Letter to Residents & Families 3.12.2021

March 12, 2021

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Dear Sunrise residents, family and friends,

This is our weekly COVID update for the nursing and assisted living at Sunrise Retirement Community.

Sunrise currently does not have any residents or staff who have tested positive for COVID. 

Sunrise will continue surveillance testing of residents and staff at the rate recommended by CMS.  As long as the county positivity is under 10%, Sunrise will test residents and vaccinated staff members one time per week.  Unvaccinated staff members will be required to test twice a week.  If there are any suspicions of illness, additional testing will be performed.  Staff continue to regularly monitor residents for any signs or symptoms of illness.

CMS made changes to visitation this week and Sunrise has updated our policy accordingly.  The new policy, along with the CMS regulation, have been posted to the Sunrise website.  Please help us keep COVID out of the facility by complying with the core principles of infection control, the Sunrise visitation policy and making safe decisions about your own personal interactions in the community if you are planning to be a visitor at Sunrise. If we have even 1 positive resident will have to return to “outbreak” for testing and visitation purposes. 

Please remember, any visitors who are not compliant with the visiting policy will be asked to leave and will not be able to schedule future visits.  I cannot stress the importance of this enough!  Sunrise was sited during an infection control survey because a guest was seen (in a resident room) without their mask on properly.  It is the responsibility of Sunrise staff to ensure that our facility and all guests here are complying with the established policy & we appreciate your cooperation with this very important regulation. 

Sunrise Retirement Community will continue to enforce mask wearing for all staff members, visitors, contractors, and residents (as tolerated, when out of their own room).  The nursing facility’s regulations have not been relaxed and mask wearing is still recommended for all congregate settings in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus.  Other mitigation efforts in both nursing & assisted living include staff screening at the beginning and end of shift for exposure, symptoms and temperature; wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); increased cleaning & disinfecting of surfaces throughout the building; and regular COVID surveillance testing of staff members and residents.

Thank you for your continued support, as we are continually humbled by the gratitude that so many of your express to our team!

Sincerely,

Hallie Salmen, CEO

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