Dear Residents, Families and Employees:
The COVID transmission rate in Pennsylvania remains between 15 – 19.9%. For Bucks County, the transmission rate remains high and the 7-day metric for positivity as of today is 10.01%, which is a decline of .32% since yesterday, February 8th.
Since my communication yesterday, we have had 4 more positive cases. Three are Health Center Residents, and one is a Health Center Staff. We will continue to do rapid testing at various intervals in the Health Center.
Please note in the past Lynne has referenced that those cases in the Health Center are considered our Red Zone. As we have had cases in other parts of the Health Center, we have had to temporarily move those residents around in order to have active COVID positive cases in the same area of the facility. The temporary moving of resident room locations may continue. The responsible party will be notified. I understand that this is not ideal, however, I do appreciate your patience.
As a reminder, all residents need to continue to wear masks in all common areas that cover their nose and mouth, however, cloth masks are not appropriate personal protective equipment. The only exception for removing your masks is when eating and drinking.
As you are aware, visiting is allowed. However, given the current situation with COVID, please consider not visiting for now. If you choose to visit, please remember the following:
- 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.
- The number of visitors per resident is two at any given time for all areas.
- Wear a medical or respirator facemask during the entire visit (resident and visitor) that covers the nose and mouth.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visit.
- Six feet distance between people is required.
- Stay in resident’s apartment during visit.
- For the Health Center, while the Dining Room is closed, we are offering that area as a place to visit outside of the resident room.
- Sign in and provide contact information, and sign out upon departure
- Adhere to screening protocols.
- Non-vaccinated visitors are encouraged to conduct video visits.
- All visitors are strongly encouraged to have their COVID-19 primary vaccine series and be up to date with all CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccines.
- Room visits are permitted in the Health Center IF both roommates are vaccinated and neither resident is immunocompromised (regardless of vaccination).
Lynne will be off from February 9th through February 11th, and return on Monday, February 14th. I will continue to send updates in Lynne’s absence throughout the week if there are any changes.
I truly appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to work through the on-going obstacles we are faced with regarding the Pandemic. For any questions, you may contact Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-895-1132. Internally, her extension is 502 or I can be reached at email@example.com or 215-345-4300 ext. 565.
Jude Langan, MHA, NHA, PCHA, ALA
Interim Nursing Home Administrator