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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COVID-19 Visitation Update

Dear Family Member,

We are very pleased to report that we still have no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 among our resident population.

Unfortunately, our employee testing produced one additional positive test, therefore the clock gets “reset” per the NYS Department of Health mandate requiring we be COVID-19 free for 28 days prior to allowing visitors to enter the building. Our most recent positive test result pushes our earliest possible visitor date to August 20th. We understand the changing dates are frustrating, as is having to wait even longer to visit your loved ones face to face, however the health and safety of everyone in our community is our highest priority.

We will continue to develop plans for visitation for when we are allowed to welcome visitors in and we will notify you of any other changes going forward.

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A Fond Farewell

After staying with us for short term rehabilitation, Ramona Fowler was greeted by family members who could not have been happier to see her. Although we are sad to see her go, it’s moments like this that truly brighten our day.

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Successfully Guiding San Simeon Through the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated communities around the world. And in the US, its effects seem to be amplified within nursing homes. So how has San Simeon by the Sound managed to successfully navigate through one of the largest public health crises in our lifetime? Kelly Moteiro, San Simeon’s Director of Nursing, can’t claim all the credit; however, her leadership and reinvigorated comradery with the members of our team have played a major role.

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Visitation Update During COVID-19

Dear Residents and Family Members,

As some of you may be aware, the Governor and the NYS Department of Health have issued guidance for nursing facilities to finally begin allowing visitation to resume, as well as allowing some limited activities and communal dining. This is certainly welcome news and we are encouraged by the progress, however, the guidance is quite strict and many factors must be met to allow visitation to commence.

One of the more difficult requirements is the necessity to have had no positive resident or employee COVID-19 test results within the past 28 days. We have been blessed throughout this pandemic in that none of our residents have tested positive. We have had several employees test positive, the most recent of which we learned about was tested on July 1st. Therefore, we are not permitted to commence visitation before July 29th. Furthermore, should we receive any additional positive results from our ongoing weekly employee and resident testing, that date may continue to be pushed out further. We will keep you apprised continuously if the dates change going forward.

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Our Resident Artists

Yesterday, several of our residents spent time relaxing while creating some beautiful art. Take a look at these photos and see for yourself!

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Happy 4th of July from San Simeon

From all of our staff and residents, we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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More Good News in Our Battle Against COVID-19

Dear Family Member,

We are extremely proud to report that San Simeon’s resident population remains COVID-19 free! The results for residents who consented for testing have been returned and happily they were all negative. Additionally, there have been no new employee positive results despite continued weekly testing of all employees. All new residents, prior to admission, must provide proof of negative COVID test results to ensure the virus does not gain entry through our admissions process.

We are committed to ensuring the highest level of care for your loved one and as soon as we are allowed to by the State, we will reopen our doors to visitors and “new normal” operations. Rest assured the safety and well being of your loved one is always our primary concern.

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Keeping Our Residents COVID-19-Free

Dear Family Member/Designated Representative,

I am writing to update you on our COVID-19 status at San Simeon.  To date, we continue to remain COVID-19 free among our resident population.  As you are likely aware, we have embarked on an aggressive employee testing program, and also recently completed testing for residents.  While we have had several positive results from previous employee testing (already reported to you), our overall numbers remain very low.  We had seven employees test positive during our first round of testing on May 20th and have received three more positives from testing performed in early June.  All positives among staff have come from asymptomatic individuals.  All staff are required, and we strictly adhere to, ensuring all staff are wearing proper protective equipment at all times while in the building, are limiting their time on resident units and exercising exceptional infection control practices to ensure we don’t infect our residents or other staff.  As I have mentioned in earlier emails, any positive testing employees are immediately removed from the schedule for minimally 14 days, and cannot return to duty until they provide proof of two negative COVID-19 tests.

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550+ Tests – No New COVID-19 Cases!

Dear Resident/Family Member,

I am pleased to report that after 12 weeks on lock-down, we remain free of any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 among our resident population. Additionally, as you are aware, we have been testing all employees two times per week for the past several weeks. Since the initial asymptomatic positive staff cases that were identified and reported to you last week, we have had no new positive COVID-19 test results among our staff! That’s over 550 tests administered to date! We are extremely proud of our team and their dedication to our residents and the exceptional care they provide every day.

We are looking for ways to improve the ability for residents to communicate with family and loved ones, since we realize the videoconferencing is quite limited. We will inform you of any developments in this area as they occur.

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