May 7, 2021
Dear Residents and Families,
As you may already know, we have identified one positive Health Care Dining staff member through routine testing. The staff member is self-isolating, and it is not believed that the individual caused any other direct exposures on our campus. Nevertheless, our guidance defines this as an outbreak, and this requires us to stop all routine in-person visitation to the Health Care Center. We must test all Health Care residents and all staff and record 14 days with no new cases before we can once again reopen to routine visits. Based on this guidance, the earliest we will be able to allow Health Care in person visitation will be May 20, assuming no new cases occur.
We understand that this is very disheartening news with Mothers’ Day weekend upon us. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but we have no choice but to follow the guidance that the authorities have issued for these situations. Virtual and window visitation is available by appointment. Please contact life enrichment or schedule through LaurelViewVillage.com. In person visitation is continuing in Personal Care and Independent Living as this exposure has not affected either area.
We have tested staff earlier this week and identified only the one positive employee mentioned above. We will test staff again on Tuesday May 11. Residents were tested May 6; we have received rapid results and all residents were negative. Residents and Staff will again be tested next week as part of the outbreak testing. Our county positivity rate has remained over 5% and as such, routine testing will continue weekly until the positivity rate declines.
Since the county positivity rate remains a concern, we are continuing other resident precautions as well. Personal Care and Health Care residents are only attending essential appointments. Personal Care residents are permitted to leave with family and friends, but we are strongly discouraging restaurant dining or any other activity where masking and distancing cannot be strictly followed. Residents who do leave campus will be evaluated based on the risk level of their outing and may need to be tested and/or quarantined upon their return.
For Independent Living we are not changing any restrictions currently. Please continue to follow distancing, masking, and hand sanitation guidelines.
Once again, we are sorry for this inconvenience. We thank you for your patience as we work for the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.
Timothy Mock, CEO