April 29, 2021
Dear Family Member/Resident Representative:
I hope this letter finds you and your family well. We received some good news the other day from CMS and DOH, as they have updated their guidance regarding visitation!! With the expectation that the county positivity rate will be below 10% by Friday, our resident vaccinations are over 70%, and there are no active COVID-19 cases among residents or staff, we will be opening up for visitation beginning May 1st!
The following key changes have now been made by CMS:
- Residents and visitors may visit without distancing and source control masks if alone in the resident’s room and the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated. If the visitor is not vaccinated, they can visit with a fully vaccinated resident alone in the resident’s room without distancing while wearing well-fitting source control masks.
- Communal dining and activities may occur without physical distancing if all residents are vaccinated.
- Vaccinated health care personnel no longer need to undergo routine testing, but should continue to be tested after exposure, during an outbreak, or if experiencing symptoms.
The following key changes have now been made by the Department of Health:
· Persons in non-healthcare congregate settings, high-density workplaces, and dormitories who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic should be tested after exposure to COVID-19, but quarantine is not necessary.
- Fully vaccinated asymptomatic people with no known exposure should be exempted from routine screening testing programs;
- Regardless of vaccination status, any person with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to isolate and be evaluated for SARS-CoV-2 testing.
We will continue to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention to reduce the potential for transmission.
All residents will continue to be monitored each shift for signs and symptoms and will be tested if symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are identified. The receptionist will continue to monitor and record temperatures for all upon entering the facility.
There is a visitor table set up in the main lobby area that will provide education regarding COVID-19 and our processes for your visit.
As a reminder, here is a list where you can find more information and what else is going on in the facility:
· A dedicated phone line for those who may not have internet access: 717-815-6179. It is updated daily after 4pm with a recorded message.
Follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Colonial/Manoryork to stay informed as to what is happening at the facility.
Zoom visits can still be scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays by contacting Amanda Price, our Therapeutic Recreation Director, at 717-815-6147 or by emailing her at email@example.com.
Lawrence, MHA, NHA