May 10, 2022
Dear Residents, Families and Employees:
Unfortunately, since my last communication on May 2nd, we had one new case of COVID-19. A Personal Care employee tested positive today, with a last day worked of May 8th. Through contact tracing, it has been determined that this employee did not meet exposure protocols (within 6 feet of someone, for 15 minutes or more, consecutive, or intermittently), therefore, there is not a need to test all staff or residents in PC.
The positivity level for the state of Pennsylvania increased from 8 – 9.9% to 10 – 14.9. For Bucks County, the transmission rate remains high. The 7-day metric for positivity in Bucks County as of today increased to 11.81%, which is a 2.99% increase from my last communication on May 2nd.
As a reminder, please always be diligent with your own infection control protocols.
The community continues to follow all previously announced screening protocols when you enter our community and during your visit (listed below). The protocol is based on the CDC recommendations for healthcare facilities and the CMS guidance.
- Residents are strongly encouraged to continue to wear masks indoors at this time.
- Visitors and staff continue to be required to wear masks upon entry.
- 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, and have isolated for 10 days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons).
- Hand hygiene is required.
- 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).
- Visits are permitted in the Health Center rooms IF both roommates are vaccinated and neither resident is immunocompromised (regardless of vaccination).
- Visitors of Health Center residents may take their loved one to the 9th floor if they wish for a visit or may sit in a common area on the 1st floor of Independent Living for the visit (after signing out with the Health Center Staff).
- For the Health Center, having families dine or be present in the dining room during meal service is not an option at this time. However, you may take your loved one to the Bistro, as long as the resident is signed out and signs back in upon returning.
Lastly, for all visitors to the Health Center, please be mindful of Health Center residents attempting to leave to go into Independent Living. All residents must sign out with their nurse. If a resident is at the door as you are attempting to leave, please ask for assistance or redirect the resident to the nurse, but please do not have them exit with you.
It is an honor and privilege to serve you. For any questions, you may contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-895-1132. Internally, my extension is 502.
Lynne Dukert, NHA, PCHA