Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation Center
Updated Visitation Guidelines effective November 12, 2021.
To Our Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation Center Family:
In-person visits have always been a key component to support the health and well-being of our patients. All visitations should be person-centered and consider the patient’s physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. They are also designed to support their quality of life.
We have always placed tremendous value on our patients being able to connect with their loved ones face-to-face. Now, with changes in the CDC and CMS guidance, these visits are possible. We are eager to welcome our patients’ beloved family and friends back into our centers. We will strictly follow the CMS visitation guidance and continue to adhere to direction provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and local health departments.
Effective today, visitation will be allowed for all patients at all times. The number of visitors allowed per patient, the frequency of visits, and the duration of visits will no longer be limited. Advance scheduling of visits will no longer be required. There will be several types of visitation that will be encouraged. Outdoor, indoor, and compassionate care visits. Outdoor visitation is preferred even when the patient and visitor are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Outdoor visits are preferred because they generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow. Therefore, we recommend visits be held outdoors, whenever possible, weather and the patient’s health permitting.
Indoor visitation can occur in patient rooms and other designated areas. However, if a patient's roommate is not vaccinated or is immunocompromised, visitation should not be conducted in the patient's room if possible.
All visitors will continue to be screened upon entering our center and will be encouraged to adhere to the core principals of COVID-19 infection prevention and control. This includes wearing a mask around other patients and staff regardless of vaccination status, frequent hand washing and/or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and physical distancing of at least six feet. Visitors will be made aware of the risks of visitation. Those who are COVID-19 positive, have symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine will not be permitted to enter our center.
This has been a difficult time for us all, and we are sincerely excited to welcome you back! Despite the challenges we’ve faced, you have been a valued partner, and our staff thanks you for your continued trust in us. Each and every one of our patients is like family to us, and we remain committed to keeping them healthy and safe.
Please call our center with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Administrator, Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation Center
The following information will be updated as new cases are identified and/or weekly as a cumulative update and report per federal regulations.
COVID-19 Snapshot as of 1/27/2022:
Cumulative Total Since May 1, 2020
The results above reflect patients or staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Testing positive for the virus does not necessarily mean that a patient or staff member is displaying symptoms; in fact, many remain asymptomatic. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of this information, but, as this fluid situation evolves, the information that is readily available evolves as well. For example, as patients recover and are discharged home, the current number will be reduced. The numbers reflected in the Cumulative Total column include the current cases along with those who have recovered and/or are no longer in our center.
Positive test results will immediately be shared personally with patients and families and also with public health officials as we partner closely together to address this novel virus.
If you have further questions, please feel free to give us a call or email email@example.com.
Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation Center 705 Clearview Drive Vinton, VA24179 United States