Letter to Residents & Families 8.2.2021

August 3, 2021

Dear Sunrise residents, family and friends,

This letter is to report on COVID positive residents and/or staff at Sunrise Retirement Community.

Sunrise is currently conducting “outbreak” testing due to the COVID positive staff member that was identified on 7/29/21.  In testing today, 1 staff member tested positive for COVID.  We currently have 2 staff members who are quarantining at home. 

We will test all residents again this week and continue to update you as to the status of any residents or staff members who test positive.

This does put Sunrise back into an “outbreak” status for at least the next 14 days.  However, with the current visitation guidance, we will not need to alter our visiting plans unless we have positive resident cases.  As of today, there are no nursing residents in isolation for COVID-19.  Staff continue monitoring residents for any signs or symptoms of illness on each shift (3 times per day). 

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.

We are working closely with our local public health department, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and our medical director and following their recommendations.  We are notifying our constituents and all regulatory bodies necessary to keep them informed about this current situation as required. 


Hallie Salmen, CEO

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