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The fight to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 has become part of our daily lives in 2020. We are excited to share that much needed assistance is nearing in the form of vaccines, which are currently pending FDA approval. Colonial Oaks and Ashley Glen residents and staff have been designated with priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine and will be amongst the first to have access as soon as it is available.
We are working closely with our pharmacy partners to create plans on how to distribute and administer the vaccine once it is made available, which the pharmacy has told us will be this month. Once we receive word that the vaccine is available, we will begin scheduling clinics in each community. This vaccine is administered in two doses, so this will be a bit different than our usual flu shot clinics.
This news is both encouraging and exciting, and yet the rising rates of reported COVID positive cases tell us that our ongoing precautions and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is now as important as ever. These efforts complement our ongoing testing strategies and rigorous standards.
We will share community specific timelines and more information as it becomes available.
We know you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may impact us at Colonial Oaks Senior Living.
For those of you who are in communities or have family members in communities, we have raised our preventative measures to limit visits in our communities. While we are offering outdoor visits , we are currently only allowing indoor visitors for compassionate care reasons, such as end-of-life situations. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
These restrictions are based on State and National Assisted Living Association recommendations as well as Company protocols.
This situation is ever-changing, and we will work diligently to keep you updated as updates occur.
Current residents are monitored daily for signs and symptoms of illness and temperature checks are conducted on every shift.
Staff monitor residents for fever and respiratory symptoms, i.e. shortness of breath, new or change in cough and sore throat, and perform pulse oximetry for changes in oxygen saturation as needed. Staff will report any noted symptoms of resident illness to their supervisor.
Residents who are noted to have active signs of COVID-19 illness, who have traveled to restricted areas or are known to have been exposed to someone with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis will be placed on isolation precautions and referred to the local public health department and primary care provider for monitoring. We will also administer COVID-19 tests for any resident or staff member who exhibits symptoms.
Residents with COVID-19 suspected illness needing transport to an acute care facility will have emergency transport and the emergency room will be notified before transport of suspected symptoms.
Indoor visitors are not permitted, except for compassionate care situations (end of life) that are considered on a case-by-case basis. We recommend alternatives for connection and communication such as phone calls, Skype or FaceTime visits – these options can be coordinated by community staff.
Colonial Oaks communities are currently limiting non-essential personnel, including volunteers, from entering our communities to prevent the introduction of COVID-19. Staff will be prohibited from working unless they have been screened at the beginning of each shift. This includes standard screening for presence of cough, body aches, fever of 100.4 or higher, and/or shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat.
Staff who develop symptoms of an infectious illness should notify their supervisor immediately. If a staff member is ill, they will be directed to immediately put on a face-mask and self-isolate at home.
Staff who are noted to have active signs of COVID-19, have traveled to restricted areas or are known to have been exposed to someone with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis will be referred to the local health department and may be asked to self-quarantine until cleared by the local public health department before they can return to work.
Our communities are currently keeping a record of other healthcare facilities where COVID-19 is present. If a staff member works in/has worked in another facility where there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the employee will not be allowed to work in any Colonial Oaks community.
Thank you for everyone’s help and patience as we work to protect our communities. If you have further questions, please contact your local community.