August 20th, 2021
Indoor & outdoor visitation has been suspended due to one staff member testing positive for COVID-19. This procedure is following the guidance of CMS and CDC recommendations regarding outbreaks in the facility. The definition of an outbreak is one more staff/resident testing positive for COVID-19. When in outbreak status, along with suspension of visitation, we must also suspend group activities and communal dining to best ensure the virus is not spread further in our building.
Our main entrances for Odd Fellow and Astor Terrace will be locked until we are able to clear outbreak status. To clear outbreak status, all resident and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must complete two rounds of negative testing in a 14-day period.
Another unfortunate note is we are continuing to see our county positivity infection rate climb. This is relevant because if the county infection rate meets or exceeds 10%, we must indefinitely suspend all indoor visitation, regardless if we are in outbreak status or not. Based on current trends, we can expect our county infection rate to meet that 10% benchmark within the coming weeks. If our county infection rate meets 10% but we are not in outbreak status, we would be able to allow outdoor visitation at that time.
Please know that these guidelines and procedures are just as difficult to deliver to our beloved residents and families as it is to be on the receiving end of the news.
We will continue to be in contact with residents and first-contact family/friends/guardians/POA's as information is made available to us.