July 14, 2020
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, a Beverly Farm resident was sent to the hospital with respiratory symptoms, and he tested positive for COVID-19. Each resident and staff member of the group home where the positive resident lives were then tested. All of the test results are in, and 11 residents and 5 staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Apart from the one resident who required hospitalization, the other 10 residents are being cared for by our clinical staff in an isolated and safe area. Beverly Farm continues to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Madison County Health Department on appropriate isolation, use of protective equipment and monitoring of symptoms.
While this is obviously not the news that any of us want, we want to assure our community that the staff of Beverly Farm is committed to providing our residents with a safe and healthy environment, and we will do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Our primary goal is to contain the virus to this one group home and ensure that the health of our individuals living there is closely monitored. Guardians and family members of those residents who tested positive have been notified.
Isolation and containment strategies are in place. Daily health screenings for all staff and residents continue. This is a difficult virus to track with so many of those infected asymptomatic but capable of spreading the disease. We continue to educate our staff on infection control policies and adherence with those policies. We have various contingency plans in place for whatever comes our way.
Please keep our Beverly Farm family in your thoughts and prayers. The initial COVID-19 cases that occurred on our campus in June were relatively mild and those individuals recovered quickly. Join us in praying for speedy and full recoveries for those who are currently ill with the virus.
We are extremely grateful for and proud of our dedicated, caring and hard-working staff during this challenging time. Every team member is providing the absolute best care for each resident at Beverly Farm.
If you have questions, please contact John Huelskamp at email@example.com or 618-466-0367.
July 10, 2020
First and foremost, we would like to thank our families and communities for bearing with us during this time as we have awaited test results and updates. Receiving test results back in a timely manner has remained our biggest challenge through this time.
From our first update on June 25 with 15 positives, to June 29, we received 4 more positive results, bringing our total count to 19. To date (July 10), we have had no new cases since. We are continuing to test those in the positive areas until all are negative and it is considered safe for them to come out of quarantine, per Public Health guidelines.
We want to recognize and thank our staff for all of the extra effort they have put forth during this time to prevent further spread. We could not have contained this without all of their tremendous work. We know this battle is far from over, and we continue to take proactive approaches. We continue to follow all recommended guidelines and infection control procedures, and provide the best possible experience and environment for your loved ones, even during these most challenging of times.
If you have any questions, please contact John Huelskamp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-466-0367.. Thank you again for your support during this time.
June 26, 2020
On Monday, June 22nd, an employee of Beverly Farm Foundation tested positive for COVID-19 and became the first known positive case on campus. That employee has been quarantining and we continue to send well wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Each resident and staff member of the cottage where the positive employee worked were tested. On Wednesday, June 24th, Beverly Farm received the results that 11 residents and 4 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The residents that tested positive are in an isolated and safe area. Beverly Farm continues to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Madison County Health Department on appropriate isolation, use of protective equipment, and monitoring of symptoms.
On June 24th, Beverly Farm collaborated with Illinois Department of Public Health to initiate organizational wide testing for COVID-19. Public Health connected Beverly Farm with a mobile COVID-19 testing company called HR Support. A team of twelve testers was able to complete testing on a combined 600 residents and staff of Beverly Farm on June 24th and June 25th. We are awaiting those test results in the next 24-72 hours.
While this is obviously not the news that any of us want, we want to assure our community that the staff of Beverly Farm is committed to providing our residents with a safe and healthy environment and will do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across our campus. Our primary goal is to contain the virus to one home and ensure the health of our individuals living there is closely monitored.
Please keep our Beverly Farm family in your prayers as we await the test results across the campus. As results come in, we will be reaching out immediately to the guardians of any individuals who test positive. We have various plans in place for whatever comes our way.
We could not be more proud of our dedicated, caring, hard-working staff during this challenging time. Every team member is providing the absolute best care for each resident at Beverly Farm.
If you have questions, please contact John Huelskamp at email@example.com or 618-466-0367.
May 8, 2020 / Updated May 11, 2020
Beverly Farm “Fighting COVID-19 Parade”
May 19, 2020 | 6 p.m.
To keep spirits high and allow families and friends to see their loved ones (at a safe distance) we are going to be having a drive-thru
parade throughout campus!
On Tuesday, May 19, at 6pm, we will assemble beginning at The Shoppes (5:30ish), and once we have a line, we will start our drive through the campus.
Because of concerns surrounding Coronavirus, our team has decided NOT TO ALLOW ANY GOODIES to be tossed during the parade route. We encourage large, decorated signs to be viewed from the car.
• Motor Vehicles Only (no walking or individual persons)
• Trailers with persons in back allowed
• Trailer Length Maximum of 15 feet
• PLEASE remain inside the vehicle AT ALL TIMES! We are still a “closed campus” and are maintaining social distancing guidelines.
• NO DIRECT CONTACT with individuals – resident or staff
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating, please contact Taylor Justice at 618.466.0367 or firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can have an idea of car count and give more details.
April 17, 2020
To view today’s important video message from Executive Director John Huelskamp, click the following link: The Frontline Heroes of Beverly Farm.
April 17, 2020
Dear Beverly Farm Family Members,
I am incredibly proud and grateful for the way our entire team at Beverly Farm has responded to the many challenges and disruptions to daily life caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The proactive safety measures to prevent COVID-19 infections within our community, which we initiated on March 13, 2020, have put additional demands on all our team members. I am pleased to say that our entire team has met these new challenges with positive attitudes, professionalism and teamwork.
The closure of our Day Training (DT) Program and the new health screening protocol for our residents have definitely made the jobs of our front line caregivers even more challenging. They’ve responded by creating teaching opportunities to educate our residents about COVID-19 and its symptoms, and reinforce the benefits of hand-washing, proper hygiene practices, social distancing, etc. They’ve also gone above and beyond planning additional activities and games in each of the group homes, cottages, CILAs and apartments to keep everyone active, entertained and having fun.
Group Home 2 has been making use of the warmer weather recently and moved some of their game play outside in the fresh air. They’ve also been spinning some great tunes. Group Home 6 and Group Home 4 have been doing art projects including life-size self-portraits. The ladies of Donnelley have been learning more about COVID-19 prevention. Group Home 1 has been doing a little more dancing and even recorded a video for our Facebook page of them doing a soul train.
Those are just a few examples. Everyone involved in keeping our campus operating from the administrative staff, to food service, maintenance, etc. have had to adapt and adjust to protect the individuals we care for, especially those with high-risk health conditions. Our senior leadership team and I feel strongly that the staff deserves an appreciation bonus to reward all their efforts in these difficult times. Unfortunately, such a bonus is not in the budget, so I am turning to you for assistance.
Please consider contributing to the Beverly Farm COVID-19 Staff Bonus Fund so that we can pay a much-deserved bonus to our front-line caregivers and other critical team members who keep our campus operational for all their extra efforts during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. You can donate through our website: www.beverlyfarm.org using the “Donate Now” button.
All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of funds will go towards this appreciation bonus for our many dedicated associates for their hard work and commitment to keeping the Beverly Farm community safe and healthy in these trying times.
Your support is appreciated now more than ever for the heroes keeping everyone safe.
April 3, 2020
In a follow-up to my alert from yesterday concerning the testing of two Herring residents for COVID-19, BOTH results have come back negative. The Herring quarantine is no longer in effect. There are no known cases of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm.
I do want to recognize the response by the Herring staff over the past 48 hours as they faced the first potential positive case/s of COVID-19. The care and concern from the Herring staff for our residents has been on full display during this challenging time. In fact, over the past 48 hours of Herring’s COVID-19 cautionary quarantine, there was only ONE call-off out of more than FIFTY shifts overall at Herring! Beverly Farm could not be prouder of our Herring staff and all our staff at Beverly Farm as we continue to navigate through these challenging times.
Thank you for all your continued support!
April 2, 2020
I wanted to take this opportunity to update all of our families and guardians of where Beverly Farm stands after 20 days into our COVID-19 response. As you recall, we officially locked down the campus on Friday, March 13th. We restricted all visitors and kept all residents in their living areas. Staff screenings for COVID-19 symptoms prior to every shift before they report to their assigned residential areas continue. We are also monitoring the temperatures of all residents two times a day. At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm.
On Tuesday, March 31st, we had two residents from Beverly Farm, living in our Herring Cottage, go to the hospital within 8 hours of each other. While both had respiratory illnesses, the symptoms were consistent with the diagnosis of the long-term illnesses that both individuals have had for a long time. Because two individuals with respiratory symptoms were sent to the hospital so close together, the Madison County Health Department considered that a “cluster” and had both individuals tested for COVID-19 as per their current policy and procedure. Madison County notified Beverly Farm yesterday afternoon of the testing and said the tests were sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health labs and it could take up to 3-4 days before results are known. While Madison County officials acknowledged to us that they were being “overly cautious,” I think we can all agree that is the proper response at this time.
While the team at Beverly Farm is confident that both individuals will come back negative for COVID-19 testing due to their long-term illnesses and lack of COVID-19 symptoms, we are taking an “overly cautious” approach as well in the event one or both individuals could be positive. Herring Cottage was officially placed in COVID-19 quarantine effective at 4 p.m. yesterday and all staff working in that building will be relegated to working at that location only. Clinical Director Lori Rodgers, Unit Director Kate Dreith and I personally talked to the staff at Herring yesterday afternoon and notified them of what was going on. We will be taking temperatures and vitals on all residents living in Herring three times per day and following all of the other Beverly Farm protocols set forth in regards to COVID-19 quarantine procedures.
