Response to COVID-19 at JAA

August 14, 2020

We continue to test and retest both residents and staff, with a focus on those JAA facilities where we have had positive cases. Mandatory, universal testing continued this past week. Timely results help us stay on top of what is being reported. 

We report that there have been no new positive cases as a result of this testing and we will continue to follow testing guidance by national, state and local healthcare officials.

JAA’s Rapid Response to the virus includes: 

  • Residents in the unit with positive cases remain in their rooms.

  • We are making use of testing resources from the DOH, the Regional Response Health Collaborative (RRHC), and the Squirrel Hill Health Center, as well as an independent lab to process tests as quickly as possible. 

  • Increased levels of PPE are in place, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. All staff continue to have ready access to adequate PPE supplies. 

  • Air purification equipment continues to be deployed, and HEPA filters are being changed more often for added protection throughout the buildings. 

  • Temperature and symptom checks of each resident are occurring every four hours and daily screening of all staff continues. 

  • Thorough cleanings are being consistently performed using EPA-approved disinfectant in the common areas of the resident floors and rooms along with other high touch areas. 

  • JAA care staff and our medical directors continue specific clinical care protocols to monitor and care for residents who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. 

As with many long-term care facilities across the U.S., we are working hard using all of our resources to get test results as quickly as we can. This is another of the many precautions we have enacted to keep our residents and staff safe during the COVID-19 crisis.