COVID Update – July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Associates,

I’m sorry to inform you that we received a positive test result for the COVID-19 virus from an employee who works in the Culinary Department and only in our Goldberg Health Care Center. The employee, who is vaccinated, last worked this morning.

Effectively immediately, all family visits to the Goldberg Health Care Center (our skilled nursing facility) only will need to be postponed until we have a chance to test all residents and staff who live and work in that building.

Family visits for those who reside in any other buildings will be allowed based on the visiting protocols identified in my previous correspondence.

As you have heard before, when new situations arise, we will act quickly and continue to do everything possible to protect our residents and staff. Your patience and cooperation are most appreciated as we complete our contact tracing and testing and continue to respond to the unpredictability of this virus.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your building director.

Please be safe everyone.

Best regards,

 

 

 

 

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Associates,

The following information pertains only to our Goldberg Residence Court.

Last week a culinary employee who works in Independent Living (IL) tested positive for COVID-19. We took immediate action and began contact tracing to determine which residents and staff were potentially exposed. At the same time, we stopped outside visits as well as all programming and service in the dining room.

Testing of our IL residents and staff was conducted yesterday and today, I am pleased to share with you that there has been no further spread of the virus.

Effective immediately, all outside visits, and programming will resume, the fitness center will reopen, and the IL salon will return to its usual schedule of service this Thursday and Friday.

Happy Hour will be held on the AVS patio Thursday, and the dining room will reopen Friday morning. Shabbat Services will occur with Rabbi Leah in the Chodorow Synagogue on Saturday for all residents throughout the campus.

Residents and families, please be reminded that masks are required to be worn whenever in our common areas. We also encourage everyone to wear masks when out in the community. We know first hand that even those vaccinated can still get COVID-19, and we all need to do everything possible to stay safe for ourselves and those around us.

We are pleased that all our levels of care are open once again and residents can resume their normal activities. That said, with the increased spread of COVID-19 cases in San Diego, and the Delta variant spreading at a more rapid pace than anticipated, we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect our residents and staff. This means if we must act quickly again, we will.

We trust you know that all decisions are made in the best interest of everyone and are grateful for the outpouring of support from so many of you. Please don’t hesitate to contact your building director if you have questions. Stay safe, everyone. And thank you again for your ongoing support.

Best regards,

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Associates,

The following information pertains only to our Leichtag Assisted Living Residence.

Last week an employee who works in Assisted Living (AL) tested positive for COVID-19. We took immediate action and began contact tracing to determine which residents and staff were potentially exposed. At the same time, we stopped outside visits, programming, and service in the dining room.

Testing of our AL residents and staff was conducted yesterday. Today, I am pleased to share with you that there has been no further spread of the virus.

The AL dining room will resume service at lunchtime today, Tuesday July 20th, as well as outside visits, and programming. Our AL salon will resume its usual schedule of service this Thursday and Friday.

With the increased spread of COVID-19 cases in San Diego and the Delta variant spreading at a more rapid pace than anticipated, we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect our residents and staff. This means if we must act quickly again, we will.

We trust you know that all decisions are made in the best interest of everyone and are grateful for the outpouring of support from so many of you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your building director if you have questions. Stay safe, everyone. And thank you again for your ongoing support.

Best regards,

 

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

Good morning Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Staff,

I’m sorry to inform you that this morning we received a positive test result from a symptomatic employee who works in Assisted Living. Our employee, who is unvaccinated, last worked Monday July 12, 2021.

Effectively immediately, in addition to Independent Living, all family visits to Assisted Living will need to be postponed until we have a chance to test all residents and staff who live and work in that building. The testing will occur Monday July 19th and if all results are received Tuesday July 20th and are negative, we will resume our normal operations in the Assisted Living Residence. Of course, if anyone exhibits symptoms, they will be tested immediately.

Family visits for those who reside in the Katzin Residence and our Goldberg Health Care Center will be allowed based on the visiting protocols identified in my previous correspondence.

The following information pertains to our Assisted Living Residence only:

Our AL dining room will be closed and meals will be delivered to residents until such time as we resume operations. While resident programming will be on hold, I want to remind everyone that there will be programming on our internal SVTV Channel 1390, and services this Shabbat will occur on SVTV. Zoom calls for our AL residents are available, and to schedule an appointment, please contact Stephanie Herrera at sherrera@seacrestvillage.org.

Residents may go outside to the AVS patio though need to wear masks and remain in the area under the canopy. To decrease the risk of further exposure across our campus, residents will not be permitted to visit residents in other buildings at this time. We recommend all medical appointments be postponed as we know providers prefer those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 not enter their offices. If you must take your family member to an appointment or out of the building, please advise Mary Fawell, at mfawell@seacrestvillage.org or call 760-516-2040.

We are truly sorry that this is happening. As you have heard before, when new situations arise, we will act quickly and continue to do everything possible to protect our residents and staff. Your patience and cooperation are most appreciated as we complete our contact tracing and testing, and continue to respond to the unpredictability of this virus.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your building director.

Please be safe everyone.

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – July 14, 2021 – #2

July 14, 2021 – #2

Good morning Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Staff,

As I indicated in my recent letter earlier today, if a new situation arose, we would need to act quickly. Sadly, we just learned that a culinary employee with symptoms tested positive after receiving a rapid test. This fully vaccinated employee works exclusively in the independent living residence and has not been in other buildings on the campus.

For this reason, only our Independent Living (IL) Residence will be impacted at this time. Until further notice no visitors will be allowed in our IL Residence, though all residents who reside in other levels of may receive visitors.

We have already begun contact tracing and most of our culinary staff have already been tested. Residents in our IL community who were not tested within the past week will be tested tomorrow, Thursday July 15 in your apartment.

For questions, please feel free to contact Katie Park at kpark@seacrstvillage.org

So once again, the Independent Living Residence will be in quarantine until we complete our testing and results are known. What does this mean?

  • Meals will be delivered to resident rooms, and we ask that resident wear masks when food is brought to them.
  • Our Life Enrichment program will be modified at this time. Volunteers and off-campus entertainment will not be allowed in our IL Residence, and staff will fill in during the quarantine period.
  • Our religious services will not occur in the large synagogue and will resume on Channel 1390 for the time being.
  • Mahjong, Rummikub, card games etc. should not occur at this time.
  • Residents can leave apartments (masked and physically distanced) for short walks, taking out trash, and going to the mailroom.
  • Beauty shop services, fitness center programs, and outside entertainment will not occur in the IL residence.
  • Residents should refrain from visiting one another inside their apartments.
  • If you have a medical appointment in the next few days, we ask that your please reschedule due to your possible exposure.
  • Mel’s will reopen tomorrow as scheduled although IL residents should refrain from going there.

Residents who live in our Independent Living building, and who frequently visit family or friends in any of our healthcare operations, (Katzin Residence, Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence and Goldberg Health Care Center) will need to refrain from visiting for a few days until we complete our testing and results are known.

If you have questions once again, please contact your building director. And finally, if residents and/or staff experience COVID-19 synonyms, please contact your supervisor or building director immediately.

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