December 23, 2020
Residents, Families and Partners:
We wanted to update you about the results of our latest round of mass testing on staff and residents.
We did find two more residents that tested positive for the virus. Both residents remain in the building in isolation, receiving care by dedicated staff members using heightened infection control procedures.
We continue to encourage all residents (and ask families to encourage residents) to:
- Wear masks when outside of their rooms;
- Practice good hand hygiene; and
- Engage in social distancing when outside of their rooms.
Indoor visits will continue to be restricted.
We would also encourage residents to not leave the building to celebrate the holidays given the exposure to the virus they may have and the threat that they may expose other residents to the virus on their return. If residents do choose to leave the building for the holidays, they will be required to isolate in their rooms for a period of time. As someone may be infectious for a period of days without immediately testing positive for the virus, resident will be required to isolate until they reach the period of time indicated by the health department or CDC when any infection that may have occurred while off-site would register.
We will work to facilitate virtual visits, and families and loved ones can drop off packages and food for residents. If you do drop off items, please wear a mask when handing the items to our staff and also indicate if the package contains perishable items to ensure the package is immediately placed in a refrigerator if necessary.
We know this is difficult to comply with these infection control protocols during this holiday week, but we ask residents and families support our efforts to mitigate the spread of this virus in our Community.
We continue to monitor residents for any change of condition, regardless of test results, and will notify residents’ primary physicians and designated family members of any change and discuss next steps.
Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance.