COVID-19 Updates

September 16, 2021

Since the last week we’ve had two positive COVID-19 test results on our campus. Those impacted are following quarantine guidelines and Evergreen continues to follow guidance issued by public health and the CDC. Individuals who have come into contact with a person who tested positive have been notified.  Due to these positive tests visitation in the Health Center, Garden Building and ManorView remain suspended until further notice.

 

Our changes in protocols throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been to make sure we’re doing as much as we can to help protect the health and safety of everyone on our campus. That’s why we’ve decided to require all staff to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Those that are still unvaccinated will be given until Monday, November 1, 2021 to get the first dose of vaccine as a condition of employment similar to the flu vaccine.  Staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by December 15, 2021.

 

 

September 10, 2021

This week one staff member  on the Evergreen campus have tested positive for COVID-19.  We continue to follow guidance issued by public health and the CDC to safely manage the situation. Individuals who have come into contact with a person who tested positive have been notified.

 

All visitation in the Creekview Health Center, Garden Heights and ManorView remains suspended until further notice. Please share this important visitation information with friends and family who may plan to visit Evergreen.

 

 

September 1, 2021

This week two staff members and one resident on the Evergreen campus have tested positive for COVID-19.  We continue to follow guidance issued by public health and the CDC to safely manage the situation. Individuals who have come into contact with a person who tested positive have been notified.

 

Due to these positive test results, all visitation in the Creekview Health Center, Garden Heights and ManorView has been suspended until further notice. Please share this important visitation information with friends and family who may plan to visit Evergreen.

 

 

August 19, 2021

One staff member on Garden Heights has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following guidance issued by public health and the CDC to safely manage the situation. People who have come into contact with the person have been notified. At this time, no other residents or staff members in the Garden Building have tested positive.

 

Due to this positive test, visitation on Garden Heights is suspended until further notice. Please share this important visitation information with friends and family who may plan to visit Evergreen.

 

All Assisted Living Staff and Garden Heights residents will be tested and ongoing testing will continue per state guidelines.

 

Staff will also continue to complete symptom screening before each shift and we are following state guidance for on-going testing. Staff impacted by COVID-19 are following quarantine guidelines and will return to work when they are cleared by Evergreen’s Infection Control Preventionist and Employee Health Nurse.

 

We continue to monitor COVID case numbers in Winnebago County and are seeing an uptick in positive cases. Our residents and staff remain our first priority and we’re grateful for your support and understanding as we continue to navigate the ever changing conditions.

 

Please continue to check back often for the most updated information. Thank you for continuing to trust us with the care of your loved one.

 

 

August 18, 2021

As state and county COVID numbers continue to climb we ask that you remain diligent and support our efforts to keep our residents and staff safe. Ongoing testing will continue per state guidelines and any new developments will be shared as needed.

 

Quarantine guidance FAQ:

Q: Do I need to quarantine if I test positive for COVID even though I have been fully vaccinated?

A: If you test positive for COVID you must quarantine for 10 days after the date of the positive test and until you are fever free and symptoms are improving.

 

Q: If I am fully vaccinated and come in close contact with individual that tests positive, do I need to quarantine and if so, what is the duration of the quarantine?

A: Fully vaccinated people are not required to quarantine after contact with a positive person, however, due to the high risk nature of our residents, they will not be able to visit the Evergreen Health Center for 14 days. You should also watch closely for symptoms for 14 days and get tested within 3-5 days after exposure.

 

Q: Do I need to quarantine if I am unvaccinated and have come in close contact with someone that has tested positive?

A: Yes, there is a 14 day quarantine period unvaccinated individuals.

 

 

August 9, 2021

Please share this important visitation information with friends and family who may plan to visit Evergreen. All staff and residents in the Creekview Health Center have tested negative for COVID-19 and visitation in household 4 has resumed. Ongoing testing will continue per state guidelines.

 

We continue to monitor COVID case numbers in Winnebago County and are seeing an uptick in positive cases. Our residents and staff remain our first priority and we’re grateful for your support and understanding as we continue to navigate the ever changing conditions.

 

We continue to be grateful for your patience and support.  Please continue to check back for ongoing updates.

 

 

August 5, 2021

For Immediate Release: Winnebago County Public Health Department

Winnebago County Reaches Substantial Level of Community Spread of COVID-19 and Issues Updated Guidance on Indoor Masking

Oshkosh, Wis. (August 5, 2021) – The Winnebago County Health Department announced the county has reached substantial level of community transmission of COVID-19. Recent guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for masking for everyone in areas with substantial and high transmission of COVID-19. In accordance with new CDC guidelines, the health department recommends wearing masks in all indoor public settings and crowded outdoor venues, regardless of vaccination status. Updated COVID-19 recommendations for Winnebago County can be found on the health department’s website.

 

“Cases and hospitalizations have trended up since early July and are likely to continue. We need to work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and the impact it has on our community, schools and local economy,” said Doug Gieryn, Winnebago County Health Officer/Director. “To help minimize the spread of this virus locally, we need to vaccinate and mask up to protect those not yet vaccinated and those with an insufficient immune response to the vaccine.”

 

The Winnebago County Health Department continues to urge community members to get vaccinated. Local COVID-19 cases are dominated by the faster spreading Delta variant. Vaccination remains the single best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

“Hospitalizations are rare for fully vaccinated persons,” added Gieryn. “The best way to continue our path back toward normal is to increase the levels of vaccination in Winnebago County.”

 

“I understand that citizens across the county are able and willing to take different risks,” said Winnebago County Executive Jon Doemel. “Each citizen must determine which mitigation efforts are best for them. Other governments, schools and businesses may institute requirements as they determine based on CDC and health department guidance. I respect any organization’s attempt to implement mitigation requirements, and ask the community to do the same. We will continue to advise best practices for our residents. Vaccination is the best mitigation tool.”

 

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness which can lead to hospitalization or death. Wearing masks, in addition to getting vaccinated, will help prevent the spread of the virus and protect those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised. Vaccines are widely available throughout Winnebago County. Visit www.wcvaccine.org to find a location nearby.

 

The new CDC guidelines also recommend that fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 be tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested and isolate until test results are known. There are several ways to get tested for the virus. Contact your doctor to ask if your primary healthcare clinic provides testing. If testing is not available, visit www.winnebagopublichealth.org or call the Winnebago County Health Department at 920-232-3026 to find a free community testing site. Free at-home collection kits are also available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

 

Fluctuations in cases may lead to changes in the CDC category of transmission, which is updated daily on the CDC map. For questions related to COVID-19 and the most up-to-date guidance, visit www.winnebagopublichealth.org or call the Winnebago County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 920-232-3026.

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