May 19, 2022:
A memorandum dated, August 17, 2021, was issued to all Broadway House staff and contracted employees from James Gonzalez, President and CEO. Everyone has been notified that, to protect our residents, as of September 22, 2021, all staff is required to be FULLY vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated 10 days after receiving the last dose of the selected vaccine.
As of 5/18/22 the facility is in outbreak status. This means that 2 or more cases have occurred in the facility within the last 4 weeks. The cases can be residents and/or staff. In this case, it is staff only.
The plan is as follows:
Staff Vaccination Information
Fully vaccinated staff: 144
Visitation is open to family and friends and no appointments are required. Please be advised that in-house visitation will be limited to 1 visitor at a time per resident and in designated areas only. Outdoor visits can be with 2 visitors and will take place under the tent that will be installed shortly. This is similar to what was done in 2020 and 2021. These changes go into effect on 5/19/2022.
Those experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms are kindly asked to not come to visit your loved one.
Screening protocol remains the same for visitors. Proof of vaccination nor testing are required. No in room visits are allowed. Strict adherence to infection control protocol will be enforced. Visitors are to wear a tight fitted face mask, maintain 6 feet distance, and wash hands upon entering and exiting the facility.
*NOTE: visitation for residents on isolation is limited to 1 person at a time in the room, in addition to the wearing of additional person protection equipment (PPE), i.e. gown, gloves, and face shield, which will be supplied by the nurse.
Broadway House strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated and to receive the booster vaccine. We will gladly assist with this if necessary.
Residents may continue to have meals in the dining room, but social distancing of tables must be in place. In addition, there is 1 resident per small table. Two residents are allowed to sit at either end of the six foot tables which are located outside of the main dining room for now. Residents will not share condiments and hand hygiene must be practiced. Non-vaccinated residents are not allowed to dine in the main dining room.
If cases increase within the facility, state, county, or city, this may change. We will follow the lead of our local health department and state.
Outings will be limited to 4 residents per trip. Indoor activities will be scheduled to accommodate 8 residents in the Activity Room at a time. The Activities department will post schedules. In room activities will also be provided.
Testing of Residents and Staff
Only those residents and staff who present with symptoms are tested. We will also provide home test kits for staff. At least one per month have been provided by the Newark Department of Health. In addition, the website to obtain free home test kits has been provided to staff.
We encourage all to do their part to make our environment a safe one.
The Newark Department of Health is aware of our status and will continue to provide guidance for the facility.
100% of the staff is vaccinated. 94% of the staff (135 out of 144) have received booster vaccinations. The deadline to comply is May 11, 2022.
90% (62 out of 29) of residents are fully vaccinated; 100% of those fully vaccinated residents have received booster vaccines.
New admissions or readmissions to the facility who are unvaccinated or have COVID-19 symptoms are placed on quarantine on admission for 5 days. During this time, the resident is tested for COVID twice, and if negative with no symptoms, will be removed from quarantine.
As of September 29, 2021, the facility offers booster vaccines for those residents and staff who qualify based on FDA rules.
Facility Interventions taken to date to encourage vaccination and boosters
- Monthly on-site vaccination opportunities for residents and staff
- All 3 COVID-19 vaccines are made available
- In-service sessions by the medical director and pharmacist
- Opportunities for individual or small group sessions with the CEO and medical director
James Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, LHNA
973.268-9797, ext. 1004
Lois Beatty, BSN, RN
COVID-19 Coordinator, Director of Quality & Patient Affairs
973.268-9797, ext. 1005
COVID-19 Coordinator, Consultant for Plant Services
973.268-9797, ext. 1285
Reza Goco, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
973.268-9797, ext. 1007
Gloria Horton, CSW
Director of Social Services
973.268-9797, ext. 1115
Korvette Hinton-Woods, CSW
Director of Activities, Interns, and Volunteers
973.268-9797, ext. 1035
Director of Plant Operations
973.286.9797, ext. 1285