FAQs- Updated May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The health and safety of our residents and staff remains our highest priority. Our goal is to continue to be as transparent as possible with information while maintaining the privacy rights of all of our residents and staff.

We understand that families and friends of our residents want to be kept updated and we are doing our very best to keep everyone informed.   Please submit questions regarding our COVID-19 emergency management plan to COVID19info@kirkhaven.com.  We will respond to your questions in our FAQ updates and in accordance with State and Federal laws.

We continue to partner with the Department of Health to implement every measure possible to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The entire Kirkhaven team is focused on this enormous task and we remain committed to our mission and values as we safeguard and care for your loved ones and each other during these unprecedented times. 

We respectfully ask for your continued understanding and support of these priorities.  Our hearts go out to our residents, our staff and all friends and families who have been personally affected by this virus. 

How many COVID-19 positive residents have recovered?

  • No new positive COVID-19 cases have been identified at Kirkhaven since April 27, 2020.
  • According to the World Health Organization, it may take 2 weeks for your body to get over the Coronavirus, COVID-19 illness. That’s the average recovery time for mild cases. For those with severe or critical cases, recovery can take up to 6 weeks.
  • As previously reported, we are cautiously optimistic in sharing that 12 of the previously reported positive cases are now without symptoms and appear to be on the road to recovery.
  • These individuals remain under quarantine and we continue to closely monitor their health status in accordance with DOH and CDC guidance.

How many COVID-19 positive employees are still out of work?

  • Currently Kirkhaven has 3 employees out of work from a Coronavirus, COVID-19 illness.

 When can positive COVID-19 staff return to work?

  • The health care worker’s primary care physician and the local Department of Health decides when health care worker(s) can return to work after a Coronavirus, COVID-19 illness.
  • Nursing home employees who test positive for COVID-19 but remained asymptomatic are not eligible to return to work for 14 days from first positive test date.
  • Symptomatic nursing home employees may not return to work until 14 days after the onset of symptoms, provided at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and respiratory symptoms are improving.

The primary care physician ultimately decides when an individual is ready to return to work based on the specific individual’s medical history, diagnosis and treatment reigime.