We hope you are staying healthy. This pandemic is unchartered territory for all of us and continues to change daily. Still, here at Copley, we remain committed to doing everything within our power to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our number one priority is the safety of our residents and staff and providing you with a clear line of communication.
Moving forward, in compliance with federal rules and regulations, as well as CMS guidelines, we will post the following information on this page: either a single confirmed infection of COVID-19 or three or more residents or staff with new-onset respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.
These are unprecedented times, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this together.
Covid-19 Vaccine Information
Important Weekly Updates
Dear Resident, Family, and Staff,
Copley continues to experience no new cases of COVID in our staff or residents. Hopefully, all of you are also remaining safe and healthy. The admissions freeze imposed by the state continues. We have received numerous phone calls from hospitals and the general community on when the freeze will be lifted but I have no idea when that will be. Copley needs to have a deficiency-free infection control survey, which I am confident we will pass, but I have no idea when the survey will take place. I have supplied DPH with a plan of correction and all supporting documentation. We now need to wait for the re-survey. Copley continues to have no staffing issues or shortages of any type of PPE.
On a happier note please take a look at our Facebook page. We had a couple of really nice special events last week that the residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to contact me.
Steven J. Tyer
Dear Residents, Families, and Staff,
As promised the following information is current as of this morning. Copley currently has NO active cases of COVID for residents or staff. We continue to test numerous times each week. We have had no positive tests for over two weeks. Today we are conducting a terminal cleaning of every room on the A-side of Adams where positive residents were in isolation. If our future goes as planned we will not have to open this side again for positive cases.
Now that Copley has gone two full weeks without any new positive cases I will notify the MA DPH of our success in halting the spread of COVID and the residents’ recovery. Next, we will have a full house infection control audit by DPH and hopefully, we will be able to admit new residents. We have not had any problems obtaining PPE and continue to have an excessive supply in house of all items. Also, staffing continues not to be a problem.
Copley completed its third and final CVS vaccination clinic yesterday. All of our residents that wanted to receive the vaccination have done so. We have approximately 75% of the staff fully vaccinated and/or fully recovered from COVID. We saw no side effects to the vaccine from staff or residents.
Once Copley successfully completes the infection control audit we will immediately commence visits again. I appreciate everyone’s patience. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Steven J Tyer
Dear Residents and Families,
I hope this letter finds you well.
As most of you are aware commencing in late December, Copley has been experiencing an increase in the number of positive residents and staff tested for COVID 19. Through swift and decisive actions Copley has been able to confine the outbreak to half of one specific unit. Copley has not seen a facility-wide uncontrollable spread of the virus. Copley voluntarily at the time decided not to admit any new residents to the facility in an effort to control any asymptomatic spread. All staff have been re-in serviced on the proper use of PPE, the importance of frequent hand washing, and COVID specific policies and procedures. A new staff “float” policy was developed where the first COVID recovered staff could work with COVID positive patients and then vaccinated staff were subsequently added to the policy. By doing this it better safeguarded the staff and also the residents from being infected by an asymptomatic person.
As of today, Copley has 5 residents isolated in the COVID section of ADAMs unit. All 5 are asymptomatic and we expect the last one to come off of isolation on 2/15/21.
Until Copley has two weeks of negative COVID resident test and proves to DPH that the outbreak has been mitigated, we will not be allowed to admit any new residents. Please be assured that if any of our current residents require a stay at an acute care hospital, Copley will be able to readmit them.
I will update you each Monday via the Copley website (copleystoughton.com) with our progress. I want to reassure all of you that this outbreak is nothing remotely similar to what was experienced last spring when all of this started. Most of the residents have received both vaccine injections so the seriousness of cases has been drastically reduced. Most are 100% asymptomatic.
As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Steven J Tyer
Copley’s Updated COVID-19 Numbers (Active/Cumulative)
Pursuant to MA DPH requirements, Copley continues to test its staff on a weekly basis.
Active cases: 0
Total Cumulative cases: 55
Active cases: 0
Total Cumulative cases: 50