May 8, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

Governor DeWine announced additional business openings today.  Social distancing will remain; barriers will appear in stores to assist with this, but we still must remain vigilant in keeping each other safe.  We don’t know exactly what it will look like, but we know life won’t look the same.

So far, there has is no proposal to ease or update restrictions for Skilled Nursing Facilities.  Visitation restrictions will remain at this time.

With more business opening up, the Governor stated they “expect” cases and numbers to increase.   Knowing this, Southern Hills will continue to fight this virus and take precautions to limit risk and work exposure.

We will still follow Ohio Department of Health and CDC requirements.  We continue to restrict visitors, wear appropriate protective gear, social distance and monitor temperatures, oxygen levels, respiratory symptoms, and vital signs multiple times per day.

We continue to work with residents and families to keep in touch!  COMMUNICATION IS KEY.  We encourage you to reach out to our residents by phone, a text based message at http://www.southernhillsnursing.com/resident-messages/ or schedule a Skype call by emailing southern-family@southernhillsnursing.com.

On May 1, 2020, medical procedures that did not require an overnight stay restarted. Dental and veterinary services also resumed.  On May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses began to reopen if they could meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.  General office environments were also allowed to reopen if they met mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

Today, Governor DeWine states that on May 12, 2020, “virtually all retail will open up and 89% of the private economy” will be open.  Barber shops and hair salons will reopen May 15, 2020.  Restaurants and bars are set to open with outside dining on May 15th and inside dining on May 21st.  Restaurants and bars will have to create a floor plan consistent with social distancing rules, but it does not seem there will be limits on occupancy.

The Governor called this re-opening plan a “gamble” with “danger signs”.  Please know, Skilled Nursing Facilities are not pulling back, they are not letting up.  Our staff continues to dedicate themselves to being cautious and doing what they can to limit exposure and spread.

We will continue to keep you updated as we hear anything new about Skilled Nursing Care specifically.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.  When in doubt, please give us a call.

We Remain In This Together,

Sean Kenny, Administrator