Rosewalk Village responds to surge in COVID-19 cases

The Tippecanoe County Health Department has confirmed there are new COVID-19 cases at Rosewalk Village in Lafayette. As we've previously reported sixteen residents and *one employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 4:12 PM
Updated: Jun 29, 2020 4:21 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department has confirmed that it has received notice about new COVID-19 cases at Rosewalk Village. Three weeks ago News 18 reported that there was a cluster of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the home with 16 residents and one employee. 

On June 26th, 2020, Rosewalk Village confirmed on its website there are now 24 new COVID-19 cases among residents. That brings the total number of resident cases in the home to 50. The number of COVID-19 positive employee cases has gone up by eleven to now twelve employees positive for COVID-19. 

Rosewalk Village has released a statement in response to the influx of COVID-19 cases at the home: 

"As long-term care facilities nationwide continue to feel the devastating impact of COVID-19, Rosewalk Village of Lafayette has remained focused on the health and safety of residents and employees. Given the unprecedented critical needs of residents, Rosewalk Village of Lafayette implemented best practices for clinical care and infection control, conducting comprehensive testing and providing daily, proactive communication to residents, their designated representatives and employees. Communication is very important to us. Rosewalk Village of Lafayette has made COVID-19 data available on its website so that family members and care partners have easy access to this information...

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Rosewalk Village of Lafayette is close to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Lafayette Central and Riggs Community Health Center.

We are also located near downtown Lafayette close to shopping and restaurants. You will have peace of mind knowing that loved ones are in a safe community where friends and family members are encouraged to visit often. From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sought to be ahead of the curve, implementing safety and infection control procedures prior to guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and continues to go beyond CDC and ISDH recommendations for clinical care:

Testing 100% of all residents.
Restricting all visitors.
Retesting residents who were COVID-19 positive to ensure proper care.
Screening each resident for illness daily.
Screening and taking the temperature of all staff, clinical partners and vendors entering the facility.
Requiring all staff to wear PPE at all times.
Cancellation of large group activities.
Exercising best practices for infection control.
Quarantining and cohorting residents and staff who are COVID-19 positive.

Long term care communities conducting extensive testing may report higher numbers of COVID-19 positive cases than other communities that do not prioritize testing. Rosewalk Village of Lafayette tested employees this month in cooperation with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as well. The residents and families we serve are very important to us and we will continue to move forward with compassion, and an over-abundance of caution and quality care."

In addition to the statement above, Rosewalk Village released another statement in response to allegations that residents were being mistreated during this pandemic: 

"Our hearts are with our families who are separated from their loved ones due to the visitor restrictions. The ISDH conducted an infection control COVID-19 survey recently and the surveyors reported no issues or concerns at the facility. Asymptomatic, COVID-19 positive staff members, under the guidance of the ISDH, can care for COVID-19 positive residents utilizing special precautions. These staff members are separated from others, do not have contact with other staff members and residents and wear personal protective equipment.

We are very sensitive to the needs of our customers and understand that connecting our residents with their loved ones is incredibly important. Phones are provided in each room. Additionally, we offer access to communication devices and extra support to families who desire a visit with their loved ones through alternative methods such as telephone, email, text, video chat. Communication to family members from the care team is very important. Texts are sent daily Monday-Friday with the most current COVID-19 data. Customized, formal updates are made to family members weekly. However, family members are encouraged to call any time should they have questions. Activities are an important part of a resident’s day. Our employees have been creative in their efforts to provide in-room independent activities. Temporarily, hygiene and personal care are performed in the resident’s room. The facility offers a menu that includes alternatives and substitutions. Dietary restrictions and menu preferences are honored."

For more information on COVID-19 stats at Rosewalk Village in Lafayette click here.

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