Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

"Dedicated to Excellence"

September Updates

 

We are happy to report no positive cases with the Residents or staff that have been tested this week.  

Thank you,

Administration

-Updated 9/30/2021

 

9/24/2021 Update

Today, we are reporting a new positive Covid-19 test with one of our employees.  The employee has not been at work since the known exposure.  Therefore, through our contact tracing, we will not require any additional outbreak testing within our facility.  Due to these factors, visitation can continue moving forward. 

 

Thank you,

Administration

 

9/23/2021 Update

We will be resuming visitation on Friday September 24th 2021.  

Thank you for your patience!

Administration

 

 

9/21/2021 Update

We are happy to announce that we have completed all required “outbreak” testing in response to our most recent staff positives.  Moving forward, we will continue our routine testing of our unvaccinated staff as recommended by DHHS and CMS.  If no other positive cases arise, we will resume visitation this Friday, September 24, 2021.  Please check back in on Thursday afternoon to confirm visitation will resume before making plans to visit.  Thank you for your patience during this time as we try and do our best to keep our Residents safe.  We look forward to seeing our families and friends back in the building soon! 

 

We are happy to report no positive cases with the Residents or staff that have been tested this week.  

Thank you,

Administration

-Updated 9/16/2021

 

9/10/2021 Update

Due to an additional positive Covid test (1) with one of our non-direct care staff members, we will continue to temporarily cancel all visitation within our facility.

As you know, this will be our 3rd staff positive Covid-19 case within the past couple weeks.  We will continue to conduct weekly outbreak testing for at least two more weeks.  Per CMS and DHHS guidance, we will be suspending indoor visitation for 14 days.  If no new cases arise, we will resume our normal visitation on Friday, September 24th.  If there are new cases during this period of time, we will be required to extend the date out further.  The health and wellbeing of our Residents is our main priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to keep them safe.  If you have specific questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Nathan C. Arnn

Administrator

 

 

9/7/21 Update

Due to a positive Covid test (1) with one of our non-direct care staff members, we are required to temporarily cancel all visitation within our facility.  We have completed the Resident testing and are happy to report that there are no positive results.  Please check back periodically for further updates.  Thank you for your cooperation.

-Administration

 

We are happy to report that our initial round of outbreak testing has been completed with no new positive Covid-19 test results.  Our nursing staff will conduct a 2nd round of testing for all Residents and staff next week, then return to our previous testing procedures if no new positives arise.  We will return to our normal visitation process tomorrow, Saturday (9/4/2021).  Thank you all for your cooperation regarding visits over the past few days.  We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Administration

-Updated 9/3/2021

 

We are happy to report no positive cases with the staff that has been tested so far.  Please check back tomorrow for a visitation update. 

Thank you,

Administration

-Updated 9/2/2021

 

8/31/21 Update

Due to a positive Covid test (1) with one of our non-direct care staff members, we are required to temporarily cancel all visitation within our facility.  Visitation may resume once we have completed a full round of testing of all Residents and staff and identified that there are no other positive cases.  We have completed the Resident testing and are happy to report that there are no positive results.  Please check back periodically for further updates.  Thank you for your cooperation.

-Administration

 

August Updates

 

8/31/21 Update

Due to a positive Covid test (1) with one of our non-direct care staff members, we are required to temporarily cancel all visitation within our facility.  Visitation may resume once we have completed a full round of testing of all Residents and staff and identified that there are no other positive cases.  We have completed the Resident testing and are happy to report that there are no positive results.  Please check back periodically for further updates.  Thank you for your cooperation.

-Administration

 

Also, in an effort to communicate sudden changes more effectively, we will now offer you the opportunity to opt in to receiving email notifications when significant changes are made to our visitation hours or COVID updates.  This is in addition to our posts on the website.  To participate, send an email to the address below.  Please include the name of the resident in your email so we can better keep track of who receives this information.  You will be updated by email as needed. 

 

hr@sminursingandrehab.com

 

 

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated  8/26/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated  8/19/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated  8/12/2021

 

Also, in an effort to communicate sudden changes more effectively, we will now offer you the opportunity to opt in to receiving email notifications when significant changes are made to our visitation hours or COVID updates.  This is in addition to our posts on the website.  To participate, send an email to the address below.  Please include the name of the resident in your email so we can better keep track of who receives this information.  You will be updated by email as needed. 

 

hr@sminursingandrehab.com

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated  8/5/2021

 

 

 

July Updates

 

We are pleased to announce that our required outbreak testing has resulted in all Negative results for Staff and Residents.  We are continuing open visitation hours 10-5 weekdays, and as needed other hours.  Please remember to screen in when entering our facility.  We still remind everyone to wear your masks, wash your hands often, and social distance.  Moving forward we will be testing unvaccinated staff weekly as required per our county positivity rate.  This pandemic is not over, so please be vigilant and take care of yourselves!

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/29/2021

 

 

Visitation Update 07/21/2021

 

Our initial round of outbreak testing has been completed with no additional positive cases.  We will resume our normal visitation plans beginning Thursday, July 22nd.  Please refer back to the update from July 16th for our most current visitation plans.  We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that although things have been much better in regards to Covid-19 in our community, we encourage you to keep doing the right things to keep yourselves and our Residents safe.

 

Also, in an effort to communicate sudden changes more effectively, we will now offer you the opportunity to opt in to receiving email notifications when significant changes are made to our visitation hours or COVID updates.  This is in addition to our posts on the website.  To participate, send an email to the address below.  Please include the name of the resident in your email so we can better keep track of who receives this information.  You will be updated by email as needed. 

 

hr@sminursingandrehab.com

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 7/22/2021

 

 

7/19/2021 Update

Due to a positive Covid test with one of our Residents, we will be temporarily canceling all visitation within our facility.  Visitation may resume once we have completed a full round of testing of all Residents and staff and identified that there are no other positive cases.  Please check back periodically for further updates.  Thank you for your cooperation.

-Administration

 

July 16, 2021

Re: Visitation Update

Beginning the week of July 19th, 2021, we will continue to expand our open visitation days to allow visits each day of the week (Monday-Friday).  We will no longer be restricting visitations at any time but do request that if you choose to visit outside our open visitation time frame, that you let us know ahead of time so that we can greet you and assist you with the screening process upon entering the facility. 

