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Update From Administrator – September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope that this letter finds you safe and healthy. You may have heard on the news, that nursing homes will begin to receive “Rapid” COVID-19 testing machines. These are coming in from the federal government within the next coming weeks. The Department of Health (DPH) has approved the use of these tests for our residents, staff, and visitors. As soon as we have received the machines and supplies, we will conduct the necessary training. We look forward to utilizing these tests. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

I want to inform you that we have received the “Point of Care Testing Device” from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It is designed to enable us to conduct COVID-19 Antigen testing within Abbott Terrace Health Center. This testing provides rapid results. We are in the process of getting our clinicians certified so that they may use this device. We will communicate with you once we begin to use it. I want to reiterate that this pandemic is still active. We are continuing to work proactively to ensure the health and safety of our residents, staff, and families. If you have not done so, please consider completing the consent form in advance to ensure that your loved one receives their annual
Influenza Vaccine.

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.
Michael Fiore
Administrator

September 21, 2020 Athena News