July 3, 2020
Dear Residents and Family Members:
As promised, we want to continue to provide you updates on Santa Maria Terrace. In our previous update, we indicated that we had our first employee test positive for the COVID-19 virus. As part of the local health department guidance, after having a positive finding for an employee or resident in a senior living community, the Community was required to test all residents and staff. These tests occurred on June 29th, and on that date, no one had reported or were observed displaying any signs or symptoms of COVID.
We received the results of those test late yesterday. We have learned that two more staff members and 3 residents tested positive for the virus.
One of the staff members who tested had not been in the building since June 24 and the other staff member was asked to quarantine at home. The Community remains in contact with the three staff members that have tested positive to check on their status.
The three residents have been isolated in their rooms. Only one has been observed showing signs and symptoms of the virus for the first time today, and all are being frequently monitored.
The Community has staff designated to specifically provide cares for those residents that have been diagnosed as positive and heightened infection control protocols are in place as per CDC and local health department guidelines. As per the Community’s COVID plan, the Community is working to set-up a distinct, isolated area to move those residents that have tested positive for COVID, and it will transfer the three residents to this area once this set-up is completed.
All of the interventions referenced in our previous communications remain in place. We continue more frequent cleaning of all high touch surfaces in our common areas. Our staff continue to monitor all residents and each other for signs and symptoms or any other changes in condition on a regular basis. We also continue to work with the local health department to take any additional measures that they recommend and implement any changing guidelines published by the CDC.
We will notify residents’ primary physicians and designated family members of any changes in their loved one’s condition, whether potentially related to COVID-19 or not.
Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance. Our updates will be posted as additional information becomes available.
Joanna Enriquez, Executive Director