Key items to remember:

- Open visitation will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

- All visitors should enter and exit facility at the West Entrance. 

We ask that all visitors go directly to and from the assigned visitation areas.

- Limit to two individuals per visit to allow for social distancing.

- We will no longer have a time limit for visits.   

- If children under the age of 16 wish to visit, we strongly encourage outdoor visits whenever possible due to increase risk of exposure. 

- Outdoor visits continue to be preferred, if and when possible.

- Federal and State authorities still require us to follow certain protocols that allow us to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission for our Residents, visitors, and staff, alike.  These include screening in prior to visiting, wearing mask, and social distancing, hand hygiene before and after visitation, among other things. 

While we have put these specific guidelines outlined above in place, we would still encourage you to speak with us regarding any special circumstances and we will do our best to make any reasonable accommodations (number of visitors at one time, visiting more than one Resident while in facility, etc.).  If you have any questions related to visitation or out-of-facility visits, please let us know!

Other Updates:

We will be discontinuing the Monday and Thursday drop off.  Outside personal items may be brought in during visits moving forward. 

Families may resume handling laundry, if desired.  Please notify your Social Worker for assistance with changes.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn,   Administrator

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 7/15/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 7/8/2021

 

July 1, 2021

To the Residents, families, and friends of SMI,

We are pleased to announce that we feel comfortable taking the next step in our visitation process!

Beginning the week of July 5th, 2021, we will begin allowing open visitation throughout the day every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Please note, all other visits for the week, including Mondays, weekdays after normal open visitation hours, and weekend visits, can be arranged through our Activity Department.  If a special request arises after normal office hours (8:00a.m. to 5:00 M-F), please speak with the Nursing Supervisor on duty for further assistance. 

Here are some key items to remember:

- Open visitation will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

- All visitors should enter and exit facility at the West Entrance.  We ask that all visitors go directly to and from the assigned visitation areas and refrain from visiting with other Residents or staff.

- Limit to two individuals per visit.

- In order to allow as many Residents to safely receive visitors on these days as possible, we ask that visits be limited to around 30 minutes. 

- Outdoor visits are still encouraged, if possible.

-We are still required to follow certain safety procedures laid out by our Federal and State authorities to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission for our Residents, visitors, and staff, alike.  These include screening in prior to visiting, wearing mask, and social distancing, among other things. 

Moving forward, we will continue to make every effort to improve our procedures and provide both safe and flexible visitation.    While we have put these specific guidelines outlined above in place, we would still encourage you to speak with us regarding any special circumstances and we will do our best to make any reasonable accommodations.  We realize that the open visit times are not always convenient for all of our families and friends, so we invite those individuals to reach out to our Activity Team in order to make alternate arrangements to visit.  If you have any questions related to visitation or out-of-facility visits, please let us know!

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.   We will also have our nonscheduled visitation tomorrow (Friday, July 2nd) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 7/1/2021

 

June Updates

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.   We will also have our nonscheduled visitation tomorrow (Friday, June 25th) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 6/24/2021

 

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report for this week.  We will continue our nonscheduled visitation arrangement on Tuesday and Friday of next week from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.   All other visits will be scheduled through our Activity Department.   

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments on these new arrangements, please don't hesitate to let us know.  Otherwise, we look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 6/17/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.   We will also have our nonscheduled visitation tomorrow (Friday, June 11th) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.  

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 6/10/2021

 

Update: June 4, 2021- Visitation plan moving forward

Beginning the week of June 7th, 2021, we will be allowing nonscheduled visits throughout the day on both Tuesdays and Fridays.  Please note, all other visits for the week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) will be conducted on a scheduled basis through our Activity Department. 

- Nonscheduled visitation will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

- All visitors should enter and exit facility at the West Entrance.  We ask that all visitors go directly to and from the assigned visitation areas and refrain from visiting with other Residents or staff.

- Limit to two individuals per visit

- In order to allow as many Residents to receive visitors on these days as possible, visits will continue to be limited to 30 minutes

- Outdoor visits are still encouraged, if possible

As a facility, we just want to reiterate that we are still required to follow certain safety procedures laid out by our Federal and State authorities to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission for our Residents, visitors, and staff, alike.  These include screening in prior to visiting, wearing mask, and social distancing, among other things. 

Please continue be patient with our Activity/Screening staff.  There may be times when there are several families arriving and the same time, which may cause a minor delay.  We will continue to make every effort to improve our visitation procedures and provide both safe and flexible visitation moving forward. 

Administration

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week.   We will resume our scheduled visitations tomorrow.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 6/3/2021

 

We are reporting today to have one resident test positive for Covid.  Visitation will be suspended until further notice, with the anticipation of opening back for scheduled visits on Friday.  Please continue to follow this site for further updates.  

Thank You.

Nathan C Arnn

-Updated 6/1/2021

 

May Updates

 

June 1, 2021 - Visitation Plan

On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, we will be allowing nonscheduled visits throughout the day.  Please note, all other visits for this week will be conducted on a scheduled basis through our Activity Department. 

- Nonscheduled visitation will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

- All visitors should enter and exit facility at the West Entrance. 

- Limit to two individuals per visit

- Visits will be limited to 30 minutes

- Outdoor visits are still encouraged, if possible

As a facility, we just want to reiterate that we are still required to follow certain safety procedures laid out by our Federal and State authorities to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission for our Residents, visitors, and staff, alike.  These include screening in prior to visiting, wearing mask, and social distancing, among other things. 

I’d again like to ask anyone who plans to visit to please be patient with our staff as we work through any unforeseen issues throughout the day.  We are making every effort to improve our visitation procedures to provide a more flexible but also safe visitation plan moving forward.  Following this trial, we will review our findings over the next week or so and look to create a new plan for our community.

Thank you all again for your patience during this past year.  We are excited about the positive changes we hope to make related to visitation within our facility in the near future.  

