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Tuesday, March 2nd COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

While our residents remain COVID free, we have had another employee test positive for COVID this week. Therefore our earliest date to reopen to visitors is now March 15th.

We will continue to test residents and staff as required and will keep you posted to any new developments.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

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Wednesday, February 24th COVID-19 Update

Good Morning Residents and Family Members,

Unfortunately, we learned this morning of an employee testing positive for COVID. This employee is not symptomatic and was vaccinated, however they still tested positive.

As a result, by requirement we cannot open to visitors until March 10th, barring any additional positive results.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we adhere to the requirements set forth by the State.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Updated COVID-19 Visitation Guidelines

Dear residents and family members,

The Governor and NYS DOH have issued new regulations related to allowing visitors in the building. While much is the same as we had done in the past, there are some new components.

Specifically, we have expanded visitation to include times on Sundays.

Also, the maximum number of visitors allowed in the building per day is now twice what was previously allowed.

Visitation still requires the facility staff and residents be COVID free for 14 days. Once that requirement is met, based on the county positivity rates, visitation can resume as follows:

Green Zone: Visitation with normal infection control procedures
Yellow Zone: Visitation allowed; visitors must provide proof of negative COVID test within 72 hours of visit. (We can provide the rapid test. Please see our Visitation Procedure
for instructions how)
Red Zone: No visitation allowed with the exception of discretionary compassionate care cases

While face coverings are still required, it appears physical contact (hugs, holding hands, etc.) are allowed.

To limit unnecessary exposure on the units, we will continue allowing indoor visits only in the daycare center. Visitors must remain in the visitation area throughout the duration of their visit.

Please refer to the San Simeon website for the most up to date information related to our ongoing battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as view updated versions of our Visitation Procedure document and Visitation Guidelines document.

If any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the facility directly.

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Thursday, February 18th COVID-19 Update

I am pleased to report we continue to have no positive cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We had one employee test positive during routine testing last Tuesday and therefore we are still barred from allowing visitation until at least February 24th. We are continuing routine testing on both residents and staff and are hopeful for no new positives so we can remain on track to reopen next week. We will continue to update you as necessary.

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COVID-19 Visitation Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

All of our residents continue to be tested every two days and remain negative for COVID-19. We had an additional employee test positive on February 9th so our potential date to reopen for in person visits is now February 23rd. We will keep you informed of any new developments.

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Friday, February 5th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am very pleased to report that the last resident who was testing positive for COVID as a result of the outbreak on January 10th is finally testing negative via the required PCR test.

As a result, residents can now leave their rooms and are allowed to move about their units, socially distanced, with the excerption of the short term unit (West Wing) which is being used as an observation unit for new admissions. Window visits are permitted once again so please reach out to Activities to schedule your visit.

Due to an employee testing positive, the earliest we may reopen to in-person visits is February 15th. We will keep you informed of any changes to this timeline.

As always, we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these challenging times.

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Wednesday, February 3rd COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am pleased to report there have been no new cases of COVID-19 among our resident population. It appears we have successfully contained the outbreak which began on January 10th.

In summary, during the January 10 outbreak we had a total of 11 residents infected, with four deaths. Of the remaining 7 residents, only one continues to test positive for COVID and is asymptomatic. We are awaiting results from a PCR test to confirm if this resident is still positive.

In terms of staff testing, we had one additional employee test positive this past week.

Employee testing will continue twice per week as required and resident testing will continue on an every other day basis.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

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Tuesday, January 26th COVID-19 Update

Good Morning Residents and Family Members,

Resident testing has revealed no new cases of COVID-19. All residents who were previously positive are testing negative with rapid tests, and we await the PCR test results to confirm they are negative.

No new employee positives were discovered with Monday’s testing.

Round 2 of vaccinations was performed and over 97% of our resident population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally 48% of staff elected to receive the vaccine. Round three vaccinations are set for February 15th.

There have been no significant reactions to the vaccine among residents or staff thus far.

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Wednesday, January 20th COVID-19 Test Results

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am very pleased to report that resident testing today revealed no new cases of COVID among our residents. That means there have not been any new cases of COVID among our residents since Wednesday of last week.

We are pleased that our infection control and other mitigation procedures were effective in combating this outbreak. Through today, 11 total residents contracted COVID-19, and sadly three have passed. Of the 8 remaining residents, one remains in the hospital and of the other seven, only one continues to test positive, and is also asymptomatic.

Employee testing today revealed a positive result for one employee.

We will continue to update you as necessary.

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Monday, January 18th COVID-19 Test Results

Dear residents and family members,

I am pleased to report that testing performed on all residents on Saturday and again today, Monday, January 18th, revealed no new cases of COVID-19. While it is very encouraging that we may have been successful in containing the outbreak, we must continue frequent testing and strict isolation protocols until next Wednesday, provided there are no new positive cases. As mentioned previously we will continue to adhere to required infection control practices and keep you informed along the way of any new developments.

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