DATE: April 7, 2020
TO: Laurel View Village Community
FROM: Timothy Mock, CEO
RE: COVID-19 Testing In Our Community and Stay at Home Order
Dear Laurel View Village Residents, Families, Staff and Community Members,
As we reported on April 2, a resident of the health care center was transferred to Conemaugh hospital for symptoms unrelated to COVID-19. We have since learned this resident was tested for COVID-19 and the results are negative. At this time, we have no other pending tests for staff or residents.
We continue to take precautions to lessen the impact that COVID-19 could have on our community. Effective today, we have implemented a screening checkpoint at our main entrance and have blocked off our back entrance to funnel all traffic through one entry point and to minimize outside pedestrian traffic. This will allow us to better control outside traffic and monitor those coming and going. Grocery, laundry and necessary care packages can continue to be dropped off at the checkpoint. Just a reminder, the statewide stay-at-home order took effect on April 1, 2020, and will continue until April 30.
“This statewide stay-at-home order is not just to protect ourselves from exposure to COVID-19, but it protects those on the front lines,” Dr. Levine said. “Our doctors, nurses, police, fire, EMTs need us to do this. And the CNAs who are taking care of our family in nursing or long-term care facilities need us to do this. Staying at home doesn’t mean making a daily stop at the grocery store because you need to get out of the house. Staying at home means you must stay at home.”
According to the Governor’s website, individuals may leave their residence only for essential life sustaining tasks. Therefore, at this time, we ask that you only leave campus or come to our campus if it is essential. We ask that you continue to take the stay at home order seriously and continue to practice social distancing. Taking this seriously, will not only protect you but also our frontline healthcare workers who are putting themselves at risk to continue to do their job. As we implemented last week all staff are required to wear masks the entire duration of their shift. We are in the process of getting more masks to provide to residents.
We will all get through this together, but we must work as a team and make some sacrifices to keep everyone at Laurel View Village safe and healthy.
Timothy V Mock, CEO