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Update for all WEL Main Line Residents and Staff– 1/21/2022

We have had 2 new positives residents in the Meadows.  Both are fully vaccinated and boosted and showing no symptoms.  We have no new positives in the Pines or in Independent Living.  We have had one new staff positive in the week.  We will continue to test in the Meadows until we see 2 straight weeks with no positives.

The positivity in Delaware County has gone to 29.4% down from 37.7% last week. Pennsylvania has a positivity rate of 31.5%.  The case numbers dropped significantly towards the end of this past week, so the hope is we continue to see a downward trend into next week.

Pines will resume visitation based on the most recent protocols.  Meadows and IL continue with current visitation protocols. 

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Update for WEL Burholme Residents, Families and Staff– 1/21/2022

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

COVID-19:

As you may have heard in the news, the COVID-19 positivity rates in Pennsylvania have been very high. In Philadelphia County the rate is currently 28.02%. Last week the rate was 34.1%. We continue to be at a vulnerability level of very high. With these high numbers we wish to encourage everyone to make good decisions regarding visitations and outings. Below are some guidelines recently provided by the CDC. There are links embedded in these guidelines to provide further information and direction

Your cooperation and adherence to infection control guidelines is needed.

  • Visitors who have a positive COVID-19 test, symptoms of COVID-19 or currently meet the criteria for quarantine (exposed, potentially positive) should not enter WEL Burholme.
  • Hand hygiene (hand sanitizing) and face mask (covering the mouth and nose) is required at all times.
  • Six feet distance between people is required.
  • All visitors must be screened upon entering and exiting WEL Burholme.

During this outbreak, if visits occur, visits will take place in Resident’s rooms only with no common area visits, regardless of the vaccination status. Masks are to be worn during visitation.

Special considerations:

  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you could consider additional precautions (e.g., avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel, taking a test) in advance of gathering to further reduce risk.

Personal Testing:

The US government is making 4 COVID tests available to each family household. You may go to COVIDtests.gov to order your family’s free COVID testing kit.

Thank you and stay WEL!

Daniel Frost

Executive Director

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Update for all WEL Main Line Residents and Staff– 1/14/2022

We have had 2 new positives in the Meadows with the ongoing weekly testing.  The positive residents are fully vaccinated and boosted and thankfully are showing no symptoms.  We have no new positives in the Pines or in Independent Living.  We have had one new staff positive in the week.  We will continue to test in the Meadows until we see 2 straight weeks with no positives.

The positivity in Delaware County has gone to 37.7% down from 40.1% last week. Pennsylvania has a positivity rate of 35.7%.  This is a better sign for the potential of reaching the peak of this current wave.  We have added more booster clinics over the next month to accommodate requests.

We will continue with our current visitation guidance in all units.  Again, the rate is lower, but by no means low.  Use caution with your visitation.  If you are unclear on visitation guidance, reach out to me, Kim or Tamara.  I want to also take a moment to thank our residents, families and staff for being as safe as possible.  We are surrounded by other communities that are struggling with much bigger issues with positive cases and staffing issues.  Even though every new positive feels like a defeat to us here, we do recognize that it could be much worse and the fact that the numbers are staying low is a group effort.  Thank you all! 

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING January 14, 2022

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

The COVID transmission rate in Philadelphia is currently High (39.5%). Unfortunately, 6 new resident and 10 staff members in our health center have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. 

It is important to advise you that a health center employee tested positive for COVID, after being exposed through family members at home.  The next steps that we will take is to test all employees and residents weekly on Health Center to ascertain if anyone was affected.

I need to reiterate how important it is to follow all the visiting limitations in the health center and in personal care. 

There are still limitations that will be effective:

  • Visitors who have a positive COVID-19 test, symptoms of COVID-19 or currently meet the criteria for quarantine (exposed, potentially positive) should not enter the community. 
  • Hand hygiene is required.
  • Face mask covering the mouth and nose is required.
  • Six feet distance between people is required.
  • All visitors (Health Center,  Personal Care and Independent Living) must enter through the only entrance – main entrance and be screened on entrance.
  • All visitors are strongly encouraged to have their COVID-19 vaccination or to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • Non-vaccinated visitors are encouraged to conduct visits outdoors (weather permitting).
  • Room visits are permitted, IF both roommates are vaccinated and neither resident is immunocompromised (regardless of vaccination).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at the email address sfrancis@wel.org or by phone at 267.348.3353. 

Seema Francis

Director of Nursing

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WEL Upper Moreland Update 01/11/2022

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

COVID-19:

As you may have heard in the news, the COVID-19 positivity rates in Pennsylvania have been rising at an alarming rate. The positivity rate has risen over the past two weeks from 24.7% to 34.1%.

As of my last update on 12/21/21 the positivity rate in Montgomery County was 12.1%. Last week the rate rose from 20.3% the week prior to 29.6%.

With these increasing numbers we encourage everyone to make good decisions regarding visitations and outings.

If you have not been vaccinated, please consider not visiting to protect our residents and the staff who care for them.

With the increased presence of COVID in school aged children we are restricting visitation of those under the age of 18.

We are limiting the number of visitors to two individuals per visit.

Visitors must:

1. Wear a face covering or facemask during the entire visit;

2. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visit;

3. Stay in resident’s apartment during visit;

4. Sign in and provide contact information;

5. Sign out upon departure; and

6. Adhere to screening protocols.

Thank you and stay WEL!

Daniel Frost

Executive Director

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