Messages

COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | July 3, 2020

We hope to begin hosting outdoor visits with residents on Tuesday, July 7, because Mercy Circle has achieved 14 consecutive days without a new case of COVID-19 to meet the requirement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 26, 2020

We share your extreme disappointment because Mercy Circle now must postpone scheduling outdoor visits with residents. In other parts of our country, we see how not respecting the power and threat of COVID-19 can cause a resurgence of the virus. So it remains our highest priority to adhere to numerous ways to protect members of our Mercy Circle family.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 25, 2020

Last Friday, I informed you of a new requirement by the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health to test all residents and staff members who reside and work in Mercy Circle’s assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care units.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 19, 2020

Our residents and staff members continue to be free of COVID-19. This fact encourages us to fortify our commitment to your safety by heeding all guidelines published by the agencies that have provided direction during this global pandemic.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 12, 2020

I am very pleased to report the newest achievement of Mercy Circle’s sustained infection prevention and control practices designed to abate COVID-19 in our community. At this time, Mercy Circle has no new cases of COVID-19.  

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 5, 2020

During this past week, all 57 residents who live in assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care were tested for COVID-19 using the PCR swab test.

I am very grateful to report every single resident received a negative test result. With universally negative outcomes, we have concluded droplet and contact precautions in the skilled nursing care unit.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 2, 2020

As we make plans to open more areas of Mercy Circle, we balance those eagerly awaited opportunities with prudence and precaution. In consultation with Moira McQuillan, M.D., our medical director, and Mercy Circle’s clinical team, we have devised a new plan for COVID-19 testing for residents and staff members.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | June 1, 2020

This afternoon, we received notification of test results for one more staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee, who works in our assisted living wing, is recovering at home.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 29, 2020

We continue to count our blessings. We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. Two staff members in the nursing department, who have tested positive, are at home recuperating from the virus.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 28, 2020

We received notification of test results for one additional staff member who received a positive test result. This employee had been working in our assisted living wing and is recovering at home.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 22, 2020

We continue to count our blessings. We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. Twenty-five employees have tested negative. Three staff have recovered and returned to work in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Another three staff members, who had tested positive, are at home recuperating from the virus. This week, more staff members were tested; currently, 11 test results are pending.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 18, 2020

We received notification of test results for additional staff members late on Sunday and throughout today. These test results indicate one more staff member, who is on our dining services team, has tested positive for the virus and is recovering at home. Please respect the privacy of all staff and residents by observing HIPAA’s confidentiality rules.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 16, 2020

We received notification from two staff members late Friday evening that they just received positive test results for COVID-19. Neither provided direct care to residents. Both part-time employees—a housekeeper, who has not been on our campus since April 26, and a dining services worker—are recovering at home. Please respect the privacy of these individuals by observing HIPAA’s confidentiality regulations.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 15, 2020

We are blessed to be able to report there are no new cases of COVID-19 among our staff members and there has not been a single case of the virus among our residents.

Still, we remain vigilant about adhering to all the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 8, 2020

On Thursday afternoon, we received notification that a third staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member has not been in our facility since April 28 and now is isolated at home to recover.

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 3, 2020

On late Saturday evening, we received notification that a second staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Both staff members, who have tested positive, do not provide direct…

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | May 1, 2020

On Thursday afternoon, we received notification that one of our staff members tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member does not provide direct care to residents and now is isolated…

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | March 26, 2020

As you know, Mercy Circle continues to monitor information regarding COVID-19 cases and updated reports and guidelines for Chicago, especially the southwest sector…

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | March 23, 2020

On Saturday, March 21, following the advice of leading public health officials, Governor Pritzker put into effect a statewide Stay-at-Home order. His goal is to…

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | March 17, 2020

Over the past couple of days, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have imposed more severe restrictions on visitations. Effective immediately…

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COVID-19 Message from the Executive Director

by Frances Lachowicz | March 11, 2020

As you know, COVID-19 poses a health threat to our entire population, especially to the elderly and those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and…

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