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COVID-19 Updates

Wednesday, September 15th COVID-19 Update

Dear San Simeon Residents and Family Members,

I am very pleased to report that we have achieved 100% fully vaccinated among our resident population. In addition, we are currently at 90% of all employees vaccinated. We continue to encourage our staff to become vaccinated and expect our team to be 100% vaccinated in the next several days.

We are very pleased with our team members high level of commitment to protecting our residents and fellow staff members, in cooperating with the State and Federal mandates for vaccination requirements.

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Tuesday, August 10th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to modify our visitation policy. Effective Wednesday, August 11, 2021 we are suspending visitation on the resident units and will have visitation occur in daycare common area, or daycare outdoor area, weather permitting. Therefore, please report to the main entrance prior to your appointment time for health clearance, and you will then be directed down to the daycare entrance for your visit.

We realize this additional restriction may be unpleasant, however in the past week alone we had one employee test positive and one visitor also who tested positive for COVID. Combined with the alarmingly fast pace the Suffolk County COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing (currently at 4%), we believe this is the prudent move to make to ensure the safety of our residents. There are no additional changes to our current visitation policy at this time.

We sincerely hope no further restrictions are necessary but realize there is nothing more important than ensuring the safety of those entrusted to our care. To that end we will take all reasonable actions to increase our chances at success.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

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Friday, July 16th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

We have revised the visitation procedures, effective Monday July 19th as follows:

We have added two additional visitation slots per time slot, increasing the total capacity of visitors allowed in the building per day.

We can now allow visitation to occur in the day rooms on the resident units, the Good Shepherd Dining Room and the main outdoor patio(weather permitting).

Visitors must properly wear face masks the entire time while in the building

Visits remain by appointment only. Be reminded that all other visitation restrictions remain in place such as the limit of two visitors per resident at a time, masks are required throughout the visit, all visitors must be screened prior to entry, social distancing must be observed at all times. We are still unable to offer in room visitation at this time.

It is imperative you check out at the front door at the end of your visit so we can maintain an accurate count of visitors in the building at any given time.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

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Wednesday, July 7th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am pleased to report we continue to remain COVID free among our residents. Additionally, there have also been no new positive cases among our staff members for several weeks now.

As you are likely aware, due to the declining infection rates, the Governor has allowed most of the Executive Orders related to COVID-19 affecting nursing homes to expire, however regulatory guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding mask usage, PPE requirements, social distancing rules, etc. must still be clarified before we can further loosen restrictions. Rest assured as soon as we are allowed to loosen restrictions, we will do so. Until that time, we will continue with visits by appointment only.

While the pandemic seems to finally be in its waning months, and life slowly returns to “normal”, I think it is important to try to put things in perspective and recognize the successes of our staff in combating this virus. As you may recall, San Simeon had one single resident outbreak in January 2021, ten full months after the pandemic began. We were able to remain COVID free through the worst of the pandemic and only had the virus infiltrate our building after we began our resident vaccination efforts in January. Our outbreak was statistically very small, affecting only eleven total residents (less than 1% of our total population). By comparison, on average, facilities nationwide had three or more outbreaks of COVID virus, where San Simeon had just the one. As well, facilities were plagued with outbreaks that lasted on average over five weeks in duration, whereas San Simeon’s sole outbreak lasted only about two weeks. The incredible achievements of our staff cannot be understated.

Our infection control and mitigation procedures, coupled with strict testing, visitation and access control policies – with all residents, families and staff cooperating with these rules – enabled us to achieve the success we have had. We thank you for your cooperation throughout.

We will continue to keep you informed as conditions change. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.

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Friday, May 28th COVID-19 Visitation Update

Greetings Residents and Family Members,

I am pleased to continue to be able to report we have had no cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We did have one employee test positive as a result of this weeks employee testing, however, that employee was asymptomatic and was still sent home as a precaution. Stringent infection control procedure continue as well as maintaining visitation by appointment only in order to try to contain/reduce potential resident exposures to this virus. In an effort to accommodate as many families as possible, effective June 1st, we have expanded our visitation hours as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Saturday 11:00am and 3:00pm
Sunday 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to face unprecedented challenges during this pandemic.

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Thursday, May 20th COVID-19 Update

Dear Resident / Family Member,

As you are most probably aware, the Governor has revised the COVID-19 protocols for New Yorkers. He has eliminated mask mandates and capacity limits for vaccinated individuals in most settings. Please be aware, however, that he did not change any of the requirements related to nursing home visitation. Therefore current visitation rules remain in place. These rules include visitation by appointment only, in the daycare area or outside under the tents, and while wearing masks regardless of your, or the residents, vaccination status.

We share your desire to return to a more normal visitation experience but until it is deemed safe to do so per the Governor and NYS Department of Health, we must keep the current protocols in place. As the restrictions lighten, we will continue to modify our procedures and keep you informed of any changes accordingly.

Thank you for your continued understanding. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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Wednesday, May 5th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am pleased to continue to be able to report no COVID-19 infections among our residents. Additionally, for the past month there had been no positive cases among employees until this week, where one asymptomatic employee has tested positive.

This positive result does not impact your ability to visit with your loved ones, as the current regulations allow us to remain open to visitation even with positive cases.

Be reminded that visits must still be by appointment only and will be held in the daycare area. When weather permits, we will utilize outdoor locations for visitation, as well.

Please call the reception desk to schedule your appointment.

Thank you again for your ongoing patience and understanding.

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Wednesday, April 7th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am pleased to report we continue to remain COVID-19 free among our residents. We had one employee test positive this past week.

As you are aware, as long as the 7 day positivity rate in Suffolk County remains below 10% (currently it is 4.4%), we may continue to allow visitation. Please contact reception to schedule your visit.

Thank you for your continued cooperation with our visitation restrictions and protocols.

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Sunday, March 28th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Families,

As you may be aware, the Governor has relaxed some of the restrictions on visitation to be more in line with CMS guidance. As a result of these changes the following pertains to visitation effective March 29th. The most significant change is that visitation can occur regardless of positive staff or residents. Strict rules for infection control and social distancing are still required and as such, we will continue to conduct visits by appointment and in our daycare area. We will utilize outdoor visitation areas as well, weather permitting. While you are permitted to have contact with your loved ones, you must still wear a mask at all times. To accommodate more appointments, we are adding additional visitation hours to include Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 7:45pm. Please contact reception for an appointment.

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Wednesday, March 24th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am very pleased to report we have no new cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff. We are open for in-person visitation, please reach out to Judy Irwin to schedule your appointment.

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