Administration

-Updated 5/28/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 5/27/2021

 

Visitation Update/Plans

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working on several different approaches to our visitation plans in hopes that we can improve visit availability and efficiency.  Our ultimate goal would be to learn from these experiences and implement a new plan moving forward that is both safe and convenient for our community. 

One of these will occur on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 when we will attempt to allow nonscheduled visits throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

-We will still be limiting visits to 30 minutes in length and to two individuals per visit. 

-As a facility, we just want to reiterate that we are still required to follow certain safety procedures laid out by our Federal and State authorities to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission for our Residents, Visitors, and Staff, alike. 

-If you plan to come during this time, please remain patient with our staff as we work through any issues that may arise during the day. 

Please check back on Monday, May 31st for more specific information and directions related to these visits.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 5/25/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 5/20/2021

 

We continued with testing this past Monday with all residents and staff.  So far all results have come back negative.  We also completed additional testing today for all residents, and all results have come back negative as well.  We will continue to update if there are any changes.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 5/13/2021

 

Today we are reporting one staff member test positive.   All residents were tested today and are negative.   All staff on site have been tested and are also negative.   We will continue our outbreak testing into the next two weeks.  We will post updates if there are any changes.

Happy Mothers Day!

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 5/7/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 5/6/2021

 

 

April 2021 Updates

 

We are happy to report all additional testing results are negative.  We will continue with our scheduled visitations as normal.  Please reach out to our activity department to schedule your visit!  Thank You.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 4/30/2021

 

Today we are reporting one staff member test positive.  All residents tested today were negative. 

We are currently putting visitations on hold until Friday morning.  

Thank You.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 4/27/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 4/22/2021

 

We have received all test results from Thursdays testing and all results were Negative.  We are resuming our visitations today.

Thank You.

Nathan C Arnn

-Updated 4/19/2021

 

Today we are reporting one staff positive as a result of routine testing.  All residents tested today were negative. 

Our state guidelines require us to suspend visitation until one round of testing is completed.  We are currently conducting that testing.  If all staff results return as negative, we will resume visitation on Monday.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 4/15/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 4/8/2021

 

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 4/1/2021

 

 

March 2021 Updates

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 3/25/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 3/18/2021

 

Facility Visitation Update related to new guidance in Memorandum QSO-20-39-NH

March 18, 2021

After reviewing the new guidance from DHHS and the CDC, which was released on March 10, 2021, we will be making several changes to our visitation policies and procedures.  This new guidance was released and was updated to reflect the impact that the COVID-19 vaccine has had in long-term care facilities. 

Here are some key changes from the memorandum in which we plan to incorporate into our visitations beginning the week of March 22, 2021.

-Even if the Resident has been fully vaccinated, outdoor visitation continues to be the safest and preferred option.

-Scheduled indoor visitation will be allowed at all times as long as we meet certain criteria including 70% of facility’s Residents being vaccinated and county positivity rate under 10%.

-Residents with current COVID-19 diagnosis may not receive in-person visitors.

-Residents in quarantine will not be allowed in-person visitors.

-We will continue to provide scheduled visits, for the time being, in order to meet the CMS and CDC core principles of COVID-19 infection control standards (Social Distancing, etc.).

-Indoor visitation during an outbreak has also been updated to no longer rely on the 14-day waiting period, but to now use a testing-based approach moving forward; visitation may temporarily be paused if we have a new case(s), but only until the appropriate testing requirements have been met.

-If Residents have been fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated refers to an individual who is two weeks past the receipt of the 2nd dose of a 2 dose vaccine series or two weeks past the receipt of the single dose vaccine) and choose to have close contact during their visit, including touch, they may do so while wearing a well-fitted face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after contact.

While the community infection rates continue to improve and many of these regulations appear to be lightening up, we want to remind everyone that there are still many unknowns with both the vaccines and virus.  We encourage everyone to continue to use caution and be understanding with our approach as not all of our Residents, staff or visitors have received the vaccine and may still be at a significant risk. 

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

We are pleased to report that we have had no new Covid-19 cases at Smithfield Manor over the last week.  We’d also like to acknowledge that we are aware of the recent updated guidance from CMS and the CDC that was presented yesterday.  We are working diligently to ensure all new regulations are met and prepare a new set of Policy and Procedures for our facility.  We hope to share that with you as early as we possibly can within the next week. 

Thank you.  

Nathan C. Arnn

Updated 3/11/2021

 

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

March 10, 2021

RE: UPDATED Compassionate Care Indoor Visitation

Residents, Families, and Friends,

By weeks end, we are hoping to finish up our initial round of indoor visits.  We’d like to think that we learned a thing or two over the past couple weeks and hope to become more efficient moving forward in order to provide regular scheduled visitation.  With the weather warming up a bit, we are also looking forward to providing outdoor visits again as well. 

Policy and Procedures

From a regulatory standpoint, nothing has changed as of this letter and we must also continue to adhere to regulations from State and Federal agencies.  This includes the NCDHHS, the CDC, and the CMS.  We will continue to work on our Policies and Procedures with the goal of balancing providing visitation while also keeping the Residents and Staff safe.  As soon as we have an update related to long-term care visitations from these agencies, we will certainly let you all know. 

Indoor Visitation for Compassionate Care

  • The visits continue to be scheduled in advance and coordinated by our Activity Department Team.  
  • Beginning the week of March 15th, we will expand our visits to 30 minutes with a maximum of two Family members/Friends allowed at a time.  At this point, our goal will be to provide one of these visits every other week.
  • Visitors will still be required to comply with our Policies and Procedures; including, but not limited to, wearing masks, keeping a minimum of 6 feet spacing at all times, and pre-visit screenings.
  • Education will take place when registering with Activities and again at the time of the visit.  Once the initial education has taken place, just a reminder will be required from that point on. 
  • Our ability to allow these visits are directly tied to being 14 days out from the last positive Covid case.

Please feel free to share any feedback from your experiences as we are hoping to make these experiences as pleasant as possible.  Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this difficult year.  We are hopeful that better times are on the horizon in the very near future.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

 

-We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 3/4/2021

 

 

February 2021 Updates

 

-We are happy to report that we have no new Covid-19 cases with our Residents or Staff this week. 

-Also this week, we are officially off the State’s Covid Outbreak Report. 

