March 12, 2020
As the concerns of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are continuing to evolve, we will continue to follow guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a federal agency that administers the nation’s major health care programs including Medicare and Medicaid.
Please find the latest CMS guidance on COVID-19 for nursing facilities here:
Because of the progression of this outbreak and guidance from CMS, we will be restricting visitors from entering our facility. The facility entry doors will now be locked and only essential medical personnel will be admitted entry.
All medical personnel who enter the building must sign an attestation to the following:
In an effort to protect my loved one and the residents at Summit View of Rocky Top from the risk of COVID-19, I confirm the following:
I currently do not have any of the following respiratory symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath. I have not traveled to the following locations in the past 14 days: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea.
I have not been in close contact with an individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (AKA Coronavirus) within the last 14 days.*
I do not reside, or within the past 14 days, have not resided in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.
I have not traveled on a cruise ship and have not been among large crowds in the last 14 days.
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June 25, 2020
A letter from our Infection Control Nurse regarding updated visitation policies
I hope this letter finds you all doing well. As promised, I am writing to explain how the first phase of reopening will work and how it will affect you.
Visitation by families and loved ones is, and will remain, dependent on all staff testing negative for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. If at any point, a staff member were to test positive, all visitation will immediately stop.
Visits will be made by appointment only and will be held outside. To prevent any confusion or miscommunication, we have assigned Mandy Caris, Activities Director, as our point person to schedule and coordinate all visits. You can reach her by calling 865-392-3111.
Visitation will not start until July 7, 2020 and will not occur on the weekends.
During the first phase, visits will be limited to 15 minutes and one visit per resident per week. As per the Tennessee Department of Health regulations, visits will be limited to no more than 2 people per resident.
All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times during their visit and must remain more than 6 feet apart from their loved one.
Designated seating will be available for each family member, and residents must stay behind a clearly marked, 6-foot line. No exceptions will be made to the distance at which visits will occur.
We will be using plastic chairs for family to sit in so that they may be easily and properly cleaned in-between each visit.
Do not bring anything from outside the facility to your loved one. It remains our policy that all items must be shipped to our facility directly from the store or supplier.
When you come for your scheduled visit, it is very important to arrive on time. Take the 3rd Driveway on the right and follow around the back of the building to the second chain-link fence, where parking will be available. There, we will check your temperature, and you will sign a copy of our visitation policy and answer the COVID-19 screening questions. After these steps have been completed, you will be directed to your visitation area where you will meet with your loved one.
I understand that this may seem overwhelming, but we will have everything clearly marked so that your visit goes as smoothly as possible. We are doing our very best to give our residents their much-needed family visits while keeping everyone safe and in strict adherence to TNDH guidelines.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these ever changing and challenging times.
Leigh Munyan, RN - Infection Control Nurse
Summit View Health Management