26 Feb Coronavirus Precautions | February 26, 2021
Posted at 14:05h
The Woodlands’ Test Results
Again this week, our testing indicated no active cases of COVID in our community. These great results are a tribute to the extraordinary attention to safety by our staff and residents.
Following are COVID restrictions for the week beginning March 1, 2021. Based on The Woodlands’ excellent test results, they have been somewhat lessened. Changes are underlined.
Independent Living Residents are encouraged to participate in COVID testing every two weeks and continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and regular, thorough handwashing.
- Residents may make day trips without restrictions.
- Overnight stays to one’s second home do not require vetting by Merietta McKenzie, however, overnight stays other than to one’s second home should be vetted through her the week prior to travel (see also “Quarantine Requirements”).
- Visitors are welcome in apartments and Villas if they can produce negative Covid-19 tests, received in the three days prior to the visit or documentation of completion of both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, visitors must not be exhibiting symptoms of the virus or have had contact with anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of it in the past 14 days.
- Visits are limited to a maximum of two visitors per residence with a three-hour time limit. Visitors should be screened at the Concierge desk. Please ask your visitors not to enter the building through patios or side entrances.
- Overnight guests are welcome in the Villas only. Overnight guests must not be from a county with a positivity rate of 15% or higher. Overnight guests must have a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of their arrival or be able to produce documented completion of the Covid-19 vaccine.
- Children under the age of 18 are not permitted at this time.
- Guests are encouraged to limit contact with other residents.
- Doctors’ appointments are not subject to restrictions.
- Surgical procedures, visits to the ER, and stays in the hospital require notification to Merietta.
- Dining in the Camellia Room will continue and is open to residents only. No guests permitted. Meals will be packaged for those wishing to pick them up to dine in their rooms.
- Dining capacity will be at 50% of normal capacity with all tables spaced for social distancing. Diners must wear a mask to and from their table and should leave one after the completion of the meal. Questions have arisen concerning the proper place for masks while residents are eating. We recommend that masks be placed on a clean napkin with the outside of the mask resting on the napkin.
- All activities and wellness classes have a capacity of 15 residents.
- Aquatic activities have a capacity of 6 residents.
- No outside groups are allowed to utilize meeting spaces.
- The fitness center is open.
- For any resident who has completed both doses of the vaccine, quarantines will not be required after emergency room visits or hospital stays, unless recommended by their doctors.
- Residents who have had 2 doses of the vaccine will not be required to quarantine after overnight travel provided they do not travel abroad, on a cruise, or to an area with a county positivity rate above 15%. County positivity rates are published at https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg/. You will scroll to the bottom of the page under the heading COVID-19 Testing. You will see here written in blue. You will click on that tab and open the spreadsheet. You can search the spreadsheet by county name for any county in the US.
- Regardless of whether or not residents have taken two dosages of the vaccine, if there is a known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID, a 14-day quarantine period will be required.
Jennifer Crowe is our Director of Connections. She will be hosting a meet and greet next Wednesday, March 3 from 10 am-3 pm near the fitness center. The pandemic is still with us and we know residents may have needs that are hard to address by themselves. Please drop by if you have time to meet Jennifer.
Merietta McKenzie is the Manager on Duty this Saturday and Sunday. As always, please contact the Concierge Desk if you should need assistance.