Lenbrook Welcomes National Guard Testing

May 26, 2020

In our ongoing pursuit to keep Lenbrook residents and associates safe, we are pleased to let you know that May 26-28 the National Guard will be on-site to conduct testing at Lenbrook; we welcome their knowledge and expertise. Following Governor Kemp’s desire to test every skilled nursing and assisted living resident and associate in the state, all of our Health Care Center and Assisted Living Center residents and associates who work in those areas are mandated to be tested. To be fully prepared to respond as necessary, the clinical management team obtained testing last week so they could step in to care for residents in the event residents (requiring isolation) and associates tested positive.

During the testing period between May 26-28, all independent living residents, Lenbrook associates and Outside Personal Providers (OPPs) that work outside of the Health Care Center and Assisted Living Center are being offered and strongly encouraged to obtain testing.

We are proud to be proactively addressing a challenge facing communities nationally during testing. We will receive test results in 7-14 days and will, then, provide individual results to each resident, associate, and Outside Personal Provider (OPPs) who was tested. After receiving the results, we will have a good baseline understanding of any asymptomatic cases not previously identified and use our existing protocols and precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Other important information to note is as follows:

  • National Guard to administer as many as 1,200 on-site COVID-19 Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests for associates, residents and Outside Personal Providers (OPPs).
  • The PCR test results will tell us who currently has the COVID-19 virus (even if asymptomatic) so that we can stop the spread to others in the community. 
  • The PCR test is the only type test recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services so will be needed for our Health Care Center to “unwind” in a phased approach when the time is right. This will also give us a baseline understanding of infection rate in our community.
  • Residents received information in their box outside their door with information about obtaining a test.
  • Results will be delivered to Lenbrook within 7-14 days and then Lenbrook will provide the results to residents, associates and OPPs.
  • Individuals who test positive will need to self-isolate for 14 days. And will need to be retested and receive two negative results to be cleared.  If symptomatic, the individual will need to be symptom free for 72 hours and then be retested with two negative results.