As many of you are probably aware now, the virus progression seems to be unique to each individual with some with little to no symptoms, others have a longer recovery and still others needing a higher level of care. Our numbers of recovering, positives and negatives fluctuate on a regular basis, but we stay in contact with our families/POAs about any health or behavioral changes of residents, including the progress of those that were found to be positive for the virus.
As you are aware from our past communications, our Community has been impacted by the significant surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County. We have decided independently to ensure testing of our employees and residents. 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 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.
As promised, we wanted to provide you another update. As stated in our previous letter, we continually monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and assess employees for signs and symptoms or exposure to the virus. We also stated that when we had first notice of the recent positive employees and residents, we were having some additional residents tested for the virus. We were informed that out of the 8 residents that were tested, 5 have come back as positive for COVID-19. We have five other residents who were tested over the weekend or will be tested in the next day or two and will be isolated pending testing and the receipt of results. Of the 9 now positive individuals, 4 have been sent out of the Community for treatment and the rest remain in the facility under isolation.