Dear Residents, Family Members and Staff:
Last night we became aware that one nursing professional in our Healthcare Center tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second case identified through routine testing requirements this week. As per our normal protocol, we have reported the case to the Health Department and commenced our internal contact tracing and testing. As per guidelines, after each confirmed test we must wait 14 days to reopen the Healthcare center to visitations. The nurse in question has been sent home to quarantine.
Given our new case, we will be required to conduct testing on all negative residents and staff members at least every 7 days. We can stop that testing once we have passed 14 days without a new positive test. Please be reminded that if the Henrico Positivity Rate is between 5-10% we are still required to test staff weekly.
Due to increasing spread of COVID-19 and the elevated danger this virus poses to Beth Sholom residents, CMS recommends residents do not leave the nursing home for family gatherings and other non-medically necessary outings at this time. Simply leaving the nursing home puts the resident at risk. Further activities, such as attending large gatherings or interacting with individuals outside the resident’s household (which, in this case, is Beth Sholom) puts the resident at greater risk.
Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent handwashing.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer