Dear Residents and Family Members and Staff:
This is my 89th COVID-19 related letter since March of 2020 communicating with residents and families on COVID-19, testing, visitation, virtual visits, and many other related subjects. Despite the hard work of our staff, vigilant infection control policies, we have two positive COVID-19 cases in the Healthcare Center. Both residents are on isolation precautions per our policy. We have completed testing of residents and staff and thankfully, at this time, they are all negative. Given the current spread of the Delta & Omicron Variants, we expect to see new cases present.
As a reminder, we are not permitted by CMS to ask vaccination status or require it for admission or from visitors. Our protocols are currently based in CDC and CMS guidance, and we apply them to both our Assisted Living Facilities and our Healthcare Center. We change them with each new revision from the CDC / CMS.
While we are doing our very best to combat the virus inside Beth Sholom, we need our family members to do their very best to reduce the risk of community spread. Please get vaccinated if you have not already done so. Also, be certain to get a booster for your vaccine as soon as you are eligible. Please vaccinate for the protection of yourself, your loved one and our community. Please do not visit if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.
We currently test the health care staff in conformance with the CMS guidelines and based on the county transmission rate. We test any Assisted Living staff member who has symptoms, reports exposure, or who requests to be tested for any reason. We mandated the vaccine and the boosters for our staff as of September 15, 2021. It applies to all staff in all health care settings. We also require our agency staff and vendors to provide proof of vaccination.
We are all tired of dealing with the pandemic, but we just need to stay diligent for a little while longer. Your efforts in helping us are greatly appreciated.
Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of wearing a mask and social distancing.
Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer