Hello Green Hills Community,
The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we continue to implement guidance from Story County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public health as well as many others to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in our community. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible in the steps that Green Hills is taking to prepare our community during this difficult time. Our team is always working to be prepared for all possible scenarios related to COVID-19.
Green Hills can do ongoing testing for residents and staff if needed. Currently, Green Hills has one active employee and no active resident COVID-19 cases. All other reported cases have recovered. Our employees with active cases are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s protocol are currently in self-quarantine and monitoring their health closely. The employees who have tested positive in this round of testing are in the age range of 18-25 years old, which is trending with Story County’s positive cases.
Green Hills has developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19.
Our community is:
- Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
- As of September 18, allowing Independent Living residents two visitors at a time.
- Requiring proper personal protective equipment, social distancing, and limited capacities for resident events and activities
- Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
- Recommending that residents minimize their time off campus as much as possible to reduce their risk of exposure
- Maintaining social distancing
- Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness. Green Hills will continue to provide all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:
- Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
- Avoiding touching your face
- Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness or have symptoms outside of regular health
These are simple yet imperative steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.
COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
CMS Resumption of Routine Inspections: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-resumption-routine-inspections-all-provider-and-suppliers-issues-updated-enforcement
COVID-19 Symptoms: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
What To Do If You Think You Are Sick: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf