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Assisted Living Committed to Safety

April 3, 2020
Emmetsburg News

The parent company of Emmetsburg Care Center and Emerald Oaks, ABCM Corporation, has released a statement regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic:

ABCM Corporation's top priority has always been the ongoing safety, health, and welfare of our residents and tenants. With the COVID-19 health crisis spreading throughout the state, our focus remains on them, as well as on our employees.

Although information about the outbreak continues to change at a rapid pace, ABCM Corporation has a team of dedicated personnel staying up to date on the ever changing federal, state, and local guidelines and updates.

Over the past few weeks, we have diligently reviewed and updated our infection prevention and control plans along with our emergency communication plan. We have implemented our infection prevention and control policies and procedures, as we know this is key to preventing coronavirus and other common viruses. We are following the same infection prevention procedures used during flu season: handwashing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering coughs, and disinfecting the physical environments. We are also following direction for employees who are sick to stay home and are actively screening staff prior to each shift.

We know that the people most likely to become severely ill from the virus are older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, so we are restricting non-essential services and visitors including family members, contractors, and volunteers for the time being. Because it is possible to unintentionally spread the virus without being symptomatic, as of March 11, all entry points to our locations have been locked, with signs posted on the doors to notify all visitors. Accommodations for family members who's loved one is near end-of-life may be made; however, it is critical that we do all that we can do to protect our residents, tenants, and staff from this virus.

ABCM locations have also restricted all group activities, internal and external for the foreseeable future, to help reduce potential spread.

We have been and will continue to screen and accept new admissions. Each new resident and tenant will be carefully screened with our structured screening tool, which has been updated specifically for the current situation, before bringing them into our buildings. If admitted, any symptomatic resident or tenant will be isolated upon entry. We closely monitor any signs of illness and as always, keep sick residents and tenants away from those who are healthy.

We do not have any cases locally.

ABCM Corporation understands this is very challenging time for everyone but are committed to keeping our residents, tenants, and staff as safe as possible.



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