Lodge Covid-19 Update 02/11/2021
February 11, 2021
Dear Residents, Families and Staff,
We are pleased to provide you this brief update regarding Covid-19, visitation and resident activities in the building.
Our testing results have indicated no new cases of the Covid-19 virus within our resident population since November 2020. Due to the recent decline in community prevalence, we will discontinue resident weekly Covid-19 testing. Weekly testing will resume if we have a significant increase in the Covid-19 positivity rate in the community and/or staff testing positive results.
Staff Covid-19 testing have resulted in no new cases since early January. Although the occasional isolated staff positive case is expected, we are confident our staff infection control practices will minimize any chance of transmission to residents. We will continue to test staff weekly for Covid-19 until further notice.
Vaccine: As of the end of January, 100% of our residents have received both doses of the vaccine. Nearly 70% of our staff have received both doses as well. (We continue to encourage and promote all staff to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, if able.)
Vaccination is a step in the right direction for moving forward through this pandemic. Covid-19 outbreaks are still a risk in communal living settings. While the risk is low, people can still get Covid-19 if they have received the vaccine. Symptoms should be much milder if infected after receiving the vaccine. Please remember, the risk to the seniors we care for remains undeniable and clear. While younger, healthier people will recover from the virus, our seniors at Geer are at a much greater risk, and we are doing everything to keep your loved ones safe and secure.
We all need to be patient until most of the population receives the vaccine. This should then produce a change in recommendations and lessen risk factors contributing to the continued spread of Covid-19, and perhaps ease restrictions.
Geer is committed to preserving the health and safety of our residents, staff and care partners. The Lodge, Assisted Living Facility will continue to follow long-term care guidance put forth by federal, state and local authorities while liberalizing activities safely.
Beginning next week:
- Staff-escorted walks outside of the building will continue
- Resume staff initiated small group activities
- Resume staff escorted use of the YMCA
- Resume distanced indoor visitation (see attached guidelines)
- All residents must comply with mask wearing and social distancing of at least six feet apart, AT ALL TIMES from one another
- Residents should not facilitate group activities
- All consumption of food and drink should be in the residents’ apartment
- The courtyard will be open, weather permitting
Residents can expect to see all staff with a surgical mask fully covering their mouth and nose, with eye protection at all times when in resident contact areas. We are asking that all residents and staff hold each other accountable in complying with infection control procedures, including appropriate wearing of personal protective equipment. If you see a resident or staff member without an appropriate face covering, please take note and address the individual. Face masks and social distancing are our best defense in remaining Covid-19 free and we all need to work together to keep each other safe and healthy.
Please visit the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) Coronavirus response website to review the level of exposure and risk in Litchfield county https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker. Connecticut, as well as our local community are experiencing a trend of decreased prevalence of Covid-19. We hope this trend continues as we look forward to enjoying our “pre-Covid-19” lifestyle, hopefully soon.
We appreciate your cooperation and shared vigilance as we get through this together.
Sherry Schoonmaker, Executive Director
Lacie Vaillancourt, Salsa Designee
Jessica Consolini, Resident Care Coordinator