COVID-19 Updates

Temporary Suspension of Visitation

Dear Residents/Family Members,

Unfortunately, employee testing this week has revealed a positive result. As such, we are required to again suspend visitation for two weeks. We have tested all residents in house as a precautionary measure and thankfully received no positive results.

Barring any additional employee positive results, we may reopen on October 26th. Please reach out to Judy closer to this date to begin scheduling visitation.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Steven Smyth

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Keeping Our Residents Safe

At San Simeon, our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of all our residents. And in order to protect their well-being, along with the well-being of our staff and visitors, we developed a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. Adhering to the guidelines set by the NYS Department of Health, this plan keeps us prepared to deal with any unforeseen future events.

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Important Visitation Announcement

Dear Residents/ Family Members / Loved Ones / Designated Reps.,

Having had no new positive cases among our staff, and remaining COVID free for our residents, we are on track to reopen to outdoor visitation beginning Thursday, October 1st. Please reach out to Judy if you would like to schedule your meeting time. Be reminded of the Governor’s new rule requiring visitors to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one week of the visitation date. Additionally, you may still request window visits and arrange for FaceTime video meetings through the Activities Department.

Stay well.

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Updated Visitation Guidelines

Dear Resident/Family Members,

Unfortunately there is an additional update to our recent visitation update.  While the 14 day requirement does begin tomorrow, allowing visitation for us as of October 1st, visitors must now present proof of a negative COVID test within the immediate 7 days prior to your visit.  As we read the regulation, this proof of testing would be necessary every time you visit.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Revised DOH Visitation Requirements

Dear Resident/Family Member,

NYS Department of Health has revised their guidance regarding family visitation with residents. Instead of requiring 28 days from the last employee or resident positive test result, we now must wait only 14 days. This change goes into effect on September 17th. So for us, assuming there are no new positive test results between now and then, we can resume visitation on October 1st (rather than 10/7). Closer to that time, you may call to schedule visitation with Judy following the same procedures we had previously set up.

Looking forward to seeing you back visiting your loved ones.

Steve Smyth

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Visitation Status Update

Dear Residents and Families,

As a result of the employee who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, prompting temporary suspension of our family visitation sessions, we were required to test all residents in house.

The results of that testing are in and happily, I can report no positive COVID-19 test results among our resident population!

Since we have not had any additional employee positive either, at this time we remain on track to reopen to visitors on October 7th.

I will continue to keep you apprised if anything changes.

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Important Visitation Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

We unfortunately have to suspend visitation with our residents due to a positive COVID-19 test result from one of our staff members tested this past Friday.  New York State Department of Health requires us to suspend visitation for 28 days beyond our last positive employee or resident test result and, barring any further positive results, we must remain shut down until October 7th.  Additional positives would extend this date.

We appreciate your understanding and support during these challenging times and look forward to welcoming families and visitors back as soon as possible.

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Visitation Guidelines & Procedures During COVID-19

Dear residents and family members,

I am very pleased to inform you that we have not had any additional employees test positive for COVID-19. This, coupled with our resident population remaining COVID-19 free, enables us to stay on track for reopening to visitors as of August 27th! Please review the visitation procedures and guidelines so you are aware how to schedule visitation:

Steven C. Smyth
Executive Vice President & Administrator

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Important COVID-19 Visitation Update

Dear Resident / Family Member,

We are extremely fortunate to be able to report that since our last correspondence, we have not received any additional positive COVID-19 test results from our employee or resident testing procedures. As such, we remain on course to open to visitors on August 27th. In the next several days, we will post information necessary for you to follow in order to safely be able to visit with your loved one. Be aware, while they may not all be to your liking, these protocols are meant to protect you, our residents and our staff from this deadly virus. It is imperative you strictly adhere to our visitation rules. Violators of said rules will be banned from visitation for the duration of the pandemic.

As always, we value and encourage your input and likewise we sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Look for the visitation guidance coming soon!

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COVID-19 Status Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am writing to update you on the COVID-19 status in our building.

Thankfully, I can continue to report no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our resident population.

On the staff side, we have not fared quite as well. We have received several more positive employee test results since my last correspondence to you, including a positive result that was received this morning. The positive employees are all asymptomatic and have been removed from the schedule per protocol.

Unfortunately, as you are aware, the most recent positive test pushes back our date to reopen to outside visitation. The earliest date we may be able to reopen is now August 26th.

As we see the outbreak spiking throughout the country, and even to some degree in our own backyards, it is clear we are far from over with this pandemic. As we go forward, I suspect that additional positive results will be found in employees, including some of our own. Unfortunately that would continue to move the reopen date out further.

Rest assured however, we will continue our strict diligence and superior infection control processes to do our best to continue to keep our residents safe and free from this terrible virus.

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