I sent the following comment from “Gary Puckett” (found here) about Covid-19 testing to our McHenry County nursing home Administrator Thomas Annarella:
Valley does not test!
Only incoming residents!
Here is his reply:
Valley Hi is testing staff twice a week.
We are also testing all medical partners who are accessing the building on a regular basis.
We have also been testing County employees that come in for meetings such as the Risk Manager or the Facilities Management Director. W
e are currently averaging between 175 and 200 tests a week.
As for residents, we are only testing incoming residents and residents that exhibit any signs or symptoms of upper respiratory.
Unfortunately, we have a lot of people in the community saying a lot of things that are simply not true.
We are being as aggressive as we possibly can from a testing and infection control standpoint.
We recently had an IDPH [Illinois Department of Public Health] annual survey, we tested the surveyors before letting them in the building.
They noted we were the first facility that made them test.
I assure you, we are testing like crazy.
I have 2 full-time nursing managers dedicated to nothing but testing right now.
Hope this helps clarify things.