provided by CVS Health for The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation will be held Friday, February 26, 2021.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 2
Both teammates are quarantining at home.


February 9, 2021

WSN UPDATE

With two rounds of vaccination clinics completed at WSN, we anticipate that we will continue to have low numbers of new cases of COVID-19, but as illustrated in last week’s “Swiss Cheese” analogy, no precautionary measure is perfect. The coronavirus is still a threat and until we achieve herd immunity, we must continue to use all of our tools to combat it. 

We had a teammate test positive yesterday with an antigen test so we ran a PCR test today to confirm that result, and the PCR test also came back positive. We have reported this new case to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Williamson County & Cities Health District. We believe that there has been limited exposure inside the building. However, we are carefully tracing contacts to be certain. We will notify any parties who may have had close contact. 

You may be wondering, “When will this pandemic end?” It is frustrating that we are nearly at the one-year mark of when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. We’re all weary of taking precautions and worrying about the possibility of getting sick. We’ve included a video developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in today’s update that may be helpful if you, too, are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue. See below. 

As the video states, “Stay in the fight, ya’ll.”

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 1
The one teammate is asymptomatic and quarantining at home.


February 4, 2021

A DAY TO GIVE THANKS

Today is a day for which we give thanks. Not only have we been able to procure more vaccines to serve other parts of our ministry where residents have yet to be vaccinated, but today marks the first day since December 10, 2020, that WSN has been able to report zero cases of COVID-19!

This is a day of victory to be celebrated because of the efforts of many – the support and patience of our residents and family members, the commitment and courage of our teammates, the tenacity and vision of our leadership, and the Grace of our God.

But our vigilance doesn’t stop; it continues stronger than ever. We ask for your prayers for those who have experienced loss due to COVID-19 as well as for all of those who continue to struggle to recover from it. The Wesleyan community is united against this common enemy and we remain steadfast in our efforts to keep it outside this place so many call home.

J. Mark Lenhard
President and CEO


February 3, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We have received most, but not all, of our COVID-19 test results back from the routine testing conducted on Monday. All of the test results that we have received have been negative. We’re hoping that pattern will hold.
Today, we are re-opening the dining room for lunch. Dinner is still being served in residents’ rooms, but we will return to the dining room soon. We’ll let you know when that happens.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 1
The one teammate is asymptomatic and quarantining at home.


February 2, 2021

ASYMPTOMATIC RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE AT ASSISTED LIVING

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We want to inform you that an asymptomatic resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The test was conducted in preparation for a medical procedure. The resident is in isolation. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will notify you if anything changes.

It’s been a busy day at Assisted Living. We held our 2nd vaccination clinic today. Residents and teammates who had had their first dose of vaccine received their second dose and those who missed the January clinic were able to get their first dose.

As a reminder, while vaccination is a critical tool in our toolkit, getting vaccinated does not eliminate the need for other protective measures. There are holes in every layer of protection. The “hole” in vaccinations is that it takes time for vaccinations to become fully effective. And, while their effectiveness is excellent, they are not 100% effective. We need everyone to take the “Swiss Cheese Approach” and apply all available layers of protection so that if COVID-19 gets through one hole, another layer of protection is there to catch it.

If you are a Designated Essential Caregiver who is visiting our building, please remain diligent about precautionary measures. If you are taking risks outside our building, you can put people at risk inside our building. It takes all of us working together to safeguard our community.


February 2, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We have had no changes in our active case numbers and each day we are breathing a little easier. We are gradually returning to everyday routines to ensure smooth transitions for our residents. Tomorrow, we are re-opening the dining room for lunch. We are very excited for that! Dinner is still being served in residents’ rooms, but we will return to the dining room soon. We’ll let you know when that happens.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
If you have not completed the consent paperwork for Friday’s Vaccination Clinic, please do that today. CVS will not vaccinate without a completed consent form.
At this clinic, second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to those who previously received their first dose, and first doses will be administered to those who may have missed the January clinic.

FORMS TO BE COMPLETED
First Dose
If residents are receiving their first dose of vaccine, they or their responsible party are required to complete The Wesleyan’s Acceptance/Declination form and a CVS consent form and submit it to Stephanie Hernandez.
Second Dose
If residents are to receive their second dose of the vaccine, they or their responsible party are required to complete a CVS consent form and submit it to Stephanie Hernandez.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 1
The one teammate is asymptomatic and quarantining at home.


February 1, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We hope you are doing well as we start a new month.

We have a few announcements and reminders. We have one teammate remaining on the list of active COVID-19 cases. Routine testing of teammates is being conducted today. We know you join us in hoping that all of those tests come back negative. 

We have a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic coming up on Friday, February 5, from 10 am to 4 pm. At this clinic, residents and teammates who’ve received their first doses will receive their second doses, and first doses will be administered to those who missed the January clinic but submitted their paperwork for this clinic. 

While vaccination is a critical tool in our toolkit, getting vaccinated does not eliminate the need for other protective measures. There are holes in every layer of protection. The “hole” in vaccinations is that it takes time for vaccinations to become fully effective. And, while their effectiveness is excellent, they are not 100% effective. We need everyone to take the “Swiss Cheese Approach” and apply all available layers of protection so that if COVID-19 gets through one hole, another layer of protection is there to catch it. 

If you are a Designated Essential Caregiver who is visiting our building, please remain diligent about precautionary measures. If you are taking risks outside our building, you can put people at risk inside our building. 

It takes all of us working together to safeguard our community.

Resource: By Ian M MacKay – https://figshare.com/articles/figure/The_Swiss_Cheese_Respiratory_Virus_Defence/13082618?file=25233461, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97095596

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 1
The one teammate is asymptomatic and quarantining at home.


January 28, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We are conducting routine testing of teammates today. Currently, we do not have any changes to report with regard to our number of active cases.

REMINDER: The next COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held Friday, February 5. Remember, this clinic is open to those ready for their second dose of the vaccine as well as to those receiving the first dose because they missed the first clinic. Links to the required consent forms, which need to be completed and turned in by February 1, can be found in the “Forms” section below.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 3
Of the 3, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 27, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We are thankful to report that The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation has no residents who are currently positive for COVID-19. In addition, we have no new positive cases for COVID-19 amongst our teammates, but we continue to pray for those that are recuperating. We are focusing on helping those who had COVID-19 with their recoveries and reinstating daily activities that contribute to abundant life.

As part of those efforts, we are pleased to announce that we have resumed group activities for residents, starting today. We know that interactions with one another and the staff will help lift spirits. We also plan to reopen the dining room for lunch next week. Please note that as we return to regular operations, mask-wearing and social distancing is still required.

COMPLETE FORMS FOR NEXT VACCINATION CLINIC
The next vaccination clinic for WSN will take place Friday, February 5, from 10 am to 4 pm. At this clinic, second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to those who previously received their first dose, and first doses will be administered to those who may have missed the January clinic.

FORMS TO BE COMPLETED

FIRST DOSE
If residents are receiving their first dose of vaccine, they or their responsible party are required to complete The Wesleyan’s Acceptance/Declination form and a CVS consent form and submit it by February 1, 2021.

SECOND DOSE
If residents are to receive their second dose of the vaccine, they or their responsible party are required to complete a CVS consent form and submit it by February 1, 2021.

This vaccination clinic will be the last opportunity for WSN residents and teammates to start the vaccine series with The Wesleyan’s pharmacy partner CVS. We anticipate that vaccine availability will improve with time, but we encourage those with Phase 1A eligibility, which all WSN residents have, to take the opportunity before the parameters for those eligible are expanded more broadly.


January 26, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We’re happy to report that our number of positive cases hasn’t changed from yesterday. Thank you to everyone who is being extra diligent in practicing precautionary measures.

We’re getting prepared for the next vaccine clinic on February 5. Remember, this clinic is open to those ready for their second dose of the vaccine as well as to those receiving the first dose because they missed the first clinic earlier this month. There is a link to the required consent form below.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 3
Of the 3, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 25, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We do have an update in our numbers for today. One teammate tested positive over the weekend. So, currently we have a total of three (3) positive teammates. Two are asymptomatic and all are quarantining at home. We have notified the Williamson County & Cities Health District of our new case.

Today we are testing all of our teammates and also any residents who have not previously tested positive. Teammates are being tested twice a week because the positivity rate in Williamson County is still above 10%. The two-week rolling average for the county is 15.8%.

The deadline for completing paperwork for the next vaccine clinic is February 1. Additional details are provided below.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 3
Of the 3, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 22, 2021

A NOTIFICATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Dear Independent Living Family,

Currently, we do not have any positive cases among residents or teammates at the Independent Living. Any time we learn of a teammate who has been exposed to someone who is positive, we are requiring that they be tested. We encourage residents to do the same. Testing is one of the tools that helps us limit the spread of COVID-19.

There is a Wesleyan teammate who, though asymptomatic, tested positive during routine testing, but the teammate’s most recent exposure to residents was in another community. Therefore, even though this teammate does serve the IL community, we are reporting it through The Wesleyan community where the most exposure occurred. We are very thorough in our process of contact tracing and always notify anyone who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Williamson County now has a positivity rate of 16.9% (this is based on a two-week rolling average). That is the highest it has been thus far. As of yesterday, 4.8% of the population of Williamson County had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is imperative that we do not let down our guard and continue to utilize every tool available to us – screening, testing, handwashing, mask-wearing, physical distancing, getting vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available to you.

It is very important that you make only essential trips outside of the community. And, when leaving the community to go to the doctor or to shop for essential items, strictly follow all precautionary measures. Likewise, if you have a visitor, please ensure that they follow all of our policies and procedures. When visitors come to your apartment, they still need to wear a mask and distance themselves.
We remain committed to keeping you informed.

To keep track of our active and closed cases and announcements across The Wesleyan continuum of care, visit our COVID-19 Resource page.

To keep track of updates on vaccine availability and vaccine education, visit our Vaccination Information page.

Thank you to all who have sent us words of encouragement and offers of support. We will get through this together.


January 22, 2021 

TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We want to inform you that a teammate has tested positive for COVID-19. We have begun the process of contact tracing and will inform anyone who has had close contact with this teammate so that they may be tested. The teammate who tested positive is quarantining at home.

As we do with each positive test result, The Wesleyan has notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but please help us safeguard all of our residents by diligently following all of our policies.

We remain committed to keeping you informed as we see our way through this pandemic. To keep track of our active and closed cases and announcements across The Wesleyan continuum of care, visit our COVID-19 Resource page.

Thank you to all who have sent us words of encouragement and offers of support. We will get through this together.


January 22, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that our remaining COVID-positive resident has moved out of isolation. And, the residents who have not had COVID-19 were tested this week. All of those results came back negative so we are very happy about that. We’re not completely COVID-19 free, however. During this week’s routine testing, we did have two teammates test positive. The teammates are quarantining at home and we have notified the Williamson County & Cities Health District.

Please continue to pray for our community as we work to free our community from this terrible virus and help restore health and strength to those who have been affected.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 0
Teammates: 2
Of the 2, 1 is asymptomatic. Both are quarantining at home.


January 21, 2021

WSN UPDATE

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVER VISITATION REOPENED
Essential Caregiver Visitation has reopened. Before visiting, you will need to show valid proof that you have received negative results from a COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) within the last seven (7) days. We also ask that you carefully review the Designated Essential Caregiver Education Packet and the Designated Essential Caregiver Agreement. You will be expected to strictly follow all the rules outlined in the agreement.

Scheduling a Visit
For now, there will be 10 visitation slots available per day. We ask that you limit your sign-ups to no more than a few a week for the first few weeks to allow room for others. We anticipate that many family members will want to visit their loved ones and we want to ensure everyone has opportunities.

COMPLETE FORMS FOR NEXT VACCINATION CLINIC
The next vaccination clinic will take place Friday, February 5, from 10 am to 4 pm. At this clinic, second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to those who previously received their first dose, and first doses will be administered to those who may have missed the January clinic. 

Whether residents will receive their second dose of the vaccine or their first at this clinic, they or their responsible party are required to complete a consent form and submit it by February 1, 2021.

This vaccination clinic will be the last opportunity to start the vaccine series with The Wesleyan’s pharmacy partner CVS. We anticipate that vaccine availability will improve with time, but we encourage those with Phase 1A eligibility, which all WSN residents and teammates have, to take the opportunity before the parameters for those eligible are expanded more broadly.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 1
The resident is in isolation.
Teammates: 0


January 20, 2021

WSN UPDATE – ESSENTIAL CAREGIVER VISITATION REOPENS

We are set to reopen visitation for Designated Essential Caregivers. Starting today, Designated Essential Caregivers may begin scheduling visits. We know seeing loved ones will lift residents’ spirits. We look forward to seeing you, too.

While this is very exciting news, we have some reminders about visitation. Even though it feels like we have made it through the worst of this pandemic, we still must work together to protect one another for many reasons. We have people in the building who have not contracted COVID-19. Those who were vaccinated last week have had only one dose of the vaccine and are not fully immune. Many residents who’ve had COVID-19 are weakened and still recovering. This pandemic is still very much a threat.

Before visiting, you will need to show valid proof that you have received negative results from a COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) within the last seven (7) days. We also ask that you carefully review the Designated Essential Caregiver Education Packet and the Designated Essential Caregiver Agreement. You will be expected to strictly follow all the rules outlined in the agreement.

Scheduling a Visit
For now, there will be 10 visitation slots available per day. We will be sending out a separate email with a Doodle poll sign-up for you to select times to visit. We ask that you limit your sign-ups to no more than a few a week for the first few weeks to allow room for others. We anticipate that many family members will want to visit their loved ones and we want to ensure everyone has opportunities.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES

Residents: 1
The resident is in isolation.
Teammates: 0


January 19, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS

We understand the frustration surrounding the search for locations to get vaccinated. Limited distribution and the inconsistencies between regions around the state and the approved providers have made it feel like the Wild West.

While we encourage you to continue to seek out emerging opportunities and take advantage of any offered by your healthcare provider, we want you to know that you are not all on your own. Please know that for weeks The Wesleyan team has been diligently working every available front to secure opportunities for Independent Living residents to receive vaccinations as soon as possible, and we continue to pursue all options.

We are grateful for the residents who have shared with us and one another what they have learned regarding vaccination opportunities. We will not rest until everyone who wants a vaccination is able to receive one.

VACCINATION RESOURCES
The Texas Department of State Health Services has posted a vaccine provider location map that will be updated frequently.

A list of providers that will be receiving vaccine this week is available at https://dshs.texas.gov/news/updates/COVIDVaccineAllocation-Week6.pdf.

Visit our COVID-19 Response site specifically for vaccination information: https://thewesleyan.wordpress.com/covid-19-vaccination-information/

The Williamson County & Cities Health District Vaccine Information: http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/vaccine.php


January 19, 2021

WSN UPDATE

While we do not have any major changes to report today, numerous steps forward are being made each day. We know that everyone is ready for some normalcy and we look forward to a return to daily routines and activities as well.

Room moves are underway as we return the building to regular use. You will be notified before your resident is moved. While we were managing care for residents with COVID-19, room moves had to happen quickly, sometimes even abruptly. However, now we are working diligently to move residents with the least disruption possible.

Communal dining and group activities will remain closed until The Williamson County and Cities Health District approves them being re-opened. There is also no change to visitation policy yet, but the team is working on a visitation plan.

As we have reported, we are testing teammates twice weekly while Williamson County’s positivity rate is above 10%. The rate is currently 16.07%. Almost all of the results from last Thursday’s testing of teammates have been returned. Thankfully, all that have been returned have been negative.

NEXT VACCINATION CLINIC FOR WSN RESIDENTS
The next vaccination clinic will take place Friday, February 5, from 10am to 4 pm. At this clinic, second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to those who previously received their first dose, and first doses will be administered to those who may have missed the January clinic. 

Whether residents will receive their second dose of the vaccine or their first at this clinic, they or their responsible party are required to complete a consent form and submit it to Stephanie Hernandez at stephanie.hernandez@wesleyanhomes.org by February 1, 2021.

This vaccination clinic will be the last opportunity to start the vaccine series with The Wesleyan’s pharmacy partner CVS. We anticipate that vaccine availability will improve with time, but we encourage those with Phase 1A eligibility, which all WSN residents have, to take the opportunity before the parameters for those eligible are expanded more broadly.


January 18, 2021

ASSISTED LIVING TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We want to inform you that a teammate has tested positive for COVID-19. We have begun the process of contact tracing and will inform anyone who has had close contact with this teammate so that they may be tested. The teammate who tested positive is quarantining at home.

As we do with each positive test result, The Wesleyan has notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We understand how tiring it is to endure the limitations brought on by this pandemic, but we do see reason to hope. We held our first vaccine clinic last week and are in the process of planning the next clinic for February. We’ll be sending out more details soon. The February clinic will offer the second dose of the vaccine to those who already received their first dose, and first doses will be offered to those who may have missed the initial January clinic. While precautionary measures will continue to be necessary for some time to come, the vaccines are offering us a much-needed additional layer of protection.

General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but please help us safeguard all of our residents by diligently following all of our policies.

You are a constant source of encouragement for us. Thank you for your kind words and offers of support.


The Wesleyan’s Chief Compliance Officer Kelly Goetz, RN, shares a few words with those who are weary of all the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into our lives.


January 15, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We are pleased to report that our remaining teammate with COVID-19 has recovered and returned to work. And, all but one of our residents have been moved out of isolation. On Friday, our pharmacy partner CVS held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the residents and teammates of The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

While we will have to remain vigilant for months to come, we take heart in these positive steps forward.

We are testing all of our teammates today as well as any residents who have not contracted COVID-19. We will test teammates again on Thursday. Skilled nursing facilities are required to test staff twice weekly while Williamson County has a positivity rate higher than 10%. Should anyone test positive, we will inform you.

The next vaccine clinic will take place February 5 from 10am to 4 pm. At this clinic, second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to those who previously received their first dose, and first doses will be administered to those who may have missed the January clinic. Consent forms will be required again. Watch future updates for all the details.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 1
The resident is in isolation.
Teammates: 0


January 15, 2021

WSN UPDATE

Today, our pharmacy partner CVS is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the residents and teammates of The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. The next clinic will take place in February. At the next clinic, both first doses and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered. We’ll provide more details in the coming weeks.

Unless there are any updates to provide over the weekend, the next email we send you will be on Monday, January 18.

Thank you for continuing to pray for all whose lives have been affected during this pandemic.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 8
Of the 8, 2 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 1
The teammate is quarantining at home.


January 14, 2021

WSN UPDATE

Efforts this week continue to be focused on two major initiatives: 1) preparing to reconfigure the building so that we minimize the number of moves that need to occur to transition us back to regular use of our halls, and 2) preparing for tomorrow’s vaccine clinic. We understand how eager Designated Essential Caregivers are to begin visiting again and we are working towards that.

As residents come off isolation, we’re also focused on their individual needs with regard to strengthening physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. We’ll be sharing more in the coming days about those efforts and how you can help.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 8
Of the 8, 2 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 1
The teammate is quarantining at home.


January 13, 2021

TWO TEST POSITIVE AT INDEPENDENT LIVING

Dear Independent Living Family,

We want to share with you that we have had another resident and another teammate test positive for COVID-19. The resident was exposed to a close contact inside the community and the teammate was exposed to a close contact outside the community. The resident is isolating and the teammate is quarantining at home.

We understand that this is scary. We now have four residents and two teammates who are considered active cases. While this is still a small percentage of our population, we take each and every case seriously. This disease is particularly dangerous for persons older than 65 and especially for those with other health concerns. The virus spreads easily and some carriers do not experience symptoms.

Williamson County now has a positivity rate of 16.5% (this is based on a two-week rolling average). That is as high as it has been since the beginning of this pandemic. Over the past week, Texas reported its highest numbers since the onset of this health crisis with a daily average of more than 18,000 new cases and a total of 2,000 new deaths. It is very important that you make only essential trips outside of the community. And, when leaving the community to go to the doctor or to shop for essential items, strictly follow all precautionary measures. Likewise, if you have a visitor, please ensure that they follow all of our policies and procedures. When visitors come to your apartment, they still need to wear a mask and distance themselves.

Testing for COVID-19
If you have been out in the community or had visitors who have been out in the community, taking advantage of free testing is one way to ensure that you are negative and not unknowingly spreading the virus to others.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is hosting a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot north of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. The walk-up site operates seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The test is a self-administered cheek swab, and results can come in as early as within 24 hours. You can register on your smartphone when you arrive. Make sure not to eat or drink 20 minutes prior to being tested. Note that the tests are $0 for patients, however, insurance will be billed $325. Tests are available for people without insurance. More details can be found at http://bit.ly/gtxtesting.

Vaccine Update
Yesterday, Scott & White notified their patients that they are a large hub provider of vaccines. If you are planning to be vaccinated, we encourage you to do so at your first opportunity. Do not wait. We will continue to announce any opportunities for those categorized as Phase 1B to get vaccinated both through these communications and on our website at https://thewesleyan.wordpress.com/covid-19-vaccination-information/.

Our two closest grocery stores, HEB and Randall’s, have websites set up. But, neither appears to be taking appointments until they receive vaccine.

HEB – https://vaccine.heb.com/
Randall’s – https://www.randalls.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

CVS and Walgreens have participated in vaccine distribution as federal pharmacy partners. CVS is administering the vaccine clinics at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and The Wesleyan Assisted Living. We, and other communities like The Wesleyan, are in contact with them about the possibility of providing a clinic for those eligible for Phase 1B distribution.

Please join me in praying for our residents and teammates who are ill and for returned wellness to our community.


January 13, 2021

A RESIDENT AT WSN TESTS POSITIVE

We wanted to share with you that after routine testing this week, we had one asymptomatic resident whose test came back positive. That resident is in isolation. The Williamson County and Cities Health District has been notified.

The latest teammate tests were also returned and we are thankful to report that all results were negative.

As we shared yesterday, organizing for room moves and Designated Essential Caregiver visitation is underway as we carefully plan the transition back to regular use of our halls. We will contact you prior to making any changes related to your loved one. Thank you for your patience as we prepare for these adjustments.

We continue to prepare for our Vaccine Clinic on Friday, January 15. We have set up an online site where we are providing information about vaccinations. We’ll be posting information about future clinics there once we’ve completed this first round. It’ll be a helpful site to follow. If you or a family member is classified as Phase 1B, we encourage you to watch for updates on opportunities to get vaccinated.

Also, if you live in Williamson County, please remain committed to practicing precautionary measures. Williamson County now has a positivity rate of 16.5% (this is based on a two-week rolling average). That is as high as it has been since the beginning of this pandemic. This surge has affected other places, too. Over the past week, Texas reported its highest weekly numbers since the onset of this health crisis. In one week’s time, Texas has 126,491 new cases and a total of 2,000 new deaths. The Associate Commissioner has urged us to be strict in our adherence to continued physical distancing, hand washing and mask use.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASE
Residents: 1
Of the 12, 2 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 1
The teammate is quarantining at home.


January 12, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that more residents moved out of isolation yesterday. Organizing for room moves and Designated Essential Caregiver visitation is underway. As you know, we had to set up isolation areas within the building and we have to carefully plan the transition back to regular use of our halls. We will contact you prior to making any changes related to your loved one. Thank you for your patience as we prepare for these adjustments.

We’re also getting ready for our Vaccine Clinic on Friday, January 15. We have set up an online site where we are providing information about vaccinations. We’ll be posting information about future clinics there once we’ve completed this first round.

We want to thank you, our families, for your support and encouragement during this trying time. We look forward to brighter days ahead.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 11
Of the 11, 1 is asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 1
The teammate is quarantining at home.


January 11, 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Independent Living Family,

We have had another resident test positive for COVID-19. The resident is self-isolating and contact tracing is underway. Anyone who has been in close contact with the person who has tested positive will be notified and encouraged to get tested.

Williamson County continues to be in Red Phase, which means uncontrolled spread. Even people who are being diligent about taking precautionary measure can contract COVID-19. Remember, people can have COVID-19 and not exhibit symptoms.

That makes all the steps we are taking to protect one another even more important. Every precaution you take – wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands often and putting six feet or more of distance between yourself and others – helps reduce your risk. Please remain vigilant.

Let’s continue to pray for one another and our community.


January 11, 2021

WSN UPDATE

Since our Friday update, a number of residents have moved out of isolation. All but one teammate have recovered and returned to work. For these recoveries, we are very grateful.

We’re preparing for our Vaccine Clinic on Friday, January 15. We have set up an online site where we are providing information about vaccinations. We’ll be posting information about future clinics there once we get through this first round.

Thank you for your continued prayers as we care for all who’ve been affected by this terrible disease.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 34
Of the 34, 10 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 1
The teammate is quarantining at home.


January 8, 2021

WSN UPDATE

This is a short update. We conducted teammate testing yesterday and one teammate tested positive. That is our only change in case numbers from yesterday. That teammate is quarantining at home.

We have been providing daily updates since December 11, with the exception of Christmas Day. It is important to us that you know how the community is doing in the face of this health crisis. However, we don’t want to fill your inbox just to fill your inbox so unless there is new information to share this weekend, the next update you will receive from us will be Monday.

Thank you for continuing to pray for all whose lives have been affected during this pandemic.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 51
Of the 51, 12 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 8
Of the 8, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 7, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We have one asymptomatic resident who received positive test results from the most recent round of testing. The resident is in isolation.

We have uploaded all the information for the residents and teammates who will be vaccinated at the vaccine clinic scheduled for Friday, January 15. The next vaccine clinic will be in February. We will provide the information about that clinic in upcoming emails.

If a member of your family is a health care worker, is 65 or older, or has a medical condition that increases their risk of severe disease or death, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has issued a press release stating that “Texas will direct most of the COVID-19 vaccine received from the federal government to large providers who can vaccinate a total of more than 100,000 people. They have surveyed vaccine providers about their capacity to operate large, community vaccination sites the week of Jan. 11 and will publish a list of vaccine hub providers later this week once vaccine allocation is finalized.” We recommend that if you or a member of your family is in that category, you take the first opportunity you have to be vaccinated. When the DSHS issues the list of providers, we will share it.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 51
Of the 51, 12 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 7
Of the 7, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 7, 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENT AND TEAMMATE TEST POSITIVE

Dear Independent Living Family,

We have had another resident and a teammate test positive for COVID-19. The resident is self-isolating and the teammate is quarantining at home. The resident is asymptomatic and received their result after taking a COVID-19 test.

Contact tracing for both individuals is underway. We will notify anyone who may have had close contact so they may get tested.

State and local health authorities continue to caution us that our region has still not seen its post-holiday peak. We urge everyone to diligently practice safety measures.

We know many of you are interested in getting vaccinated. Refer to the information sheet we distributed recently for details about the roll-out of vaccinations. Vaccine supply remains limited, but more vaccine will be delivered to area providers each week. As soon as you have the opportunity to get vaccinated, we encourage you to do so.

In November, The Wesleyan applied to be a vaccine provider, but we do not have a response yet about whether we will receive vaccines. Do not wait. Take the first opportunity you have. We are closely following the distributions to local providers and will alert you when we learn of new opportunities. You can also look for area providers using the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map on the Texas Department of State Health Services website at http://bit.ly/vaccineproviders.

These are trying times. Please take good care of yourselves and encourage your neighbors. The strength of this community is our relationships with one another. Draw on them.


January 6, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We are receiving the testing results from earlier this week. All results have not been returned, but we have one resident and one teammate who have tested positive. The resident is in isolation. The teammate is quarantining at home. Thankfully, we can also report that more of our residents who had contracted COVID-19 have progressed through their illnesses and moved out of isolation.

We are 10 months into managing the significant turmoil that this global pandemic has brought into our everyday lives. We are grateful for the herculean efforts of our teammates, the constant encouragement and support of residents’ families and all the prayers that have been offered. We want to acknowledge the heart with which so many have devoted themselves to seeing us through this health crisis. We also believe that, with continued diligence and one another’s help, we will soon come through this trying time. Many who have contracted COVID-19 will recover and we celebrate that. But, this virus has taken much from us, including precious lives. Those who have suffered losses are in our hearts. We will not forget.

We do want to prepare you for future updates. As it has been The Wesleyan’s commitment to be transparent since the beginning of this pandemic, we will report the number of residents in our communities who had COVID-19 when they died. (Note that this may not necessarily be the cause of death.) We also report these deaths to the State of Texas. While we will be reporting only numbers due to privacy law and out of respect for residents’ families, we do not view these deaths as mere numbers. Each was a loved and valued individual and member of our Wesleyan Family. This reporting will be included along with our Active and Closed Cases charts on The Wesleyan’s COVID-19 Response site online.

Please continue to pray for our residents and teammates and all who love them as we navigate these difficult days.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 50
Of the 50, 11 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 8
Of the 8, 3 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 5, 2021

ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We have some updates from yesterday. Another resident of the Assisted Living has tested positive for COVID-19. We have notified the resident’s family and the resident is isolating. We continue to closely monitor all residents for any changes.

As we do with each positive test result, The Wesleyan has notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We also received the test results for our remaining teammates back. Those were all negative. While we have not yet received a recommendation from the Williamson County & Cities Health District regarding future testing, we will update you when we do.

Testing is an important tool to identify positive cases. However, it is limited in that it provides a result for only one point in time. You could test, receive a negative result two days later and feel relieved. However, in the two days that you are waiting for your results, you could be exposed and contract COVID-19. Or, you may test because you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. If you test too soon after your exposure, your test result could come back negative, but if you were to test a day later, your result may be positive. That is why anyone who believes they may have been exposed should self-quarantine for 10-14 days.

We continue to see what the Williamson County & Cities Health District describes as “uncontrolled spread” in our area. Local hospitals are strained. It can feel like there is nothing anyone can do, but continuing to practice precautionary measures – wearing masks, washing hands often, physically distancing and avoiding crowds – is key to protecting ourselves and others. 

General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit. However, Designated Essential Caregivers may not visit residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Please help us safeguard all of our residents by diligently following all of our policies.

We are grateful to all who have offered prayers, support and encouragement to our residents and teammates during this trying time.


January 5, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We have had two additional residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Their families have been notified and they are in isolation. The Williamson County and Cities Health District has been notified.

All residents who have not previously tested positive for COVID-19 were tested yesterday. Additionally, all teammates were tested yesterday. Because the positivity rate in Williamson County has now exceeded 10%, we are required to test staff twice weekly. We anticipate that we will have results from Monday’s test sometime tomorrow.

As we mentioned yesterday, we still anticipate that some residents will be moved off isolation soon. We are just waiting on the orders so that we may officially notify their families.

General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but it is imperative that you take all recommended precautionary measures. Williamson County is still in Red Phase, which means “uncontrolled spread.” Local hospitals are strained. Everyone needs to work together to mitigate risks.

Please continue to keep all who are weary and worried in your prayers. This virus is taking a toll on both those who have been infected and those who care for and love them.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 65
Of the 65, 15 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 11
Of the 11, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 4, 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Dear Independent Living Family,

We have had another resident test positive for COVID-19. The resident is self-isolating.

When a resident or teammate tests positive we conduct contact tracing. Anyone who has been in close contact with a member of our community who has tested positive is notified and encouraged to get tested.

Like contact tracing, testing is an effective tool in managing the spread of COVID-19. As you know, people can be positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms. That is why the local health department will sometimes recommend that a facility test both staff and residents after a positive case has been diagnosed.

The difficult thing about testing is that it provides a result for only one point in time. You could test, receive a negative result two days later and feel relieved. However, in the two days that you are waiting for your results, you could be exposed and contract COVID-19. So, while it is a helpful tool, testing also has limitations.

With these recent cases, the Williamson County & Cities Health District has not recommended that we test all residents and teammates of Independent Living. Nevertheless, we recognize that the possibility of asymptomatic spread is scary. That is why it is imperative that all residents and teammates are diligent about practicing precautionary measures.

This is a caring community and we know you all want to do everything you can to protect yourselves and your neighbors. We understand that we would all like to see an end to COVID-19, but until we do, let’s take the simple steps of wearing our masks, washing our hands often, physically distancing ourselves from others and avoiding crowds.


January 4, 2021

WSN UPDATE

We do not have any updates in case numbers today. There are some residents who will be moving out of isolation, but we will report those after the orders come through and their responsible parties are called.

If you have not submitted consent forms for the Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Friday, January 15, please do so today. The deadline was January 2 and we are now following up with anyone who has not turned them in. See the instructions below. Even if your loved one has had COVID-19, health experts still advise getting vaccinated. To answer any questions you may have, we have provided a FAQs document from CVS, our pharmacy provider, who will be administering the vaccinations for our clinic.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 64
Of the 64, 15 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 11
Of the 11, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


January 2, 2021

TEST RESULTS RETURNED AT ASSISTED LIVING

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

From the COVID-19 testing conducted Tuesday, six additional residents have received positive results. We now have ten residents who are currently positive. Of those ten, only one resident is exhibiting symptoms identified with COVID-19.

We’re still waiting on some test results for teammates, so the number of teammates who have tested positive is the same as when we last reported to you – four.

The Wesleyan has notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) about the additional residents and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit. However, Designated Essential Caregivers may not visit residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. We ask that those visiting take all the required precautions to help safeguard both yourselves and our residents.

If you have not submitted consent forms for the Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, please do so today.

In the midst of this ongoing health crisis, we welcome a new year with hope for restored health and a return to conditions when we can hug and share time with one another without fear. We wish you and your family many blessings in 2021!


January 2, 2021

WSN UPDATE

If you have not submitted consent forms for the Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Friday, January 15, please do so today. Even if your loved one has had COVID-19, health experts still advise getting vaccinated.

We have some good news to share. This week, we were able to take advantage of an opportunity to administer a new COVID-19 treatment for eligible patients. Only the residents whose stage of disease fit the treatment protocols were offered the treatment, but we are grateful to Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for providing the opportunity. Read the full story below.

As we begin 2021, we ask you to join us in prayer for each of our residents, teammates and for one another’s families. We are still very much in the middle of fighting this terrible virus. We need each other’s support and encouragement.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 67
Of the 67, 16 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 17
Of the 17, 3 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.

HHSC ASSISTS THE WESLEYAN WITH ADMINISTRATION OF NEW TREATMENT OPTION

On December 27, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) reached out to skilled nursing facilities around the state to present an opportunity to provide and assist with the administration of the therapeutic monoclonal antibody bamlanivimab. The FDA has authorized the emergency use of bamlanivimab for the treatment of COVID-19 under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)

Initially, the federal government directed that the product be distributed only to hospitals or hospital-affiliated facilities. Therefore, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) allocated bamlanivimab to acute care hospitals across Texas, prioritizing communities with high COVID-19 disease burden. However, now the federal government is allowing this product to be distributed to other types of facilities.

When The Wesleyan received this information, we immediately reached out to HHSC to coordinate potential administration for our residents whose disease progression was still in the required time frame for administration. The medication must be administered within a specific period of time after diagnosis. So, not all residents who have contracted COVID-19 were eligible to receive the treatment.

We are grateful to HHSC for the opportunity to offer this therapeutic option to our residents and for allowing these infusions to occur within the facility. The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation team provided medical direction, performed patient assessment and discussed treatment options with residents who qualified for the treatment.

Bamlanivimab is an investigational medicine used for the treatment of COVID-19 in non-hospitalized adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older with mild to moderate symptoms who weigh 88 pounds (40 kg) or more, and who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms or the need for hospitalization. Bamlanivimab is investigational because it is still being studied. There is limited information known about the safety or effectiveness of using bamlanivimab to treat people with COVID-19.

In coordination with HHSC, a team consisting of nurses and paramedics came to WSN on December 30 to administer bamlanivimab to 12 of our residents. There are specific requirements that must be met to receive this treatment. Our WSN medical team identified the residents who qualified and worked closely with the team from the state to assist with administration.

WSN has registered for allocation of additional monoclonal antibody treatments, if needed, for future use. Bamlanivimab remains in limited supply. And, some hospitals and healthcare facilities in Texas that request the treatment will not receive an allocation due to its scarcity. However, we were thankful for this opportunity and hope that we can continue to provide this new treatment option for our residents.


January 1, 2021

TWO RESIDENTS AND ONE TEAMMATE TEST POSITIVE AT WSN

We have an update from yesterday that we want to share with you. We have had two additional residents and one teammate test positive for COVID-19. The families of the residents who tested positive were notified as was The Williamson County & Cities Health District. The teammate is quarantining at home.

In the midst of this ongoing health crisis, we welcome a new year with hope for restored health and a return to conditions when we can hug and share time with one another without fear. We wish you and your family many blessings in 2021!

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 68
Of the 68, 16 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 17
Of the 17, 3 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


December 31, 2020

WSN FAMILY UPDATE

Dear WSN Family,

We are still waiting to receive test results from the routine testing conducted on Monday. As soon as we receive them, we will notify residents and their responsible parties of their results.

Since tomorrow is New Year’s Day, we will not send an update unless there is a significant change in the number of cases or test results are returned.

Please be sure to submit consent forms for the Vaccine Clinic scheduled for January 15 if you haven’t already. See links below.

As always, we are grateful for your prayers, encouragement and support. We hope 2021 will bring many blessings to you and your family.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 68
Of the 68, 15 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 16
Of the 16, 3 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


December 31, 2020

A RESIDENT AND A TEAMMATE TEST POSITIVE AT INDEPENDENT LIVING

Dear Independent Living Family,

We have had another resident and a teammate test positive for COVID-19. The resident is self-isolating and the teammate is quarantining at home. The two cases are unrelated.

We are in the process of conducting contact tracing. Anyone who has been in close contact with either the resident or teammate who tested positive will be notified so that they may get tested.

We are taking all necessary precautions according to our policies, and we are following recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies. We have notified the Williamson County & Cities Health District and will monitor the situation for any further developments.

Because of conditions in Williamson County, the potential for exposure continues to be a threat that we must guard against. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract COVID-19. Please take the necessary precautions to mitigate risks for yourself and others.

Please join us in praying for all who have been affected by this terrible virus.


December 31, 2020 

NEW CASES AT ASSISTED LIVING

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We are carefully monitoring the situation at The Wesleyan Assisted Living. Yesterday, we had two more residents and two more teammates who tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals learned of their positive status because they developed symptoms.

We are still awaiting test results from the testing conducted on Tuesday.

The Wesleyan has notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We understand how scary these circumstances are for our residents and for you, their family members. Should your loved one test positive or develop symptoms, we will contact you by phone. We will also keep you informed through email updates like this one.

In an earlier email, we shared these ways you can help, but are including them again as a reminder.

REMINDER: HOW YOU CAN HELP AT THIS TIME

  • Waiting for test results is hard. Because of the high volume of testing around the state, it’s taking more time to get test results. We have staff who track our labs. Residents and responsible parties will be notified of results soon after we receive results. Please try to be patient.
  • We have closed communal dining and activities to further reduce potential exposure. As you know, it is hard on residents when social interaction is limited. You can help during this trying time with phone calls and virtual visits. Our Life Enrichment team is offering virtual programming as well.
  • General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but it is imperative that you take all recommended precautionary measures. Please also check with the facility as visitation rules are regularly changed/updated during this pandemic based on best practices as well as health agency guidance.
  • Use this time to complete the consent forms for our Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Tuesday, January 12. Getting that paperwork in now will save staff from having to make reminder calls.

We invite you to join us in praying for our residents, teammates and all whose lives have been adversely affected by this terrible virus.


December 30, 2020

WAITING ON TEST RESULTS AT WSN

We are still waiting to receive test results from the routine testing conducted at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation on Monday. As soon as we receive test results, we will notify residents and their responsible parties of their results.

Thank you for the expressions of appreciation and encouraging words for our teammates as we navigate these difficult circumstances.

REMINDER: HOW YOU CAN HELP AT THIS TIME

Waiting for test results is hard. Because of the high volume of testing around the state, it’s taking more time to get test results. We have staff who track our labs. Residents and responsible parties will be notified of results soon after we receive results. Please try to be patient.

General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but it is imperative that you take all recommended precautionary measures. Please also check with the facility as visitation rules are regularly changed/updated during this pandemic based on best practices as well as health agency guidance.

Use this time to complete the consent forms for our Vaccine Clinic scheduled for January 15. Getting that paperwork in now will save staff from having to make reminder calls.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 67
Of the 67, 15 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 10
Of the 10, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


December 29, 2020

INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Independent Living Family,

Today, we reach out to you with news that we have not had to share with The Wesleyan Independent Living community since the beginning of this pandemic.

We have a resident who is positive for COVID-19.
 
The Wesleyan President and CEO Mark Lenhard wanted to share the following statement with the IL residents: “You, your neighbors and this community have done an incredible job of caring for one another throughout this pandemic. Know that an occurrence in our community does not diminish your hard work and diligence. For weeks, Williamson County has been in Red Phase, which is defined as uncontrolled community spread. Health experts predicted that we would see an increase in cases this holiday season. Williamson County’s positivity rate has risen to 10.6% and we have seen increases in positive cases in each of our Wesleyan communities. I want to thank you for your support of one another and our teammates as we navigate this health issue.”

The resident who has tested positive will isolate. We are taking all necessary precautions according to our policies, and we are following recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies. We have notified the Williamson County & Cities Health District and will monitor the situation for any further developments.

The potential for exposure continues to be a threat that we must guard against. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract COVID-19. Remember that one of the insidious characteristics of this virus is that people can have it without having any symptoms. Please take the necessary precautions to mitigate risks for yourself and others.

We pray that each of you have a healthy and safe New Year’s and join us in welcoming 2021 and all of the opportunities it can provide.


December 29, 2020

WSN UPDATE

We are pleased to report that more residents and teammates have been moved to the recovered list, but ask that you keep those who still have symptoms in your prayers. This virus affects everyone differently and its effects range from mild to serious. Seven to eight days into the virus remains a critical juncture so we continue to closely monitor residents for any changes in condition.

Yesterday, we conducted routine testing of teammates and residents who are not among our active cases. As soon as we receive test results, we will notify residents and their responsible parties of their results.

HOW YOU CAN HELP AT THIS TIME

  • Waiting for test results is hard. Because of the high volume of testing around the state, it’s taking more time to get test results. We have staff who track our labs. Residents and responsible parties will be notified of results soon after we receive results. Please try to be patient.
  • General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but it is imperative that you take all recommended precautionary measures. Please also check with the facility as visitation rules are regularly changed/updated during this pandemic based on best practices as well as health agency guidance.
  • Use this time to complete the consent forms for our Vaccine Clinic scheduled for January 15. Getting that paperwork in now will save staff from having to make reminder calls.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 68
Of the 68, 15 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 9
Of the 9, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


December 29, 2020

TWO NEW POSITIVE RESULTS AT ASSISTED LIVING

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

After notifying you yesterday evening that a resident of Assisted Living had tested positive for COVID-19, later in the evening, we learned of another resident and a teammate who have tested positive. We are keeping the Williamson County & Cities Health District informed and following any guidance they provide.

We do not believe that these recent cases are related to the one another. As mentioned in yesterday’s communication, Williamson County is in “Red Phase,” which means our community is experiencing uncontrollable spread. The COVID-19 positivity rate for our county is now 10.6%. Because carriers can be asymptomatic and this virus is very contagious, it is critical that everyone be vigilant in practicing precautionary measures.

HOW YOU CAN HELP AT THIS TIME

  • Waiting for test results is hard. Because of the high volume of testing around the state, it’s taking more time to get test results. We have staff who track our labs. Residents and responsible parties will be notified of results soon after we receive results. Please try to be patient.
  • We have closed communal dining and activities to further reduce potential exposure. As you know, it is hard on residents when social interaction is limited. You can help during this trying time with phone calls and virtual visits. Our Life Enrichment team will be offering virtual programming as well.
  • General visitation continues to be closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but it is imperative that you take all recommended precautionary measures. Please also check with the facility as visitation rules are regularly changed/updated during this pandemic based on best practices as well as health agency guidance.
  • Use this time to complete the consent forms for our Vaccine Clinic. Getting that paperwork in now will save staff from having to make reminder calls.
  • Finally, please pray for those who have tested positive and their families. We’re 10 months into this pandemic. These circumstances are hard on everyone, but they are especially hard on those for whom this virus poses a threat to their health.

Thank you for your continued support of our ministry.


December 28, 2020

ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We have two important notifications for you today.

First, a resident of Assisted Living has tested positive for COVID-19.

We have notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District and have begun contact tracing. Normally, we would test only those who had close contact with a resident or teammate who had tested positive. However, because Williamson County is in “Red Phase” (defined as “Uncontrolled Community Spread” by the Williamson County and Cities Health District) and we saw spread in the county exacerbated following the Thanksgiving holiday, we are taking the proactive step of testing all residents and teammates tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The one exception is that we do not plan to test teammates or residents in Laurel Hall, our memory care community, as we have been careful to limit the interaction of those living and working in Laurel Hall with those living and working in the main building. Laurel Hall is not considered at risk in this case. 

Second, The Wesleyan’s preferred pharmacy partner, Omnicare, a CVS Health company, has notified us that The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held Tuesday, January 12.

You should have received an email December 21 from The Wesleyan with the subject line “IMPORTANT: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.” Please follow the instructions in that email and SUBMIT REQUIRED FORMS NO LATER THAN JANUARY 2. If you have not already, please review the Responsible Party consent form from our pharmacy partner Omnicare, a CVS Health company, and the Acceptance/Declination form from The Wesleyan. In order for a resident to receive the vaccine, both forms must be signed by the individual or their responsible party, indicating that they wish to be vaccinated. However, if a resident or their responsible party chooses to decline the vaccination, The Wesleyan’s form provides an option to indicate that choice. Signed declination forms still must be submitted to the community because we are required to keep a record of all residents and teammates to whom we offered the vaccine.

Here is how you can return the forms to us:

  1. Email the two completed forms: (1) CVS Responsible Party Consent Form, and (2) the COVID-19 Acknowledgment and Record of Acceptance or Declination Form for The Wesleyan to Administrator Donna Hohm.
  2. Drop your forms off at the front entrance of The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care, 109 Estrella Crossing, Georgetown, Texas 78628. You can drop them off at the screening table at the entrance.

We will have to start calling anyone who has not submitted their forms, so you can help save us time by returning them now.

Finally, please continue to remember our community in your prayers. This has been a difficult year and while news of a vaccine clinic gives us a glimmer of hope, we cannot lessen our efforts to fend off this insidious virus.


December 28, 2020

WSN CLOSELY MONITORING RESIDENTS

Dear WSN Family,

We continue to closely monitor our residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. The progression of this virus is different for everyone, which is why we are documenting patients’ symptoms and alerting our medical director of any changes.

We understand how hard it is for you not to be able to see for yourself how your loved one is doing. Chief Operating Officer Bethany Sisneroz, who is working in the building, asks for your patience and explains, “Patient care comes first. We know families want to be able to speak to their resident’s caregivers. We are receiving lots of phone calls. We fully respect that you want to see your resident and talk to his or her caregivers, but it is critical that our nursing personnel prioritize patient care. We are trying our best to return phone calls as we are able, but please know that if a WSN teammate has not called to update you on your resident, then there has been no change in your resident’s status. Our Life Enrichment staff is trying to facilitate window and virtual visits as much as we can. We thank you for your patience.”

Today, we are testing residents who have previously tested negative and all WSN teammates for COVID-19. Testing continues to be one of the essential tools in managing COVID-19. Of course, if a resident who was previously negative tests positive, we will call the responsible party. And, as always, we will report on those results in tomorrow’s update.

We are happy to report that the date for The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Vaccine Clinic has been set. See the notice below for details.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 80
Of the 80, 39 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 13
Of the 13, 2 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.

VACCINE CLINIC DATE SET

The Wesleyan’s preferred pharmacy partner, Omnicare, a CVS Health company, has notified WSN that our COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held Friday, January 15.

You should have received an email last weekend from The Wesleyan with the subject line “IMPORTANT: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.” Please follow the instructions in that email and SUBMIT THIS WEEK. If you have not already, please review the Responsible Party consent form from our pharmacy partner Omnicare, a CVS Health company, and the Acceptance/Declination form from The Wesleyan. In order for a resident to receive the vaccine, both forms must be signed by the individual or their responsible party, indicating that they wish to be vaccinated. However, if a resident or their responsible party chooses to decline the vaccination, The Wesleyan’s form provides an option to indicate that choice. Signed declination forms still must be submitted to the community because we are required to keep a record of all residents and teammates to whom we offered the vaccine.

If you have not yet signed the required forms, please do so as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, you may contact The Wesleyan’s Chief Compliance Officer Kelly Goetz, R.N.

NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated for COVID-19 even if you have tested positive. However, there is a waiting period for vaccination after contracting COVID-19. You are still advised to complete and submit consent forms so that they are on file at WSN.


December 27, 2020

RECOVERIES TO REPORT

We are pleased to report that nine residents and 15 teammates have recovered from COVID-19. We look forward to seeing more in our community improve this week. Still, we remain alert to the insidious nature of this virus and continue to carefully monitor residents for any change in status or new occurrences of symptoms. We will conduct routine testing with teammates again tomorrow.

We thank you for your prayers and expressions of appreciation. Your support is a source of encouragement


December 26, 2020

NO NEW CASES AT WSN

We are pleased that we have no new COVID-19 cases at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation to report today. We continue to conduct routine testing and carefully monitor residents for any change in status or new occurrences of symptoms. Should changes occur, you will hear from us.

