Published: Monday, March 16, 2020
Thank you all for your cooperation, understanding, and assistance as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The last week has been busy as we began implementing our new visitor restrictions and screening policies.
This week we are continuing on with our visitor restrictions, and monitoring closely all who enter the building. We are encouraging our staff to limit outings in public places, and to practice social distancing. As schools are now closed, we are ensuring we have contingency plans in place regarding staffing. We are fortunate so far in that we do not have too many staff affected by school closures. We are disinfecting communal surfaces multiple times a day. We continue to monitor closely the CDC website and guidelines as stated in previous e-mails. We are following the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings.
At this time we are asking all families to cancel any appointments that are not medically necessary.
To reiterate, we are strictly following Standard Precautions. Standard Precautions assume that every person is potentially infected and involves hand hygiene before and after all resident contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before and after donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We recommend using these precautions with anyone at this time. To some this may seem extreme, but we take our residents health and safety seriously. As soon as we are able, we will lift these restrictions.
To keep up morale and boost spirits, we highly recommend scheduling FaceTime visits and checking in to see how they are doing. We are more than happy to help set these up. We also are looking into planning trips outdoors to open spaces when the weather is cooperative. We have our own transportation, eliminating the worry of possible contamination from public transportation.
We are gathering PPE to have on the ready in case we are to need it. We have a plan in place if any resident begins to exhibit signs or symptoms of an acute respiratory illness. Please remain diligent with your own protection and try to minimize exposure to public places. Thank you again for your cooperation.