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Statement from Wauneta Care and Therapy Center regarding COVID-19

Updated: Thursday, March 16, 12:47 a.m. MTN

Resident safety is a top priority for Wauneta Care and Therapy Center, and we are taking necessary precautions to protect our residents from COVID-19.

We are utilizing infection control procedures set forth by CMS, CDC and local health departments, and going over our own infection control policies and procedures. In addition, we are complying with the new CMS visitation restriction guidelines that apply to all nursing homes.

These guidelines do limit visitors significantly in an effort to help protect our residents from possible exposure to this 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. 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.

Our 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. If they have a fever over 100.0, we send them home and ask they visit their personal physician. This is in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines.

This is an ever-changing and unprecedented situation, but we remain committed to taking all appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.

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