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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Cumulative Statistics

January 2021:

11 positive cases
3 deaths

November 2021:

1 positive case
0 deaths

January 2022:

16 positive cases
0 deaths

October 2022:

15 positive cases
1 death

Total Positive COVID cases March 2020 to date: 43

Total resident deaths attributed to COVID-19 infection: 4

Thursday, January 5th Update

Dear Residents and Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a Happy and Healthy New Year to come. Unfortunately, with ongoing resident testing yesterday, we had one resident on C floor test positive. We have one staff member out with COVID at this time. We continue with enhanced infection control measures to ensure the continued safety of our residents. Specifically, we are requiring everyone who enters our building to wear an N95 facemask, as well as enforcing strict social distancing and limiting larger gatherings regardless of vaccination status. We cannot stop visitation, but please do not visit if you are not feeling well in any way. Testing for visitors has not changed; a negative COVID test must be presented every 24 hours. We supply tests to visitors 7 days a week. I cannot stress the importance of mask wearing in the facility enough. I understand many of us are vaccinated and tested, but remember, we can still test positive tomorrow and have exposed the most vulnerable population. I understand the rules at San Simeon are very strict, but it is for the safety of our residents, staff, and families. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I will update you as changes come. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.

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Thursday, December 29th Update

Dear Residents and Families,

I am pleased to tell you that our last positive resident has now tested negative; therefore, all residents have recovered and there are no current cases of COVID-19 in the building.  We do have 4 staff members still out with COVID. Again, we cannot stress enough how important mask wearing and social distancing are, especially while visiting loved ones at the facility. With the community positivity rate still high, N95 masks will still be required while in the facility for all staff and visitors. Again, if you are not feeling well or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID, please refrain from visiting. It’s better to be safe than sorry. We continue with regular testing and stringent infection control practices to try to keep the virus out of our building. I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year to come. I will update you as needed.

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Friday, December 23rd Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident and staff testing has revealed one new positive resident. That brings the total COVID positive residents in-house to 4 and staff to 3. All residents and staff are doing well. Please remember that Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents. With the holidays upon us, please remember that if you are not feeling well or have been exposed in any way, please refrain from visiting. I understand it is a holiday week, and many families would like to take their loved one home for a visit. I am implementing a temporary policy that if a resident goes out on pass, upon their return, they must quarantine for five days which may be in a different room than their normal assigned room. This variant of COVID is spreading rapidly, and we must take every precaution possible to keep the residents and staff healthy. Please take this into consideration when making holiday plans. Any resident that has active COVID will be allowed one visitor at a time. N95 masks are mandatory throughout the building, and we have a supply for visitors. Negative COVID tests must be presented daily for visitation. Test kits are available 7 days a week from reception. Please use the test kits for facility visitation only, as we have a limited supply. I wish you all a wonderful holiday. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all.

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Monday, December 19th Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident and staff testing did reveal five new cases of COVID among our resident population over the weekend. We had three staff test positive with routine testing as well. Many positive residents have recovered and turned negative. That brings the total COVID positive residents in-house to 7 and staff to 6. All residents and staff are doing well. Please remember that Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents.

With the holidays upon us, please remember that if you are not feeling well or have been exposed in any way, please refrain from visiting. I understand it is a holiday week, and many families would like to take their loved one home for a visit. I am implementing a temporary policy that if a resident goes out on pass, upon their return, they must quarantine for five days which may be in a different room than their normal assigned room. This variant of COVID is spreading rapidly, and we must take every precaution possible to keep the residents and staff healthy. Please take this into consideration when making holiday plans. Any resident that has active COVID will be allowed one visitor at a time. N95 masks are mandatory throughout the building, and we have a supply for visitors. Negative COVID tests must be presented daily for visitation. Test kits are available 7 days a week from reception. Please use the test kits for facility visitation only, as we have a limited supply. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy holiday, and I will update you as changes occur.

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Friday, December 16th Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident and staff testing did reveal one new case of COVID among our resident population. That brings the total COVID positive residents in-house to 12 and staff to 4. All residents and staff are doing well. Please remember that Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents. With the holidays upon us, please remember that if you are not feeling well or have been exposed in any way, please refrain from visiting.

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Thursday, December 15th Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident and staff testing did reveal two new cases of COVID among our resident population and two new cases of staff positives. We have had other residents turn negative. That brings the total COVID positive residents in-house to 11 and staff to 4. All residents and staff continue to be doing well, with general cold symptoms as the primary condition. Again, I must again stress the importance of practicing proper infection control protocols while in the facility to keep our residents, employees, and visitors safe. Regardless of the vaccination status of visitors, proper mask wearing is mandatory. I understand it may not be comfortable, and many of us do not wear masks in other places, and some of you may disagree. However, first and foremost, the residents and employees are our responsibility, and this is one of the most effective ways to protect them. No changes have been made to our visitation policy, but please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well or have been exposed on the outside. With the holidays upon us, please use proper judgment in taking any of the residents out on pass for gatherings. As we have seen from one resident, being exposed and turning positive causes a spread to many others in this environment rapidly. Please remember Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department at Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents.

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Tuesday, December 13th Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident testing was completed last evening, and this morning did reveal 2 new cases of COVID among our resident population. That brings the total COVID positive in-house to 15. We had many residents in the past two days turn negative, which is wonderful news. We have 2 staff positive currently from in-house testing. All residents and staff are doing well, with general cold symptoms as the primary symptom we have seen. All but one of our residents who tested positive were fully vaccinated, and both staff members are fully vaccinated. Therefore, I must again stress the importance of practicing proper infection control protocols while in the facility to keep our residents, employees, and visitors safe. Regardless of the vaccination status of visitors, proper mask wearing is mandatory. I understand it may not be comfortable, and many of us do not wear masks in other places, and some of you may disagree. However, first and foremost, the residents and employees are our responsibility, and this is one of the most effective ways to protect them. No changes have been made to our visitation policy, but please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well or have been exposed on the outside. With the holidays upon us, please use proper judgment in taking any of the residents out on pass for gatherings. As we have seen from one resident, being exposed and turning positive causes a spread to many others in this environment rapidly. Please remember Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department at Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents.

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Thursday, December 8th Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident testing was completed last evening, and this morning did reveal 7 new cases of COVID among our resident population. That brings the total COVID positive in-house to 22 and Influenza to 2. We have no staff positive currently. I truly cannot stress enough how important proper infection control practices while in the facility are to the safety of all residents, employees, and visitors. A slight change to the visitation policy is being put into place as of today, a negative test will be required daily even if timing is less than 24 hours. Test kits will be available 7 days a week during this outbreak. Please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well or have been exposed on the outside. Please try to limit visitation and out on pass visits as much as possible to help us control this outbreak.  This variant seems to spread rapidly. All positive residents are stable and doing well. Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents.

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Wednesday, December 7th Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Ongoing resident testing was completed last evening, and this morning did reveal four new cases of COVID and one new influenza case among our resident population. That brings the total COVID positive in-house to 15 and Influenza to 2. We have no staff positive currently. I truly cannot stress enough how important proper infection control practices while in the facility are to the safety of all residents, employees, and visitors. We are caring for one of the most vulnerable populations. No changes have been made to the visitation policy, but please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well or have been exposed on the outside. Also, please remember Facetime calls can be set up with the recreation department Ext 423 to limit the amount of traffic and possible exposure to our residents.

Our mitigation efforts continue, and we will keep you apprised of any new cases.

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Tuesday, December 6th Important Update

Dear Residents and Families,

I am sure many of you have heard on the news about the rapid spread of several viruses currently in Suffolk County, including Influenza, COVID 19, and RSV. We had one resident test positive for influenza, and 11 residents test positive for COVID. All the COVID-positive residents are on East Wing, and our COVID protocol is in effect. Symptoms are consisting of some low-grade fevers and cold symptoms. As a result, we have implemented some enhanced infection control measures to ensure the continued safety of our residents. Specifically, we are requiring everyone who enters our building to wear an N95 facemask, as well as enforcing strict social distancing and limiting larger gatherings regardless of vaccination status. We cannot stop visitation, but please do not visit if you are not feeling well in any way.

Testing for visitors has not changed, a negative COVID test must be presented every 24 hours. We supply tests to visitors Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. I cannot stress the importance of mask wearing in the facility. I understand many of us are vaccinated and tested but remember, we can still test positive tomorrow and have exposed the most vulnerable population. I know it’s frustrating, and the rules at San Simeon are very strict, but it is for the safety of our residents, staff, and families. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I will update you as changes come. No staff positives currently to report.

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