January 4, 2022

Dear Residents, Family Members and Staff:

Good afternoon. This morning Maryland was placed in a state of emergency by the governor due to the continued spread of the COVID -19 virus. The state hospital system and local Frederick Health Hospital have announced critical capacity actions related to their availability of beds and staff.

Although I have not received any specific directions from the Maryland Department of Health yet today, that Edenton and similar facilities, will need to change our current activities and approach – it is likely coming. I will send out a notice should our actions and current services on campus need to change.

We did have two additional vaccinated staff members who tested positive this weekend. We tested Orchard Terrace residents again yesterday and those staff who worked with this employee. All Resident results came back negative. We will continue surveillance testing again early next week in accordance with the MDH guidelines.

We are monitoring staff member and Resident reports of exposures and taking the appropriate actions – testing, quarantine and/or excluding from work depending upon the circumstances. Edenton continues to do all the right things to keep our staff and residents safe – vaccinations, boosters, masking, and hand hygiene.

I continue to request all visitors – please do not visit with our seniors if you have engaged in an event, you feel under the weather or have a known exposure to someone who has recently tested positive for the virus. In a week, the positivity rate has climbed for Frederick County from 18.5% to 29.95%. Yesterday at the end of the day, Frederick Health reported 113 patients admitted due to COVID related illness.

Edenton continues with the following actions for all assisted living visitors (independent living residents should be considering this as well):
1. All visitors must first report to the Manor House for screening information and temperature taken. A screening sticker will be provided before going to the assisted living building for scheduled visit. NOTE: the Manor House front desk is staffed every day from 8 am to 5 pm.
2. AL visits will occur in the Resident’s room. No visitors in public spaces or dining rooms.
a. Anyone who wants to dine with a Resident, we can help you with special accommodations or you can request a reservation in the main dining room. (This is not recommended at this time with high transmission rates).
3. Masks must be worn at all times. Even when both the visitor(s) and Resident are fully vaccinated! If a Resident is positive for the virus, other PPE will be provided and must be worn when with the Resident.
4. Residents can leave campus with family and friends. Please tell us in advance so that we can help to have the Resident ready for their outing. Use caution when you take them off campus to public restaurants, person homes and gatherings. Help with mask wearing and hand hygiene.
5. We will recommend that residents who take a leave of absence away from campus be tested upon returning.
If I can answer any question or provide you with additional information, please reach out to me or another member of our team.

Be well,
RaeAnn Butler
Administrator