Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Update  – 11/18/2021

Greetings! I wanted to take a moment to update you on our outbreak status.

Our response testing results are back from this week and we only identified one additional staff member who was COVID-19 positive. This staff member works in the Nursing Home (and we knew that this test would be positive as they received a positive rapid over the weekend and we used the response testing as a confirmation PCR test).

Additionally, we had one new staff member test positive BEFORE they began working at the facility so it is reflected in our case numbers but is certainly not connected to our outbreak status.

This now brings the total to 50 identified cases:

  • 1 Assisted Living Resident
  • 31 Nursing Home Residents
  • 18 Staff Members

The good news from the testing is that there were NO other additional positive Residents or staff in the facility on either side!

This is encouraging as it would seem to indicate that the outbreak is certainly slowing and it looks like we have been successful in stopping the spread throughout Assisted Living and Memory Care. Of course, with this pandemic, NOTHING is for certain but there is certainly hope that we are trending in the right direction.

As our Residents move beyond the 10 day infectious period, we have begun the process of terminal cleaning their rooms and taking them off of precautions. This means that staff do not need to wear full PPE when providing care to them any longer (unless specific circumstances warrant such protection). This is a welcome relief for the staff who have been dressed from head to toe for weeks and has been a bit of a morale booster.

While meals will continue to be served in Resident rooms, NHDPH is allowing us to begin doing small, masked, socially distanced activities as life slowly begins to return to normal.

We remain open to visitations and must continue to announce that we still DO HAVE active COVID-19 in the building so any visitation is AT YOUR OWN RISK. We are hopeful that by the beginning of the week, things will begin to feel much more normal as most Residents will beyond the infectious period, many of our sick staff will have returned to their job duties, and we can even begin to look at accepting new admissions.

We are also looking to schedule COVID-19 booster shots to our Nursing Home Residents as soon as possible (remembering that this was originally scheduled the day the outbreak began). It is still recommended to receive the booster even though an individual has previously had COVID-19. We will keep you posted as more details are available.

If you wish to visit on Thanksgiving Day, we are recommending the following PREFERRED VISITING HOURS:

Assisted Living & Memory Care: 9am-1:30pm

Nursing Home: 10:30am-3pm

The reason we are asking for these “preferred hours” on the holiday is because this is when we have staff available to assist with the screening process. If you do decide to visit, anything you could do to visit in these time frames tomorrow would be most appreciated. Again, please remember that you are visiting at your own risk.

Due due our current outbreak status, despite the fact that it is Thanksgiving, MASKS must be worn at ALL TIMES by both Resident and visitors and there may be NO SHARING OF FOOD or DRINK. You are welcome to bring holiday goodies in for your loved one, but it may not be consumed during the visit.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks and we are exhausted, battered and bruised. I wish I could say definitively that we are through this. But I can’t. I know we still have a long way to go in our journey and as we all know, and as this pandemic has proven time and time again, ANYTHING can happen.

But we must hold on to the little glimmers of hope and light we are starting to see.

And this, of all weeks, is truly something to be thankful for.

I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!