I will send out notification to all of you again once we receive the testing results from the two individuals currently in the hospital or if anyone at Herring, or other locations, begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. While we will continue to do everything we can at Beverly Farm to prevent COVID-19 from reaching our doorstep, we understand we are in a high-risk environment because of our many congregate living settings. I want to assure you that the Beverly Farm staff are responding positively to this most difficult of challenges and are providing care at levels of which we can all be proud. Please remember, our Beverly Farm team is here for you and your loved ones.
I hope all of you are receiving some form of communication either through the weekly e-mails from each individual residential setting, our social media web page or our website www.beverlyfarm.org. We are currently exploring other options for more individualized communication opportunities between you and your loved ones at Beverly Farm.
Thank you for all your concern and support during these difficult times. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me at email@example.com or 618-466-0367.
March 30, 2020
The Resale Shoppe at Beverly Farm is temporarily closed until further notice, and is not accepting donations of any goods for resale at this time.
The Coffee Shoppe at Beverly Farm is also temporarily closed until further notice, including its drive-thru service.
The Equestrian Center at Beverly Farm is only open to those people who are currently boarding their horses with us. All other events and programs at the Equestrian Center have been suspended or postponed until further notice, including Barn Buddies for the month of April.
These changes went into effect on March 13, 2020, along with our initial proactive safety measures to protect our residents and staff from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep our campus infection free.
March 17, 2020
Beverly Farm’s senior leadership team is very proactive in addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic. As we communicated on Friday, our primary focus is on prevention. Starting this past Friday with the midnight shift, we are screening all staff per shift for symptoms of COVID-19. If staff exhibit a fever, they are given a slip for instructions, and will be off for a minimum of 72 hours, and cannot return unless released by a health care provider.
We are also taking the temperatures of all residents once a day and as necessary. While we currently have no known cases of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm, we will continue to monitor regularly.
Beverly Farm officially closed the DT program and Rehab Care Services as of yesterday’s date. The Illinois Department of Human Services released a memo that directs all workshops and day programs closed through April 15, 2020.
As of today’s date, if a resident leaves the care of Beverly Farm Foundation for any home visit, they will not be able to return to their home at Beverly Farm for an undetermined amount of time, but at minimum, until April 15th. We cannot make exceptions to this rule due to the health and safety of the 350 individuals who live at Beverly Farm. We realize that this is an extreme measure; however, we assure each of you that the safety and health of your loved one is our top priority. All annual staffing meetings will be held via telephone conference.
Thank you for all your concern and support during these difficult times. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-466-0367. You can also contact one of the following persons in your loved one’s residence:
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We are working to ensure that each person who calls Beverly Farm their home is receiving the best care possible. We are here for you and your loved ones.
March 13, 2020
Beverly Farm Foundation is taking proactive and safe measures against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Madison County currently has zero cases of the coronavirus, but as we do care for individuals with high risk health situations, we are implementing measures to prevent any cases of the virus within our organization.
Safety is our first concern at Beverly Farm – for our many residents, their families, and for all of our employees, vendors, and volunteers. The Senior Leadership Team has been assessing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest recommendations and strategies from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health.
The team has implemented the following measures:
- Beverly Farm is not allowing visitors at this time
- Staff members have been in training sessions to gain education on the COVID-19 virus and infection control procedures
- Residents will receive education on COVID-19 and infection control procedures
- Mandated shift health screenings for each employee
- Daily monitoring for all Beverly Farm residents for signs and symptoms
- There will be no off-campus activities for residents
- Residents that go on home visits cannot return to Beverly Farm for an undetermined amount of time, which will be at least 14 days. They will need to be cleared by a health professional before returning to their home at Beverly Farm, effective March 16th.
- High risk residents have been identified and will not be attending the day training program starting March 13th. Other areas and individuals will be assessed as the situation may change.
In light of this fluid situation, the decision has been made to cancel all of the April Family Weekend events and fundraising events in April. The Committee Meetings and Board of Directors meetings will be revised as conference calls on the originally scheduled dates, and a time schedule will be sent in the coming weeks. These closures and changes in policies are currently in effect until further notice, and at minimum, until May 1st.
Please keep an eye on your email and voicemail as the situation is fluid and changing daily.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Huelskamp (email@example.com), Tara Wagenblast (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rachel Lollis (email@example.com), Kate Dreith firstname.lastname@example.org), Travis Hunt (email@example.com), Lori Rodgers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Administrator on Duty (AOD) at (618) 466-0367.