First and foremost, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our health care heroes at Pleasant Ridge. They have worked hard and put themselves on the front line at the risk of their own health and well-being. Their dedication and care for the residents has been phenomenal and we are very proud of the entire Pleasant Ridge team.
We have tested all of our residents for Coronavirus. We have a number of residents that have tested positive. We have been extremely transparent with our resident families and with all agencies involved. We are in constant communication with the Department of Health, The Department of Human Services and Area Office of Aging. We are and have been following guidelines from the CDC and DOH. The DOH, Allegheny Township, Westmoreland Public Safety and ERCI Infection Prevention Consultants have provided us with the PPE and guidance needed.
We set forth visiting restrictions and we continue to screen our staff and our residents per the CDC guidelines. We have worked closely with area hospitals and local EMS in transporting and caring for our residents when needed.
When spread occurs in a facility, it doesn’t indicate that the facility has done anything wrong. Spread happens primarily due to asymptomatic residents, employees, visiting nurses, doctors, hospice caregivers and other necessary providers passing our screening process but who are nonetheless contagious.
We appreciate all those who have reached out to help and to give our dedicated team encouragement to work through this difficult time. Thank you for all of the positive thoughts and understanding during this pandemic.