November 25, 2020

Dear Family Member, Responsible Party or Employee,

Heritage Health-Streator has received confirmation that we have had the following in our building:

X additional positive test results for staff member(s)                 

In accordance with the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we are reporting this information to you in written format online. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19.

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and move residents who have tested positive to specifically designated areas of the building based on their positive or pending test results and their symptoms. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their room, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift. Buildings are also conducting routine COVID-19 testing for staff.

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the latest developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

Sincerely,
Bonnie Bradley
Administrator

 

October 29, 2020

Dear Family Members,

As you may be aware, there is currently a rise in active COVID positive cases throughout our state. With those cases, we see more positives in our building.

Benjamin Hart, CEO of Bloomington-based Heritage Operations Group:
“Nursing homes are a reflection of the community in which they are located--As cases continue to rise in downstate Illinois counties, so do cases in nursing homes. We are doing everything in our power to prevent the outbreaks around us from entering our facilities,” Hart continued. “Our dedicated staff members take their responsibility very seriously to protect our elderly, frail residents who are the most susceptible to COVID-19. Despite our best efforts with enhanced visitor restrictions, vigilant PPE use, and frequent testing of staff, the coronavirus can still sneak past our doorstep. It is a good reminder that we all have a responsibility as community members to protect our elders — wear masks, social distance, and wash hands.”

New COVID-19 information is reported to us daily through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). We continue to monitor residents and staff for temperature and symptoms. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their room, appropriate staff use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing, and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

As always, we are here to help our residents keep in touch with their loved ones through virtual visits using either Facetime or Skype. Please call us so we may help coordinate this. They love to hear from you!

We cannot thank this community enough for all your support, love, and prayers for our employees and residents. Please help us in the fight to reduce COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website to see how you can help prevent its spread.

  • Remember to wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain good social distancing
  • Don’t gather with large groups

As always, I am available for any questions or calls at any time. Please feel free to call the facility if we can be of assistance. We will continue to make regular updates, so please feel free to use this page.

Bonnie Bradley
Administrator
Janette Strabala
Regional
Heritage Health Streator

 

September 18, 2020

Dear Family Members,

It is an ever-changing healthcare climate as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues in our cities and across the country. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents materializes at Heritage Health Streator regarding COVID-19.

We were informed that a few employees in our building have tested positive for COVID-19. We understand how this may cause you to worry about the health and safety of your loved one. Our leadership team has moved quickly to notify the LaSalle County Department of Public Health and we will follow their protocol for additional infection prevention measures moving forward.

New COVID-19 information is reported to us daily through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). We continue to monitor residents for temperature and symptoms. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their room, appropriate staff use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

We cannot thank this community enough for all your support, love and prayers for our employees and residents. Please help us in the fight to eradicate COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website to see how you can help prevent its spread. We will continue to make regular updates so please feel free to use this link, www.heritageofcare.com/streator/updates

As always, I am available for any questions or calls at any time. Please feel free to call the facility at  (815) 672-4516 if we can be of assistance.

Bonnie Bradley
Administrator
Janette Strabala
Regional
Heritage Health Streator