TRU has thankfully had no new positive cases since 2/22. We are still working closely with the county in order to officially resolve the outbreak. It is imperative that we continue to socially distance and wear the appropriate levels of PPE in all TRU locations.
Notification from: TRU Community Care
To All TRU Employees:
TRU is currently experiencing a concerning second outbreak of COVID-19. This communication is to remind you that it is IMPERATIVE that you STAY HOME if you are experiencing ANY symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. This includes allergy and cold-like symptoms, as well as the ones we are used to, such as fever, nausea, vomiting, and loss of taste and/or smell. If you have congestion, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headache… STAY HOME and contact sick call. If in doubt, reach out to your manager or Suzanne Harp about whether your symptoms might be contagious so that we can follow up appropriately. Every TRU employee must follow sick-call protocols and adhere to the guidance provided by your manager and/or Suzanne Harp.
Now is NOT the time to let down our guard. Weekly testing for patient-facing staff as well as staff reporting regularly to the office is required. Proper PPE for all patient and family interactions (including face shields) continues to be required, as do masks at all times in any TRU location. Whether or not you have been vaccinated, all of the guidance still applies. It is our duty to protect ourselves, one another, and those we serve. Please contact your manager with any questions or concerns. We WILL get through this.
- An “outbreak” is defined by the state as follows:
- Two or more people who are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a workplace/facility, with onset within 14 days, or
- One confirmed and two or more probable cases of COVID-19 in a workplace/facility, with onset within 14 days.
- More information on case and outbreak definitions.
- Please note an outbreak determination does not necessarily mean all cases acquired their illness in that specific workplace/facility. It is possible that a case may have been exposed elsewhere (we can rarely prove where any individual was exposed with a person-to-person pathogen). But when a case worked/spent time in a workplace/facility with a known outbreak, we attribute their illness to that outbreak even if there is no definitive proof that the case acquired the illness there. This conservative approach is consistent across all outbreak types.
- TRU identified 5 positive COVID-19 cases among staff within a 3-week time period:
- 2 positive staff tests on 1/11
- 3 positive staff tests on 1/25
- Our Clinical Educator & Infection Control Nurse has been working with a county epidemiologist and has indicated that all 5 of these positive staff cases have been resolved.
- We will likely remain on the “outbreak list” for 28 days
- As you know, but worth repeating:
- Proper PPE is worn for all patient and family interactions.
- Patient-facing staff members are tested a minimum of once a week.
- Employees are required to complete a Daily Employee Health Screen.
- TRU follows CDC guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety and protection of our patients and staff.