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.

Please note that the below
table includes residents who
admitted from the hospital
who were COVID+
prior
to admission
Total Positive Cases
(Residents)
19
Total Recovered
(Residents)
16
Current Cases
(Residents)
0
New Cases – Last 24 Hours
(Residents)
*admitted from hospital
0
Current Under Investigation
(Residents)
0
Total COVID-19 Related Deaths
(Residents)
3
New COVID-19 Related Deaths
-Last 24 Hours
(Residents)
0
Total Positive Cases
(Staff)
7
Total Recovered
(Staff)
7
New Cases – Last 24 Hours
(Staff)
0
Current Under Investigation
(Staff)
0
Total COVID-19 Related Deaths
(Staff)
0
New COVID-19 Related Deaths
-Last 24 Hours
(Staff)
0
Updated: 6/4/2020 – 8:15am

Steps We’ve Taken:

With our unique building structure, we’ve been able to create 3 different areas within our building with the aim of keeping our residents as safe as possible and to mitigate the chances an outbreak might occur. Primarily, to date, residents in the facility who are COVID+ have admitted to the facility with COVID-19 or contracted it at the hospital.

-Standard Areas (Nickname- Gen Pop): Residents in these areas are on standard precautions and are not suspected of having COVID-19. All residents in the facility have vital-signs monitoring completed every shift.

-Precautionary Clusters: Residents in these isolated areas are exhibiting signs and symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that might indicate the presence of COVID-19. These residents might also have recently admitted from the hospital and are kept under isolation for 14 days while they are monitored for signs and symptoms. Staff in these areas utilize droplet precautions while caring for these residents.

-COVID-19 Wing: Residents in these areas have an active COVID-19 infection. Staff in this area utilize droplet precautions and N95 masks. Staff who care for these patients do not care for other residents in the facility.

Updated: May 6th – 1:15pm

We had the honor to discharge our first 2 COVID patients back to their home today, an incredible testament to their unmatched bravery and the masterful dedication of our amazing staff. #fishkillstrong

Updated: April 26th – 3:00pm

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe out there. Fishkill Center continues to laud its amazing staff for the work it’s doing to keep our residents and staff safe. We always strive to update you with developments of note as they occur, and if you ever have any question, please do not hesitate to reach out.

This afternoon, we received report that 1 of our staff members (not a direct-care worker) tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is doing well and we hope to have them back with us after their quarantine period.

We also received report that one of our residents has tested positive as well. This resident had recently come from the hospital and was placed into isolation in a private room upon admission. This resident has now been moved from that precautionary/isolation area to our Covid+ area.

We continue to monitor residents and staff daily for any signs and symptoms and take any and all precautions to keep everyone safe.

Update: April 20th, 2020 – 9:30am

A beautiful sentiment from Care Rite Centers in this time when we all need to come together and work together:

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What is a nursing home? #ItsMe

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Here at Fishkill Center our staff continues to work hard each and every day to make sure we are doing everything possible to care for your loved ones. We look forward to the warmer months and the hope of opening our doors again very soon.

Update: Yesterday one of our patients tested positive for COVID-19. This patient was under isolation and the illness is believed to have originated in the hospital the patient was admitted from. We continue to take all appropriate precautionary measures, quarantine, sanitizing, and utilization of proper protective equipment to prevent any spread of the virus.

Update: 7:30pm: a patient tested positive this afternoon. The resident was experiencing mild symptoms just before the weekend. The patient was moved to one of our precautionary clusters and had no further contact with any other patients. The staff are utilizing full droplet precautions in our precautionary clusters, including N95 respirator masks, and we continue to take every measure prevent a spread of the virus.

Update: April 17th, 2020 – 2:05pm

Good afternoon. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. There has been a lot of updates over the past few days regarding the flattening of the curve and the hope for easing of restrictions in the coming weeks and months, including a projected timeline, if approved by the state, for re-allowing visitors and loved ones back into senior centers and nursing homes. You can read more about that here. We will of course update you when we get any official guidance.

The facility still has not had any in-house acquired cases of COVID-19 – neither among residents nor staff. We currently have 8 patients who came from the hospital with COVID-19; they are in an isolated cluster of our facility, and the staff who treat them do not treat other patients in the facility. We have 3 staff members who tested positive, having acquired the virus from sources outside of the facility. We continue to monitor all of our residents and staff on a shift-by-shift basis.

Our social work and recreation staff are working hard on making sure we keep everyone face-timing and skyping and keeping in touch. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions via the contact form below, or call the supervisor at 845-231-5728.

Take care and stay safe!

Update: April 5th, 2020 – 1:35pm

We hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy out there. The strongest guidance we have received and continue to receive is to continue to wash your hands and don’t touch your face unless you have washed your hands. And of course maintain social distancing.

By this point we have reached out to all families and loved ones regarding the several hospital-admitted COVID-positive residents staying in an isolated wing of our facility, and our policies and procedures to ensure they and the staff who work with them remain isolated from the remainder of our population until those residents are better. If you have any questions or are requesting updates, please do not hesitate to reach out to Michael, the Administrator, directly at 845-231-5703.

We were informed over the weekend that 2 of our staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. They are confirmed to have contracted it from unrelated sources outside of the facility. We continue to monitor all residents and staff and still have no facility-acquired cases of COVID-19.

We will continue to keep you apprised of goings-on at Fishkill Center. Our amazing staff is here for you for whatever you need.

If you have any questions for the New York State Department of Health, you are encouraged to send them to: icp@health.ny.gov, covidnursinghomeinfo@health.ny.gov

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.