Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update May 21, 2020

Residents and Families,

During this past week, we had two new Residents test positive for COVID-19 and no new Employees tested positive.  We continue to have low impact in staffing related to COVID-19 and the staff is doing a great job at self-reporting any symptom(s) and keeping themselves out of work, being tested and self-isolating. 

We continue with our stringent infection control processes as indicated by the CDC.  In addition, we have purchased a disinfectant fogger machine that allows us to reach areas that we cannot reach with a cloth or sprayer.  We are also investing in a system for our Accushield electronic sign in kiosk (this has replaced the former BreezN system) that will allow us to automatically read temperatures, screen staff and visitors, and print out a name tag so we can be assured that we are doing all we can to manage flow in and out of the community.  We are continuing to explore more options to stay as vigilant as possible as we move forward.

Reminder, this, and any previous communication, can be accessed online by going to the News and Information tab on the home page of our website.  Choose “Community Updates” from the dropdown menu and the click on the login for Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley.  The password is Stapeleyupdate.    If you would like a printed version mailed to you, please call our Receptionists and ask for a hard copy to be sent.

We spent some time this week working on plans for our re-opening.  We will set-up the Fireside Dining Room furniture in a fashion that will allow us two seating’s, maintain social distancing of Residents, and limit the number of persons at a table.  It will require some sacrifice since groups larger than four will not be able to sit together, but it will work.  Dining in the health center and personal care dining rooms has also been planned to allow for limited seating and social distancing.  It, too, will be different, but will work and allow residents to come together again.  All of this is predicated upon Governor Wolf’s directives as well as Department of Health requirements.  Please note, none of this has started yet; we are making sure that when the time is right we will have the necessary tools and plans to relax restrictions while still keeping everyone safe.

There has been no documented case of transmission of this virus from a surface to a person.  Therefore, we are going to discontinue our practice of holding packages for 24 hours and will again be open to food and take out deliveries.  Family members can again do Resident laundry if desired with pick up and delivery occurring in the lobby.

If you begin to experience any symptom of COVID-19, including shortness of breath, a fever or a cough, please call 215-844-0700 and report your symptoms.  If you should need any other assistance, reach out to me directly at 215-991-7101 or at my internal extension 802.            

Please take care of yourselves, and I will be in touch again soon.

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