We were notified today that one of our team members has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member has not been in the community since April 2nd. The team member has been evaluated by the Virginia Department of Health and will only be cleared to return to work after meeting the guidelines for healthcare providers set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We are committed to keeping our residents and families informed and to emphasize that we are taking every precaution possible to keep residents well..
As you know, based on CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidelines we have been restricting visitors and non-essential personnel, practicing social distancing, practicing hand washing, and daily monitoring staff and resident temperatures for some time now. We continue to actively screen residents and team members for fever and respiratory symptoms. Monitoring of residents for fever and respiratory will now be done each shift, three times a day. Team members and essential visitors are required to wash their hands upon entry into the building. Our team members have also begun wearing masks while on duty.
We continue to stress that it is imperative to follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Order issued on March 30, 2020 directing all Virginia residents to shelter at home and limit movements outside their home to essential needs. We can provide a copy of the Governor’s order if needed. In particular, the Governor’s order means that any form of non-essential personal interaction among residents (general visitation, games, social gatherings, etc.…) are prohibited during this time.
We must all do what is necessary to protect our families, team members and neighbors in this time of crisis. We are in the process of investigating any interactions that have taken place in recent days and will continue to communicate any updates as necessary.
We recognize that many of you have questions or concerns about this situation. We are certainly happy to answer questions but trust you understand that confidentiality of personal healthcare information must be respected.