December 16, 2020
Dear Residents and families:
We conducted mass testing on Friday 12/11 and are currently awaiting final results for many of our residents and staff. We have received about 30% of those results so far and will be reaching out to the residents and families with the results shortly. To date, we have received 2 additional confirmed COVID results.
From the mass testing conducted on 12/04 and 12/11, we now have a total of 20 residents and 1 confirmed staff member positive with COVID-19, and several more residents on quarantine due to displaying symptoms. Most residents are currently stable enough to recover inside of the facility, and do not currently need to transfer out. There are a few other residents who had to transfer out to receive acute care due to complications of the virus.
We will be conducting mass testing of all remaining residents and staff who have not tested positive for COVID-19 this Friday, December 18th. We will also provide everyone a general update on the findings of this screening once they are available.
To prevent or mitigate further spread of the virus in our community, we will also continue:
- Requiring that all staff wear masks and practice social distancing when in the facility and encourage staff to do so while off-duty outside of the facility;
- Strongly encourage (and ask family members to also encourage) all residents to wear masks and engage in social distancing when outside of their rooms and when interacting with others;
- More frequent cleanings of all high touch surfaces in common areas throughout the building;
- Continue restrictions on visitation, group activities and dining, and activities inside and outside the facility;
- Assess and check temperatures of all staff and essential visitors (external healthcare providers, end-of-life visitors) upon entry into the building; and
- For assisted living resident, each shift will monitor for any signs and symptoms of the virus, and record their temperature.
- Staff will be screened at the beginning of every shift for any signs and symptoms of the virus, and record their temperature.
As we have from the beginning, we will continue to monitor local health department, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) communications regarding any changes we can safely make regarding the current restrictions.
As is usual, we will notify residents’ primary physicians and designated family members of any changes in their loved one’s condition, whether potentially related to COVID-19 or not.
We will continue to keep you updated as any changes at the facility occur.
We are currently working with our local CVS pharmacy and the Riverside County Public Health Department on scheduling an in person clinic for our residents and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Once we have more details we will share the information with all residents, staff and other responsible parties.
Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance.
Briana Boyd Espinoza
The Grove Care & Wellness Assisted Living