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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/18/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

As a result of last week’s positive COVID-19 case in Personal Care, we conducted testing of Personal Care residents and staff. We are happy to announce that this round of testing did not result in any residents testing positive.
We did have two staff members who tested positive and have been quarantined. The two staff members do not have any symptoms related to COVID-19. We are very hopeful that this is an isolated situation.
Residents: If you experience any symptoms of a fever, new or persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden onset of fatigue please inform the care office. For staff members if you experience any of the symptoms please contact your supervisor.

At this time, in accordance with state guidelines, the residents of Personal Care are continuing with quarantine to the floor of their room and their individual rooms.

Also in accordance with state and CDC guidelines we are beginning the first of a three weeks of testing of personal care residents and all staff. The residents will be tested on Tuesday January 19th and the staff will be tested on Wednesday January 20th from 10am to 4pm.

This Friday we will be having our first COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinic is designated for personal care and staff. We hope to have information soon for our Independent
Living residents. I encourage the Independent Living residents to discuss the vaccine with your primary care physician and possibly sign up for the vaccine at a community vaccination site.

Daniel Frost
Executive Director

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/18/2021

We have had one new positive from our most recent Meadows resident testing on Friday. This resident is actually one of the residents who received their vaccine on 1/12. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

The resident from IL who tested positive continues to recover in the hospital at this time.

We continue to have no positives in the Pines.

We had no new staff positives with our rapid testing today.

As I noted in today’s health talk, we have set ourselves up to possibly have a vaccine clinic in place for our Independent Living residents on February 9th. We have requested 250 doses for that day, which was to initially be our Personal Care clinic. Since we have already started the vaccines for Pines(personal care), we are going to try and do a clinic onsite for our IL residents. PLEASE understand that we are not in charge of these clinics and we are beholden to what the CVS pharmacists are willing or interested in doing when they come onsite. However, we did get them to do Pines early, so there is no reason not to ask for the next step. I would ask for all residents and family members to cross your fingers and toes and engage in any good luck techniques you prescribe to in your lives and we will be hopeful that common sense prevails and they vaccinate all of our residents on that clinic day.

We will be starting housekeeping in the rooms this week due to no positives in the housekeeping staff and the fact that the positivity rate continues to drop. We ask that you continue to avoid visitation onsite until we note it is safe to resume. Contact wellness or myself if you need us to assist with anything.

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/18/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

I am happy to share two pieces of good news today.  First, we have the date for our first vaccine clinic; it will be Sunday, February 7 from 1100 to 1700 (11:00 am to 5:00pm).  As of today, we do not have any additional information.  Five days before the clinic, we receive an update from CVS, letting us know how people they will sending to administer the vaccine and how many vaccines.  At that point, we will schedule a time dependent on how many vaccines will be delivered.   As it stands right now, we know they will be vaccinating Residents in the Health Care Center and all Employees.  I requested enough vaccine to also provide vaccine to Residents in Personal Care and Independent Living.  We will need to wait until February 5 to learn exactly who will be included in the first round of vaccinations.   As soon as I have any additional information, I will share it with you.

We do not know the date of the second clinic at this time.  Once the second clinic date is determined, we will again need consent forms signed for participation in the vaccination program.  During the second clinic, the second vaccine will be provided to all who received their first vaccine on February 7 and the first vaccine will be offered to those who declined or did not participate during the February 7 vaccination clinic.  There will be a third and final clinic.  This clinic will strictly be to provide the second vaccination to people who received their first vaccine at the second clinic. No first vaccinations will be provided during the third clinic. 

Second, the positivity rate in Philadelphia has dropped below 10% to 9.3 % therefore we will be decreasing our testing of all Employees to once per week.    Two signs that things are moving in the right direction.

Sincerely,       

Ken Beiler

Executive Director

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/15/2021

Update for all WEL Upper Moreland Residents, Families and Staff– 1/15/2021

Dear Residents, Families and staff,

Late last evening we received news that one of our Personal Care residents was sent out to the hospital and tested positive for COVID-19.

At this time the residents of Personal Care are being quarantined for 14 days to the floor of their room and their individual rooms. We are in the process of contact tracing and will be testing those who may have had direct exposure with the resident. Direct exposure is defined as: within 6 feet of someone for longer than 15 minutes.

The personal care residents will be dining in their rooms during the quarantine.

For the safety of residents, guests and staff Visitation for personal care residents will be suspended during the quarantine. Window visits may be able to be arranged.

At this time the first and second floor hallways where personal care residents reside are restricted and off limits to non PC residents. I apologize for the inconvenience, Independent residents who reside in the Wesley wing will need to take the Wesley elevator to the third floor to walk over to the central elevators.

All activities are being suspended for an initial 14 day period. We will continually evaluate the situation and provide updated information.

The Cornerstone dining room will remain open for IL residents. Please continue to wear masks throughout the building and in the dining room until your meal is delivered. Please also continue to wash your hands frequently and use sanitizer throughout the day.

If you experience any symptoms of a fever, new or persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden onset of fatigue please inform the care office.

Daniel Frost
Executive Director

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Executive Director CODIV-19 update 1/15/2021

Unfortunately, I am unable to share the next scheduled clinic date with you at this time. CVS currently has WEL Pennypack Park scheduled for 8 more clinics, two of them are duplicate dates, the others are back to back dates. I am working with CVS to get this resolved.

In the meantime, I am happy to share that the initial vaccination clinic went very well. For those vaccinated, the effectiveness of the vaccination begins to take place in 10-12 days. After the first vaccination, Pfizer indicates you are approximately 54% protected from contracting the COVID virus.

When the next vaccination date is confirmed, we will be vaccinating both Health Center and Personal Care residents. That is confirmed.

HEALTH CENTER & PERSONAL CARE ONLY:

Health Center residents will be vaccinated in the health center. For the majority of the residents this will be second vaccination. Personal Care residents will be vaccinated for the first time, and that will take place on the Personal Care unit in R Building.

During the next vaccination clinic there will be first time vaccinations provided, and during the third clinic date the completion of second vaccines will take place.

New consent forms must be completed and signed. The schedule will be from 9:30 – 3:00 both days as follows, for both Health Center & Personal Care residents. Please pick up the consent form at the vestibule, return to your car to complete and return to the vestibule the same day:

        Tuesday, January 19 – A thru L
        Wednesday, January 20 – M thru Z

We will not mail consent forms to anyone due to the problems in the USPS. If you want a copy emailed to you, please email me directly at the email address in the closing of this memo. If the resident is willing and able to sign the consent form, we will obtain those signatures.

EMPLOYEES:

All employees will be vaccinated in Wesley Hall.

Employees who received their first vaccine on January 10 will receive their second vaccine during the next confirmed vaccination clinic.

During the next vaccination clinic there will be first time vaccinations provided, and during the third clinic date the completion of second vaccines will take place.

Consent forms are to be completed now and returned to Kathy Baker, your supervisor, or Suzanne Lachman.

If you are being vaccinated for the first time, you must see Kathy Baker and present your insurance card so they can be copied (front and back) and provided to CVS at the time of the vaccination clinic.

All employees receiving the second dose of the vaccine must present the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (provided with your first vaccination) at the time of registration for your second vaccine.

INDEPENDENT RESIDENTS

We cannot guarantee that you will be vaccinated in the next confirmed vaccination clinic. I will be pushing hard to have you included in the next two clinics. In hopes that we can make this happen, we will prepare in advance.

Next steps:
• Monday, January 18 from 10 to 12 and 1 to 3 report to the computer room and lounge in M Building near the copier room with your Medicare and secondary insurance cards in hand. Copies of front/back of the insurance card will be made.
• For couples – only one family member needs to come with the insurance cards.
• Wear your mask or you will be returned to your apartment to obtain your mask – covering nose and mouth.
• Practice 6 foot distancing
• Consent forms will be provided for you to return to your apartment to complete and sign. A sample form with the areas you must complete will be provided.
• ALL consent forms must be returned by Thursday, January 21. Copies can be dropped off on the table in my office OR at the front desk.

In order to be completely transparent regarding COVID activity in the community, we are sharing information regarding every level of care. As part of the CMS requirements to keep you informed of COVID-19 activity within the health center of this community, please be advised of the following:

Skilled Nursing (Health Center)
Date:1/15/2021
☒New Confirmed Infection(s) of COVID-19:
2
New Cumulative Total of COVID-19 Infections since March 2020):
66
☐Three or more ☐residents or ☐staff with new on-set of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.
Mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.☐Normal operations will be altered.
☒Resident(s) have been moved to quarantine unit.
☐Droplet precautions will be initiated.
☐Resident(s) will be placed on isolation.
☐Resident currently hospitalized.
Personal Care
Date:1/7/2021
☒New Confirmed Infection(s) of COVID-19:
NO CHANGE
New Cumulative Total of COVID-19 Infections since March 2020):
4
☐Three or more ☐residents or ☐staff with new on-set of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.
Mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.☐Normal operations will be altered.
☐Resident(s) will be moved to quarantine unit.
☐Droplet precautions will be initiated.
☐Resident(s) will be placed on isolation.
☐Resident currently hospitalized.
Independent Living
Date:1/7/2021
☒New Confirmed Infection(s) of COVID-19:
NO CHANGE
New Cumulative Total of COVID-19 Infections since March 2020):
3
☐Three or more ☐residents or ☐staff with new on-set of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.
Mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.☐Normal operations will be altered.
☐Resident(s) will be moved to quarantine unit.
☐Droplet precautions will be initiated.
☐Resident(s) will be placed on isolation.
☐Resident currently hospitalized.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have by phone or directly to my email.

Stay safe,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA
Executive Director
267.348.334
slachman@wel.org

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