Dear Residents, Family and Friends,
We all know this year has been challenging and especially isolating for many people. As we approach the holiday season we are sharing important information and considerations that may affect your traditions or planned outing with your loved one.
We understand that the holiday season can be an important time for gathering and reconnecting with family. Unfortunately, the status of the pandemic is cause for us to reconsider traditional holiday events and gatherings. Over the last few weeks, our country has experienced record high COVID-19 cases. Indoor activities and group settings contribute significantly to spreading the virus.
We have received guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with state specific considerations that align with our current processes to protect the vulnerable residents and communities that we serve. CMS urges residents against leaving the facility due to increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Click here to review the recent alert memo on this topic. In order to slow the spread of the virus we have implemented the following measures for the holidays:
- Families and Friends are highly encouraged to schedule outdoor visits with the centers leading up to and on Thanksgiving day in lieu of leaving the facility.
- Residents who are currently in quarantine or isolation (isolation is for COVID + residents where quarantine is for unknown status) will remain in the center with continued isolation precaution. Leave of absences will not be permitted for these individuals due to the high transmission risk into the external community.
- Well residents who are permitted to leave the center, regardless of the duration, must follow CDC guidelines while away and must reside in the designated quarantine area for fourteen (14) days, among other requirements, upon return to the center.
- Facilities that are in outbreak status (one or more residents or staff testing positive) will strongly discourage residents to go out of the facility on leaves of absence and cannot permit visitors inside the facility for other than compassionate care situations.
We continue to monitor county positivity rates to determine staff testing frequency and for enhanced infection prevention protocols. We appreciate the support and understanding of families and immediate community in practicing a safe Thanksgiving holiday. Our teams look forward to hosting a visit for you.
For any questions, concerns or comments please contact your facility administrator.