COVID-19

Dear Fishkill Center Residents, Families, Visitors, Employees & Friends:

Please refer to this page for updates on COVID-19 as it pertains to Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Scroll to bottom of page to submit any questions, requests, or concerns.

Update: March 27th, 2020 – 2:05pm

How are you doing? We are closing in on the end of what has been without question the most … uncertain month in recent memory. We fervently hope that you and your loved ones are doing okay and hanging in there as we wait for the end of this pandemic.

Our staff and residents are doing well, trying to keep everyone’s spirits up during this isolation period–with food and drink and music and some good old-fashioned camaraderie and teamwork. Follow us on instgaram @fishkillcenter.

The coming weeks will of course be trying as the cases in Orange County and Dutchess County continue to rise and the hospitals begin to fill. We couldn’t be prouder of our staff who are geared up and ready to meet this challenge.

Have a great and safe weekend. Remember that Hand Hygiene and Social Distancing saves lives and is the number one weapon we have in the COVID-19 battle. #Flattenthecurve. Please reach out with any questions you have: 845-231-5728.

Update: March 24th, 2020 – 10:45pm

We hope everyone is doing well and hanging in there during this time. Our residents are doing well and our amazing staff continue to do an exemplary job of both caring for our residents and lifting their spirits as we wait for the restrictions to be lifted.

The New York State Department of Health website has grown robustly with useful information and updated guidance, and is an excellent tool to check in with daily.

As always, reach out to our direct supervisor line, 845-231-5728, with any questions.

Update: March 20th, 2020 – 10:15am

Thank you to all of our staff who have been amazing during this period, working tirelessly to provide great care to our residents and making them feel comfortable and reassured. Thank you to our families and visitors who have been 100% compliant with the DOH mandate regarding restricted visitation. Hopefully we’ll have good news in the coming weeks when this can be lifted.

Fishkill Center still has zero suspected or confirmed cases, and we continue to take every measure to ensure that the facility, its residents, and its staff remain unaffected.

For those more interested in the origin and the pathology of COVID-19, and why these types of diseases seem to originate out of China, see the fascinating short video below:


UPDATE: March 19th, 2020 – 11:15am

Please see the below video by Osmosis.org for a thoroughly concise and easy to understand recapping of COVID-19 knowledge to date:


UPDATE: March 17th, 2020 – 3:00pm

Fishkill Center has no suspected or active cases of COVID-19.

CDC hosted a webinar today outlining further guidance long term facilities should take in stopping the introduction/spread of the virus. The main steps they continue to outline for prevention are:

  • Restricting visitation and unnecessary outside personnel from entering the building
  • Hand washing/hygiene
  • Social distancing whenever possible
  • Continue screening all staff/personnel as they enter; any staff member who has a temperature, is feeling ill, has visited a restricted foreign country in last 14 days, or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be sent home immediately
  • Residents monitored daily for O2 Saturation, Lung Sounds, Temperature for any changes

Fishkill Center also ran a table-top drill today for its staff on actions that need to be taken should the facility have a suspected/positive case of COVID-19 in accordance with CDC and DOH recommendations.

We have deployed several tablets with SKYPE/WHATSAPP on them for residents to use to communicate with families/loved ones. Our social work and recreation team are reaching out to families to set up times. Please utilize the contact form below to submit requests, and remember to reach out at any time with any questions: 845-231-5728.

Our Unit Managers are attempting to reach out to all families weekly and as needed to keep them apprised of any developments.

Communal/large-scale gatherings have been advised against by the DOH, but on-unit recreation programs are continuing, with staff taking proper precautions such as consistent hand-hygiene and safe distancing of participants.

Thank you again for sticking with us, and please keep checking back here for further updates.


UPDATE: March 16th, 2020 – 4:45pm

We want to thank you all for your support and understanding while we deal with the COVID-19 virus in our communities. We know the restrictions on visitation have been difficult, and we thank you for your understanding and encouragement during this time.

We encourage you to reach out to the facility at any time to check in on your loved one. We have purchased additional tablets to use for tele-communicating, or we can make arrangements for you to have phone calls with your family member. We will continue to notify you of any updates with your loved ones.

At this time, we are also not allowing visitors to bring food/laundry or other items to residents. We will update you as soon as there are any changes.

We do not have any cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Fishkill Center.

The facility continues to follow the guidance of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH).

All staff members upon entry to the building are being screened for signs and symptoms. We are checking all residents daily as well to ensure their well being. We have implemented social distancing and are not having communal dinning or large recreational events. We continue to provide recreational activities in smaller settings and based on each residents individual needs and preferences.

The dedicated staff continue to provide the quality care you expect and as always are here to assist you as needed. We are closely monitoring and implementing all updates and guidance from the CDC, CMS and DOH. The staff are being educated and in-serviced on all preventative control measures regularly. The facility is being thoroughly cleaned throughout each day to ensure proper hygiene.