I have good news to share! The test results from our Assisted Living residents and team of servers returned yesterday and all were negative. Our last positive test result was early last week. I spoke with this associate who is home recovering. We’re looking forward to their return hopefully next week.
We will be rolling out a pooled saliva test for all associates and residents this coming Tuesday, November 10. For associates, testing will be mandatory twice/week. For residents who do not leave the community, the testing will be done once a week. For those who leave the community for essential appointments, testing will be completed twice each week. Testing for residents will be on Tuesday’s in the Summit Room from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We ask all Independent Living Residents to come to the Summit Room on their own to be tested. For those who leave the community for essential reasons, testing will also be conducted on Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Assisted Living and Mountain View residents can remain in their apartments as we will go door to door on Tuesday to conduct testing. Memory Care residents will be tested via a PCR test once/week in lieu of the saliva testing.
The samples will be sent in groups of up to 100 in each pool. If there is a positive sample in the pool, we will be notified by the lab and each participant in that pool will need to be tested with a nasopharyngeal PCR test.
In addition to testing all residents and associates, we will also be testing the professional partners as well as essential visitors. Like our associates, these individuals will be required to be tested twice a week.
I also wanted to notify you all that we are rolling out a visitor program in which families can come and see their loved one. We have resources to conduct saliva testing for family members who would like to visit. The visitor would need to schedule a time to come and be tested at Sagewood. Insurance cards will be required as the lab can bill the insurance and there should be no cost to the individual. We will send the saliva sample to the lab and the results should be received next day. The visitor would have 24 hours from the time the test result is received to visit the resident. This visit would take place in a common area and would require the visitor and the resident to wear a mask. We’re looking to start this program within the next couple weeks.
We know the lack of personal connection has been difficult over these past 7+ months. We’re working hard as an organization to allow this connection in a safe and strategic way.
Please let me know if you have any questions.