-Lastly, we hosted a team from Walgreens today for our 3rd vaccination clinic today.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 2/25/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new cases of Covid-19 to report for this week.  Thank you.

Nathan C Arnn. Administrator

-Updated 2/18/2021

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

February 15, 2021

RE: Compassionate Care Indoor Visitation/ Intra-facility Activities

Residents, Families, and Friends,

As you may know, on January 28th, 2021, we conducted our 2nd Walgreen Vaccination Clinic here at the facility.  A majority of our Residents and Staff have either participated in these clinics or recovered from the virus.  We are now beyond the 14 days in which the 2nd dose was provided and now feel as though, as a group, we are as protected as we can be against the Covid-19 virus moving forward.  With that being said, we plan to move into the next phase here at SMI and that includes, among other things, being more lenient with our compassionate care indoor visits and lifting some Resident gathering restrictions.

Policy and Procedures

Although we have made this decision as a facility, we must also continue to adhere to regulations from State and Federal agencies to whom we answer.  This includes NCDHHS and CMS.  We are continually working on Policies and Procedures that are most effective for our facility.  This includes preparing education and creating safe visitation practices.  Please be patient as we work to balance the wants and needs of our Residents and Families as well as the facility’s compliance from a regulatory standpoint. 

Indoor Visitation for Compassionate Care

  • Visits will be scheduled in advance and coordinated by our Activity Department Team.  
  • Scheduling for these will begin on Feb. 17th, and visits can begin as early as the week of Feb. 22nd.
  • Each visit will be limited, at least initially, to one person and to a specific length.  This will allow us to more quickly get everyone an in-person visit to all that request one. 
  • Visitors will be required to comply with our Policies and Procedures; including, but not limited to, wearing masks, keeping a minimum of 6 feet spacing at all times, and pre-visit screenings.
  • Education will take place when registering with Activities and again at the time of the visit. 
  • We are currently working on details related to these visits; we will keep you informed as they are made available.
  • Our ability to allow these visits are directly tied to being 14 days out from the last positive Covid case.

We are also pleased to announce that we are restarting some of our out-of-room Activity, Dining, and Therapy schedules on a limited basis. 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

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We are happy to report that we have no new cases of Covid-19 to report for this week.  Thank you.

Nathan C Arnn. Administrator

-Updated 2/11/2021

 

We are happy to report that we have no new cases of Covid-19 to report for this week.  Thank you.

Nathan C Arnn. Administrator

-Updated 2/5/2021

 

January 2021 Updates

We are happy to report that we have no new cases of Covid-19 to report for this week.  I’d also like to mention that yesterday, Thursday, January 28th, 2021, we conducted our 2nd Walgreen’s Covid-19 vaccination clinic.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 1/29/2021

 

We  are reporting today to have 1 resident test positive.  We will continue to update as results come in. 

Thank You

Nathan C Arnn

-Updated 1/26/2021

 

We are pleased to announce that we have no new Covid Cases to report for this week.  Although we are still considered to be in an "outbreak" status by definition, we have no active Covid cases in the facility at this time.  On Thursday, January 28th  we are expecting the Walgreens Pharmacy Team back for our 2nd Vaccination Clinic.  Thank You.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 1/22/2021

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 from this last testing.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 1/15/2021

 

We are reporting today to have 1 employee test positive.  We will continue our testing today, and will update as soon as results start to come in.  Thank You!

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 1/11/2021

 

We  are reporting today to have 1 resident test positive.  We will continue to update as results come in. 

Thank You

Nathan C Arnn

-Updated 1/7/2021

 

 

We are reporting today to have 4 residents and 3 staff test positive from Monday's testing.  We plan to test again this Friday.  Please continue to keep all residents, families, and staff in your prayers.

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 1/6/2021

 

We are reporting today to have 2 residents and 6 staff test positive for Covid.  Our next testing date will be Friday.  We will update with results as they come in.  

Thank You.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 1/5/2021

 

Family Drop Off Update

We have returned to the previous schedule for drop offs using the totes out front.  

     - Monday 9am to 3 pm

     - Thursday 9am to 3 pm

Items will still be held for 24 hours before distribution to the resident.

Thank You!

 

 

We are reporting today to have 3 residents and 2 employees test positive for COVID19.   Please keep the Residents, the families, and staff in your prayers.

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 1/1/2021

 

December 2020 Updates

We are reporting today to have 10 residents, and 8 staff test positive for COVID19.  Please continue to keep the Residents, their families and staff in your prayers!

Thank you

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/30/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 12 residents, and 5 employees test positive.  We will continue our next round of testing on Friday.  We will continue to update as results come in.

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/29/2020

 

We were pleased to have Walgreen's in the facility today administering the Covid-19 Vaccine to both residents and staff.  There will be a follow up visit from them in the upcoming weeks.  We are also reporting today to have 7 Residents and 3 Staff test positive.  We continued our testing as normal today and will hopefully have results in starting Wednesday. 

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/28/2020  

 

We are reporting today to have 1 staff member test positive.   We will continue with testing on Monday.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/26/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 1 resident, and 7 staff test positive from this weeks testing.  We will continue with testing as planned.  Smithfield Manor wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!  Please keep our residents and staff in your prayers.  

Thank You!

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/24/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 7 residents and 2 staff test positive.  We will update with more test results as they come in.  Please keep the residents, their families, and our staff in your prayers.   

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/23/2020

 

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

December 22, 2020

Residents, Families, and Friends,

As you all know, we have been dealing with an outbreak of the Covid-19 Virus in our building over the last couple of weeks.  I’d like to take a moment to bring you up to date as to what we are currently doing to deal with this challenge, as well as our plans over the next several weeks.

Since March, our team has been preparing for this moment.  We have been testing each week for over 24 weeks.  Since November 30, 2020, we have tested 3 times per week.  These actions were taken to hopefully identify and mitigate the spread of the virus in our facility. 

We have created a Covid-19 Positive unit on our North Wing in order to separate these Residents from the others while they may be contagious.  While on the Unit, our Physician Group, led by our Medical Director, Dr. Diaz-Valle, are providing routine visits to closely monitor for any symptom changes that may cause concern.  After 10 days and no or improving symptoms, the Residents who had tested positive may return to one of the other Halls.  

