COVID-19 Update

Updated April 2, 2020

Despite continued tireless efforts and tremendous care by the Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation staff, the positive cases of residents infected with COVID-19 has continued to grow.  As of today, Thursday, April 2, we have a total of 19 residents who are currently in-house that have tested positive.

In addition, through a pilot program operated under the auspices of the Massachusetts National Guard in partnership with the Department of Public Health and Broad Institute of Cambridge, 15 members of the National Guard were at Hunt yesterday afternoon and  tested all residents who have not previously tested positive through  safe, on-site COVID-19 testing with an expected efficient turnaround. As a result, 55 cases are pending, and we will be communicating with families upon receiving these results.

I am also deeply saddened to report that one resident has passed away in-house. It is extremely difficult at times like this to continue to remain positive, but through community support we are encouraged to push on and continue to care for our residents in tremendous ways during this unfathomable time. I could not be prouder to be standing behind the Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation team that have been on the front-line since this has begun and will continue to be there for our residents, your loved ones.  It is humbling to be part of a community that during such times of trial continue to find the selfless emotional and physical strength to remain hopeful and full of fight.

Our existing protocols remain in place: staff absences are noted; all staff are being screened at the beginning of their shift for respiratory symptoms, actively taking their temperature for evidence of fever, shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. If they are ill, they will self-isolate at home. We are following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Health in this matter. I recognize that this is a time of great uncertainty.  I can assure that your support has tremendous meaning to our residents and staff.

Respectfully,

Beth Barends, Administrator

Updated March 31, 2020

As of Tuesday, March 31, the number of residents being cared for at Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation that have tested positive for COVID-19 is 11. This is an increase of two from yesterday.

Updated March 30, 2020

As of Monday, March 30, Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center staff are caring for 9 residents in a cohorted unit with positive cases of the coronavirus.

Updated March 27, 2020

As of today (March 27), Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has eight residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. These residents are currently under the care of a dedicated team of professionals here at Hunt.  

Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has been in an active response mode since the coronavirus first appeared on U.S soil and has implemented restrictions and protocols consistent with recommendations by the CDC and state health and public safety agencies. 

All residents at Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center are checked for potential symptoms three times daily (more often if they request it, or there is a noticeable change in condition). In order to meet the criteria for testing, residents must be symptomatic or have a temperature over 100 degrees. Residents who have been tested were identified through the facility’s daily health assessments and will continue to be assessed. 

As an additional measure to protect residents and provide focused care, all residents who have exhibited symptoms and have tested positive are being cohorted onto one unit.  Currently, Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is adequately supplied with personal protective equipment that allows for the safe care of residents by our staff. 

Our primary concern is continuing to support our residents and staff while taking every measure to safeguard their health and safety. We remain in close communication with our residents and families throughout this unprecedented situation. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Danvers Board of Health have been notified and continue to consult and advise the Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center team as we monitor residents and respond to any changes in resident health.

Updated March 24, 2020

The past several weeks have been unprecedented, for our country and the world, as the COVID-19 virus has become front and center in all of our lives. The concerns you may have are shared by healthcare providers like ourselves as we navigate these uncharted waters. At Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center we recognize that time-sensitive and candid communication with our residents, families and community is critical to how we all respond to this health crisis.

We have been informed that four residents, who had been residing at our skilled nursing center, have tested positive for COVID-19. We have and will continue to work with the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the state and local health departments to isolate this situation and mitigate any future problems.

Please be assured that we have been preparing for this situation for the last several weeks knowing that the virus is present in our local communities. We are confident that our team of clinicians, nurses, aides and other support staff at Hunt are well prepared to protect the ongoing health of our residents.

Throughout this entire public health crisis, we have been guided by, and consulted with, key federal and state agencies who are involved in the prevention and mitigation of the Corona virus. Their infection control, screening and assessment protocols have been instrumental in our preparedness for this situation. We continue to assess our residents and staff daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. It was the strict adherence to these protocols that enabled us to identify these cases, and led to our swift response in treating and transferring our residents to the hospital. Currently three continue to receive treatment at the hospital and the fourth is being cared for by our team. We will continue to follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s guidance on notifying members of our community who may have had contact with these residents.

We understand the concerns around COVID-19. Now with residents who have tested positive, patients, families and community members may feel worried about the care we are able to provide to them or their loved ones. We encourage you to remember that the team members working to care for our residents at Hunt are your neighbors and community members. They continue to work incredibly hard to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are being cared for with the highest quality of care, compassion and resources to safeguard their health and well-being.

Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center remains committed, as your community partner, to provide the best care possible. We are grateful for the efforts of our team here at Hunt, and our local healthcare partners, for their commitment and dedication to our residents and families. We are humbled by your trust in us and will continue to work tirelessly to earn that trust and confidence each day.

Please check our website for additional information and updates that pertain to this evolving situation as it becomes available.

Regards,

Beth Barends, Administrator