FAQs about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
from the Gurwin Healthcare System
The first COVID-19 vaccine became available to Gurwin residents and staff on Monday, December 21, 2020. Walgreens Pharmacy administered the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff who consented and met all health criteria. The second dose was administered on Monday, January 11, 2021. A third clinic was held on February 1, 2021 to those who received their initial dose at the January 11th clinic.
On April 1, 2021, Gurwin’s in-house pharmacy team began providing the vaccine to our residents, staff and family members of both.
for the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine and Moderna Booster began rollout in October 2021 to residents who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago and for whom a signed consent form is in place, and are offered to new residents and staff who meet all health criteria. Booster shots
Q: How is Gurwin Healthcare System handling COVID-19?
A: Gurwin strictly follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Department of Health (DOH) guidance to best protect our residents. Our clinicians and leadership team meet regularly to stay abreast of developments and share best practices.
At the onset of the pandemic outbreak, and in compliance with
NYS DOH’s March 13, 2020 mandate, Gurwin restricted all visitors to the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, with exception of those providing support in imminent end-of-life situations, as well as Gurwin’s Fay J. Lindner Residences assisted living community. In November 2021 visitation was reinstated by the NYS DOH for all adult care facilities throughout New York state, regardless of COVID status. However visits must now provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entering our facility (click here for more information).
Q: What precautions is Gurwin taking to protect its residents?
A: As part of the intake process for new residents, we have added travel questions for incoming residents, in addition to health-related queries regarding symptoms, diagnoses and exposure to others with respiratory illness. We ask the same of all staff entering the facility, and will restrict entry to anyone who presents with fever or illness, or has traveled to CDC identified level 1, 2 or 3 countries.
**Please be advised that all visitors must be tested prior to visiting our community and must produce results of a negative COVID-19 test to our receptionist.**
Per NYS DOH,
A rapid test taken within 24-hours of the visit, or a PCR test taken within 48-hours is required. Should you be unable to obtain a test in the required timeframe, a limited number of tests will be available for visitor use as visitors enter the building, . but please expect wait times of up to 30 minutes if you test must onsite (click here for further information).
All visitors must wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entering our community. Check-in is facilitated through our Accushield Kiosks, located in the front entrance, which will ask a series of health and travel related-questions, and perform a temperature check; anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be barred from entering the facility. To protect our residents, all staff must wear their protective masks and proper PPE when providing care and when in close proximity.
Q: Is my parents’ Home Health aide permitted to enter Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences?
A: Home Health Aides who provide care to our residents in our assisted living community are permitted to enter our facility unless advised otherwise. All aides will be screened, be subjected to temperature checks, and must wear protective masks.
Q: What is Gurwin doing in terms of sanitizing its facilities?
A: Gurwin’s housekeeping staff is continuing to sanitize our communities throughout the day and night with hospital-grade disinfectants. Special emphasis is made for all common areas and high-touch surfaces, as well as shared resident care equipment.
Q: Is Gurwin still permitting vendors/entertainers to enter the building?
A: Programs involving outside groups, clubs, organizations and entertainers is limited and dependent upon findings from our COVID-19 testing. Recreational activities are guided by Gurwin’s Therapeutic Recreation team on a one-to-one basis, or on each unit where appropriate.
Q: What happens if a resident shows symptoms of possible COVID-19?
A: If a resident is displaying signs of possible COVID-19 infection, he or she will be evaluated by our on-site physicians who have the ability to test residents in-house, and will be moved immediately to our dedicated COVID-19 unit. Gurwin’s on-site pharmacy is prepared to immediately commence treatment for COVID-19 symptoms. If a patient’s condition warrants hospitalization, we will notify our hospital partners for transport.
Q: What happens to the roommate of a resident who tests positive and is on a non-COVID unit?
A: As previously stated, any resident who tests positive is moved to our COVID-19 isolation wing. Roommates of these COVID+ residents will be tested and closely monitored to determine status. Residents undergo temperature checks every shift and are checked for any respiratory symptoms. Should the test come back negative, they will remain in the observation unit for 14 days as per NYS DOH guidelines. If the results are positive, they will be moved to the isolation wing.
Q: How is Gurwin monitoring its staff?
A: Staff is checked for COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other respiratory symptoms), including temperature checks upon the start of each shift and every 12 hours while on duty.
Per NYS DOH orders, all Gurwin employees, contract, per diem and medical staff, operators and administrators are vaccinated. On-site testing is implemented in the event of any positive test result among staff or residents.
Q: Is Gurwin accepting new residents to its facility for rehabilitation and long-term care?
A: We are welcoming new residents every day. All incoming residents must test negative for COVID-19.
Q: Can I schedule a video chat with my loved one?
A: Our recreation staff is coordinating periodic video chats for out of town family members. To schedule your video chat time slot with a resident at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, email email@example.com. For residents at our Assisted Living facility, set up your email chat at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to indicate your name, your loved one’s name and room number. Our staff will get back to you to set up your virtual visit.
Q: How can I schedule a visit?
A: Scheduling is no longer necessary, however we do ask that you visit during our preferred visiting hours of 8:30 AM and 8PM.
Background on NYS DOH COVID-19 Admissions Mandate
Q: How did the NYS DOH COVID-19 mandate on March 25, 2020 affect nursing homes in NY state?
A. On March 25, 2020 the DOH mandated that all nursing homes admit COVID-19 (+) patients who were stable and otherwise qualified for admission (see advisory posted below). To comply with the mandate, Gurwin dedicated space in a closed, isolated wing for recovering COVID-19 patients who were discharged from the hospital, as well as for residents who tested positive. On May 10, 2020, the DOH reversed its mandate: Gurwin does not accept COVID-19+ patients from the hospital. All new admissions must provide a negative test result.
Our dedicated unit is currently used for any residents who are found to be positive through surveillance testing. It is accessible via a separate entrance that does not require passing through any other resident care area. Staff dedicated to this unit include nursing, rehabilitation and housekeeping personnel, properly outfitted and trained in the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Infection prevention measures have been implemented throughout entire facility — masks must be worn when entering the building and at all times throughout the facility; hand washing stations are conveniently located throughout the building; and staff are screened daily, including a temperature check, and undergo frequent nasal swab testing in the event of any positive test among staff or residents.
Thank you for making my parents’ golden years so productive
“We are very thankful for the time my mom and dad spent at Gurwin and the quality of care they enjoyed. I find viewing the video of my parents on your website in the “Meet the Residents” section very comforting. Thank you for making my parents’ golden years so productive and enjoyable.”