December 12, 2023

Holidays and Health

December is time for many of us to gather with family friends to celebrate the holidays. This year, like the past several we are seeing a spike in respiratory viruses like influenza, RSV and Covid.

The CDC is predicting that this year will likely be similar to last year. Sometimes cold like symptoms are really just a cold, but now with other illnesses mimicking those same symptoms, we must continue to be cautious.

I would like for you to consider the following if and when you plan to gather over the holidays:

  1. If you are not feeling well, do not attend the function. The guidance has been clear, if you have a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or headache, you should stay home. This even applies to situations in which you test negative for covid -19. You may be experiencing mild symptoms, but you may spread your virus to another person who may react with worse symptoms.
  2. Testing for covid remains a good idea regardless of your vaccination status. Test as close to the event that you plan to attend as possible. If you have any cold like symptoms, you should not travel since some people test positive 2 to 5 days after symptoms begin.
  3. Wear a mask to help limit the spread of respiratory disease. Whether you are at a doctor’s office, the lab, shopping at the mall, or on public transportation (bus, plane, or train) a mask can help protect you.
  4. Protect the young children and seniors in your family. Here at Edenton, we have made all vaccinations available to our residents and staff. Most residents have received all three – flu, covid and rsv vaccines. Someone could still contract a virus, but the hope is that the vaccine will minimize the impact on their health.
  5. Wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of germs. Edenton has hand sanitizer and restrooms readily available to help with hand hygiene.

This week, Maryland is beginning to show higher percentage of positive covid 19 tests and confirmed cases. The rates over the last two weeks have gone up 5 percentage points. This could still be a low number considering how many people are using at home tests and not reporting as well as not testing at all.

Edenton remains required to report any single case of covid 19 that would occur in assisted living. We are required to test staff and residents on day one, day three and day five of exposure while we continue to monitor for a total of 14 days.

We ask family and friends to not visit if they were exposed or are not feeling well. Mask wearing remains optional on campus.

Thank you for your continued understanding and assistance as we work together to stay well and enjoy the holidays.

Be well,
RaeAnn Butler

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