During this time, we are in and will continue to be in frequent contact with the Johnston County Health Department for guidance as we move forward. 

This virus is very contagious, as you all know.  We have been very fortunate in that many of our positive cases seem to be involving Residents who are asymptomatic or have very minor symptoms. 

As of this writing, two vaccines have been approved by the FDA to protect against this virus.  We have signed up with Walgreens and Pharmerica to assist us in administering ours.  A representative contacted us this past week and we have been informed that we will be offering the Moderna vaccine at some point in the near future, possibly as soon as the week of December 28th.  Please check back to our webpage for more information.  We will be in contact with you regarding administering the vaccine and consent authorizations. 

I’d also like to let you know how hard our staff is working.  As you can imagine, this has become very stressful over the last few weeks.  It has been amazing to me to see many of our staff stepping out of their comfort zones, picking up extra shifts, and just doing anything they can to assist these Residents as we deal with the virus in our community firsthand.  Please know that we are all here doing everything we can to get through this difficult time. 

Thank you,

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

 

We are reporting today to have 3 new residents to test positive for Covid-19.  We will continue testing and will update this week as the results come in.  Thank You.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/22/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 3 residents, and 3 staff test positive.  We will continue to update as the results come in.   Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.   Thank You!

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/21/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 3 staff test positive.  We will update with more test results as they come in.  Please keep the residents, their families, and our staff in your prayers. 

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/19/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 12 new residents, and 0 staff test positive from Wednesdays testing.    We have concluded another round of test today, and should receive results into the weekend.  We will update with more test results as they come in.  Please keep the residents, their families, and our staff in your prayers.  Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/18/2020

 

We are reporting today to have 4 new staff members, and 20 new residents test positive.  The resident's have been moved into separate isolation rooms.  We will update with more test results as they come in.  Please keep the residents, their families, and our staff in your prayers.  Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/16/2020

 

We are reporting to have 1 new staff member, and 3 new residents test positive.  The resident's have been moved into isolation rooms  for the time being.  We will continue our testing routine into the week and keep you updated as the results come in.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/15/2020

 

All results are in from the testing completed Friday, December 11, 2020.  We have 6 new Residents to report as well as 3 new Employees.  I'd like to take this opportunity to commend our Staff, as they are proving their dedication to the care and safety of your loved ones.  Please keep our Residents and Staff in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this current outbreak.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/13/2020

 

We have received the majority of test results in from Wednesdays testing.  As of now we have 1 resident, and 2 employees that have come back positive.  We have moved the resident into a separate isolation room for the time being.  As a precaution we are doing an additional round of testing for the entire facility today.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/11/2020

 

We are reporting to have 2 additional employees test positive from Monday's testing.  Our Wednesday test results should be coming in by Friday.  We will update with those results as they come in.  

Thank You.

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/10/2020

 

We have received the majority of test results in from Mondays testing.  As of now we haveresidents, and 2 employees that have come back positive.  We have moved the residents into separate isolation rooms for the time being.  As a precaution we are doing an additional round of testing for the entire facility today, and will have results in by Friday.     We will also be testing on Friday as well.

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/9/2020

 

We are happy to report all test results from Friday's testing are back and are ALL NEGATIVE.  We are going to continue with 2 testings per week until further notice.  We are testing today, and plan to test again on Wednesday or Thursday.    We will update as the results come in.   

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/7/2020

 

We have received all  test results in from Wednesdays testing.  As of now we have residents that has come back positive.  We have moved the resident into separate isolation room for the time being.  As a precaution we are doing an additional round of testing for the entire facility today, and will have results in by Monday.     

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/4/2020

 

We have received the majority of test results in from Mondays testing.  As of now we have 1 employee and 2 residents that have come back positive.  We have moved the 2 residents into separate isolation rooms for the time being.  As a precaution we are doing an additional round of testing for the entire facility and will have those results by the end of this week.  We will continue to post updates as we receive the results.   

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/2/2020

 

Today we are reporting to have 1 part time staff member test positive for COVID.   We will continue updating as our test results come in for the week.  

Thank You

Nathan C. Arnn

-Updated 12/1/2020

 

 

November 2020 Updates

Today we are reporting to have  staff member test positive from this weeks testing.  The employee is at home and is doing well.  Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance as we move forward.  We will continue our testing on Monday as planned.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 11/26/2020 

 

Our weekly testing of employees and residents has been completed.  All residents results are in and we have NO cases of COVID-19 to report.  There are just a few outstanding employee results we are waiting on.  Any updates to results will be posted as soon as we get them.   Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance as we move forward.  We will continue our testing on Monday as planned.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

- Updated 11/25/2020

 

Thanksgiving Holiday Drop Off Updates:                                         

Location:  Front Porch of Smithfield Manor

  • Totes will be on the front porch Monday and Tuesday  from 9:00am – 3:00pm.   The totes will NOT be available any other day this week.  The next drop off day will be Monday November 30th.  

Thank You!

- Updated 11/23/2020

 

Our weekly testing of employees and residents has been completed.   As of now we have NO cases of COVID-19 to report.  Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance as we move forward.  We will continue our testing on Monday as planned.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

- Updated 11/19/2020

 

Our weekly testing of employees and residents has been completed.  We have received the majority of test results with a couple remaining to come in.   As of now we have NO cases of COVID-19 to report.  We expect the remaining test results to come in today, and will update if there are any changes.  We plan to continue this testing strategy into the following weeks to come.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

- Updated 11/12/2020

 

Today we are reporting to have 1 contract staff member test positive from last weeks testing.  The individual is home, and is doing well.  Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance as we move forward.  We are testing all staff and residents again today as planned.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 11/9/2020 

 

Today we are reporting to have 1 part time staff member test positive from this weeks testing.  The employee is ASYMPTOMATIC, and is doing well.  Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance as we move forward.  We will continue our testing on Monday as planned.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 11/6/2020 

 

Our weekly testing of employees and residents has been completed.  We have received all residents test, and have just a few outstanding employee tests results remaining.  As of now we have NO cases of COVID-19 to report.  We expect the remaining test results to come in today, and will update if there are any changes.  We plan to continue this testing strategy into the following weeks to come.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

- Updated 11/5/2020

October 2020 Updates

 

As of today, we have received the majority of test results from residents and staff.  We did have one Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other tests have been negative.  We will continue our aggressive testing process moving forward.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/28/2020

 

Our weekly testing of employees and residents has been completed.  We have received almost all results in, and so far we have NO cases of COVID-19 to report.  We expect the remaining test results to come in today, and will update if there are any changes.  We plan to continue this testing strategy into the following weeks to come.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

- Updated 10/22/2020

 

October 16, 2020

Greetings to our Smithfield Manor Families and Friends,

We are excited to, once again, allow dropped off items for our residents.  Thank you for your understanding and patience in mailing items to them over the past several months. 

