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Important Updates: Covid-19

COVID-19 

Latest Updates

04/12/2022

 

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.

 

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