(Fayetteville, TN, March 11, 2020) – Although the COVID-19 health threat to the general public is still considered low by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lincoln Donalson Care Center (LDCC) administration has announced new precautions designed to limit the COVID-19 exposure risk to their vulnerable residents.
The majority of the LDCC population falls into the highest risk category for COVID-19 because of their advanced age and multiple complex health conditions. To minimize the risk of exposure, effective March 11, 2020 until further notice, LDCC will be implementing the following precautions to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of their residents:
- Daily Staff Screening
- LDCC staff screening will take place at the beginning of each shift and before entrance is allowed into patient care areas. In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 introduction into the facility, staff members will have their temperature monitored as well as be asked questions regarding health symptoms and travel history.
- No Visitor Policy
- LDCC will temporarily adopt a “no visitors” policy. This policy will prohibit outside visitors from entering the building. An exception to this policy will be in compassionate cases for hospice patients nearing the end of life. In these cases, visitors will be screened with the same scrutiny as our employees and will not be allowed admittance without clearing the screening process. These visitors will be limited to that patient’s specific room.
“Because we understand what a critical role social interactions play in the healing process and overall wellbeing of our residents, we are closely monitoring the situation and will relax or remove restrictions on visitation as soon as it’s safe to do so,” said John Lavender, administrator at Lincoln Donalson Care Center.