Dear Residents and Family Members:
We are finishing up our last three vaccine clinics on campus. It appears that greater than 95% of resident and 60% percent of staff on campus will be vaccinated by March 8th. Now that the senior living vaccination clinics throughout the country are winding down, we are hopeful to see lessening of the regulatory requirements around visitation. As of now, all dining rooms and the barber and beauty salons are open with social distancing and mask wearing required.
I am pleased to report that the Henrico COVID-19 Positivity Rate has fallen, and this week the County is reporting a positivity rate of < 10%. We will be returning to indoor supervised visitation, with the following infection control precautions in place:
- All visits are by appointment and are limited to 30 minutes.
- All visitors will be screened at entry. Please understand if you have a temperature or any potential symptoms, that you must defer your visit. Rapid-test COVID testing is available and encouraged.
- You may not visit if you have had contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has reported symptoms of COVID-19 and has not tested.
- All visitors must wear a mask, which must cover both the nose and the mouth for the duration of the visit. Scarves and “Gaiters” are not permitted.
- All visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.
- There can be no more than two visitors per resident at one time.
- There can be no physical contact with your loved one. We understand how difficult this is, after all this time, however this is an important component of controlling the spread of this virus. Keep in mind there is no evidence currently that vaccination prevents transmission of the virus to others. Thus, the continued vigilance with our infection control precautions.
All visits will be supervised by a staff person, who has the authority to terminate the visit should the infection control precautions above not be followed. Visitation privileges may be suspended indefinitely for any visitor who is unwilling or unable to adhere to infection control policies.
Finally, if the facility experiences new cases of facility-acquired COVID-19, we will be required to end visitation until 14 days past the last positive case.
We finally see local and federal officials working on a process to provide the vaccine to new senior living residents and staff. We so look forward to getting back to our pre-pandemic ways. We are close…stay strong.
Please check our website tomorrow (Tuesday, February 23rd) to schedule your socially distant and safe visit.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer