As the entire world continues to change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Tryon Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing is complying with all CMS regulations to ensure the health and wellbeing of the residents and staff of the facility.

Dear Residents and Friends,

Thank you in advance for being safe & adhering to the guidelines.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like cough, fever, trouble breathing, pneumonia. CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?

Most cases are likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing. Droplets of body fluids on frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs can be the source of transmission.


While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Proper hand hygiene is the best way to protect against coronavirus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How Does Fort Tryon Center Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus?

We are following the guidance of the Department of Health and the CDC and check daily for new information. This includes:

  • Monitoring of residents and staff for signs and symptoms of coronavirus or other illness
  • Plans to prepare us and experience in preventing the spread of viral infections 
  • Sufficient PPE supplies (gloves, gowns, sanitizers, masks) in stock for staff
  • Monitoring of employees and visitors for signs of illness and restricting them from the facility 
  • Increased cleaning of surfaces with disinfectants known to kill Coronavirus
  • Restricting guest visits to the facility.

What If Someone In The Nursing Home is Suspected of Having Coronavirus By Our Medical Team?

  • Resident placed in contact isolation in a private room until safe transfer to a hospital can be arranged or until further guidance from the department of health is received
  • Staff, resident family members, and any other potentially impacted people will be notified of further action to take as directed by the Department of Health

Please be reassured to know that Fort Tryon Center is equipped to manage this situation and has successfully dealt with situations regarding viruses and infections before. Thank you for your support during this time.  These restrictions will be re-evaluated on a continuous basis as the situation requires and are subject to change at any moment.

Thank you for observing these temporary restrictions as we work to maintain the health and wellbeing of our residents, staff, and friends.

Michael Karash, Administrator