COVID-19 Information and Precautions

 

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July 17, 2020 Update

 

It has been a real pleasure to see Residents and their Families able to spend a little time together since we initiated outside visits. On a personal note, I got to visit with my parents for the first time since all this started as well. I’ve seen the difference it makes for the Residents to finally spend time together, and I know what a relief it is for the Families to get closer. 

I really dislike having to be the person to remind everyone that they can’t hug, must wear masks and can’t enjoy a meal together, but when you look at the state of our Country, there is no question we need to err on the side of caution. I appreciate everyone adhering to the rules as you have, and for graciously accepting reminders of those rules, even when not needed. 

So much of our lives came to a crashing halt back in March, and I think we all celebrate even small but safe steps in a positive direction. Clearly we need to be concerned about this virus, and it’s heartbreaking to see states that have “opened up” and now have to re-deploy restrictions. I think Illinois is trying to thread the needle of the opening but doing so intelligently. That’s what we are trying to do at the Pointe, as difficult as it is. 

As previously discussed, we have been fortunate to have access to testing. So often I hear on the news that the key to opening safely is Testing. Had we been able to do it early in this crisis, we may have been able to avoid or minimize the scope of the outbreak we experienced in May. The building seems to have bounced back, and we continue to have no residents or staff with symptoms of Covid-19. 

We tested 31 Residents and 5 employees last Friday, and we identified two residents and one employee who were asymptomatic but tested positive. The Residents are now in quarantine on a COVID Unit, and the Employee is doing the same at home. If they remain asymptomatic for 10 – 13 days, they can return. We will be doing another round of testing shortly, and the goal is to get at least a baseline test on everyone.  

Please keep your guard up about Covid-19. It’s painful to see how our country is struggling to get it under control, and so much of the trouble seems to be rooted in a lack of common sense and personal responsibility. You can do everything right and still contract the virus, so why would anyone choose to ignore the CDC guidelines on what we can do to prevent it?  

The Staff remain strong, and truly are heroes when you look back at how they persevered and overcame the fear, anxiety, and stress of this Pandemic. The Residents have been amazing as well, though in some cases it’s hard to accept this really unpleasant reality. Families to have been so supportive and patient and I can’t thank you enough for that. Despite the recent positive cases detected, it feels like we are in a good place to manage this pandemic. There’s a lot of evidence that it will be with us a while, but together we will find a way to make the best of it, and we will get through it.