August 1, 2020
Dear Residents and Family Members:
As you know from our previous communications, we have tested all staff and residents and we provided the results in our July 10 communication. We wanted to let you know that we have now tested all staff and residents again on the 28th. Staff and residents have tested negative for COVID.
The Community will move forward by performing in-house testing of 25% of residents and staff on a weekly basis until the current surge in California has receded in our county. Our Community will notify SBCHD, CCL, residents’ primary physicians, designated family members, and residents regarding any positive findings for residents resulting from this testing.
Santa Barbara County Health Department has recommended that we can stop the isolation of resident that have now tested negative. However, in an effort to control any future infection, communal dining and activity groups will continue to be closed. Residents will be able to freely to roam the community and garden area, but will be encouraged to wear mask and remain 6 feet apart from others when outside of their rooms.
We are continuing to restrict all visitors and non-essential vendors, and we will monitor local health department and CDC guidance, as well as the current state of our Community and our county before any changes are made.
The Community will continue its other infection control measures including, but not limited to, routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, screening of all staff and essential visitors upon entry into the building, and requiring all staff and essential visitors to wear masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Finally, if you could continue to assist us in encouraging residents to stay in the community and when outside of their rooms to wear masks, practice good social distancing and frequently wash/sanitize their hands, this will also assist us in our infection control processes. We have hand sanitizer everywhere for the community to use, and we can provide masks available to residents upon request.
We thank you for your continued support during this challenging period in our state and country.
Please continue to reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance
Joanna Enriquez, Executive Director