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Update from Administrator – December 29, 2020

December 29 , 2020

Dear Families,

As always, our team and I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. We currently do not have any residents that are positive. We had two staff members test positive yesterday. Neither of the staff members were direct care providers. We will be testing all of our staff two times per week and our residents weekly.

Vaccine Update
Monday the 21st was our first day for vaccination at the facility. Our next date will be January 21st.

Given the nature of the pandemic thus far, we strongly recommend everyone participate. Below are a few links to websites with additional information on the vaccine that may answer your questions.

 AMDA: FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine for PALTC Staff, Patients, Residents and Family Members http://paltc.org/…/QA%20about%20the%20COVID-19%20Vaccine%20…
 CDC: About COVID-19 vaccines. https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-ncov/vaccines/about-vaccines.html
 https://www.cdc.gov/…/covid-conver…/answering-questions.html
 CDC: Understanding the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and Frequently Asked Questions. https://www.cdc.gov/…/long-term-…/pharmacy-partnerships.html

Indoor Visits ( On hold until we go 14 days with no new positive cases either staff or residents)

As a reminder, our indoor visitation policy and procedures follow state and federal requirements. Based on that, nursing homes and visitors must adhere to many conditions that we listed in previous emails. Some are listed below:
• We must limit the number of visitors per patient at one time and limit the total number of visitors in the center at a time. This will be based on the amount of physical space we have available for our designated visitation area, which is our Recreation room.
• Screening for anyone who enters our center – temperature and health screen questionnaire – will take place by a member of our team.
• We cannot allow visitors to move freely throughout our center; visitors will go directly to the back door and to the recreation room.
• Hand hygiene must be followed and personal protection equipment (PPE) must be worn by visitors.

Outside & “Alternative” Visits
Although the weather is changing, we will continue to offer window visits in the lobby area as an alternative for as long as possible. Remember that we do offer iPads for our residents to use for video visits, phone calls, etc. to ensure that you and your loved ones remain in contact, as best as you can during these very uncertain times.

We are reminding our staff to not only practice safeguards against COVID in our center, but to be vigilant outside of our center and share these practices with their friends and loved ones. We still ask you to do your part while in your community and PLEASE wear your mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. And please promote these very simple precautions with your extended family and friends.

As always, thank you for your patience and please stay safe and healthy!

Don Davanzo
Administrator

December 29, 2020 Athena News
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