Dear Families and Friends,
As we continue to respond to the ever-evolving challenges associated with COVID-19, our primary focus remains keeping our residents and staff members safe, and helping prevent the spread of the virus. While we understand how challenging the past few months have been and that you are eager to visit your loved ones in-person, we believe keeping all current infection control protocols and social distancing measures in place is necessary in order to keep everyone safe. For the foreseeable future, whether or not a community is in an area that is re-opening, we will continue to follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health and government agencies. We know that this virus poses a particular threat to the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, so it is critical that we remain vigilant and avoid easing preventive measures too soon.
As you may know, Governor Murphy recently directed widespread Covid-19 surveillance testing of residents and staff of long term care facilities. This testing is designed to primarily to detect the occurrence and prevent the spread of the virus. For this reason, testing is required regardless of symptoms or exposure risk.
The NJ Department of Health has ordered that all residents and staff are to be tested by May 26th. For this reason we have been testing all residents and staff in the past few days. For those who test negative, re-testing will be required within 3-7 days. This is important, since testing just once is not a sufficient option; testing will need to be repeated regularly to monitor and protect residents and staff.
Any staff who test positive will quarantine at home until such time that CDC guidance determines it is safe to return to work. . Of course, we will notify you if the test results indicate a change in your loved one’s condition or if a room change is required based on the test results.
This is a welcome and needed development for which we are grateful, as broad, rapid and frequent testing is the best way to get ahead of the outbreak.
We assure you we will diligently work to minimize any disruption as much as possible. We thank you and your loved ones for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters together.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about the testing program.
Attached is The Beacon – A newsletter for nursing home residents. A copy of the newsletter was provided to your loved one this week.
Have a Healthy, Happy Memorial Day Weekend!