Dear Parkside Residents and Family Members and Staff:
Today we learned two staff members and three residents tested positive for COVID-19. Despite the hard work of our staff, vigilant infection control policies, we are starting to see cases present on Campus. As per our policy we have commenced testing of residents and staff. As of now residents and staff tested and are negative. We will keep you posted as we continue to receive test results. 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 of visitors or require it for resident admission. 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.
As a result of these new cases and in an abundance of caution, we are closing our dining rooms and suspending group activities.
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.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer