Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Update  – 7/4/2020

Happy Fourth of July!  It’s independence day, indeed!

As you know, for the last several weeks, our Assisted Living and Memory Care Residents and staff have been receiving COVID-19 testing conducted by the NH Department of Public Health (NHDPH) as part of their follow-up investigation from the two positive staff members previously identified. We are pleased to report that as of today, all test results have been returned and we are 100% COVID-19 free once again!

This means that the current quarantine that Assisted Living has been following for the last several weeks is officially over as of tomorrow, Sunday, July 5th. Residents are no longer confined to their apartments and may once again go outside. You are once again free to schedule closed window visitations as before.

Now that the NHDPH has finished their investigation-specific testing, all staff will once again roll into the ongoing weekly sentinel surveillance testing of all healthcare workers. The next testing will be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week.

We must be careful not to let our guard down. We have seen recently how a potential exposure can be so disruptive and emotionally difficult for both our Residents and employees. Until we discover a vaccine, these are the types of measures that we will have to put in place to ensure the safety of all. Hopefully, it won’t happen often, but we can’t say that it won’t happen again.

But our staff did exactly what they needed to do – they followed policy and procedure and, in both instances, we stopped COVID-19 at the door and did not let it enter the building and cause irreparable harm. That is what we need to do each and every time and we will continue to work together, do everything exactly the way we should (taking no shortcuts!) and do everything possible to be responsible both personally and professionally. I hope you are proud of the work our staff has done. They are beating COVID-19!

As a token of appreciation, perhaps you could do us a favor? For the last five years, Webster at Rye has had the honor of being voted the Seacoast’s Best Assisted Living Facility. No other facility has held this honor. Nominations are being accepted between now and July 12th. To nominate a facility, please use the following link: https://seacoastonline.gannettcontests.com/Best-of-the-Seacoast-2020/

When you click on the above link, it takes you to the page where you can make your nomination. To do so, scroll down and click the “Health” tab, search for “Best Assisted Living Community” and type in Webster at Rye and your email address. Nominating can be done daily so feel free to visit the site as often as you’d like.  Please also spread the word among your family and friends. The more nominations the better! It would also go a long way to show our staff just how much support they have and how highly people think of the work they are doing day in and day out – especially now.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.