Administrator Laura Kate Placke says, “We understand that waiting to hear how a family member is doing is hard. We appreciate you understanding that we are prioritizing patient care and responding as quickly as we can. Our medical director and nurse practitioner are keeping track of our residents who have tested positive. Should a significant change occur, they will call you. In the meantime, we are trying to keep residents’ spirits up and remind them of how many people care for them and are praying for them.”


December 24, 2020 

UPDATES FOR ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

We have two updates to share.

On December 17, we reported to you that a resident had tested positive for COVID-19. As you are aware, we conducted contact tracing to identify anyone who needed to be tested. As a precautionary measure, we also decided to test all the residents living in the vicinity of the positive resident whether they had been in close contact or not. As of yesterday, all of those test results had been returned and all were negative.

Unfortunately, this morning, we learned of a teammate who has tested positive for COVID-19. This teammate is quarantining at home.

The Williamson County & Cities Health District has been notified and contact tracing is underway. If any residents or teammates have been in close contact with this teammate who has tested positive, they will be notified. We will conduct testing with guidance from the Health District.

We thank you for your continued support of our efforts to safeguard our residents. Williamson County is still in Red Phase, which means “uncontrolled community spread,” so we encourage diligence in the practice of precautionary measures. As a reminder, General Visitation is closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but we ask that you strictly follow our visitation policy.

We hope you have a safe and blessed Christmas.


December 24, 2020

CHRISTMAS EVE UPDATE FOR WSN

The team at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation continues to conscientiously manage our COVID-19 response. Our medical director and nursing staff are monitoring all positive residents and addressing their symptoms. We also continue to do routine testing on residents and teammates who have not tested positive.

Nine residents and nine teammates have now recovered and their cases are considered closed. With Christmas tomorrow, we know visitation is on your minds. Under current state regulations, only Designated Essential Caregivers are able to visit inside the building, but they may visit only if the resident they are visiting has tested negative for COVID-19 and they meet all other screening requirements.

The WSN Life Enrichment team will continue to facilitate virtual visits and closed window visits. We realize how important it is to be able to see how residents are doing. We also understand that being together is an essential part of this special time of year. The WSN team will do everything they can to facilitate these connections, but please know that their first priority is resident care. We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these difficult circumstances.

Please continue to pray for our residents, teammates and all whose lives have been affected by this pandemic.


December 23, 2020

AN UPDATE ON CASES AT WSN

We want to provide an update on a significant change in our reported cases of COVID-19 at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN). After additional rapid-result testing, we identified 52 more residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 52 residents, 23 are asymptomatic. This now brings the total number of residents who have tested positive at WSN since December 12 to 90, continuing an upward trend that started following the Thanksgiving holiday. Thankfully, nine (9) residents, who were previously positive, have recovered and have been categorized as closed cases.

Teammate cases are holding steady. Currently, we have 16 teammates who are positive. Three (3) teammates who had been positive have recovered and now are categorized as closed cases.

Of the 81 residents who are currently positive, 40 are asymptomatic. The Wesleyan called the designated responsible parties for the residents who most recently tested positive to inform them of their test results.

President and CEO Mark Lenhard says, “We are grateful to everyone who has taken precautionary measures to protect themselves and others. We don’t want those who have done everything they are supposed to do to feel like they have failed. Experts warned that we would see a worsening of conditions during the holiday season. The insidious characteristic of this virus is that a person can have it, but exhibit no symptoms. Regulatory agencies have complimented WSN for its screening procedures and infection control practices, but even with our diligence, it is hard to defend our community from a virus that spreads so easily.”

Williamson County moved into “Red Phase” (defined as “Uncontrolled Community Spread” by the Williamson County and Cities Health District) November 19. The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, which had only had cases in the single digits since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic, began to see a rise in cases December 11.

With Christmas this week, we know visitation is on the minds of our families. Under current state regulations, only Designated Essential Caregivers are able to visit inside the building, but they may visit only if the resident has tested negative for COVID-19 and they meet all other screening requirements.

The WSN Life Enrichment team will continue to facilitate virtual visits and closed window visits. We realize how important it is to be able to see how residents are doing. We also understand that being together is an essential part of this special time of year. The WSN team will do everything they can to facilitate these connections, but please know that their first priority is resident care. We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for all of our residents and teammates as we work our way through this crisis.

A NOTE TO WSN TEAMMATES FROM PRESIDENT AND CEO MARK LENHARD

President and CEO Mark Lenhard also shared with teammates what he heard from family members on the calls he made:

“Yesterday, while calling families to inform them of their loved ones’ status, I heard incredible stories of appreciation and praise for you all. Families commented on how hard these times must be, about how much you care for our residents and how absolutely exhausted you must be. Many expressed concern about your health and that of your own families. One family member said that we would not have had the successes throughout this pandemic without your hard work and commitment as dedicated healthcare workers.

While the compliments are great to hear, what is most important is that they care about you! They want you to know that in any way they can, they empathize with the challenges you face. Our families find peace in the comfort that you continue to provide to those who need you the most.

I am routinely in communication with our Board of Trustees and they are thankful for all that you do on behalf of The Wesleyan. And I, and your entire leadership team, could not be more proud of your daily example of our Lord’s ministry to others.”


December 19, 2020

AN UPDATE ON WSN

Since The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) is experiencing a post-Thanksgiving increase in the number of teammates and residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, we are providing more frequent updates for you. Here are today’s numbers from WSN:

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES AT THE WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION
Residents: 33
Of the 33, 17 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 18
Of the 18, 7 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.


December 18, 2020

Dear Wesleyan Family,

We are committed to staying in regular communication with all of you because we feel that our community is made stronger by being transparent about what is taking place throughout our nation, our state, our town and this ministry. This information gives us all the opportunity to hold in prayer the residents, families and teammates who continue to be impacted by this pandemic. For nearly nine months, our COVID-19 cases remained in the low, single digits. Since Thanksgiving, however, Williamson County has seen a significant increase in people contracting COVID-19. The dangerous aspects of this virus are that it can be spread even when people are not exhibiting symptoms, and it is very contagious.

Last week, the “uncontrollable spread” in our county reached The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and we saw an increase in positive cases. Today, those numbers have risen again. We cannot stress enough the importance for compliance with social distancing, mask-wearing, diligent hand-washing and other proven practices for infection control management. Many of our residents and family members have shared their concerns about their personal experiences with non-compliance as well as misunderstandings about the severity of COVID-19 and how it is treated. It is our hope that through these communications we can allay fear by informing you of our community’s status, share the guidance and best practices we have received from well-respected health agencies and institutions and foster the spiritual strength of a community praying for the end to this insidious virus. 

Please join me in prayer:
God of our days and times: come close to us in this hour. Calm our hearts and minds, restore our spirits, and give us peace. Lord, allay our fears, bolster our courage and our compassion, increase our capacity for love. In this season, we have been made uncomfortable; our movements have been curtailed; we are inundated with often conflicting information; our minds are racing – but – we cling to your promise to be with us always. We are your creation and our hearts can safely trust in you. During our time of social isolation, help us to get closer to you. Let compassion rise in us and send us an extra anointing of your love. Allow us to hear your voice amid the cacophony of voices around us and restore our joy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Written by REV. CYNTHIA BELT, HARWOOD PARK UMC AND MT. ZION UMC IN ELKRIDGE‘A prayer for these days and times’

Mark Lenhard
President and CEO


December 17, 2020

Dear Assisted Living and Memory Care Family,

As you are aware, after learning that a teammate at Assisted Living and Memory Care tested positive for COVID-19, we conducted contact tracing to determine if any residents or teammates had close contact with the teammate who tested positive. All those identified during contact tracing were tested for COVID-19. As an added precautionary measure, we tested all the residents living near the area where this teammate works.

We have begun to receive test results back. So far, we have received 22 test results. Of those, all were negative, except for one (1) resident who has tested positive. We have spoken to the resident’s family and will continue to be in regular communication with them.

The Wesleyan has also notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The teammate who tested positive continues to quarantine at home. The resident who tested positive is isolated.

As a reminder, General Visitation is closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but we ask that you take all recommended precautionary measures. Please also check with the facility as visitation rules are regularly changed/updated during this pandemic based on best practices as well as health agency guidance.

We will keep you updated. Thank you for keeping our community in your prayers.


December 17, 2020

Dear WSN Family,

Since The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) has begun experiencing a post-Thanksgiving increase in the number of teammates and residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, we are providing more frequent updates for you. Of course, you may also receive phone calls from members of our WSN team with specific information on your family member, but we want to ensure that everyone in our WSN family is kept apprised of how WSN is doing while we are caring for residents with COVID-19 and working to prevent spread. These updates will contain new informational items as well as helpful reminders, so please read carefully.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES
Residents: 15
Of the 15, 5 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 16
Of the 16, 6 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.

TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FINDS NO DEFICIENCIES IN DECEMBER 15 SURVEY OF WSN
When a facility like WSN reports that an employee or resident has tested positive for COVID-19, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) sends a surveyor to evaluate infection control practices. They review medical records, check processes, review policies, observe conditions and randomly ask individual employees questions to assess their infection control knowledge. An HHS surveyor visited WSN on Tuesday, December 15, to review our processes and practices. No deficiencies were reported. This is an impressive accomplishment under any circumstances, but during a pandemic, we are especially proud of our WSN teammates and their commitment to quality care.

PPE SUPPLY REMAINS STRONG
When the number of positive cases in a community rise, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at hospitals and healthcare facilities also rises. Fortunately, since the beginning of this pandemic, The Wesleyan’s procurement team has stayed ahead of PPE shortages and The Wesleyan has had the supplies it needs to provide residents, teammates and visitors the proper equipment for infection control. That’s due to some very hard work behind the scenes. Earlier this year, we published a series on The Wesleyan’s Every Day Heroes. Read the story about Yasar Mushtaq, The Wesleyan’s Purchasing Director, what he does to help protect our residents and teammates and why he does it.


December 16, 2020

UPDATES TO VISITATION POLICY ENACTED

With Williamson County in Phase Red and the increase in WSN teammates and residents who have tested positive since Thanksgiving, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation has updated its visitation policy. Under current state regulations, only Designated Essential Caregivers are able to visit inside the building (with the exception of end-of-life visitation). That has not changed. The updates in policy are:

  • There will be 10 visitation slots per day available for scheduling.
  • Visitor must show proof of negative COVID-19 (antigen or PCR) test in the last 7 days prior to scheduled visit.
  • Families will have two opportunities a week to visit their resident.
  • Visitors must follow infection control protocols during their visits.

These updates will help mitigate the risks of exposure for our teammates and residents during these circumstances where we have positive cases in our building and the positivity rates in our county are high. We, along with you, are grateful for the ways in which visitation lifts the spirits of our residents. In addition to Designated Essential Caregiver visitation, our Life Enrichment team continues to facilitate virtual visits. Should you have questions about visitation, contact us at (512) 868-2700.

You may download the policy below to review existing policy and changes. Refer to page 7 for updates specific to WSN.


December 15, 2020

WSN RECEIVES COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear WSN Family,

Since The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) has begun experiencing a post-Thanksgiving increase in the number of teammates and residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, we want to provide more frequent updates for you. Of course, you may also receive phone calls from members of our WSN team with specific updates on your family member, but we want to ensure that everyone in our WSN family is up-to-date on how WSN is doing while we are caring for residents with COVID-19 and working to prevent spread.

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES AT WSN
Residents: 11
Of the 11, 5 are asymptomatic. All are in isolation.
Teammates: 16
Of the 16, 8 are asymptomatic. All are quarantining at home.

THE WESLEYAN NOW HAS RAPID-TESTING CAPABILITY WITH NEW ANTIGEN MACHINES
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting timely test results was challenging. Some results would be returned in 24 hours and others took days. While processing time has improved, test results are a critical piece in fighting the spread of this virus. The Wesleyan now has machines in our residential communities that can run antigen tests and provide COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes. If clinically indicated, The Wesleyan’s medical director can order a PCR test, but the ability to get fast results enables our team to quickly know who is potentially contagious.

VACCINATIONS
WSN residents and family members will be receiving a separate email with initial information about COVID-19 vaccinations. We still do not have a date for when WSN residents may have the opportunity to be vaccinated, but we are in daily conversations with our healthcare partners and will share updates as any details are confirmed.


December 13, 2020

COVID-19 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS RETURNED AT WSN AND ASSISTED LIVING

(This message was sent to The Wesleyan Independent Living Family and teammates who work in Home Health, Hospice and Corporate.)

While it has not been our practice to notify you every time a resident or teammate from one of our other communities or programs has tested positive for COVID-19, we wanted to provide you an update today. As a reminder, anytime you want to know the status of our communities, you can view our COVID-19 Response online where we keep an updated case chart and a chronological timeline of all COVID-19 communications.

COVID-19 has been a constant threat at our door since it was declared a global pandemic on March 11. While our precautionary measures and screening procedures have been essential tools to safeguarding our communities, the insidious nature of COVID-19 is that it can spread when people are carriers of the virus, but they don’t know they have it because they are not experiencing symptoms. That is why precautionary measures (e.g., mask wearing, handwashing and social distancing) and screening (e.g., questionnaires and temperature taking) are so important. Those practices are a critical line of defense in our residential communities. 

As you know, Williamson County is now classified as Phase Red (defined as “Uncontrolled Community Spread” by the Williamson County and Cities Health District). This puts our teammates and visiting family members (even as careful as they may be) at greater risk for contracting COVID-19, which in turn puts our residents at greater risk of exposure. While our Wesleyan Community has experienced a relatively low number of COVID-19 occurrences, the predicted post-Thanksgiving increase is making its way to us. We had a jump in cases at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation this week and we have a teammate at Assisted Living who has tested positive.

We are communicating regularly with WSN’s affected residents and their families, but we wanted those of you in our other communities to know what was happening as well. It is important that you remain vigilant in your precautionary practices.

Please join us in praying for our teammates and residents who have tested positive, those still waiting on test results and the family members who are worried for their loved ones.


December 12, 2020

ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

A teammate of The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care whose role is in resident care has tested positive for COVID-19. The teammate is quarantining at home.

The Wesleyan is in the process of contact tracing with residents or teammates who may have been exposed so that they may get tested.

We have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments.

As you know, Williamson County is now classified as Phase Red (defined as “Uncontrolled Community Spread” by the Williamson County and Cities Health District). This puts our healthcare workers and family members (even as careful as they may be) at greater risk for contracting COVID-19, which in turn puts our residents at greater risk of exposure.

While our Wesleyan Community has experienced a relatively low number of COVID-19 occurrences, the predicted post-Thanksgiving increase is making its way to us. We had a jump in cases at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation this week.

Mark Lenhard, President and CEO of The Wesleyan, urges vigilance. He advised, “COVID-19 has been a constant threat at our door since it was declared a global pandemic on March 11. While our precautionary measures and screening procedures have been essential tools to safeguarding our communities, the insidious nature of COVID-19 is that it can spread when people have the virus, but they don’t know they have it because they have no symptoms. We are proud of our teammates, residents and family members for their diligence over the last ten months. The duration of this pandemic and asymptomatic carriers have contributed to a false sense of security among the public. The Wesleyan is thankful for our residents and families who have adhered to our precautionary measures and screening procedures, which have been a critical line of defense.”

With this development, General Visitation is closed. Per State rules, Designated Essential Caregivers may still visit, but we ask that you take all recommended precautionary measures.

Finally, we ask that you join us in praying for our Assisted Living community and all whose lives are being affected by COVID-19.


December 12, 2020

POSITIVE TEST RESULTS RETURNED FOR RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT THE WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION

Seven residents and three staff members of The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation conducts both routine COVID-19 testing, which is based on Williamson County’s positivity rate, and off-routine testing, which is prompted anytime residents or teammates develop symptoms identified with COVID-19 or learn that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

On Friday, December 11, after learning three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19, the Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation started the process of contact tracing to determine exposure to residents and other staff.

From persons identified through contact tracing, 12 teammates and 28 residents were tested. Initial, rapid antigen tests indicated that 10 residents were positive. Those residents were tested again with PCR tests and seven were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. The other three PCR tests are still being processed at a lab.

The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation leadership has spoken to the families of each resident who tested positive and will continue to be in regular communication with them.

The Wesleyan has also notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mark Lenhard, President and CEO of The Wesleyan, urges vigilance. He advised, “COVID-19 has been a constant threat at our door since it was declared a global pandemic on March 11. While our precautionary measures and screening procedures have been essential tools to safeguarding our communities, the insidious nature of COVID-19 is that it can spread when people have the virus, but they don’t know they have it because they have no symptoms. Test results are critical pieces of information that help us determine where additional isolation protocols are needed. We are proud of our teammates, residents and family members for their diligence over the last ten months. Our Wesleyan Community has experienced a relatively low number of COVID-19 occurrences during this time. However, with Williamson County now classified as Phase Red (defined as “Uncontrolled Community Spread” by the Williamson County and Cities Health District), we knew that those dramatic increases in the external community would be a threat to our residents. The duration of this pandemic and asymptomatic carriers have contributed to a false sense of security among the public. The Wesleyan is thankful for our residents and families who have adhered to our precautionary measures and screening procedures, which have been a critical line of defense.”

The teammates who tested positive are quarantining at home. Only one of them is experiencing symptoms.

The residents who tested positive are isolating in their rooms and being monitored.

The Wesleyan continues to be grateful to all in our community who are practicing precautionary measures and working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


December 11, 2020

TWO WSN TEAMMATES TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Two teammates from The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation received positive test results today. One received results following a round of routine COVID-19 testing at the facility. The other sought a test after being notified of close contact with someone who had tested positive. Both teammates are involved in direct patient care. Residents and teammates who have been in close contact with these persons are being notified and will be tested.

The Wesleyan has also notified the Williamson County & Cities Health District.

As we have emphasized before, routine testing is one of the essential tools in identifying when someone is potentially contagious, even if the person is not experiencing any symptoms. The insidious characteristic of COVID-19 is that persons who have contracted the virus may not experience any symptoms and can unknowingly spread the virus. That is why all the precautionary measures and screening procedures that we have in place are so important.

As the number of cases around the country continues to rise, we thank everyone who is remaining vigilant and trying to safeguard our residents and community. We especially appreciate the care shown by those who share a positive test result with persons with whom they have been in close contact and those who self-quarantine after learning they have been exposed. These actions protect others.

Please join us in praying for our teammates and all whose lives have been affected by COVID-19.


December 2, 2020

COVID-19 TESTING: WHAT DETERMINES FREQUENCY IN SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES?

As a licensed facility, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation must follow rules set by Texas Health and Human Services with regard to the frequency of testing for COVID-19.

Last week as part of required testing, we tested all WSN residents and teammates for COVID-19. All the results came back negative. This is great news for residents who will not have to be tested this week (unless a new case is diagnosed).

However, with Williamson County’s positivity rate for COVID-19 currently at 7.1%, WSN teammates will continue to have to be tested weekly until the County positivity rate is below 5%. If the positivity rate drops below 5%, testing will occur monthly.

Of course, anytime either a resident or teammate tests positive, all staff and residents have to be tested. Then, staff and residents who initially tested negative still have to be retested every 3 to 7 days until no new cases are identified for at least 14 days from the first positive result.

Testing is a helpful tool in helping safeguard our community. Is it inconvenient? Yes. We’d all prefer to keep testing frequency low if possible. And, we know that waiting for results can be stressful. But, testing is helping to prevent the spread of this contagious disease. We thank everyone who has been tested and continues to support all the practices that are in place to protect our residents and teammates.


November 18, 2020

CONTRACTED PARTNER AT WSN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation learned today that a contracted partner who is involved in direct patient care has tested positive for COVID-19. This person is quarantining at home.

We’ve started contract tracing. Anyone who has had close contact with the contracted partner who tested positive will be notified. We have also notified the Williamson County & Cities Health District.

We’re fortunate to work with contracted partners who adhere to routine testing. Routine testing is one of the essential tools in identifying when someone is potentially contagious and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What affects the frequency of COVID-19 testing in Skilled Nursing?

When we have either teammates or residents test positive for COVID-19, as we did with a total of three teammates last week, we are required to continue weekly testing for both residents and teammates until the facility is free of COVID-19 for 14 days.

Another factor that affects testing frequency is the positivity rate in the county where the facility is located. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that if the two-week average of the COVID-19 positivity rates of a county rises above 5%, facilities in that county must test their staff weekly. Williamson County now has a two-week average of 5.5% so The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation will be testing teammates weekly until that average drops below 5%.


November 13, 2020

ASSISTED LIVING TEST RESULTS

We have received all the results from the COVID testing we conducted with The Wesleyan Assisted Living residents and teammates on Tuesday, November 10.

All of the resident and teammate tests came back negative with the exception of one couple who was identified during contact tracing. The family has been notified.

We want to reassure you that the practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began have incorporated the most up-to-date research and advice from local, state and federal health authorities for mitigating the risks of this virus spreading.

All of these practices, especially the screening of everyone who comes in the building, testing, and infection control procedures are helping prevent the spread of this virus.

We appreciate your participation in and support of these practices as we all work together to protect our residents.


November 13, 2020

TWO TEAMMATES TEST POSITIVE AT WSN

After a teammate from The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) tested positive for COVID-19 on November 9, we tested all residents and teammates in that community. In the follow-up testing, we’ve had two teammates, whose roles involve direct patient care, test positive for COVID-19. Both were asymptomatic and are quarantining at home.

We have notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and are following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We’ve also started contract tracing. Anyone who has had close contact with the teammates who tested positive will be notified. We also have recommenced weekly testing.

We have 90% of our tests back and all except the ones mentioned above were negative. One of the frustrating aspects of testing is that we do not get all the test results back at the same time. We will continue to provide updates.

Please keep our teammates and all who have had their lives affected by COVID-19 in your prayers.


November 9, 2020

INDEPENDENT LIVING TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID

This evening, we learned that a teammate who works at The Wesleyan Independent Living tested positive for COVID-19.

We have started our process of contact tracing and notifying any residents or teammates who may have been in contact with this teammate so they can be tested.

As we do with each positive test result received, we have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments. 

The State of Texas is reporting increases in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The potential for exposure continues to be a threat that we must vigilantly guard against. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract the virus.

Remember that one of the insidious characteristics of the new coronavirus is that people can have the virus without having any symptoms. The best way to protect yourself and others is to act as if you are a carrier and everyone you come into contact with is, too.

Thank you for continuing to take precautionary measures. We know it is hard to sustain these restrictive practices day in, day out. By adhering to our visitation policies, screening processes, and self-monitoring, you are helping safeguard our community. Please keep our teammate and all who have had their lives affected by COVID-19 in your prayers.


November 9, 2020

TESTING OF THE WESLEYAN ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE RESIDENTS AND TEAMMATES

After a resident of Assisted Living tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, the Williamson County and Cities Health District has recommended that we test all residents and teammates for COVID-19.
We will conduct testing tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10, between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Residents will be tested by The Wesleyan’s clinical nursing team, which means that they will be surrounded by familiar faces during testing. Tests will be conducted using the mid-nasal swab, which is a more comfortable procedure. We expect results to be returned in less than 48 hours and will provide individual notifications.

We appreciate your support as we take the necessary steps to protect our residents.


November 9, 2020

WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Today, we learned that a teammate of WSN, whose role involves direct patient care, has tested positive for COVID-19. The teammate is quarantining at home.

As you may remember from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines, which were updated August 26, when we receive a positive result for a teammate or resident, we take the following actions:

  • test all residents and teammates for COVID-19
  • halt visitation, with the exception of designated essential caregiver, closed window and end-of-life visits
  • halt communal dining
  • halt activities
  • stop accepting new patients/residents

We have notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and are following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We’ve also started contract tracing. Anyone who has had close contact with the teammate who tested positive will be notified. If a resident has been in close contact, their responsible party will be notified as well.

We want to reassure you that the practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began have incorporated the most up-to-date research and advice from local, state and federal health authorities for mitigating the risks of this virus spreading.

Please keep our teammate and all who have had their lives affected by COVID-19 in your prayers.


November 7, 2020

ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID

A resident of The Wesleyan Assisted Living has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is in isolation. Contact tracing identified the source of exposure from an essential visitor. The screening processes and testing requirements for our community are providing a front line of defense against this virus. We thank you for adhering to these policies.

We are continuing the process of contact tracing and notifying any residents or teammates who may have been in contact with this resident so they can be tested.

While Essential Designated Caregivers may still visit during this time, General Visitation is closed.

We have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments. As you know, the State of Texas is reporting increases in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The potential for exposure continues to be a threat that we must vigilantly guard against. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract the virus. Remember that one of the insidious characteristics of the new coronavirus is that people can have the virus without having any symptoms. It is imperative that each of you take the necessary precautions to mitigate risks for yourself and others. The best way to protect yourself and others is to act as if you are a carrier and everyone you come into contact with is, too.

Thank you for continuing to take precautionary measures. We know it is hard to sustain these restrictive practices day in, day out. By adhering to our visitation policies, screening processes, and self-monitoring, you are helping safeguard our community.

We ask that you join us in praying for our resident and all whose lives are being affected by COVID-19.


October 28, 2020

TEST RESULTS RETURNED

Last Friday, October 23, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation tested all residents for COVID-19. The remaining test results were returned today. All results were negative.

Initially, we had communicated that we would be required to test residents again Friday, October 30. But, we have good news! The 14-day period in which we had to demonstrate that WSN is COVID-free ends on Thursday, October 29.* As long as we have no cases of COVID-19, residents will not have to be re-tested this Friday.

We are giving thanks for the negative results. We also appreciate everyone who continues to take precautions so that we can safeguard our residents and teammates.

*When a staff member or resident tests positive for COVID-19, follow-up testing is required under the Emergency Rules issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) until a facility has been COVID-free for 14 days.


October 22, 2020

REQUIRED COVID-19 TESTING FOR WSN RESIDENTS SCHEDULED FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE FRIDAYS

Tomorrow, Friday, October 23, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation will test all residents for COVID-19. Then, residents are required to be tested again next Friday, October 30. When a staff member or resident tests positive (as happened with a teammate last week during routine testing), follow-up testing of residents is required under the Emergency Rules issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) until a facility has been COVID-free for 14 days.

As a reminder, the teammate who tested positive last week was re-tested and the results of that test were negative. However, we are required to follow-up based on the first test result. That teammate continues to be asymptomatic, but is quarantining at home and self-monitoring for symptoms. As has been our practice since the beginning of this pandemic, we actively monitor all residents and teammates and continue to test according to our policy and regulatory guidance.

Residents will be tested by WSN’s clinical nursing team, which means that they will be surrounded by familiar faces during testing. Tests will be conducted using the mid-nasal swab, which is a more comfortable procedure. We expect results to be returned in less than 48 hours and will provide individual notifications.


October 20, 2020

NOTIFICATION FOR WSN DESIGNATED ESSENTIAL CAREGIVERS

Visitation at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is OPEN for Designated Essential Caregivers.

Update: The teammate who tested positive last week was re-tested and the results of that test were negative. That teammate continues to quarantine at home and self-monitor for symptoms. We are actively monitoring all residents and teammates and continue to test according to our policy and regulatory guidance.

As always, we thank you for your patience as we follow all the regulatory guidelines and make necessary adjustments depending on the COVID status of both WSN and Williamson County. All of our efforts are focused on safeguarding the health and safety of our residents and teammates.


October 15, 2020

WSN TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Dear The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) Family,

Today, we learned that a teammate of WSN, whose role involves direct patient care, has tested positive for COVID-19. The teammate is asymptomatic, but received a result as part of routine testing required by our regulatory agencies. The teammate is quarantining at home.

Because of the high percentage of false positives, the teammate is being re-tested. We should know the results of that test within the next 48 hours and will update you if the results change.

As you may remember from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines that were updated August 26, when we receive a positive result for a teammate or resident, we take the following actions:

  • test all residents for COVID-19
  • halt visitation, with the exception of closed window and end-of-life visits
  • halt communal dining
  • stop accepting new patients/residents

We have notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and are following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We want to reassure you that the practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began have incorporated the most up-to-date research and advice from local, state and federal health authorities for mitigating the risks of this virus spreading.

Please keep our teammate and all who have had their lives affected by COVID-19 in your prayers.


October 15, 2020

CONTRACTED PARTNER AT INDEPENDENT LIVING TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Dear Members of The Wesleyan Independent Living Family, 

After learning that a family member had tested positive for COVID-19, a contracted partner who works at The Wesleyan Independent Living began self-quarantining at home and got tested. We have been notified that the teammate received a positive test result for COVID-19.

We have started our process of contact tracing and notifying any residents or teammates who may have been in contact with this teammate so they can be tested. 

As we do with each positive test result received, we have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments. 

As you know, the State of Texas is reporting increases in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The potential for exposure continues to be a threat that we must vigilantly guard against. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract the virus. Remember that one of the insidious characteristics of the new coronavirus is that people can have the virus without having any symptoms. It is imperative that each of you take the necessary precautions to mitigate risks for yourself and others. The best way to protect yourself and others is to act as if you are a carrier and everyone you come into contact with is, too.

We believe transparency is key to ensuring that all members of our community are fully aware of the risks of exposure and can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for continuing to take precautionary measures. We know it is hard to sustain these restrictive practices day in, day out. By adhering to our visitation policies, screening processes, and self-monitoring, you are helping safeguard our community.

We ask that you join us in praying for all whose lives are being affected by COVID-19.


September 24, 2020

THE WESLEYAN INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENTS VISITATION POLICY RELEASED

Dear Residents of The Wesleyan Independent Living Apartments,

Since last week’s announcement by our Governor regarding retirement communities opening their buildings for visitation under certain circumstances, our state regulating agencies have been working to finalize the guidelines under which we will have to operate to offer visitation in our licensed facilities.

We received the COVID-19 Emergency Rule yesterday and finalized the visitation policy for The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care. The Wesleyan team has been working round-the-clock to provide the revised policies for each of our communities and will continue to monitor implementation, train teammates on the revisions and communicate to residents and families regarding how visitation will work. Today, we are providing the visitation policy for your community.

The Wesleyan’s Visitation Policy for Independent Living is also available at the reception desks in Independent Living East and West and here.

Please note that our policies are subject to change based on the needs of our residents as well as revised guidance from local, state and federal agencies.

We are so happy that the Governor’s order to open for visitation will provide residents a longed-for chance to be in the physical presence of family and friends. We look forward to facilitating those visits according to visitation policy.

Remember, however, our ability to keep visitation open depends on keeping our communities free of COVID-19. Just as it has from the beginning of this pandemic, safeguarding our residents and teammates will take all of us working together.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to work under conditions which are constantly changing. Our aim is to keep you informed with up-to-date information.

Finally, thank you for your continued support. These last six months have been hard on everyone. Please keep one another along with our teammates in your prayers as we continue to try to protect the health and well-being of all.



September 23, 2020

THE WESLEYAN’S VISITATION POLICY FOR ASSISTED LIVING AND SKILLED NURSING

Since last week’s announcement by our Governor regarding retirement communities opening their buildings for visitation under certain circumstances, our state regulating agencies have been working to finalize the guidelines under which we will have to operate to offer visitation. We received the COVID-19 Emergency Rule today. The Wesleyan team has been and continues to work round-the-clock to provide the revised policies for our community.

Click below to access the Designated Essential Caregiver COVID-19 Visitation Policy for The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care and The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, which aligns with the regulating agency guidelines we are required to follow. Please note that our policies are subject to change based on the needs of our residents as well as revised guidance from local, state and federal agencies.

Remember, our ability to keep visitation open depends on keeping our communities free of COVID-19. Just as it has from the beginning of this pandemic, safeguarding our residents and teammates will take all of us working together.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to work under conditions, which are constantly changing. Our aim is to keep you informed with up-to-date information as soon as it is confirmed.

We are so happy that the Governor’s order to open for visitation will provide residents a longed-for chance to be in the physical presence of family, friends and caregivers. We look forward to facilitating those visits according to visitation policy.

Finally, thank you for your continued support. These last six months have been hard on everyone. Please keep our residents and teammates in your prayers as we continue to try to protect the health and well-being of all.



September 21, 2020

NEGATIVE RESULTS FOR WSN TEAMMATES DURING ROUTINE TESTING FOR COVID-19

As part of the updated CMS regulation for skilled nursing facilities, we are currently required to test teammates based on the current County positivity rate. Right now, we are testing monthly, but if the County positivity rate goes up, testing frequency will increase. In a recent round of testing, 166 teammates from The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) tested negative for COVID-19.


September 21, 2020

VISITATION POLICIES UNDER REVISION

This past week, our Governor made an announcement regarding retirement communities opening their facilities under certain circumstances. In that announcement, he reinforced that it is incumbent upon all of us to continue to be vigilant by employing the safe practices that have shown a positive impact on the occurrence rate of COVID-19.

The Wesleyan is revising our visitation policies in light of this announcement. Each of our communities will have different policies and practices because of the different levels of care we offer and regulatory requirements under which we operate.

We expect that our screening protocols and limited numbers of visitors will certainly remain a part of our visitation process. Authorized visitation will need to be scheduled (unfortunately, family members won’t be able to simply show up) and we are evaluating how we might manage these requests in a fair and orderly manner. In addition, residents or their legal representatives will be able to designate up to two essential caregivers who will undergo training by the facility on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use and infection control.

A number of people have asked about the COVID-19 testing required of essential visitors. All of the testing resources available to us are for the licensed areas of our communities as well as our teammates to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Therefore, COVID-19 testing will be the responsibility of the visitor(s). We plan to provide a list of local resources for those who do not have a testing location identified. 

We are in conversation with various health and regulatory agencies about the Governor’s revised orders and expect that additional information and guidance will be forthcoming as we prepare to be in alignment with the Governor’s call for a plan by this coming Thursday.

While the news about opening up to visitation is a relief to all who are eager to see their loved ones, implementing these updates to our visitation policy are contingent upon safeguarding our residents and teammates from COVID-19. If a resident or teammate tests positive, we will have to stop visitation. So, we know that you join us in wanting to ensure that we take every precaution to remain COVID-19 free.

We will continue to stay in communication with you as we receive more updates. Please bear with us as we seek to respond to this most recent change in policy while continuing to protect the health and safety of everyone within The Wesleyan community.


September 17, 2020

GOVERNOR’S REVISED EXECUTIVE ORDERS

The Wesleyan, along with many of you, was happy to hear that the Governor is taking steps to work with us and the various health agencies to gradually open up Texas, inclusive of nursing homes, assisted livings and retirement communities. Governor Abbot said, “All nursing home facilities, assisted living centers, state supported living centers, and other long-term care facilities are allowed to reopen for visitation, providing that they comply with certain health protocols, and there must not be a COVID-19 outbreak in the facility. All of those facilities are now allowed to offer essential caregiver visits ….”

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), “Under the new rules, residents will be allowed to designate up to two essential family caregivers who will be provided necessary training to allow them to safely go inside a facility for a scheduled visit …” and will be required to have negative COVID-19 testing results as part of the requirements for visitation. We have linked both the revised executive order from the Governor’s office and the most current release from our regulating agency, HHSC.

As we receive further implementation guidance from regulatory agencies, we will be in communication with our residents, their family members/responsible parties and you to coordinate and be compliant with these new guidelines. Please bear with us as we continue to work to maintain the safety of our patients, residents, family members and teammates.


August 20, 2020

WSN TEAMMATE RECEIVES POSITIVE TEST RESULT

Dear The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) Family,

Today, we learned that a teammate of WSN, whose role does not involve direct patient care, has tested positive for COVID-19. The teammate had notified us that a member of their family had contracted the virus. The teammate was tested for COVID-19 and received inconclusive results so was retested. The results from the second test were positive. The teammate continues to quarantine at home.

We have notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and are following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is our intent to always do what is in the best interest of our residents and teammates. Therefore, The Wesleyan’s enhanced safety protocols include testing any persons who have been in contact with the teammate who has tested positive. Even though this testing is not required by the regulating health agencies, we believe that testing these individuals will help us determine additional interventions based on the level of exposure as defined by the CDC.

From the very beginning, The Wesleyan has adopted policies to safeguard our residents, teammates, family members and visitors. In accordance with those policies, we will not be accepting any new residents or patients at WSN at this time.

We want to reassure you that the practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began have incorporated the most up-to-date research and advice from local, state and federal health authorities for mitigating the risks of this virus spreading.

Please keep our teammate and all who have had their lives affected by COVID-19 in your prayers.


August 9, 2020

CONTRADICTORY TEST RESULTS ON DISCHARGED RESIDENT

Dear Family Members and Teammates of The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN), 

A WSN resident was discharged to the hospital for medical reasons inclusive of symptoms associated with COVID-19. As is our practice, that resident was tested for the virus and our other residents and staff were assessed for any symptoms. In addition, per our protocol, we implemented our isolation procedures for the resident’s roommate.
  
The hospital to which the resident discharged also conducted a COVID test. The attending physician and our medical director were subsequently informed that the resident’s test was negative for COVID-19. However, our facility just received results from the test we initially conducted for the discharged resident and the result was positive. The Wesleyan treats all possible exposures and symptomatic cases as positive until we are informed otherwise. The roommate in isolation has no reported symptoms. 

We have notified the Williamson County and Cities Health District of this contradictory result and are notifying the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). We continue to follow the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Any persons who had been in contact with the resident will be notified (along with responsible party/family members) and screened to ascertain the level of exposure as defined by the CDC to determine additional interventions. 

We understand the complexity of this issue as well as the unease associated with conflicting test results. If there is any new information that we can share, we will provide another update. We want to reassure you that the practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began have incorporated the most up-to-date research and advice from local, state and federal health authorities for mitigating the risks of this virus spreading. The health of your loved one and our teammates is our top priority. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.


August 7, 2020

TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION TO ALLOW LIMITED OUTDOOR VISITATION AT NURSING FACILITIES

Dear Wesleyan Community:

Since March 18, in accordance with the rules and guidelines set forth by local, state and federal health agencies and to safeguard our communities from COVID-19, The Wesleyan has restricted all but essential visitors from entering our buildings.

While we believe that the protocols and practices we’ve upheld have helped keep the number of positive cases lower than many of our peers, we’ve also observed the strain felt by our residents and family members due to visitation restrictions. We believe that a significant part of life’s abundance comes from being physically present with family and friends. That is why throughout this pandemic we have continued to advocate for policy modifications that allow for safe visitation.

Yesterday, we were informed by our state association, LeadingAge Texas, that efforts were being made to address visitation in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Last night, multiple news outlets confirmed that those efforts have prompted a proposed new set of rules from Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The press release also provides a summary. Essentially, HHSC is adopting an emergency rule to allow limited outdoor visitation in a nursing facility during Phase 1. The purpose of the new rule is to describe the requirements related to such visits.

President and CEO Mark Lenhard met with the administrators of our communities today and they are reviewing the new rules specific to the level of care they provide and how the changes align with the policies that have helped safeguard us during this pandemic. Throughout this crisis, our administrators have been sharing with our clinical compliance team the desires of our residents and family members to open up visitation and have explored potential solutions for safe visitation.

We know that families will welcome these updates in policy and we, too, look forward to providing a safe environment for you to visit your loved one. But, these new guidelines contain stipulations that may make it permissible to visit one day and not the next. So, with these new rules, we are updating The Wesleyan’s visitation plan and will communicate, as clearly as we can, the set of conditions under which we can allow non-essential visitors on campus.

It is important to know that these rules specifically address Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities. Since we are a retirement community that has services at many different levels (independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing), we may have to have different policies across our own campus, which will be reflected in training, communications and implementation.

The Wesleyan remains committed to the ideals and values of the ministry we were created to serve nearly 60 years ago. While this pandemic has challenged and frustrated us all, we will continue to seek new and innovative ways to sustain our mission.

As has been our commitment to you, we will provide updates when we have additional information to share.


July 29, 2020

GOOD NEWS

We have some good news. Following notifications on July 20, 21 and 23 reporting that we had three teammates test positive for COVID-19 in separate and unrelated cases, we conducted contact tracing for each case. Those who had been in close contact with the teammates who had contracted the virus were tested for COVID-19. All of those tests have been returned and the results were negative. We are grateful for all who are being proactive when noticing symptoms and for everyone who is diligently adhering to screening and infection control practices.


July 23, 2020

INDEPENDENT LIVING TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE

Dear Members of The Wesleyan Independent Living Family,

After noticing symptoms identified with COVID-19, a teammate who works at The Wesleyan Independent Living began self-quarantining at home and got tested. We have been notified that the teammate received a positive test result for COVID-19.

We have started our process of contact tracing and notifying any residents or teammates who may have been in contact with this teammate so they can be tested.

As we do with each positive test result received, we have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments.

As you know, the State of Texas is reporting increases in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The potential for exposure is a threat that we are going to be living with for the unforeseeable future. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract the virus. Remember that one of the insidious characteristics of the new coronavirus is that people can have the virus without having any symptoms. It is imperative that each of you take the necessary precautions to mitigate risks for yourself and others. The best way to protect yourself and others is to act as if you are a carrier and everyone you come into contact with is, too.

We believe transparency is key to ensuring that all members of our community are fully aware of the risks of exposure and can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and help limit the spread of COVID-19. While we continue our practice of notifying anyone potentially affected by possible future cases and/or exposures, we will send notifications only to those (residents, family members and teammates) associated with the specific community/program that has a new positive case. You can access updates anytime by visiting this timeline. Here, you can find all the communications we have shared since March 12 as well as a chart that shows active and closed cases for each of The Wesleyan’s communities. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your program’s administrator.

Thank you for your continued vigilance. We know it is hard to sustain these restrictive practices day in, day out. By adhering to our visitation policies, screening processes, and self-monitoring, you are helping safeguard our community.

Please join us in praying for our teammate and all whose lives are being affected by COVID-19.


July 21, 2020

HOME HEALTH TEAMMATE RECEIVES POSITIVE TEST RESULT

Dear Wesleyan Family,

Late this afternoon, we learned a teammate from The Wesleyan Home Health has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon recognizing symptoms, the teammate called in sick and notified our Executive Director. This teammate and the teammate from The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, who we notified you about yesterday, have not been in contact. This is a separate exposure.

As the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Williamson County continues to climb, the rate of exposure in our area will also climb. While we know that notifying you of each person who tests positive causes concern, we believe transparency is key to ensuring that all members of our community are fully aware of the risks of exposure and can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Should the number, of either teammates or residents who test positive, begin to multiply, we will report on active cases for each Wesleyan community. Right now, we have two teammates – one at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and one from The Wesleyan Home Health – who have tested positive and are quarantining at home.

When we learn of someone in The Wesleyan family who has tested positive, our priority is to immediately identify those who may have been in contact with the individual and notify them so that they can self-quarantine and get tested. The other practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began – the screening, cleaning, use of PPE, training, etc. – also safeguard us.

We are grateful to all who have supported our efforts to minimize our risk of exposure. We know that the restrictions are trying. We remain committed to those practices and, as we monitor local conditions, we may take additional precautionary measures to protect residents and teammates.

We invite you to join us in praying for The Wesleyan – our residents and teammates – and all whose lives and health are being affected by this global pandemic.


July 20, 2020

WSN TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Dear Wesleyan Family,

As we have since the beginning of this global pandemic, we are notifying all of The Wesleyan communities when a member of our Wesleyan family tests positive for COVID-19.

Today, we learned that a teammate of The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation on Williams Drive, whose role does not involve direct patient care, has tested positive for COVID-19. The teammate had notified us of a family member who contracted the virus. This prompted us to immediately have the teammate self-quarantine pending a test result. With the positive test result, that teammate continues to quarantine at home.

We have notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and are following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is our intent to always do what is in the best interest of our residents and teammates. Therefore, The Wesleyan’s enhanced safety protocols include testing any persons who have been in contact with the teammate who has tested positive. Even though this testing is not required by the regulating health agencies, we believe that testing these individuals will help us determine additional interventions based on the level of exposure as defined by the CDC.

From the very beginning, The Wesleyan has adopted policies to safeguard our residents, teammates, family members and visitors. In accordance with those policies, we will not be accepting any new residents or patients at WSN at this time.

As soon as we have more information that we can share, we will provide another update. We know this news is scary. We want to reassure you that the practices and protocols we’ve had in place since this pandemic began have incorporated the most up-to-date research and advice from local, state and federal health authorities for mitigating the risks of this virus spreading.

The health of our residents and teammates is our top priority.


June 29, 2020

WEARING FACE MASKS MANDATORY

Dear Wesleyan Family,

We have been watching the news and listening to reports from various health agencies, and like many of you, we are seeing a continual rise throughout Texas in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.  For some time, it has been the strict policy of The Wesleyan that all of our teammates must wear masks while at work. It has been reported that the cities of Cedar Park, Round Rock, Taylor and Hutto have adopted a policy to enforce mask wearing for citizens while out in public. The City of Georgetown also has implemented a requirement for everyone working in and entering businesses to wear face masks. Effective immediately, The Wesleyan has made the decision to extend this mandatory mask policy to all of our residents throughout our community. This will also apply to any essential visitors.

For residents who are not sick or who do not have any symptoms, cloth masks/face coverings are acceptable. For anyone who may have symptoms or considers themselves to be at greater risk for possible infection, we would ask that you wear a surgical mask. If you have difficulty in obtaining one, please contact the front desk of your particular area for assistance.

This policy will also affect activities and gatherings that have been planned for common areas. All public/common area activities will be postponed.

To many, this practice may seem extreme. However, this practice, while not 100% preventative, has helped us curb this virus from spreading as fast as it has in other senior living communities. I am so thankful to those who have been consistently wearing masks even outside of this policy. This shows your concern for the safety of your neighbors as well as our teammates. 

I know masks aren’t comfortable, especially in the Texas heat, but that is a small price to pay to help safeguard those around you.

Please know that our continued efforts are to maintain the safest environment we can for those we serve and serve with.

Mark Lenhard
President and CEO


June 29, 2020

TEAMMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Last night, The Wesleyan notified the residents, family members and teammates of The Wesleyan Independent Living that a teammate took leave 10 days ago after noticing respiratory symptoms. As has been the recommended action for both teammates and residents who experience respiratory symptoms, this teammate got tested for COVID-19. On June 28, we were notified that the results were positive. The teammate who tested positive has been isolating at home since the initial symptoms were noticed. We have started our process of contact tracing and notifying any residents or teammates who may have been in contact with this teammate so they can be tested.

We have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments.

As you know, the State of Texas is reporting increases in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The potential for exposure is a threat that we are going to be living with for the unforeseeable future. Even those who are diligent about taking precautionary measures can contract the virus. Remember that one of the insidious characteristics of the new coronavirus is that people can have the virus without having any symptoms. We appreciate each of you taking the necessary precautions to mitigate risks for yourself and others.

Thank you for your continued vigilance. We know it is hard to sustain these practices day in, day out. By adhering to our visitation policies, screening processes, and self-monitoring for symptoms like this teammate did, you are helping safeguard our community. Your care for one another is what makes The Wesleyan Community special.

We ask that you join us in praying for our teammate and all whose lives are being affected by COVID-19.


June 25, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY PAUSE OF ADDITIONAL REOPENING PHASES

Read Governor Abbott’s announcement here.


June 24, 2020

SPECIAL INFECTION CONTROL ASSESSMENT TEAM COMPLIMENTS PRACTICES AT WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION

Starting June 11, Texas Health and Human Services began statewide COVID-19 infection control surveys called Special Infection Control Assessment (SICA). To date, SICA teams have surveyed more than 450 skilled nursing homes.

On entry to long-term care and assisted living communities, the survey teams review areas such as, but not limited to:

• infection control measures
• donning and doffing PPE
• observations of teammates performing tasks
• standing orders for treatment of potentially COVID positive residents
• mitigation plans
• quarantine and co-horting areas
• resident, teammate and essential visitor screening
• food preparations
• laundry areas
• cleaning and sanitation of high touch surfaces
• staffing
• staffing contingency plans
• transportation of residents

SICA teams are comprised of four people from:

• HHSC Long-term Care Regulation
• HHSC Quality Monitoring Program
• BCFS Emergency Management x2

A SICA team came to visit The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, located at 4011 Williams Drive, on Wednesday, June 24, at 8:00 a.m. They conducted an on-site assessment to identify infection control concerns, provide immediate recommendations and give guidance to facility leadership on infection control practices and mitigation strategies. Their assessment provides a comprehensive review of the whole facility concentrating on nursing, housekeeping/laundry, dining, and emergency preparedness (including PPE inventory). The SICA team toured the facility to monitor and question all departmental staff. They also interviewed the director of nursing and the administrator on worst-case scenario preparedness.

Administrator Cory Hawkins was proud to report that as the survey team concluded their day, they prefaced their exit comments with, “We have never made this statement before but your facility is perfect. We have no recommendations.” The SICA team complimented every department and was impressed with each person they questioned.

Cory shared with The Wesleyan leadership, “Our Wesleyan teammates continue to provide a great environment for our residents and each other. I am fortunate to be a part of such a dedicated group of talented people.”

Chief Operating Officer Bethany Sisneroz responded, “Although our field has always had a high level of regulatory oversight, we have seen an increase in surveys during this COVID-19 pandemic. I have always had the philosophy that regulatory authorities are partners with us in ensuring residents and teammates live and work in the safest environments possible. I am so proud of the team at WSN for coming together to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of COVID-19, as well as the standard infection control practices.  It is a rare occurrence to have a regulatory team visit in which no recommendations for improvement are made, so to have this occur during a pandemic is superb.”


June 14, 2020

THE WESLEYAN AT SCENIC TEST RESULTS RETURNED ALL NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19

Fulfilling the Governor’s directive that all residents and teammates at skilled nursing facilities be tested for COVID-19, testing took place at The Wesleyan at Scenic, 2001 Scenic Drive, Thursday, May 28. All the test results have been returned and are negative. The Wesleyan wishes to thank the testing team consisting of emergency personnel from three fire departments – Georgetown, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, health officials from Williamson County, and nursing staff from The Wesleyan.

Residents and teammates at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN), 4011 Williams Drive, had been tested for COVID-19 earlier in May. Currently, there are no positive cases at WSN either.

As has been The Wesleyan’s protocol since March, we continue to monitor residents for COVID-19-related symptoms and screen teammates and essential visitors in all of our communities and programs. Since the Governor’s directive, the Wesleyan has implemented a testing plan under guidance of CMS and CDC as part of our ongoing efforts to safeguard all those we serve and serve with.


June 12, 2020

STATE REGULATION ON FAMILY VISITATION

Note: The Wesleyan has four residential communities, which include an independent living community, an assisted living community and two skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities. Each level of care is required to follow a specific set of regulations. Below is a letter sent to our assisted living residents and families, but the information about family visitation is relevant across The Wesleyan’s continuum of care.

Dear Family Members of The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care:

We wanted to reach out to you because we know that these trying circumstances continue to challenge us all.

We are entering the fourth month of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are incredibly thankful that we have not yet had a positive case at The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care. We credit the diligence applied by you, our families, our residents and teammates in following guidelines and adhering to the restrictions set out by national, state and local health authorities.

Members of our leadership team are on daily calls with other senior living administrators and health officials around the State of Texas. The lessons learned from the facilities with outbreaks have affirmed that keeping COVID-19 out of our communities, though difficult in so many ways, is much easier than controlling the spread once it comes in.

Because our state is opening back up, it is tempting to think that COVID-19 is behind us. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services released data Wednesday, June 10, reporting three consecutive days of record-setting numbers of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

We also know that statistics seem far removed from the need to visit your loved one in person. No amount of phone calls or video-chats can take the place of actually seeing your mom or dad or aunt or uncle. It’s just not the same. We understand that.

However, as a facility licensed by the State of Texas, The Wesleyan Assisted Living is required to uphold the regulations set out by Texas Health and Human Services. Accordingly, we are currently operating under an emergency rule for assisted living facilities, which requires us to restrict entry to all non-essential visitors and screen the persons authorized to enter. Unfortunately, this means that family members still cannot visit residents in person.

It is important for you to know that our leadership and teammates have been strong advocates for family visitation and have shared the positive impact that it would have on our residents and family members with our state and national associations, local health department, legislators and anyone who might affect change. Nevertheless, until these regulations are updated, the team caring for your loved ones must adhere to them. Despite the limitations with which they must work, our team continues to come up with innovative ideas to engage residents and create connections.

We welcome constructive conversations and appreciate your ideas and suggestions for protecting your loved one’s well-being, but to reiterate, as a licensed and regulated facility, we are required to uphold the restrictions that are in place.

We are fully aware of the heavy toll that this pandemic is taking. We continue to focus on all the ways we can mitigate the risks of exposure to COVID-19, while keeping the focus on the health and overall well-being of our residents. We thank you for your support both of our team and all that they are doing to safeguard your loved one and our ministry.


June 11, 2020

STRATEGIC PLANS FOR SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION MOVE FORWARD

This week, The Wesleyan updated residents, family members and teammates on some strategic plans that we are moving forward.

When we acquired The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN), located at 4011 Williams Drive, in December of 2019, we shared our intent to begin moving residents from The Wesleyan at Scenic, 2001 Scenic Drive, to WSN as soon as we completed some interior renovations, which were finished around the beginning of April. The purpose of doing so was to:

  1. provide a newer facility for all of our skilled nursing and rehabilitation residents and staff;
  2. be the best steward of the resources of our ministry by relocating our operations contiguous to our other Wesleyan services; and
  3. complete the full continuum of care for our campus located off of Williams Drive for the ease of use and visitation for all of our residents.

Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed that process down. It has been essential for us to focus our energies on safeguarding our residents and teammates. Please know that The Wesleyan’s success in limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus has been made possible because of the support we have received from you in making the numerous procedural changes necessary to mitigate the risks. We are grateful to all who continue to help us protect our communities.

Having been through COVID-19 testing at both WSN and Scenic, as well as state and county surveys by multiple health agencies (with no deficiencies), we are now ready to resume the process of preparing to move residents and teammates from Scenic to WSN.

The need to begin combining the two facilities is challenging for all of us. We have prayerfully considered the timing of this transition, along with the discernment and guidance of consultants, our Board of Trustees and industry experts. The decision to uproot our Scenic residents – some who have lived with us for a very long time – is not an easy one. It is, however, a necessary move for The Wesleyan to continue to provide care and services in the best environment possible for our residents and teammates. We looked at other alternatives for The Wesleyan at Scenic (e.g., renovations and rebuilding), but with a building more than 40 years old, none of the alternatives were viable.

One of the timing issues we’ve had to consider is ensuring that we had enough space for everyone we serve. We have enough beds at WSN to transfer all of our residents from Scenic. We also fully expect there to be a place for teammates throughout The Wesleyan organization.

The Wesleyan will continue to be transparent about these plans. This is not a reaction to the current health care crisis, but in our plans we have needed to consider the added complexity that this pandemic brings to health care operations (and especially for those of us who are called to serve seniors and others to whom this virus poses a greater risk). While there is no “perfect” time for a significant change like this to happen, our team is doing everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible for all we serve.

The Wesleyan remains strong in its commitment to serve those who have been entrusted to our care with the greatest of care.


June 10, 2020

CONTRACTED PARTNER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

On June 9, we notified The Wesleyan Family that a contracted partner who works at The Wesleyan Independent Living took sick leave a week ago after noticing respiratory symptoms and receiving a diagnosis of Flu A. Later, this same contractor was notified that they were also positive for COVID-19 and informed us of their updated status. Three of the five contractors working with this individual have already received negative results from their COVID-19 testing.  We have taken all necessary precautions according to our policies and mandated guidelines, made all necessary notifications to the appropriate health agencies and are monitoring the situation for any further developments. We thank all of our teammates, residents and essential visitors for your continued vigilance in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all.


May 15, 2020

GOVERNOR’S DIRECTIVE TO TEST ALL RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT NURSING FACILITIES

On May 11, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed that 100 percent of residents and staff in Texas nursing facilities be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Wesleyan at Scenic received a notification May 14 from Phil Wilson, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), that we will be “contacted very soon by a testing team to schedule specimen collection” and shared that information with residents, family members and teammates.

The notification said that facilities scheduled for testing will be given at least 24-hours-notice prior to the specimen collection process taking place. The Wesleyan will make arrangements for off-duty teammates to be present for testing. The ordering physician for the tests will be John Hellerstedt, M.D., Commissioner of State Health Services. Test results will be sent directly to the nursing facility.

HHSC communicated that the testing teams may consist of state and/or local government personnel, including first responders from our local fire department, or the Texas Military Department. The testing teams will self-screen before entering our facility. Testing teams will bring their own personal protective equipment and all supplies necessary to complete the testing. The teams will be carrying out Governor Abbott and the White House’s directive and, therefore, are authorized to enter our facilities.

Testing for COVID-19 and waiting for results can be stressful. The Wesleyan’s plan is to have a familiar face from The Wesleyan at Scenic team in the room when each resident is tested. Additionally, we will call family members once the tests are done as well as when results are received.

We do not expect to receive a call about testing at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN), located at 4011 Williams Drive, because information from HHSC also indicated that facilities that have had all residents and staff tested since April 15 need only provide documentation of previous testing. All WSN residents and teammates were tested on April 30 and May 1.


May 8, 2020

COVID-19 TESTING AT THE WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION

The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) has received additional resident and teammate results from the COVID-19 tests that were conducted by the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TXEMTF) April 30 and May 1.

The remaining test results received were negative.

The Wesleyan reported initial results from these tests on May 6, after being notified that one teammate and one resident had tested positive.

The tests conducted by TXEMTF took place after The Wesleyan was notified on April 28 that a teammate had tested positive from contact outside of the WSN community.

The two teammates who tested positive have been, and continue to be, in quarantine at home and the resident who tested positive has been, and continues to be, in isolation.

WSN has notified individual residents, their family members, and teammates of their results in-person or by phone.

“We are grateful and relieved to receive these remaining results,” said Bethany Sisneroz, Chief Operating Officer. “We take infection control very seriously. Test results are critical pieces of information that help us determine where additional isolation protocols are needed.”

Concerned that six days had passed since the initial testing and having had received only partial results, The Wesleyan made the decision to retest residents May 7. “While it saddened us to put our residents through a second round of testing, we felt it was imperative to obtain an up-to-date status on those we are caring for,” said Administrator Cory Hawkins.

Testing for COVID-19 involves an anasopharyngeal swab. Technicians insert a special 6-inch cotton swab into the nasal cavity and move it around to obtain a sample. The procedure doesn’t hurt, but it can be uncomfortable. The samples are then sent to a lab.

“Testing is an essential tool in managing the spread of COVID-19,” said Kelly Goetz, Chief Compliance Officer. “It’s analogous to an MRI scan. It gives us a detailed scan of our community at a particular point in time. However, what we do before, during, and after testing is just as important. We continue to carefully monitor all of our residents and patients, screen teammates and the essential visitors who come into our communities, and be vigilant about infection control practices.”

The Wesleyan’s approach, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic March 11, has been to follow all the recommendations and implement directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, Texas Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Williamson County and Cities Health District and other health agencies. “We receive updates every day that inform how to best mitigate the risks of this virus coming into our communities,” Goetz said.

President and CEO Mark Lenhard shared praise for employees across the organization: “We’ve witnessed deep commitment at every level. The Wesleyan team has been unremitting in keeping up with constantly evolving guidelines, participating in ongoing training, seeking creative solutions, reaching out to our vendors and labs, following up with local and state government, and working with great dedication on behalf of those we serve and serve with. I’m very proud of this passionate and purposeful team.”

Special Note: We continue to receive messages from teammates and friends of The Wesleyan who want to extend their care and concern for our two teammates who are in quarantine and our resident in isolation. We thank you for those messages and will pass them along. We invite all to keep these individuals in your prayers.


May 6, 2020

AN UPDATE ON THE WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION

We wanted to provide an update on The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN), the skilled nursing community that The Wesleyan acquired in December 2019, located at 4011 Williams Drive. We shared this update with the WSN family late yesterday.

As you know on April 28, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation received confirmation that a case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, had been diagnosed in a teammate. That teammate continues to be in quarantine at home.

The Wesleyan ordered testing supplies in preparation to test all WSN residents and teammates. Soon after these supplies arrived, The Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TXEMTF) was deployed to lead the testing process.

Since TXEMTF administered the tests, The Wesleyan’s Chief Operating Officer Bethany Sisneroz has stayed in contact with them and stressed the importance of getting the test results back promptly.

Yesterday, in response to one of our inquiries about test results, The Williamson County and Cities Health District informed us of two positive cases of COVID-19 from the tests conducted by the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TXEMTF) at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) April 30 and May 1.

One is a resident and one is a teammate. The family of the resident who tested positive has been notified and the resident has been, and continues to be, in isolation. The teammate is in quarantine at home.

Because of our concern that many test results are still pending, President and CEO Mark Lenhard and COO Bethany Sisneroz have been on the phone and communicating with representatives from Williamson County and the State of Texas, pressing the urgent need to receive all of the results.

During this waiting period, we have continued to carefully monitor all of our residents and patients, screen teammates and essential visitors, and we have implemented additional isolation measures to reinforce infection control practices.

We want to reassure our residents, patients, family members and teammates that we have taken, and will continue to take, every step recommended by authorities to contain the spread of this virus. Every precaution we take (and every precaution you take), helps mitigate the risks of this virus spreading.

On March 11, The Wesleyan began requiring that Wesleyan teammates work only in their assigned communities or locations to limit exposure from one residential community or program to another. That requirement is still in place. We also are continuing all precautionary measures that we have implemented since early March. Our decision not to relax any of our practices and protocols is consistent with the advice given in The Governor’s Report to Reopen Texas.

We thank all of you for adhering to these practices and protocols both within our communities and in public spaces. Your vigilance, in these trying circumstances, shows great care for one another.

We will keep you updated. In the meantime, please keep The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation residents, patients, family members and teammates in your prayers.


May 2, 2020

NOTIFICATION OF A MISIDENTIFICATION IN THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY SUN

Dear Members of The Wesleyan Family,

As you know, a case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in a teammate at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (WSN) earlier this week. WSN is the skilled nursing community that The Wesleyan acquired in December 2019 that is located at 4011 Williams Drive.

The Williamson County Sun, a Georgetown newspaper, is running a story in its Sunday edition in which they mistakenly identified WSN as an “assisted living facility.”

We wanted to make you aware of this misidentification by The Williamson County Sun so that you would not be concerned. There is not a positive case of COVID-19 at The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care. Our residents, patients, family members and teammates will be notified if the status of any of our communities changes.

We continue to be grateful for The Wesleyan Family and all the support you have given during these trying circumstances. Together, we can continue to safeguard this ministry.


April 30, 2020

THE WESLEYAN TO TEST RESIDENTS AND TEAMMATES AT THE WESLEYAN SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION FOLLOWING COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS

Late Tuesday, April 28, The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation received confirmation that a case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, had been diagnosed in a teammate. The teammate is in quarantine at home.

Immediately after receiving the confirmation, The Wesleyan notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and is following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, The Wesleyan informed residents, patients and family members in all of its residential communities and teammates throughout the organization.

Wednesday morning, April 29, the Williamson County and Cities Health District visited The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation to conduct an assessment. They reviewed the data they collected and determined that, with only one case at the facility and no one else showing symptoms, The Wesleyan should monitor staff and residents for symptoms for the next 14 days. The Wesleyan is remaining in close communication with the Williamson County and Cities Health District and continues to follow all recommendations from health officials.

The Wesleyan has decided to proceed with extra caution. “With the health and well-being of our teammates and those entrusted in our care and service as our highest priority, The Wesleyan leadership has arranged to test all residents and teammates at The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facility,” states Mark Lenhard, President and CEO of The Wesleyan. “Our medical director has issued orders for residents. Testing supplies were ordered. Those supplies were delivered this afternoon and testing is beginning today.”

This diligence is consistent with The Wesleyan’s approach since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic March 11. Following the State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s report that businesses would begin reopening May 1, Lenhard advised The Wesleyan community, “Even as businesses begin to reopen, the protocols and practices The Wesleyan has implemented will stay in place. We are still receiving guidance from health agencies at the federal, state and local levels for caution and vigilance, especially for organizations like ours that serve populations that are at greater risk. We do not want to undo the heroic efforts and significant sacrifices that our patients, residents, family members and teammates have made by prematurely reducing or eliminating the protocols that have safeguarded this ministry.”


April 29, 2020

A CASE OF COVID-19 DIAGNOSED

A case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, has been diagnosed in a teammate of The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

“The teammate is in quarantine at home. We have notified the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as well as the Williamson County and Cities Health District and are following the procedures recommended by them and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have taken and continue to take every step recommended by authorities to contain the potential spread of this virus,” said President and CEO Mark Lenhard. “We want to make residents and patients, their families, our caring staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that our top priority is protecting those we care for and serve, along with our teammates who provide healthcare and services in our communities and programs.”



April 27, 2020

THE GOVERNOR’S REPORT TO REOPEN TEXAS

Today, during an afternoon press conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott presented The Governor’s Report to Reopen Texas. While it is natural for this news to be a relief to many, it is too early for The Wesleyan, and communities like ours, to relax our protocols and practices.

In the Governor’s Report, there is a section addressing Texans over the age of 65, which advises strictly adhering to all Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, as well as all recommendations in the Governor’s Report. The protocols and practices that we have put into place and have been following for the last seven weeks have been recommended by the CDC and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). We will continue these precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our residents, patients and teammates. COVID-19 is a serious threat to our population.

Based on data from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in Texas to date, 76% were Texans 65 and older. (p. 7, Governor’s Report)

This week, a skilled nursing community in Round Rock, reported 46 residents and staff had tested positive for COVID-19. We must remain vigilant to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 from coming into our communities.

The protocols and practices The Wesleyan has in place will stay in place even as Texas begins to reopen. When can we lift the restrictions? President and CEO Mark Lenhard explains, “At this time, it is difficult for us to predict when our restrictions will end. We are still receiving guidance from health agencies at the federal, state and local level for caution and vigilance, especially for organizations like ours that serve populations that are at greater risk. We do not want to undo the heroic efforts and significant sacrifices that our patients, residents, family members and teammates have made by prematurely reducing or eliminating the protocols that have safeguarded this ministry. We pray for the swift end of this health care crisis and your continued health and well-being.”

The following two sections are from The Governor’s Report to Reopen Texas:

Page 5 – FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

There is much we know about COVID-19.

We know it has had a devastating impact across our nation.

We know there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID‑19.

And we know the best way to prevent infection is to take steps to avoid exposure.

We have seen this work in Texas, where Texans are taking actions to stop infections.

But there is much more to know.

Based on our current understanding, the virus that causes COVID‑19 is thought to spread:

  • Mainly from person to person;
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and
  • Via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes; these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled.

People are thought to be most contagious early in their illness, but COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons even before they show any symptoms. That is why we must remain cautious — to avoid further spread or a new outbreak.

As we begin to open Texas, we must continue to follow these critical health guidelines:

  • Stay home if you can.
  • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, doorknobs, and other places touched often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Continue to practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and limit physical contact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.

Special guidance for Texans over 65 is outlined on page 6, and for all Texans on page 8. Opening businesses have added responsibilities outlined beginning on page 19.

Every Texan is part of the solution. You can protect yourself, your family, and your community.

John William Hellerstedt, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services

PAGE 6 – SPECIAL GUIDANCE FOR TEXANS OVER 65

People 65 years or older, especially people 65 years or older with medical issues like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for getting very sick or dying from COVID‑19.

Every Texan is part of the solution. Strictly adhere to all CDC guidelines, as well as all recommendations in this document.

  • Minimize face-to-face contact with others.
  • Avoid young children.
  • If someone is assisting you, you and your family members or caretaker should wear cloth face masks.
  • Remember a family member or caretaker can give you the virus even if they don’t appear to have symptoms.
  • Try grocery or restaurant delivery, mail order prescriptions, and phone appointments with your doctor.
  • Call 2-1-1 if you need help with essentials.
  • Reach out to friends, family, or neighbors who can deliver essential items.
  • If you must go out, wear a cloth face mask, and stay six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils with others.
  • If you have mild symptoms (difficulty breathing, or a rapidly worsening cough or fever), call your healthcare provider. If symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1.
  • Check in regularly with neighbors, friends, and family by calling, texting, emailing, video chatting, or even writing letters.
  • Walking, gardening, digital books, games, and online religious services are great ways to stay active and connected.


PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF OUR RESIDENTS AND PATIENTS

April 15, 2020

Dear Family Members of The Wesleyan,

I was reminded by one of our residents the other day that the generation we serve and love (her and her friends) are strong and have endured much in their lives. They have fought in and lived through wars, poverty, outbreaks, economic strife, and other world disasters and have come through it all. They have lived with restrictions such as limited food, curtailed freedoms, and at times oppression, and they survived it. She said they will do it again today. Immediately after she shared those words with me, she asked what she could do to help us. I am humbled by the incredible thoughtfulness that members of this community have for one another. My hope is that these words will be for you what they have been for me – a continued source of strength as we know that “this too shall pass” and that their strength and endurance are an example to us all and the hope that lies ahead of us.

It is important that we stay in communication with you as this health care crisis continues and The Wesleyan takes the necessary steps to safeguard our patients, residents, teammates, partners and family members. As we head into our 6th week of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wesleyan remains focused on the priority of preventing COVID-19 from coming into our communities. We know how scary it is to hear the news about nursing homes around the country and in Central Texas that have had positive cases. We are grateful to our teammates, the residents and to you, our family members, for taking every recommended measure to protect the health and well-being of our residents.

As you know, we are following all the updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, Texas Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Williamson County and Cities Health District and other health agencies. As we receive new recommendations and directives, we are implementing them. We recognize that these precautionary measures are a hardship for families who are accustomed to being able to visit in person and hug their loved ones, but it is imperative that together we adhere to the recommendations from these agencies. These guidelines will be enforced by The Wesleyan throughout our communities and programs.

By using other means of contact – telephone calls, video chats, cards, letters and packages – you are helping us minimize exposure to a potentially vulnerable population and healthcare and service providers. We have systems in place to assist you in connecting with your loved one should they need help with phone calls or video chats.

We thank you for your support and help as we mitigate the risks for our communities. Your compliance and understanding is a contributing factor in our ability to safeguard all those who live at, are served by and work at The Wesleyan.

We are keeping all who have been affected by COVID-19 in our prayers and we ask that you keep The Wesleyan, those we serve and those we serve with in your prayers.

With appreciation,

Mark Lenhard
President/CEO


Friday, April 10, 2020

President and CEO Mark Lenhard extends a Easter Weekend message to The Wesleyan Family.


Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Family Members of The Wesleyan,

As we begin our fourth week of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wesleyan remains focused on the priority of preventing COVID-19 from coming into our communities. We are following all the updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, Texas Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Williamson County and Cities Health District and other health agencies. As we receive new recommendations and directives, we are implementing them. We appreciate the adjustments you have made as well to help us take precautionary measures.

Our primary focus is ensuring our residents, patients and teammates are in a safe and healthy environment.

We know that it is very difficult to not be able to come and visit and see your loved one in person. But, it is critical that we all abide by the Williamson County Stay Home Stay Safe Order. This is particularly important for communities like ours as we minimize exposure to a potentially vulnerable population and healthcare and service providers.

“All persons may leave their Residences only for Essential Activities or for performing or accessing Essential Governmental Functions, Healthcare Operations, Essential Businesses, and Essential Critical Infrastructure, all as defined in Section 10.”

Here are some things you can do to help both your family and your loved one feel more connected.

  • Contact your loved ones by phone. Hearing one another’s voices will be reassuring to both you and them.
  • Plan a family get-together through video conferencing. If your loved one has a desktop computer, smart phone or tablet, you can set up a time to videoconference or chat with them. It is a way to see each other’s faces while abiding by the Stay Home Stay Safe order. During this pandemic, a number of the videoconferencing platforms have free versions. If your loved one does not have the necessary technology or know-how, our life enrichment teams have tablets and can help set up a time for them to visit with you. Call the main line for the community, where your family member lives and you will be helped.
  • Send letters, cards and special packages. Our communities are taking precautions with mail delivery so “snail” mail is taking a little longer than usual, but a card or gift package is something your loved one can hold on to and treasure.We thank you for your support and help as we mitigate the risks for our communities.


March 24, 2020

Today, Williamson County issued a Stay Home Stay Safe Order.

“In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and in Central Texas, County Judge Bill Gravell has issued a Stay Home Stay Safe Order for all individuals in Williamson County.

“This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions. The Stay Home Stay Safe directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home.”

Read the Stay Home Stay Safe document in its entirety here.

What Does That Mean for Residents, Patients, and Teammates of The Wesleyan?

The Wesleyan has been following the recommendations and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Williamson County and Cities Health District along with other health agencies, including the advice that had been given to help us prepare for further restrictions.

Yesterday, in anticipation of this order, President and CEO Mark Lenhard announced that non-essential staff were to work from home starting this morning. We’ve also taken steps to support essential staff and our other support services teammates during this time. These steps include, but are not limited to:

  • Offering all teammates a free meal on each shift
  • Screening all teammates, residents and vendors entering buildings to ensure continued health and safety
  • Providing ongoing communication about the needs of our communities
  • Listening to needs and responding with available resources
  • Staying updated on federal guidance for employee support and utilizing those resources
  • Restricting inter-building interaction to prevent any possible exposure
  • Re-training and re-educating on infection control to ensure competency

Please keep our teammates in your prayers. They are our most valuable resource and we are grateful to them for their care of you and each other.

Be assured that essential services will continue in our communities. Non-essential staff will be working away from our buildings, but remain focused on supporting the ongoing operations of The Wesleyan.

We strongly urge residents, family members, and teammates to follow the Stay Home Stay Safe Order. As with the directives that we have received over the past couple of weeks, we will adapt our operations to ensure that we are prioritizing the health and safety of our residents and teammates while supporting the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of all. We appreciate your support of the additional processes (e.g., screenings) that we’re putting in place to protect each of you.

Should you have questions, please direct them to the Administrator of your, or your family member’s, building or program. We will work quickly to address the questions you have about following this new order and supporting your essential needs.



March 19, 2020

In this constantly evolving community response to the COVID-19 health crisis, The Wesleyan is closely monitoring and implementing recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Williamson County and Cities Health District, and other health agencies. We are fully focused on protecting our residents and teammates and preserving a safe and healthy environment.

Important Updates

 On March 18, Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) received notification of the first four positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Williamson County. Today, they announced four new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the County’s total to seven. A confirmed case reported on March 18 was transferred to Travis County’s jurisdiction for monitoring. We are in close contact with authorities and will continue to follow any precautionary steps we are asked to take.

On March 16, The Williamson County and Cities Health District ordered us, The Wesleyan – all our residents, family members, guests and teammates – to comply with the following directives, inclusive of, but not limited to:

Following guidance from the CDC, we have cancelled all group activities and communal dining in our communities. Meals are being delivered to residents/patients in their rooms.

Resident and Patient Well-Being

We understand that this crisis heightens anxiety and concern. The restrictions that have been put in place in light of this serious health concern are done so to protect our residents and patients. It is imperative that we follow these orders for the health and safety of residents and those teammates caring for them.

Administrators and Life Enrichment teammates are working diligently to adapt our communities’ offerings in light of these restrictions, continuing our ongoing commitment to promote wellness.

Summary – What We Are Doing to Protect Our Residents and Teammates

  1. All non-essential visitors are restricted from visiting any of The Wesleyan’s buildings where residents or patients reside.
  2. We are completing health assessments, which include conducting temperature checks, of all residents and teammates who enter residential and healthcare buildings.
  3. Sick employees are being asked to stay home and notify us if they develop respiratory symptoms while at work.
  4. Any non-essential meetings/social events/gatherings that were planned to take place on our campus have been cancelled.
  5. We are following the recommendations of the CDC, the Williamson County and Cities Health District and other health agencieson using contact precautions.
  6. We’re continuing the practice of proper hand washing hygiene for our teammates and promoting that same practice for our residents. Everyone should clean their hands before and after any interaction with residents and their environments by washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol may also be used, but soap and water is best.
  7. We’re advising everyone to cover their mouths and noses with tissues when coughing or sneezing. Here’s the CDC’s information on coughing and sneezing etiquette: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html
  8. We are monitoring our environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures.We use hospital grade products designed to promote and assist in infection control protocols and have taken advice from the CDC on the best cleaners to use.
  9. We are conducting ongoing teammate training relative to disease prevention protocols.

What You Can Do

  1. Follow guidance on control and prevention for COVID-19.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Use telemedicine if possible.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • When you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Practice social distancing – keeping a space of 6 feet between you and others – and avoiding any type of mass gatherings.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not already. (Although the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is flu season.)
  1. Assure your family member that the restrictions are in place to protect them.
  2. Contact your family member regularly via phone calls, email or video-conferencing.
  3. Take care of your own wellness.
  4. Please keep The Wesleyan teammates in your thoughts and prayers. They are working hard to provide our residents with the best care possible in the midst of trying circumstances.

Our teammates often share that they specifically chose to work in senior living and healthcare because they have a passion for caring for the oldest among us. In this time, we are being called to not only care for them, but also to take extraordinary actions to protect them. We appreciate your support as we navigate this crisis.

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Prevention for Long-Term Care Facilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Updates
Williamson County and Cities Health District Coronavirus Information



March 18, 2020

In this constantly evolving community-wide response to the threat of COVID-19, The Wesleyan is making the necessary adjustments based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Williamson County and Cities Health District, and other health agencies. The precautions that are being recommended are to prevent COVID-19 from coming into our community.

Ensuring our residents, visitors and teammates are in a safe and healthy environment is always our primary concern. As such, we want you to know what we are doing as well as what you can do to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

Important Update: The Williamson County and Cities Health District has ordered us, The Wesleyan – all our residents, family members, guests and teammates – to comply with the following directives, inclusive of, but not limited to:

“The facility must temperature check all employees, patients, visitors and volunteers prior to entry to the facility.” Pursuant to this directive, we have locked all entrance doors except for the main entrances to assist us in compliance with this mandate. If residents or teammates leave a building, we are required to take their temperature when they return. As an additional safeguard, we have restricted entry to our facilities to essential staff only.

“The facility may not admit any individual to the facility with a temperature of 100.4 °F or above.”

“Any unexplained febrile illness (≥100.4 °F) of facility employees, patients, visitors or volunteers must be reported to the Williamson County and Cities Health District as soon as possible.” A fever can present for a number of illnesses. If you contract a fever, you will need to see a doctor to determine the origin of the fever. Unexplained fevers will be reported.

We understand the difficulties and inconveniences that will arise from the restrictions that have been placed upon our communities in light of this serious health concern. However, it is imperative that we follow these orders for the health and safety of residents and teammates. Administrators and Life Enrichment teammates are working diligently to adapt our communities’ offerings in light of these restrictions, continuing our ongoing commitment to promote wellness for our entire community.

This will continue to be an evolving situation and we will adjust our protocols as needed.

We ask for your support as we implement these practices to ensure the health and safety of our community.



What We Are Doing
to Protect Our Residents and Teammates

  1. All non-essential visitors are restricted from visiting any of The Wesleyan’s building where residents or patients reside.
  2. We are completing health assessments, which including conducting temperature checks, of all residents and teammates who enter residential and healthcare buildings.
  3. Sick employees are being asked to stay home and notify us if they develop respiratory symptoms while at work.
  4. Any non-essential meetings/social events/gatherings that were planned to take place on our campus have been cancelled/rescheduled.
  5. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and other agencies on using contact precautions.
  6. We’re promoting the practice of proper hand washing hygiene for residents and everyone who they may come in contact with. Everyone should clean their hands before and after interaction with residents and their environments by washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol may also be used, but soap and water is best.
  7. We’re advising everyone to cover their mouths and noses with tissues when coughing or sneezing. Please review the CDC’s information on coughing and sneezing etiquette: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html
  8. We are monitoring our environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures. We use hospital grade products designed to promote and assist in infection control protocols and have taken advice from the CDC on the best cleaners to use.
  9. We are conducting ongoing teammate training relative to disease prevention protocols.


March 11, 2020

We know you may have questions about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may affect us here at The Wesleyan Independent Living. Ensuring our residents, visitors and teammates are in a safe and healthy environment is always our primary concern. As such, we want you to know what we are doing as well as what you can do to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. 

In addition to our everyday routine practices of infection control, we are receiving excellent daily guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Williamson County and Cities Health District, and other resource partners. We have implemented a variety of steps to help reduce the potential for the COVID-19 virus to enter our buildings.

Here is what we are doing to protect our residents and teammates and how you can help:

  1. We have advised that sick employees should stay home and notify us if they develop respiratory symptoms while at work (e.g., cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath).
  2. With an abundance of caution, any non-essential meetings/social events/gatherings that are planned to take place on our campus are being cancelled/rescheduled.
  3. We have cancelled outings scheduled that were planned for outside of Georgetown, and will evaluate each outing as we approach its date, to determine if we will continue with the outing. We certainly will continue to support the need for social interaction; however, we will follow the CDC recommendations to ensure that we are protecting our community. That means plans may be changed daily. Our Life Enrichment team will continue to offer daily exercise classes for now, and help us develop other opportunities in which we can remain active and engaged.
  4. We’re promoting the practice of proper hand washing hygiene for residents and everyone who they may come in contact with. Everyone should clean their hands before and after interaction with residents and their environments by washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol may also be used, but soap and water is best.
  5. We’re advising everyone to cover their mouths and noses with tissues when coughing or sneezing. Please review the CDC’s information on coughing and sneezing etiquette: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html
  6. We are monitoring our environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures. We use hospital grade products designed to promote and assist in infection control protocols and have taken advice from the CDC on the best cleaners to use. We have educated our teams on how to properly clean throughout our communities and will continue to reinforce those processes through ongoing education.
  7. We have posted signs on our doorways and are asking visitors, including family members, to complete a health assessment form when they enter a building. While this may seem overly cautious, the CDC cautions that persons age 65 and older are potentially at greater risk. We feel this is an important step to making sure that we keep residents healthy. If visitors complete the assessment and have risk factors, we will request that they not enter the building. Even when a visitor is cleared to come in the building, we ask that they visit in apartments and avoid public spaces.
  8. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and other agencies on using contact precautions to prevent the spread which includes wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick, as we always do.
  9. We have implemented enhanced staff training relative to disease prevention protocols.

This will continue to be an evolving situation and we will adjust our protocols as needed. Please watch for follow-up announcements.

For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

We ask for your support as we implement these practices to ensure the health and safety of our community.

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