May 28, 2020
Hello Residents, Staff and Families:
We are all experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety and uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic spreads in our communities, around the country, and the world. The well-being and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. To help provide reassurance, I would like to give you an update:
We thankfully have 17 Patients and 9 staff members who have Recovered from Covid-19!!
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have a cumulative total # of 89 positive Covid-19 cases of residents/staff.with no new ones in the past 72 hours.
In conjunction with the Department of Health and St Barnabas , we were able to obtain additional swab tests and have tested all residents and staff as well.
We are conducting additional testing as well
In addition, some of the mitigation actions being taken to prevent further spread are the implementation of separate areas for those residents diagnosed positive for Covid-19, residents with Covid-19 symptoms, and residents with no symptoms and a negative Covid-19 diagnosis. We continuously monitor residents for signs and symptoms, and will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition to these precautions put into place, we are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control measures, we have a supply of PPE, we are screening and taking temperatures on EVERY person coming in and out of the facility, and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.
We understand that you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we continue to restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats. If you would like to schedule a video chat with a resident, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the facility at 732-905-0700 and ask to speak with the Activities Director.
General Information about Covid-19: The virus that causes Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus is spread. For additional information and resources related to Covid-19, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/.
We encourage you to call our facility at 732-905-0700 for updates on the status of your loved one or if you have any questions, you can email our Director of Social Work, Sara Hauer at email@example.com.
Lastly, I would like to share my heartfelt THANK YOU to my team of caregivers and support staff. I am exceptionally proud, humbled, and deeply grateful to these amazing people. They are TRUE HEALTH CARE HEROES – putting the needs of their patients before themselves.
I appreciate your understanding and continued support. We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We remain hyper vigilant and will do our best to keep communication flowing as the situation evolves.