The Sheboygan County Division of Public Health has been working closely with all long-term care facilities to ensure that they are following the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Important Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease issued on March 20, 2020 .
On March 31, 2020, the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health released additional guidance focused on limiting staffing agencies and hospice providers from staffing more than one long-term care facility with the same personnel.
On April 30, 2020, the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health released updated guidance for Residential Facilities and Partner Organizations Regarding Work with Confirmed Positive Cases
As of May 13th, the state DHS is releasing the names of facilities with facility-wide Public Health investigations. Rocky Knoll Health Care Center is included in this list, as on April 25th, a contracted vendor within the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed active case was placed into isolation and has recovered. To prevent the spread of illness, the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health and Rocky Knoll conducted a contact investigation to identify and follow-up with people who had close contact with the confirmed case. Upon investigation, the active case did not have any direct contact with Rocky Knoll residents. Rocky Knoll staff who have known exposure have been isolated at home and Public Health staff provided quarantine instructions. Rocky Knoll has been closely working with local governing officials to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and staff as they work through this situation. Rocky Knoll has implemented many processes to limit exposure to the virus. Due to following CDC guidelines on PPE use, the risk of transmission to others in this situation was fairly low and did not result in any more positive cases.
At this time Sheboygan County Division of Public Health is aware of 4 total facility investigations. 2 investigations were with long term care facilities (Sunny Ridge and Rocky Knoll). 1 investigation was with an assisted living facility and will remain unnamed. At this time, we have no active cases in any long term care facilities or assisted living facilities.
1 investigation is in a healthcare facility and will remain unnamed.
According to DHS, names of facilities (other than skilled nursing facilities) are not released by DHS. The local health department may choose to release additional information necessary for public safety. Individual facilities connected with public health investigations may not be named because the strategies employed by the health department to protect the community also seek to ensure the privacy of individuals and their families.
Public Health will continue to monitor and investigate all of these facilities until their investigation has been completed.