Residents Tested Negative
Residents Tested Positive
Team Members Tested Positive
Team Members Tested Negative
Team Members Who Have Returned to Work
Hebrew Home of Greater Washington – Wasserman Residence
Hebrew Home of Greater Washington – Smith-Kogod Residence
Data reflects residents and patients test results as of midnight 7/12/2020. Revitz House and Ring House resident data is based on self-reporting.
Universal testing at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.
As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we remain steadfastly committed to protecting the health and well-being of the more than 1,100 older adults we serve at Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC). With more than 556 licensed beds, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (HHGW) is the largest nursing home in Maryland.
Our dedicated team has been leading the way in implementing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and we continue to work with local, state and federal public health agencies. Our team members have been proactive and aggressive in our ongoing battle against the impact of COVID-19, as safeguarding the health of the older adults we serve remains our top priority.
On May 18 and 19, all residents at HHGW, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House, as well as 888 team members across campus, were tested for COVID-19 as part of the Governor’s plan for one-time, universal coronavirus testing at all nursing homes and assisted-living facilities throughout Maryland. Also on May 18, as part of the Governor’s initiative, members from the National Guard and the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) visited HHGW to assess our infection control practices and to observe our COVID-19 Recovery Units and other units at both residences. They concluded that we were following proper infection control practices and found that the staff was doing a remarkable job. We are so proud of every member of our team for putting our mission into action – delivering quality care to older adults.
The testing results show that eight residents tested positive for COVID-19, which reflects 2.2 percent of those tested; five test results are still pending. Most of those tested were asymptomatic for the coronavirus. Additionally, 888 CESLC team members were tested and 12 tested positive, with 851 testing negative and 21 test results still pending.
Residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are receiving care in our COVID-19 Recovery Units at HHGW. Any team member who tested positive or who was unable to be tested will be unable to work based on the most recent CDC guidance on return-to-work criteria for healthcare providers.
Moving forward, CESLC will continue to follow the aggressive measures we began weeks ago to intensify recommended daily infection control efforts, including:
• Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces and providing hand sanitizer in all common areas.
• The closure of all residences to visitors, with very limited exceptions.
• The closure of all dining venues and suspension of communal life and leisure recreation programs.
• Temperature and pulse oxygenation checks for residents every four hours, as well as temperature checks for all team members every four hours.
• Facilitation of various virtual connections between our residents and loved ones.
As we face head-on the ongoing challenges that COVID-19 presents to our community, we remain dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the older adults that we are proud to serve every day.
Vice President, Operations
Elisa Gil-Pires, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs / Medical Director