Procedures for Family Drop Offs

Start Date:  10/19/20

Location:  Front Porch of Smithfield Manor

We will be placing plastic totes on the front porch for items to be dropped off.  Please follow these simple instructions so that your items reach the intended resident:

  • Totes will be on the front porch Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 3:00pm. 

They will be brought inside, and no items will be accepted after 3:00pm.

  • All items must be labeled with the resident name and date left on the porch.
  • Please DO NOT leave perishable foods in the totes.
  • Smithfield Manor does not accept responsibility for unlabeled, lost, or stolen items. 

 

Items will be left in the totes indoors for 24 hours before being taken to the resident.  Plan accordingly if your loved one is in need of certain items.  

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Adiministrator

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   All of our results are in from this week’s testing, and they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/15/2020

 

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

October 9, 2020

To the Residents, Family Members, and Friends of Smithfield Manor,

As you may know, CMS and NC DHHS have recently updated restrictions on visitations in Nursing Homes.  I know this has been a day that all of us have been looking forward to for a very long time.  Our team is preparing to accommodate these visits and will begin scheduling them the week of October 12, 2020.  Our goal is to do so in the absolutely safest manner possible.  There are very strict safety rules that will have to be followed in order for the visits to take place.  Other than Closed Window Visits, each visitor must complete a pre-visit orientation, education, and screening prior to visit. 

Types of visits:

*Please note that all visits will be conducted on an appointment basis and scheduled by our Activity Department (Ext. 249).  Unplanned window visits at resident rooms are not affected by any of these updates.

Closed Window Visits are by far the safest visits as they pose the lowest risk for a possible spread of infection.  The number of visitors will not be limited with this option.  We have been conducting these with some of Residents over the past few months when we felt like the Covid-19 virus was not a risk within the facility.  Scheduled Window visits will no longer be restricted due to our “Outbreak status” as they have in the past, so we should be able to continue these moving forward no matter what.  We would be able to do more of these which would allow visits to occur on a more regular, routine basis. 

Open Window Visits in our Activity Room will also be made available.  These visits will be limited to two visitors per visit.  These involve the Residents remaining inside with the visitors set up in an outside seating area.  These are very similar to the Closed Window Visits, but with the sliding window open.  The risk with these is higher than that of the Closed Window Visits, but lesser than the outdoor and indoor visits

Outdoor Visits can also be made available. These visits will also be limited to two visitors per visit.  There is a higher risk associated with these compared to our Window Visiting Options, but still less than Indoor Visits.   

Indoor Visits pose the absolute highest risk for a virus transmission. These visits will be limited to one visitor per visit.  These visits will not be allowed if the facility has had a case of Covid-19 within a 14 day period.  We encourage all visitors to consider and attempt the other visits prior to moving forward with these, but if necessary, these visits can take place on a scheduled basis. 

The CMS Memorandum from September 17, 2020, states, “While taking a person-centered approach and adhering to the core principles of Covid-19 infection prevention, outdoor visitation is preferred and can also be conducted in a manner that reduces the risk of transmission.  Outdoor visits pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow.  Therefore, all visits should be held outdoors whenever practicable.” 

I can assure you that we are doing our best to try and protect our Residents and Staff while also allowing face to face visitation to occur as often as we possibly can.  With that being said, we want to encourage all visitors to consider the safety of not only your loved one, but the entire population and staff when setting up/planning visits. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding visitation, please direct them to Mrs. Katie Stevens, Assistant Administrator, at 919-934-3171 ext. 245.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   The majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/8/2020

 

 

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

October 2, 2020

RE: Visitation

Residents, Families, and Friends,

First and foremost, I wanted to let each of you know that it is our great privilege and responsibility to care for you and your loved ones.  During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to make significant changes in our life processes.  While we have been regulated from allowing visitors inside the building, we have made every effort to keep your loved ones healthy and happy.  We have come to the time when we can now anticipate visits between families and residents.  Please understand that we are moving at a cautious pace.  We take this next step very seriously to be able to offer these visits and keep your loved ones safe at the same time.  The virus continues to be a major risk to our community.  Again, thank you for your patience as we move into this next phase.

Policy and Procedures

As we work on our policies and procedures for visits, we must adhere to regulations from State and Federal agencies to whom we answer.  Those agencies are changing their criteria often.  We are working diligently on Policies and Procedures which will work best for our facility, prepare education, and create safe visitation spaces.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we bring these requirements together.

Visitation Updates

  • Visits will be scheduled in advance.
  • Visitors will be required to comply with our Policies and Procedures, incuding but not limited to wearing masks and pre-visit screenings.
  • Education will take place when registering with the visit scheduler, and again at the time of the visit. 
  • We plan to have these steps in place so that visitation may be able to begin soon.  Please understand that this is a work in progress and could change at any moment due to a new positive test result or changes from Federal and State agencies. 
  • Outdoor visits pose a much lower risk, therefore it is recommended by Federal and State agencies that all visits be held outside.
  • Indoor visits may only be scheduled for compassionate care circumstances and at the direction of our Medical Director.  The risk of compromise to our Residents’ health is much greater if indoor visits occur. 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   The majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/1/2020

 

September 2020 Updates

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   The majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/24/2020

 

We have no new cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.  A majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/17/2020

 

As of today, we have received all test results from those who were retested on Friday.  We did have one Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other test were negative.  Our normal weekly testing routine was completed yesterday.  We will continue our aggressive testing process moving forward.  Our next weekly update will be posted on Thursday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/15/2020

