Dear Gardens Residents, Family Members and Staff:

We learned today that we have one resident, and one staff member that have tested positive for COVID-19. As per our policy we have commenced contact tracing and testing as required.  As of now all residents have been tested with no new positive cases.  We will keep you posted This new variant is highly contagious, and we expect to see new cases present.

As a result of the current outbreak (an outbreak is defined as at least one case) we will close our dining room and suspend group activities.

We discourage visitation currently due to the risk of exposure to the virus.  While visitation is permitted, please be aware that until our outbreak investigation is complete, there is a risk that you could be exposed to COVID-19.   If you are not vaccinated, or if you were vaccinated more than 6 months ago and have not received a booster, your risk of becoming ill with this virus is significantly increased.

If you are visiting a resident who is in isolation for testing positive, please note that you must don full PPE before entering the unit or floor.  If you decide to assume this risk and visit, please make sure that your face mask remains securely in place throughout your visit, that the person you are visiting is also encouraged to keep a mask covering their nose and mouth and maintain six feet of social distance between you.

We test any Assisted Living staff member who has symptoms, reports exposure, or who requests to be tested for any reason.   Please be reminded that we mandated the vaccine and the boosters for our staff as of September 15, 2021.   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,

Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer