Following three resident deaths, Avantara Arrowhead takes measures to ensure resident and staff safety against COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Avantara Arrowhead has issued a statement regarding their steps to fighting COVID-19, and protecting their residents.
The facility, which houses some of the most vulnerable members in our community, has voluntarily tested all residents and staff for COVID-19, with the assistance of state and local health departments.
As a result of gradual testing, Avantara Arrowhead has had a total of 39 residents and 20 staff members test positive for COVID-19.
Regional Director of Operations for Avantara Arrowhead, Tatiana Johnson says they are heartbroken over the three residents who have passed away from the virus, but they are encouraged to know that many of the residents and staff who tested positive have started to recover from their symptoms.
The facility has worked tirelessly with, and has been following the guidance of the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of the virus throughout the facility and community.
They will continue to strictly adhere to all guidelines provided by public health officials and government leaders.
The facility continues strict measures to prevent further spread and to help protect their residents and staff members from being exposed to COVID-19.
Regular handwashing and infection control, a supply stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), restricted visitor access, temperature checks on staff upon their arrival, elimination of group dining and activities, and practicing social distancing have all been utilized to help prevent the spread.
The well-being of the residents, staff, and community is always a top priority, and they continue to educate their teams on a regular basis on the latest information, protocols, and best practices.