 

As of today, we have received the majority of test results back from this week’s group.  We did have one of our Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other test were negative.  We will continue the aggressive testing process that we began in mid-July.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/11/2020

 

There are no updates to report as of today.  We are still continuing weekly testing, and are expecting this weeks results to start coming in soon.  We will update if there are in changes as the results come in.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 9/10/2020

 

As you may have heard, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidance for nursing home visitations.  This secretarial order is going into effect today, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Upon further reading of the secretarial order, there are conditions that must be met before we can allow the outdoor visitations.   Due to our current status as an outbreak facility, we are not currently eligible for these visits.  We have confirmed with the Johnston County Health Department that we are still in an outbreak status even though the outbreak list says otherwise.  In the meantime, we will be planning on how we can safely accommodate these visits when we are allowed to do so.  We will notify all families when the time comes to schedule visits.  

 

Click HERE for the NC DHHS Secretarial Order No. 3.  Please continue to check our website for updates.

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/4/2020

 

The results are in from this week’s COVID testing, and at this point they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/3/2020

August 2020 Updates

Today we are reporting to have 1 staff member test positive from this weeks testing.  The employee is ASYMPTOMATIC, and is doing well.  Smithfield Manor will begin testing all individuals with known close contact to the employee today, and again on Monday August 31st.  Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance.  The weekly testing will also continue until further notice.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/28/2020

 

Almost all of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/27/2020

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.  A majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/20/2020

August 14, 2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

I wanted to take this opportunity to write everyone and let them know where we are currently in dealing with the Covid-19 virus as well as our plans moving forward. Please keep in mind that things can change quickly with guidance from the CDC and DHHS. Our facility is in close contact with the local and state health department, and we will continue to follow their guidance. With that being said, this will be the most up to date information available to us at the time of this letter.

I also wanted to share my thoughts on our Staff. As I'm sure everyone is aware, this has been an unusually stressful time for everyone. Our Team has met the challenge head on. I look forward to the day when we can all celebrate their hard work and dedication in caring for our Residents together!

Lastly, I wanted to thank each of our Residents and Family Members. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. I want to assure you that we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe. That is our #1 commitment to you!

UPDATES

Testing: On July 14th , 2020, we partnered with CVS to conduct a facility wide testing of all Residents and Staff. Since that time, we have begun testing all Residents and Staff on a weekly basis. We are working on the process to make this as transparent and efficient as possible. As always, if a positive result is received, an immediate contact will be made to the Resident and their Responsible Person. As long as tests are available, we will continue this process indefinitely. We feel as though this will provide us the best chance to limit an outbreak.

Safety Measures: We are continually educating our Staff on proper techniques to ensure infection control on a weekly basis. Everyone who enters the facility is screened as per CDC guidelines (temperature checks, etc.) We are limiting access to the building to necessary personnel only- Our Management Team has worked very hard to prepare a separate unit (Upper North) within our facility in the event that we do have positive Residents who do not require hospitalization. We meet often to discuss our processes and are constantly trying to improve upon them-

Visitation: At this time, nothing has changed other than the fact that we fell into the "outbreak" category. An outbreak is defined as 2 or more cases (Resident, Staff, or combination of both) within a 28 day period. Due to this status, we are not currently allowing our scheduled window visits activity. Once we are removed from this category, we will return to providing the scheduled window visits with our Activity Team. This does not affect the unplanned window visits at each Resident's room. If you need assistance or more information regarding this, don't hesitate to ask. There has been some discussion at the State level regarding outdoor visitation. When we receive information on this, we will share it with you at that time. The visitation requirements will be very strict (distanced visits, mask, etc.) and will have to be approved from the State level down to our Local government officials.

Receivinq Packaqes: We would like to remind everyone that we are still not accepting drop-offs. We are receiving packages from mail carriers. These packages are then processed using to our infection control protocols. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but we feel as though this is the best approach to prevent a possible spread of infection within the facility. If you need assistance getting a Resident any item, let us know, and we will do our best to work something out. There are many stores that provide free delivery and we have found this to be a great option. As we move forward, we will be making efforts for other options to serve you better with safety remaining our top priority.

Notifications: We will notify all Residents and Responsible Persons if any Residents or staff test positive for COVID-19. Please check our website (www.sminursingandrehab.com) for weekly updates of our COVID-19 status. This will be our main means of communication during this time. Updates will be posted at least once a week. If you would like to speak with someone directly about a specific concern, please contact us at 919-934-3171.

Please feel free to share this info with other family members and friends.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

 

We have no new cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.  A majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/13/2020

 

As of today, we have received all Residents and Staff test results back from this week’s group.  We did have one of our Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other test were negative.  We will continue the aggressive testing process that we began in mid-July.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/6/2020

 

July 2020 Updates

We have received all the results back from our 3rd round of Resident’s COVID-19 testing and happy to report that all test were negative.  There are also no new staff positive results to report at this time.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/31/2020

 

We have now received all results from our Week 2 Covid group testIng.  We had one contract team member test positive.  We will continue testing on a regular basis and will post updates as they are received.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/26/2020
 

 

We have received all the results back from our 2nd round of Resident’s COVID-19 testing and happy to report that all test were negative.  There are also no new staff positive results to report at this time. 

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/24/2020

 

Last week, we completed a facility wide testing of both all our Residents and Staff.  Today we have received all results from that testing.  We are very pleased to announce that we have NO Positive cases with any of our Residents.  We did have 4 Employees come back positive.  One was previously reported on 7/18/2020 via a website update, bringing the total to 5.  Each of these individuals are asymptomatic and doing well.  We will follow the CDC guidelines for returning to work with these team members.  None of the positive Staff were direct caregivers.  These results will keep us in an “outbreak” status for an additional 14 days.  We have notified the CDC and spoken directly with the local Health Department regarding our situation.  Starting this week, we will retest all Residents and Staff on a weekly basis moving forward as long as test kits are available.  We feel as though this will be our best approach to keep everyone safe.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. 

