May 8, 2020
Dear Residents, Families and Staff,
As we continue to navigate COVID-19 we are faced with different challenges each day, but also continue to see our staff rise to the occasion. We are grateful to share as of today we continue to have no positive COVID-19 cases for residents or staff. We continue to take precautions to lessen the impact that COVID-19 could have on our community. Currently, we must continue to keep a number of infection control procedures in place such as, the screening checkpoint at our main entrance and funneling all traffic through one entry point, not allowing outside pedestrians or visitors, only end of life visitation, screening all staff, no group activities or group dining, continuing for staff and residents to wear masks and as always practicing proper hand hygiene.
We have a multidisciplinary team that meets daily regarding COVID19, while our main focus continues to be prevention, we are also beginning discussions of how reopening will affect Laurel View Village. We have word that Somerset County will be moving into the Yellow reopening phase on May 15. We will work next week to form and communicate any visitation policies that change due to the phased reopening. We expect that the reopening phase may allow us to change some policies though we will still need to remain cautious due to our at-risk population. We continue to wait for guidance from the Department of Health and the CDC, which will aid in our decision making process.
We know the hardest part is the separation from loved ones. We want to reiterate and stress the use of virtual visits. We have purchased a number of devices and staff are willing to help make those connections happen. Even if the resident is not tech savvy we are able to help coordinate video chats.
We cannot wait until we can open our community again. We all desire to allow loved ones to be together, and to live as we normally would. We thank all of you for cooperating in our efforts to keep everyone safe.
Timothy V Mock, CEO