COVID Update – March 12, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents and Family Members,

March 12, 2021

Dear Residents and Families,

I hope this finds you all well. We are pleased to share that it’s been 5 weeks since we have had to report a positive case of COVID-19 virus at Seacrest. For that, we are extremely grateful.

As you can imagine, we have received many questions since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced their new guidelines regarding those who have been fully vaccinated. At Seacrest, we need to remember that we serve residents in different buildings and as such, there are different requirements and often more stringent requirements that we must follow. We also need to be mindful that although 99% of residents and 86% of staff have received the vaccine, there are many in the greater community who have not received the vaccine, and therefore wearing masks while in public is still strongly advised.

The information below is intended to provide you with relevant information of some of the operational changes effective Monday March 15, 2021 in our respective buildings.

For the Lee & Frank Goldberg Residence Court (IL) and
Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence (AL)

  • Masks are still required while in the hallways and common areas but not while attending life enrichment or fitness programs held in various areas, I.e., Esther & Bud Fischer Aquatics and Fitness Center, (FC) Ellen & Ingram Chodorow Synagogue, (CS) Theater Room, Computer Room, Tasting Room, Arts and Crafts Room, Library, AL Sun Room, etc.
  • Our Fitness Center will re-open, though the pool cannot re-open until we receive permission from the County Health Department, which we hope will occur soon along with our spa.
  • The IL beauty salon is open now and the AL salon will re-open very soon.
  • Residents may visit each other in their respective buildings and their respective apartments.
  • Bistros will not be supplied with coffee and snacks at this time.
  • Dining Rooms will be open for three meals, though the salad bars will not be used just yet. Salads will be served individually. Room trays must be requested by those who prefer a meal be delivered to their apartment. The protective plexi-glass will no longer be used, although they will be available upon request.
  • In IL, all residents wishing to eat at one table will be seated once all members of the party have arrived. We encourage you to sit in our newly expanded living room while you wait for everyone to arrive.
  • There will be a two-week adjustment period for those who wish have their meals delivered to their apartments rather than go to the dining room. Effective April 1st, our tray service delivery fee will be in effect.
  • Mel’s Place will re-open for resident and staff use after Passover, Monday April 5, 2021.
  • Outside family visits have resumed by appointment. Visitors who have been vaccinated should bring their cards with them. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated residents and visitors. If either resident or visitor is not vaccinated, masks will be required.

To schedule a visit in IL, please contact Kate at kferris@seacrestvillage.org or call 760-632-3704 and in AL, please contact Jenny at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org or call 760-516-5007.

At this time, only outside health care providers will be allowed in the buildings, although residents may leave the community with family or friends.

We strongly request that residents, per CDC guidelines, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear their mask in public. The CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public.

As in the past, if anyone experiences signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, please remain in your apartment and contact your Building Director.

We will continue testing residents and staff on a monthly basis, and more frequently if anyone exhibits signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

For the Katzin Residence and the
Joseph & Dorothy Goldberg Health Care Center (GHC)

  • Masks are optional in their respective residences.
  • Mel’s Place will re-open for resident and staff use after Passover, Monday April 5, 2021.
  • Outside family visits have resumed by appointment. Visitors who have been vaccinated should bring their cards with them. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated residents and visitors. If either resident or visitor is not vaccinated, masks will be required.
  • At this time, only outside health care providers will be allowed in resident areas, though residents may leave the community with family or friends.
  • Visits with GHC residents will take place outside or in the GHC lobby, not in resident rooms. Special regulations regarding outside visits from the Ca. Dept. of Public Health pertaining to our health care residents only, are in effect. Please confer with Jenny Jacobs when arranging your visit. She can be reached at: jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org or 760-516-2007.
  • Visits with Katzin residents will take place outside or if necessary due to poor weather, in the Katzin Sun Room. To schedule a visit, please contact Jenny at: jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org or call 760-516-2007.
  • We strongly request that residents, per CDC guidelines, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear a mask in public. The CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public.
  • We expect our beauty salon located in the Goldberg Health Care Center to open for residents of both the Katzin Residence and GHC in the very near future.
  • We will continue testing residents and staff monthly in the Katzin Residence and more frequently in the Goldberg Health Care Center, based on the Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) requirements.

We are pleased to announce that on Saturday, March 27th at 4:15 p.m. and Sunday, March 28th at 4:15pm, Passover Seders will be held in each of our respective buildings.

While families may not attend in person this year, our Seder with Rabbi Leah will be available on line at www.livestream.com/seacrest. While we prefer all residents enjoy the Seders in person, those who wish to remain in their room may have a Seder plate delivered upon request, and enjoy the Seder on SVTV.

While we are pleased to re-open parts of our operation and to get back to some sort of normalcy, your safety and well being will continue to be at the forefront of every decision. We ask for your patience as we slowly get back on track.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Most sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – February 26, 2021

February  26, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents and Family Members,

I hope this finds you well. We’ve been quite busy at Seacrest getting the vaccine administered to our beloved residents and associates. I am pleased to report that 99% of our residents and 85% of our staff elected to take the vaccine. So, what happens next?

This letter is intended to provide you with information as to how we plan to move forward with our operations in the near future. Please understand that should events change at Seacrest or in the greater community, revisions to these new protocols may be necessary.

Family Visits

Outdoor visitation with the use of masks at our designated visitation stations, will resume on Thursday March 11th for those residents who received their second vaccine shot on or before February 18th. Those who receive their 2nd vaccine shot on March 11th may resume after April 1st. At the present time, no visitors are permitted inside any of the buildings. We hope this can resume at a future date.

To schedule visits, please contact:
Kate Ferris at kferris@seacrestvillage.org for IL residents or call 760-632-3704.
Jenny Jacobs at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org for all other visits or call 760-516-2007.

Zoom Information

Our Zoom program will continue so please consider using it, especially if you are not local or are unable to visit personally. It’s a wonderful opportunity to stay connected to your loved ones and has certainly proven to be extremely popular throughout the pandemic.

To schedule Zoom calls, please contact:
Katie Park at kpark@seacrestvillage.org for Independent Living and Goldberg Health Care Center residents
JoJo Mitrano at jmitrano@seacrestvillage.org for Assisted Living residents
Carly Gutner-Davis at cgutnerdavis@seacrestvillage.org for Katzin residents

Testing

Monthly testing of residents and staff will continue and accelerate if a positive COVID 19 case is identified. Those who work or live in the Goldberg Health Care Center may be tested more frequently, depending on requirements determined by the State of California.

Quarantine

In the past, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms was expected to isolate and inform their building director so a test could be administered. If anyone tested positive, they were required to isolate for 14 days. However, the recent direction from the CDC indicates that individuals fully vaccinated and post 3-weeks will no longer be required to quarantine even if they have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive and are asymptomatic. To that end, residents will not be required to quarantine after the leaving the building overnight.

Masks

Our policy regarding the use of masks will remain in place. Residents and staff must wear masks while in the building or outside walking the grounds. Residents will be required to always wear masks in the dining room except while eating and drinking.

Dining Program

Our AL & IL dining rooms will be open for 3 meals starting Monday, March 15th. At this time, meal plan options that were previously selected will be reinstated for those who reside in Independent Living. Room tray deliveries will temporarily be an option. However, starting April 1st, the tray delivery policy will resume and the fee for this service will be in effect. The Katzin and Goldberg Health Care Center residents will continue to have dining options appropriate for their safety and per health department guidance.

Leaving the Campus

Residents who have received their second COVID-19 vaccination (2 shots of either Pfizer or Moderna) more than 3 weeks ago, may leave the campus. We ask that you always wear a mask and continue to socially distance and wash your hands frequently. There is still a very serious threat of COVID-19 in San Diego County, and we need to be very mindful that taking these precautions is extremely important.

Card and Board Games/Larger Activity Group Sizes

Games among residents may resume March 11th which is the 3-week post-vaccine date. Please use hand sanitizer and wash your hands before and after card games. It is also necessary to wear your masks. As for group activities, we will enlarge the group size as long as we can maintain a fair amount of physical distance between residents. Masks will also be required for larger group activities.

Religious Services

Effective Saturday March 6th, our Sabbath Services will resume for residents in our Ellen & Ingram Chodorow Synagogue for those who wish to attend services in person. Although these services will continue to be streamed online and on our Seacrest TV channel, we strongly encourage residents to attend live services with others in our community. It will be necessary to socially distance and wear your mask at all times during services.

Should anything change based upon events at Seacrest Village or the greater community, you will hear from us. As we enter this slow and careful journey, we ask for your patience and cooperation. Please remember that even after receiving the vaccine, it is still important to wear our masks, socially distance and wash our hands frequently. Lastly, please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns.

Most sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – February 2, 2021

February 2, 2021

 

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

This morning we learned that one of the caregivers from Accent Health Care has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This contractor was last on campus Saturday, January 30th in our Leichtag Assisted Living Residence, and only serviced one resident. We are contact tracing and will notify you if you have been exposed.

We are all very happy about the vaccine, yet please understand that just because we are vaccinated does not mean that we cannot get or give the virus to others. We must all continue our precautions as San Diego is still in a high tier of risk.

Residents, we cannot stress enough the need to wear masks when outside of your apartment. In addition, please always maintain a physical distance of six feet or more, and open your apartment door with your mask on.

We still request that residents not leave the campus other than for medical appointments. Each time we take an unnecessary risk we put ourselves and others at risk. Our campus has had its share of difficulty in the past many weeks, and with the second shot of the vaccine just around the corner, we need everyone to stay well!

We are hopeful that things are improving though now is not the time to let our guard down.  Be safe everyone.

Please do not hesitate to contact your building director if you need anything.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

 

 

COVID Update – January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

 

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

I am sorry to report that one of our Goldberg Healthcare Center nurses has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Our employee was last on campus Sunday, January 24th. We know you join us in wishing her a quick recovery.

As we always share, we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Residents, we cannot stress enough the need to wear masks when outside of your apartment. In addition, please always maintain a social distance of six feet or more. It is very important that you remember that even with the vaccine one can still get and transfer the virus to others. The vaccine has a high probability of protecting us from becoming very ill but does not protect us from getting and giving the virus. This is what we know about the virus now and clearly there is still a lot that will be learned as this pandemic continues.

In the meantime, we must ask again that you not leave the campus. Each time we take an unnecessary risk we put ourselves and others at risk. Our campus has had its share of difficulty in the past many weeks and we want to control that as much as possible. We must think of others as we live and work in a communal setting.

We are all here to support one another. Please do not hesitate to contact your building supervisor if you need anything.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

 

Dear Residents and Families,

I am pleased to share with you that the Katzin Residence is now officially out of quarantine. Our staff will continue to wear PPE, and normal resident activities will resume.

On Thursday, January 28, CVS Health will be on campus to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to our Katzin, Assisted Living, and Independent Living residents.

Included with this letter is a flyer authored by the CDC. It is an informative piece entitled “What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.” We encourage you to review it before Thursday and call your physician if you have questions about the vaccine.  We are pleased to share that we will have additional staff available around the clock after each of the two vaccines is given, in the event you have an uncomfortable reaction. As a reminder, the second vaccine will be given February 18.

Despite receiving the vaccine, we will continue to require masks to be worn when not in your apartment, and when attending small group activities or walking the grounds. We understand the Stay-at-Home Order has been lifted, though still request that residents not leave the campus. Each time anyone leaves, it increases the risk to everyone when you return. We hope to resume our visiting program soon. We will be reopening the dining room in Independent Living this Friday, and intend to reopen our Beauty Salon this week.

We are one step closer to getting through the pandemic, though by no means, is it over. It will take all of us working together and we need everyone to do their part!

Lastly, it’s no secret these past several weeks have been our toughest since the pandemic began. I want to express my sincere gratitude for your on-going support, your kind responses, and words of encouragement. They truly mean a great deal to us all.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

All my very best,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

I want to inform you that a resident in our Independent Living community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This resident was last on campus yesterday, January 18th. At the moment Independent Living is in a precautionary state as we conduct contract tracing. If you were exposed, you will be notified.

Residents, we cannot stress enough the need to wear masks when outside of your apartment. In addition, please always maintain a social distance of six feet or more. We do not want the building in quarantine, and we do not want this virus to spread. Also, when you open your apartment door you must have a mask on.

I want to share too that we just learned today that the date our Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Katzin residents will receive the vaccine is January 28th! We are thrilled for this news and can now focus on getting resident consents and other necessary information to upload to CVS Health.

Please know that CVS has indicated that they will not administer the vaccine to anyone who within 14 days of the vaccine date has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, had a TB test, or received the Flu or Shingles shot. The Katzin residents who received the BAM infusion will need to wait 90 days from the date of their infusion and consult with their primary care physician before receiving the vaccine.

We still request that residents not leave the campus other than for medical appointments. Each time we take an unnecessary risk we put ourselves and others at risk. Our campus has had its share of difficulty in the past many weeks and with the vaccine around the corner, we need everyone to stay well!

We are all here to support one another. Please do not hesitate to contact your building director if you need anything.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

We learned this morning that a nurse in our Goldberg Healthcare Center tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee has not worked since January 2, 2021.

We realize that our letters and calls have been almost daily and it may be difficult for you. Please know that we feel a tremendous responsibility to keep you informed. All staff remain in Personal Protective Equipment as required and we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of this virus.

As we have previously shared, we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We hope to have more information later this week on the status of the vaccine for our Assisted Living (AL) and Independent Living (IL) residents. We ask for your patience, and want you to know that we are working with CVS Health and the County of San Diego to determine when and how this will move forward. We promise to keep you informed as we know more.

If you need anything or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We know how difficult this is, yet remain confident we will get through this together.

Sincerely,