March 1, 2022
Dear Edenton Residents, Family Members and Staff:
March is bringing about some wonderful changes to campus! With the declining virus numbers and the new guidelines assigned by the CDC, Frederick County is listed as a community with a low COVID-19 community level. Unlike prior guidelines using testing and results, the new prevention steps are established with assessing hospital bed usage, hospital admissions and total number of new cases.
So here is what this means for Edenton, broken down by areas on campus.
Effective Wednesday March 2, the following will be implemented on campus.
Independent Living Residents:
1. Masks are optional in the Manor House and other community locations (restaurant and mail/laundry rooms). Staff will be wearing masks at the front desk when they are encountering the public.
People may choose to wear a mask at any time based on personal preference and personal level of risk. Masks should be worn, and no one should be gathering with others if they feel unwell, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or exposed to someone with COVID-19.
2. IL outings off campus – I am strongly recommending that Edenton IL residents continue to wear a mask when going to public places such as the grocery store, pharmacy, public gatherings and when around persons you do not know.
Assisted Living Residents and Guests:
1. Masks must still be worn by AL staff, all visitors, and Residents (as tolerated). As licensed healthcare facilities, we are required to follow the Maryland Dept of Health guidelines.
2. AL visitors and guests may now check in at the building. You do not need to call to schedule your visit. You can also have more than 2 visitors per Resident room (keep in mind the size of the room).
a. You do not need to screen in with symptom check or temperature.
b. You must sign in and out on the visitor log.
c. No one should visit if you are feeling ill, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
d. Visits may occur in the Resident room, lounge, or outside area. Only outside may a visitor be unmasked around a Resident.
e. Guest meals are still not permitted in the AL dining rooms. If you wish to dine with your AL Resident, please call us to make arrangement to dine in the main dining room.
f. Call and schedule off campus outings and medical appointments for the AL resident so that we can assist in preparing for the outing.
Staff, Vendors and Volunteers
1. Staff members, vendors and volunteers working in or entering AL buildings, food service and any direct Resident care situations are required to wear a mask while working and when with others in the buildings. Staff can be unmasked in their own offices. Staff should mask when meeting with the public on campus who are guests or are touring.
2. All staff will still need to screen and temp in for each shift, just as we must continue to monitor AL residents each shift.
We have all learned a great deal since March 2020. Please know that making these changes and taking these actions still may present situations where COVID-19 exposure and transmission may occur. We all need to continue to exercise caution to maintain the health and safety of ourselves, the Residents and our co-workers while participating in our life’s activities.
Should our Frederick County metrics and community level definition change, Edenton will respond by implementing measures to increase our protection and prevention steps. You can count on continued communication and updates as needed.
As always, if I can answer any question or provide you with information, please reach out to me or another member of our team.