March 12, 2020
Our healthcare teams are continuing to track the latest news and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health department directives.
The health, security and safety of our residents and team members is our highest priority. As reported and confirmed by the CDC, there are potential outbreaks and confirmed illness in various parts of the U.S, some in proximity to our communities. Our team is addressing this situation to remain vigilant and ready to take prompt and effective action as needed.
Some steps we are taking to stay prepared:
Our communities and community support center teams are working closely together to address this situation on a daily basis. We are limiting visits to our communities and screening visitors, vendors, contractors, team members and residents to investigate any travel exposures and to confirm to the best of our ability that they are symptom-free. Non-critical work travel is discouraged for team members, and team members experiencing symptoms are required to report their symptoms and/or diagnoses to their supervisor and are strictly prohibited from coming to work.
With respect to the residents in our care, we are monitoring and focusing on symptom screening, infection surveillance, reviewing procedures and continuously adapting our contingency plans to stay prepared. The key symptoms we are looking for are fever, coughing, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.
Our teams are continuing efforts to keep all communities stocked with medical supplies and sanitizing agents/products. We are strictly enforcing frequent hand washing procedures.
More information can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Please keep the following steps recommended by the CDC in mind to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95 percent alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, then immediately discard tissues
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one
Again, the health, security and safety of our residents and team members is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor local, state and federal reports, and share information as it becomes available.