July 14, 2020
Residents, Families and Partners,
As you are aware from our past communications, despite our continued focus on infection control and prevention, our Community has been impacted by the significant surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County.
In an effort to get a clear picture of the current spread of the virus within the Community, we decided independently to ensure testing of our employees and residents. As you may know from national and local news reports, testing materials are either hard to come by or results are delayed. We have been able to secure testing supplies and arrange services with a new lab (our previous lab located in Arizona has been overrun with demand due to the rapid rise in cases in the state). We have focused on ensuring prioritizing first the testing of those individuals displaying signs or symptoms of the virus or any concerning change in condition or exposure to an individual who has tested positive. However, it is our intention to ensure everyone who wishes to be tested receives a test.
To date, about a 1/3 of our current staff and over 2/3 of our residents have been tested. Any staff that have tested positive are placed off duty, and we monitor them for eventual return-to-duty as per CDC and local health department guidelines.
The majority of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are either asymptomatic, have fully recovered or are currently recovering from the virus. We have a few residents that have health issues that require a higher level of care that are currently being served outside of the Community, but we continue to monitor their recovery for eventual return to the Community.
We ensure all families of those residents who have tested positive are made immediately aware of the test results and are involved and informed in the subsequent health care needs of the resident.
We remain in close contact with our local health department and the state assisted living regulatory officials, and we are implementing their guidance. Our staff continue their diligent care to our residents, and we continue our efforts to mitigate and prevent viral spread.
Please continue to report any changes in conditions in yourself if you are a resident or your loved one within the Community. As previously advised, if you do feel like you or your resident loved one are experiencing any health changes, we would ask that residents stay in their rooms as much as possible while we obtain COVID testing or any other assistance you may need. The virus has presented in many different forms so any change in condition should be reported.
Please continue to reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance. We appreciate all the support, thoughts and prayers.
If you have an immediate concern, please email Tristess or myself. Our phone lines are often busy, especially after hours and on weekends.
Carolyn Lynch, Executive Director