COVID-19 Updates

Message from Eric Ghaul, CEO

For questions please contact Eric Ghaul or Pat Polchak at 732-849-0400

May 27, 2020

We have recently learned that one additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to seven employees during this pandemic.  Five employees have recovered and returned to work.  This individual is currently under quarantine in accordance with the procedures and protocols established by the CDC and the Ocean County Department of Health.  We cannot comment on the specifics around their condition, but can confirm that we are working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to minimize the spread of the virus.

We continue to have in place employee screening before starting and ending their shift to mitigate risk of exposure.  In Healthcare we screen resident each shift for signs and symptoms.  Please contact Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at 732-849-2036 with questions.  This update serves as written notification of required reporting.

 

May 19, 2020

We have recently learned that one additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to six employees during this pandemic.  Five employees have recovered and returned to work.  This individual is currently under quarantine in accordance with the procedures and protocols established by the CDC and the Ocean County Department of Health.  We cannot comment on the specifics around their condition, but can confirm that we are working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to minimize the spread of the virus.  We can tell you that this individual does not work directly with residents in healthcare.

We continue to have in place employee screening before starting and ending their shift to mitigate risk of exposure.  In Healthcare we screen resident each shift for signs and symptoms.  Please contact Patricia Polchak, Healthcare Administrator at 732-849-2036 with questions.  This update serves as written notification of required reporting.

 

May 15, 2020

This week we worked with RJWBarnabas Health to complete COVID-19 testing on all residents in skilled nursing and assisted living as well as all staff who perform work in those areas.  Our team worked hard to administer the tests and we are waiting for the results.  There has been no change to the total number of COVID-19 positive tests within our community.  Five employees, one resident in skilled nursing, and one resident in independent living have tested positive during the pandemic.  We will continue to provide weekly updates.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.  We appreciate your kind words and support.

 

April 27, 2020

During this unprecedented, challenging time it is important to take a moment to recognize all of the things for which we are grateful. Our staff, residents, families, vendors, and community partners have done so much to support The Pines and we want everyone to know how much they are appreciated. We thank our residents for their patience, cooperation, and support. I have heard from many who have expressed their appreciation for all we are doing to connect with them and keep them safe. Our residents are awesome and we love coming to work to serve them and our mission. We also want to thank our outstanding staff. Throughout this pandemic, they have shown complete dedication and have gone above and beyond to perform their duties. They are true heroes and continue to respond to changing conditions with compassion and grace. When you restrict visitation and isolate residents, it is not exactly what families of our residents envisioned when their loved ones came to The Pines. During this time, families have been very supportive and encouraging. They have been on the telephone with us asking questions, dropping off supplies, and sending cards. We are so grateful for all of their acts of love and kindness. We are here for our residents and their families too! The word vendor does not accurately describe the relationship we have with the people that bring us the goods and services we need to serve our community. We have depended on them like no other time and they have come through for us. They have been in constant communication and have helped us navigate through some confusing and complex issues. When soap, sanitizer, toilet paper and other staples were in short supply, our vendors worked diligently to provide us with these items. We also want to recognize the outstanding support we have received from our community partners. We extend a heartfelt thank you to Mayor Palmer of Manchester Township for his strong leadership and to the members and staff of the Police and Fire Departments, EMS, and Emergency Management for the services they provide to us every day. We are so thankful to be able to provide personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves to our residents and staff through a generous donation from the Ocean County Sheriffs Office. Leading Age New Jersey and Delaware has done tireless work to provide guidance and communicate all of the numerous changes from state and federal agencies. We could not navigate this situation without their expertise. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we truly thank you for all you have done for our community. We are blessed to work with you.

April 25, 2020

We have recently learned that one Independent Living resident has tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual is currently in the hospital.  We cannot comment on the specifics around his/her condition, but can confirm that we are working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the appropriate protocols to minimize the spread of the virus.  Because of all of the precautions currently in place, the exposure to other residents within our community is considered low according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We also want to inform you that extra protocols will be required for any resident who tests positive and continues to reside in Independent Living.  This includes complete isolation, including private trash pickup and laundry services.  All meals will be provided in disposable containers.

April 23, 2020

We have recently learned that three additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to five employees during this pandemic.  These individuals are currently under quarantine in accordance with the procedures and protocols established by the CDC and the Ocean County Department of Health.  We cannot comment on the specifics around their condition, but can confirm that we are working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to minimize the spread of the virus.  We can tell you that none of these individuals work directly with residents of Independent Living, or with dining services.

April 9, 2020

As you know, COVID-19 continues to affect a growing number of people in the U.S. and around the world.  This is a time of great uncertainty and we appreciate your patience as we navigate the situation together.

We have learned that two of our employees have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals are currently under quarantine in accordance with the procedures and protocols established by the CDC and the Ocean County Department of Health.  We cannot comment on the specifics around their condition, but can confirm that we are working in close coordination with state and local health officials to follow the protocols in-place to minimize the spread of the virus, which includes communication efforts.  We can tell you that neither of these individuals work directly with residents, or with dining services.

In recent weeks, our team has taken numerous steps to protect our residents, their loved ones and our employees.  All employees receive a health screening prior to entering the community.  We encourage everyone to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and take the appropriate steps to contain the spread of the virus.

We understand that this situation is constantly evolving and is generating ongoing questions from residents and their loved ones.  We welcome the opportunity to work together to address these questions as they arise.  Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss via email (eghaul@thepinesatwhiting.org) or telephone (732-849-0400).

We are committed to keeping our residents, visitors, and families updated as we go forward.  We know we share the same goal of serving our community and together, we will continue to deliver our services to individuals who need us.

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