May 21, 2021
The facility is in the process of completing the second week of outbreak testing since the employee positive test result on 5/14/21. There were no positive resident or staff test results identified since the positive test result of 5/14. Today, the Lancaster County positivity rate is at 3.8% which means that staff testing will be reduced to monthly after the weekly testing next week provided the county positivity rate remains below 5%.
We continue to encourage residents, employees and family members to get the vaccine to support our efforts at protecting our residents from exposure to COVID-19. We will continue with scheduled indoor visits as planned. The updated guidance from CMS on 4/27 (see blog of 4/30) provided new guidance for fully vaccinated residents and their visitors. Visitors may voluntarily disclose their vaccine status if they wish to visit fully vaccinated residents without the use of masks or physical distancing. We have included this as an option in our visitation packets. The staff will review this with you when you are scheduling your visit. If we do not know your vaccine status, we will implement full precautions for masking and use of physical distancing. Unless when a resident is fully vaccinated, they may have physical contact with their visitor if they choose as long as both are wearing securely fitting masks. We recognize that the guidance can be confusing so please, feel free to ask questions and we will be happy to review with you.
Have a nice weekend!
Sharon Eyster, MA, ACBSW, CNHA, FACHCA
Director of Operations