COVID-19 Friday 3-13-20

 

Updates as of 3/13/2020

No Residents or Staff have shown any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.  However, we have received new direction from both the CA Department of Health and CA Department of Social Services, so we are implanting new protocols. To assist with this, we have created our own tier system to help illustrate the current risk and response – currently, we are at a level YELLOW, which means that virus is not present, but,  effective immediately, we are implementing the following protocols to limit the risk of exposure to both Residents and Staff at the Waters Edge and Elders Inn:

o At this time most guests of residents are still permitted to visit but are being asked to wash their hands at the outside handwashing station before entering the building.  We have installed handwashing stations at both entrances to the building, and require all people entering to wash their hands for 20 seconds before entering.

o Only Residents can eat in the dining room.  Guest will be prohibited from eating and sitting in the dining room during this time.  Guests may eat with their family in the Resident’s apartment, and we will provide the guest and resident with room service if requested.

o No children under the age of 14 are permitted in the building.  Due to the fact that many children are not showing symptoms of the disease we are taking this precaution to prevent an asymptotic person from bringing the illness into the building.  Guests under the age of 14 will be permitted to visit residents in the outside patios, but will not be allowed inside the building.  After the visit ends Residents are required to wash their hands before re-entering the building.

o All activities will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.  We will be adding additional times/sessions of popular activities, including exercise classes and movie showings.   We also will be spacing the chairs and participants at least 6 feet apart.

o We are strongly encouraging social distancing and will be kindly reminding people to try and stay at least 6 feet apart from each other.

o We recommend people call or video chat with residents instead of visiting in person at this time. We are available to help facilitate this request if the resident is unable to call on their own, and will help schedule regular call or reminders if asked.  Our activities staff members and management staff in each building would be happy to facilitate this request if called upon.

As a reminder, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreaks and will adjust our precautions as recommended by our various regulatory agencies.   Throughout this event, we are reminding everyone to consider their own risk; if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 do not come into the community.

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