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Life Care Centers of America, the Cleveland, Tennessee-based nursing home operator, said Wednesday that there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in its Chattanooga-area facilities.
Also, the company said it's taking necessary precautions to protect its residents, including implementing guidelines which significantly limit visitors at its facilities to protect residents from possible exposure to the virus.
"As such, we encourage families to establish alternate ways of communicating with our residents, such as by telephone, texting, video conferencing or other means," said Jennifer Solomon, Life Care's Eastern Division vice president. "We understand family members are an integral part of our residents' lives and encourage any family members with concerns or questions about these limitations to call the facility for more information."
She said Life Care is complying with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services visitation restriction guidelines that apply to all nursing homes.
"We are utilizing infection control procedures set forth by CMS, Centers for Disease Control and local health departments, and going over our own infection control policies and procedures," Solomon said.
She said Life Care associates are being diligent on practicing proper hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment, which is recurring education they normally receive, beginning with their orientation at our facility.
"Every associate is now screened when they arrive for work, including checking temperature, to ensure no additional sickness is brought into our building," Solomon said. "If they have a fever over 100.4, we send them home and ask they visit their personal physician. This is in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines."