We are saddened to share with you that earlier this week we learned one of our employees tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). A second team member is currently awaiting the result of a coronavirus test, and a third is at home after experiencing symptoms associated with the virus. The first individual received a positive test result this weekend, and we were alerted to it yesterday; the second employee should have the result soon. All three team members are in self-quarantine at home. Currently, no residents or other employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Please join us in keeping these employees in your thoughts. Please, too, understand that privacy regulations preclude us from sharing more specific information.
This development is a reminder of how important it is that we all play our part in limiting the spread of this virus. Please continue to adhere to the preventive measures we have implemented. As a reminder, we have greatly tightened our visitation and screening processes; permitting entry to only those who provide vital medical care. We also eliminated group activities, outings and group dining experiences. Individually, it is key to practice thorough hand washing and strict social distancing. Together, we must continue to be diligent in our collective efforts and actions to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading this illness to one another.
As you may be aware, we have implemented multiple health screenings daily for all employees who enter our community, and we are expanding our Personal Protective Equipment standards for employees, now requiring masks at all times and gloves whenever a staff member is providing resident care.
Residents who begin to experience symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath should inform a member of our WEL care team immediately. We will continue to share updates with you as information becomes available.