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Update 7/20/2020

 

We currently have 1 additional non direct care staff member test positive for COVID-19.  To date, there have still been no residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local health department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 7/18/2020

 

Since our last report we have had no new cases of COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/14/2020

COVID-19 FACILITY UPDATE 7/7/2020

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

Important Notification for Residents, Representatives, and Family Members of SMI

July 7, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Smithfield Manor, we have had 2 staff members (one that was previously reported, one new) with confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 28 day lookback period. By definition, this qualifies our facility as an "outbreak" facility. Neither of these individuals provided direct patient care. At this time, we have NO positive cases with any of our Residents. We will be working directly with the Johnston County Health Department for guidance on testing moving forward.

We also wanted to take this time to update you on a point prevalence testing for COVID-19 in our facility. NC DHHS and CVS have partnered to support skilled nursing facilities with this testing. This involves all Residents and Staff being tested on one day. The CVS Team will be reaching out to us within the next week or so to schedule our testing date.

The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facility, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We are taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building  
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Testing when deemed applicable

Due to govemment privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please let us know how we can assist with this if needed.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website

(www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call us 919-934-3171 , email us at administrator@sminursingandrehab.com, or visit our website, www.sminursingandrehab.com for updates.

Sincerely,

 

 

Nathan C. Amn, Administrator

June 2020 Updates

 

Today we are reporting to still have just 1 non-direct care staff worker that tested positive for COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/30/2020

 

Today we are reporting to still have just 1 non-direct care staff worker that tested positive for COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/23/2020

 

Today we are reporting to have 1 new non-direct care staff worker test positive for COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/19/2020

 

Update To Our Residents and Family Members:

 

We have had a new COVID-19 case reported with one of our non-direct care staff members.  We have contacted our local health department and will follow their direction moving forward.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also been notified of this finding.

 

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab.  Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority.

 

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

 

We are continuing to request that family and friends do not visit the center. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our facility unless absolutely necessary. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy.

 

We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the center is necessary, we request that you contact the facility’s administrative staff.

 

Residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.

 

Our facility is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, our facility is in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.

 

We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please check our website (sminursingandrehab.com) for weekly updates of our COVID-19 status.  If you would like to speak with someone directly about a specific concern, please contact us at 919-934-3171.  Please feel free to share this info with other family members and friends.

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/19/2020

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/16/2020

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  We had 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  This staff member is no longer positive, and has re-tested negative.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/9/2020

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  We remain at 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/2/2020


 

May 2020 Updates

5/12/2020

To our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Smithfield Manor, we have 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 with one of our staff members.

The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.  We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facility, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We are taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

•  Enhanced infection control precautions

•  Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms

•  Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building

•  Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of test

•  Postponing communal activities

•  Testing when deemed applicable

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others.  We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents.  Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media.  Please let us know how we can assist with this if needed.

 

We need your help in battling COVID-19.  Please visit the CDC Website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.  

This is a difficult time for everyone.  We will continue to provide you with updates.  Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from  the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center.  Please call us at 919-934-3171, email us at administrator@sminursingandrehab.com, or visit our website, www.sminursingandrehab.com for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

 

5/19/2020

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  We remain at 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with Covid-19 at our facility.  We will remain in frequent contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

5/26/2020

Again we are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19.  We still remain at 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with Covid-19 at our facility.  We will remain in frequent contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

March / April 2020 Updates

 

Effective April 17th, we began to strongly encourage all Residents to remain in their rooms in order to maintain proper social distancing.  This precaution will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  We will continue to monitor the cases in the community and guidance from the CDC for best practices.  All interventions are reviewed and under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Marie Diaz.  The safety of our Residents and Staff is our # 1 priority. 

-Updated 4/20/2020

 

Family and Friends of the Residents of Smithfield Manor,

I wanted to take this opportunity to give an update on the state of our facility. I know this has been an unusually trying time for us all. Be assured that our Administration is taking this all very seriously. We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. I wanted to thank each of you for your understanding and patience with restrictions that we have put in place. All the changes that we are implementing are done so with sole purpose to keep your loved ones safe.

There are a couple things I wanted to mention:

 

At this point, we really don't have a time frame of when these restrictions might be lifted. We will let everyone know as soon as we have any update from the CDC and the American Health Care Association.

  • I want to remind everyone that we are no longer taking outside items in from families. If you would like to get something to your loved one, please let one of our Social Workers know. They will do their best to make you aware of possible arrangements. At this time, we are still accepting mailed items. Although the facility provides personal care items, if you feel that your loved ones need any specific, personal requested items (pull-ups, shampoo, body wash, etc.), you are still able to mail those. Our physical address is 902 Berkshire Road, Smithfield, NC 27577. Don't forget to make it to their attention.
  • Please be assured that we are monitoring all staff who enter the facility each day for potential signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We are also monitoring each Resident every shift. Plans are in place in the event of positive and/or questionable test for COVID-19.

I am confident in our team, and that together we will get through this! I have been so impressed with how the staff has pulled together, and I feel as though they are doing a remarkable job. If I can be of any assistance to you in anyway, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly 919-934-3171 ext. 223 or via email at administrator@sminursinqandrehab.com.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 4/1/2020
 

Additional guidance provided by CMS, which has been implemented, is as follows:

  1. Cancel communal dining and all group activities, such as internal and external group activities.

  2. Implement active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms. 

  3. Activity personnel are working with residents for offering alternative means of communication (phone calls, facetime, etc.)

-Updated 3/16/2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

 

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab.  Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our Facility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

 

At this time, we request that family and friends do not visit the center. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our facility unless absolutely necessary. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy.

 

We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the center is necessary, we request that you contact the facility’s administrative staff.

 

Residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.

 

Our facility is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, our facility is in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.

 

We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

Should you have any questions or need additional information, we will be posting outside links/resources and periodic facility updates on our webpage at sminursingandrehab.com.  If you would like to speak with someone directly about a specific concern, please contact us at 919-934-3171.

 

Please feel free to share this info with other family members and friends.

 

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 3/13/2020

 

Due to recommendations from the AHCA and CDC Smithfield Manor is restricting access to visitors to ensure the safety

and health of residents and staff.

-Updated 3/12/2020