December 11, 2020
Dear Residents and Families:
As I am sure many of you are aware, California and the country in general is experiencing another increase in reported COVID cases. We have just learned that one of our staff members has recently tested positive for COVID.
Currently, the staff member, who is currently asymptomatic, is quarantining at home and any return-to-work date will be determined following guidance from the local health department and CDC guidance.
Given this new positive case, we have taken the following actions to prevent or mitigate the spread of the virus into our community again:
- We will increase our regular cleaning of common areas and high touch surfaces;
- Have tested all residents in the facility;
- Asked residents to quarantine in their rooms until the results of their tests are received
- Suspend all group activities, scenic drives and in-person visitation (with the exception of end-of-life or essential healthcare providers) until we can be assured that the virus is not spreading in the Community.
We will notify residents, their primary care providers and responsible parties immediately about test results, and we will provide a general update about the findings of these tests.
We will continue to encourage residents (and have families encourage residents) to:
- Wear masks when outside of their room and when interacting with others;
- Practice good hand hygiene using bathrooms to wash hands or using hand sanitizers located throughout the building; and
- Engage in good social distancing when outside of rooms.
We understand that these restrictions may be harder given the current holiday season, but we think it is necessary to protect our residents. We want to work with you to connect with your loved ones this holiday week. We can:
- Assist in delivering food plates or care packages;
- Assist in facilitating Zoom/FaceTime calls
As is usual, we are monitoring residents for any signs or symptoms of the virus, and we will notify residents’ primary physicians and designated family members of any changes in their loved one’s condition, whether potentially related to COVID-19 or not.
As many of you know, as the new director, I’ve been working on calling each of you to introduce myself, as well as personally visit each of our residents. Please know I am happy to speak with any of you anytime. We have an outstanding team here at the Lexington, who love and deeply care for each of our residents.
We will keep you updated as any changes at our community occur. Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance.