Emma Posted June 14, 2020 Report Share Posted June 14, 2020 I am being exposed to patients with the corona virus or suspected of having the virus two to three times a month. Not as bad as we had originally feared at the start of the lockdown, but bad enough. I have to check in at the door, answer questions, and have my temperature taken. I wear full PPE at all times inside the facility, although fairly often I am wearing a patient gown due to a shortage of proper isolation gowns. Family members are still not allowed to visit. My contact with patients is thankfully brief and I set up as much as possible while still outside in the van to minimize my time inside the facility. Work has actually been very slow. Partly our normal summer slowdown, but I am noticing more empty beds than usual in the facilities. That could be due to Medicare reimbursement cuts (again!), or to people doing everything they can to keep loved ones out of nursing homes because of the virus. Most of our facilities are doing quite well with keeping down the number of infections. I am very worried about a spike in infections because of the protests, but I don’t think that will directly affect me. Seriously most of these people can’t get out of bed, much less march in a protest. I will continue to self isolate for awhile yet just to be careful. I want to be sure I don’t bring anything in to these frail people because I was cavorting with crowds on the outside. I have had no symptoms, but have not had a test. Tomorrow morning there will be a phone meeting at which I expect to be told to schedule a covid test. 8 Quote Link to comment
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