May 22, 2020
Dear Residents and Family Members:
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, I first want to honor all of those in the military that have sacrificed so much for our way of life. Even the midst of this pandemic, we all have so much to be grateful for as a result of their sacrifice. For those that have lost loved ones serving our country I want you to know that you are in our thoughts this weekend.
After what has been a grueling few months, the team at Beth Sholom is starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. As of today, we have two residents and one staff member who have tested positive for COVID-19. Those individuals remain in isolation and we are vigorously following our infection control protocols to do our best to wipe out this virus from our campus. We are now in the process of planning and conducting what the state is calling a Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) in the Healthcare Center that will provide us with a baseline result for all never positive staff and residents. This will involve slightly more than 150 tests and will take a few days to implement and process the results.
The federal government (CMS) requires long term care facilities to collaborate with the state and local health officials in all decisions about relaxing restrictions, including visitation. CMS directs the state health officials to look at the level of transmission in the greater community, the absence of any COVID cases in facility residents and staff (the recommendation is for at least 28 days), and protocols that are in place for testing and screening of visitors, vendors, volunteers and any others that would enter the facility. We are required to follow the CMS three phases of reopening. Phase I and II does not allow visitation except for compassionate care visits, Phase III will allow visitation only if there have been no new onset COVID cases for 28 days (through phases I and II). This guidance applies to our Assisted Living Facilities as well.
This is part of our approach working towards lifting the restrictions currently in place. We have also requested that our staff strictly follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks while out in the general community to minimize the potential risk of infecting never positive co-workers or residents.
This summer will be very different than many others. We appreciate the understanding many of you have expressed in the maintaining our strict guidelines. This pandemic has taken a heavy toll on our senior population and we need to do everything we can to protect this national treasure.
In closing, allow me to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday weekend and as always If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a ring.
To stay informed, please continue to check our phone line (804) 421-5141 and website for updates, www.bethsholomliving.org . If you would like to receive updates by email, contact us
at email@example.com and provide your name, the name of your loved one and the building where they reside.
Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of social distancing, frequent handwashing and self-isolation.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer