Silver Bluff Village holds prayer vigil

GATHERING FOR PRAYER — People gathered under a shady oak tree to pray during a vigil on the grounds of Silver Bluff Village the afternoon of Friday, July 31.

Silver Bluff Village holds prayer vigil

Since a fateful moment on July 13 when two staff members told their employer they had tested positive for COVID-19, Silver Bluff Village has been in a battle of its life.

This is despite the assessment by state and county health officials that the facility has been pro-active on controlling infection and has followed every single procedure recommended to keep residents healthy and safe.

The long-term care facility administrators speak freely with residents, their families and the press on their struggle, and regularly share updates on the business Facebook page.

Here is the communication shared on Monday, Aug. 10.

“We are moving into week 4 of our COVID-19 outbreak. We have had 2 inspections by DHSR for infection control to ensure we’re following appropriate guidelines based on recommendations by CDC and Haywood County Health Department. There were zero citations or deficiencies found with either of these surveys. We continue to speak with the health department daily.

“As of today, we have 17 residents who have been considered recovered from COVID-19 and 34 staff members. We will have many more residents who will be considered recovered by the end of the week. This means that they have surpassed the period of time where they’re considered contagious and the peak period of their illness although some may have lingering symptoms that may take weeks or months to clear. Our goal is to work on rehabilitating them and work towards returning to their functional baseline over the following weeks.

“We have increased our ability to provide recovery units and are working on a plan to make permanent moves for those residents who are considered recovered. We have notified individual families of the moves that will be taking place over this week.

“Facility wide testing will take place again on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for residents and staff. The residents of Pigeon Valley and Arrowhead Cove will not be retested since they have had 100 percent negative results for the past 14 days.”

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