Community Update June 17, 2021
No residents or staff have symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID 19.
We continue to monitor daily and are taking precautions with staff and residents to limit our community’s exposure to the virus. We remain at risk level Yellow.
- There are zero (0) cases of COVID-19 at AEC Living.
- Staff tests regularly and results continue to come back negative.
Fully vaccinated guests ages 12 and older are welcome to visit inside, but must wear masks while inside.
All visitors must:
- wash their hands before entering
- check in and complete a COVID-19 screening at the AccuShield kiosk at the reception desk
At this time we do not encourages guests under the age of 12 years old to visit inside, however we have ample outdoor space including the patios where visiting is ideal and much safer.
The numbers of cases in the county and state continue to drop, and as more and more people become fully vaccinated we expect the numbers will continue to decrease and restrictions to ease. However, there is still a significant number of people in the County and State who remain unvaccinated. This means we have not reached herd immunity.
A note from nursing:
In an abundance of caution on June 16, 2021, the California Department of Health advised us that the State of California has extended many COVID 19 restrictions applying to assisted living communities. These restrictions only apply to inside the physical building and do not limit activities outside in our patios and courtyards.
Messaging around what is allowed, when masks are required, and when they are not, has been very confusing. As local restaurants, shops, and activities begin to open back up, there has been a lot of mixed messaging on what is changing and what we are all required regarding masks and social distancing.
In Alameda County, Masks are required in most indoor settings.
We will continue to take temperatures and oxygen levels on a daily basis until advised otherwise. All visitors, staff, contractors, health professionals (everyone except for residents) are required to wear a mask at all times within common areas.
We will practice social distancing when possible and encourage masks when possible. Residents attending small group activities may have their masks off if everyone in the activity is fully vaccinated.
We are happy to welcome guests and family members back to both buildings.
- Residents may have guests within their apartment.
- Fully vaccinated guests do not have to wear masks within private spaces such as a resident’s apartment.
- Currently, we cannot have guests visit for prolonged periods in indoor communal areas.
- Guests may visit outside without masks, but masks must be worn when inside.
Alameda County is asking that all residents, when possible, continue to wear masks except when in their room, small groups activities, and eating or drinking. We know that this is a disappointment to you, as it is to us. Apparently, the vaccination rate of people between the ages of 18 and 65 is only 50%, which does not meet herd immunity.
As soon as the Department of Social Services issues their Provider Information Notice, we will post it on the website and in the lobby or café area of each building.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We all look forward to being able to see each other’s smiles and hope that it will be soon.
Darnelle Zimmerman, RN