We received new guidance from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and wish to share those updates with you:
- Screening of staff and all visitors will include the following:
- The presence of fever, chills, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19,
- A diagnosis of COVID-19 in the prior 5 days; and,
- Potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the prior 10 days.
- Visitors will be offered a rapid antigen test and advised of the risks to the resident if the visit takes place while the visitor is:
- Experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19,
- Was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 5 days, or
- Was exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days;
- Advised that the resident will be informed of the positive screening and offered an opportunity for remote, rather than an in-person visit; and,
- Advised if there are active cases in the building.
- Residents have the right to accept visitors without restriction.
- Assisted Living Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not be required to wear a facemask within their apartments or common areas. If an Assisted Living Resident chooses to leave the premises they should follow any applicable local municipal mask ordinances.
- Assisted Living Staff will continue to wear a facemask while they are in the facility and follow the Department of Heath’s recommendations for PPE when caring for residents with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must always wear a facemask in common areas inside the Assisted Living Residence, unless dining in the Dining Room. Visitors may remove their facemasks within the resident’s apartment.
- All residents are encouraged to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination. Up to date means the resident has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible. All Assisted Living Staff is mandated to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination.