Dear Residents, Families, and Associates of Byron Park,
An amazing week was had by all who live and work at Byron Park! The sense of community and friendship was palpable as we moved forward in our reopening plans. I encourage you to like and subscribe to our Instagram and Facebook, live stories are posted daily, and we post several times a week with some of our favorite moments.
As a reminder we had begun “pooled” testing for all residents, associates, and providers at the end of September. This new testing process will take samples from larger groups of residents, around 50+, combine them and then test the one sample. If that test comes back negative, we know all residents in that “pool” are negative. If the “pool” comes back positive, then we will use the traditional nasal/throat PCR tests to identify any positive cases for identification and treatment. This new “pooled” testing does not involve any of the invasive nasal or throat swabs but instead utilizes a saliva sample. Associates will be tested twice a week and most residents will be tested once a week. Residents who leave the community routinely or often will be added to a “high-risk pool” and will be tested twice a week. Our routine providers and vendors will also be tested weekly. This enhanced testing cadence and proactive measures is unheard of in our industry and market. It also allows us to return to a closer to normal life while maintaining a bubble of safety.
With this ongoing surveillance testing it eliminates the need for a quarantine period when a resident leaves the community. Enhanced testing and our commitment to our 4 pillars of safety which are – washing your hands frequently, complete our daily health screening and report when you are not feeling well, wear a mask for the entire duration you are in any common area or with other people and stay six feet physically distant will be essential in maintaining our new lifestyle. Our indoor visitation station is also growing in popularity and would like to remind everyone advanced reservation at least 45 minutes in advance is required. Due to tracing and sanitation measures walk ins appointments are discouraged. We can accommodate up to 2 people for each visit and as a reminder in apartment visits are still currently suspended.
As of today, Contra Costa County’s positivity rate continues to trend down and is at 3.3%. We will continue to adjust and enhance the lifestyle offerings Byron Park is known for. We remain enthusiastic about our next phase but know it is a fluid environment and our lifestyle offerings; containment initiatives and safety restrictions will change from time to time based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and Contra Costa County. We thank you for your confidence and partnership and we will continue to work diligently to keep our residents, families, and associates happy, healthy, and safe during these unprecedented times.