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,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – January 16, 2021

January 16, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

I want to inform you that a member of our Culinary team, whose primary responsibility is in the Katzin Residence, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee was last on campus on January 12th. Of course, if you were exposed you will be notified.

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).

Independent Living residents are happily out of quarantine; we will soon be able to return to the previous dining room schedule.

As a reminder:

  • Wear the appropriate PPE (mask/shield/gown).
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer.
  • Social distance and stay home as much as possible when not at work.
  • Self-isolate if showing any signs of COVID-19.
  • Seek medical assistance as necessary.

Many of you have inquired about the vaccine and when the rest of our residents will receive theirs. The majority of our nursing home residents and staff were provided the vaccine on 12/30/2020. CVS Health will return on 1/20/2021 to administer the second shot. Unfortunately, we have not been provided a date from CVS Health as to when they will provide the vaccine for our Assisted Living (AL) residents, and we continue to advocate strongly that they also include our Independent Living (IL) residents when they do. If they cannot, based on their contract with the government, we hope to find another alternative for our IL residents whereby they could be provided the vaccine on site. We promise to keep you updated as we learn more.

We care about each of you and strongly suggest that you follow the Governor’s Stay at Home orders as much as possible. We ask that everyone keep our residents and staff in their thoughts as this is a very difficult time for our Seacrest Family.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

Today we received test results and three more of our Katzin residents and one additional Katzin Life Enrichment employee have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In addition, a Seacrest at Home employee has also tested positive. All families have already been notified and the staff has been made aware.

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).

I am pleased to share that Independent Living is now out of quarantine as all residents and staff have tested negative for a second time. The Fitness Center will open, and small group activities will resume, though the dining room will remain closed until additional testing is conducted.

As a reminder:

  • Wear the appropriate PPE (mask/shield/gown).
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer.
  • Social distance and stay home as much as possible when not at work.
  • Self-isolate if showing any signs of COVID-19.
  • Seek medical assistance as necessary.

We are doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of the virus on our Seacrest campus. Family members, we care about you too, and suggest that you follow the Governor’s Stay at Home orders as much as possible. We are staying strong and supporting one another and are here to support our family members as well. We ask that everyone keep our residents and staff in their thoughts as this is a very difficult time for our Seacrest Family.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

Today we received test results and three more of our Katzin residents have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In addition, another Katzin employee, who was last on campus yesterday, has also tested positive. All families have already been notified and the staff has been made aware.

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).

The next few weeks will be the most dangerous due to the recent holidays and the choices people make regarding gathering with those outside of their immediate household. Please take this into consideration.

Please remember:

  • Wear the appropriate PPE (mask/shield/gown).
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer.
  • Social distance and stay home as much as possible when not at work.
  • Self-isolate if showing any signs of COVID-19.
  • Seek medical assistance as necessary.

We are doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of the virus in our Katzin Residence. Please know that we do have all of the PPE (personal protective equipment) that is needed, and we are staying strong and supporting one another. We ask that you keep our residents and staff in your thoughts as this is a very difficult time for our Seacrest Family.

We appreciate everyone’s support and all of the kind emails and calls.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Dear Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates,

Last evening we received notification that one of our Culinary employees has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee was last on campus on January 4, 2021.

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).

The next few weeks will be the most dangerous due to the recent holidays and the choices people make regarding gathering with those outside of their immediate household.

Please remember:

  • Wear the appropriate PPE (mask/shield/gown).
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer.
  • Social distance and stay home as much as possible when not at work.
  • Self-isolate if showing any signs of COVID-19.
  • Seek medical assistance as necessary.

We are doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of the virus on our beautiful Seacrest Campus. We know that you are all concerned, though we ask that you limit your calls to the staff unless necessary. We have only one goal and that is to keep your family members protected and safe and this means that we need all staff available at this important time. We will be communicating with you regularly. In the meanwhile, we ask that you keep our residents and staff in your thoughts as this is a very difficult time for our Seacrest Family.

We appreciate everyone’s support.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

Early this morning we received notification that another employee in our Katzin Residence has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee was last on campus yesterday, January 9, 2021.

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).

We are doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of the virus on our Seacrest Campus. We know that you are all concerned, though we ask that you limit your calls to the staff unless necessary. We have only one goal and that is to keep your family members protected and safe and this means that we need all staff available at this important time. We will be communicating with you regularly. In the meanwhile, we ask that you keep our residents and staff in your thoughts as this is a very difficult time for our Seacrest Family.

We appreciate everyone’s support.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

This morning we received additional test results and I want to inform you that two more of our Katzin residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Families of residents who have tested positive are contacted immediately. In addition, another Katzin employee has tested positive. The employee was last on campus on January 8, 2021.

I also want to let you know that as of this moment all Independent Living residents and staff have tested negative during the first round of testing. We will test all Independent Living residents again on Monday, January 11, 2021, and, at that time we will determine if we can end the quarantine of Independent Living on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

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).

We are doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of the virus on our Seacrest Campus. We know that you are all concerned, though we ask that you limit your calls to the staff unless necessary. We have only one goal and that is to keep your family members protected and safe and this means that we need all staff available at this important time. We will be communicating with you regularly.

We appreciate everyone’s support.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

This communication is to inform you of a few things. After recently reporting to you that one of our Resident Services employees had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, we immediately began testing our Independent Living Residents and staff yesterday, January 7, 2021.

While we still have a few residents to test, as of now all residents and staff have tested negative. We will test all residents again on Monday, January 11, 2021, and, at that time we will determine if we can end the quarantine of Independent Living on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

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).

The most difficult part of this letter is to inform you that many of the residents in our Katzin Residence have tested positive for the COVID-19 Virus over the last 24 hours. In addition, one of our Katzin employees has also tested positive. We have tested all residents and employees and we will continue to test them. We will notify family members immediately if we have anything to report. At this time, those whose family members have tested positive have been notified.

We are doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of the virus. We ask that you limit your calls to the Katzin staff unless necessary. We have only one goal and that is to keep your family members protected and safe and this means that we need all staff available. We will be communicating with you regularly.

We will get through this and we appreciate everyone’s support.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

Last evening we learned that one of our Goldberg Healthcare Center nurses has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee was last on campus yesterday, January 6th, 2021. Of course, you will be notified if you were exposed.

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 are doing our best to mitigate the spread of this virus and, as always, want to keep you as safe and protected as we can.

It isn’t easy to write these letters, and we know it is getting heavy to receive them. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

April 3, 2020

Hello Residents, Staff, Family, Board Members and Friends,

I am pleased to begin this update by stating once again, that we continue to have no known cases of the COVID-19 virus on our campus. This is why it is so very critical that everyone follows the strict protocols we have in place!

As a new form of communication, our executive management team has had its first “Zoom Debut” so if you’d like to see it, please click here to view it. If you are a resident, the video will be shown on our in-house SV TV station, 1390. It’s one more way we want to reach you to tell you how important you are to us during this very trying time. We ask that everyone please remember the six-foot social distancing requirements and continue to do your part to keep our Seacrest community and our community at large healthy and safe!

TO OUR RESIDENTS

You are why we are here and we love each of you and promise to do our best to keep you healthy.Thank you for greeting our staff with smiles when they deliver your meals and for sharing your words of wisdom. Please also know that on Mondays we will come around and help you discard the old food from the past week as we want to keep your apartments clean.

If you want to discard your trash yourself, the door to the trash rooms are now left open and that trash is emptied several times a day. The door to the mailroom, too, has been temporarily removed so that you can get your mail more safely. These tasks can now be done without needing to touch door handles.

Each of you is very important to us and we are here for you. Please continue to call your building directors for anything you might need or to say hello. We all need one another right now.

TO OUR FAMILIES

I want to thank you for following our protocol of not entering or coming on to the campus. We know this has to be extremely difficult for you, and hope if you need assistance, you will call upon our Life Enrichment team to coordinate FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype so that you can stay connected with your loved one. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please email Wendy Vurik at