June 2, 2022

Dear Residents, Family Members and Staff:

Good morning. I was notified this morning that a Garden House night shift person was exposed to a family member and has now tested positive.  As required by the health department, we will be testing Garden House residents and staff who had contact with the employee.

The outbreak that we had tested for in the prior two weeks closed at Orchard Terrace with no additional positive cases.

On the pandemic front… Frederick County’s covid-19 community level remains medium. Yesterday the Frederick County positivity rate was down to 12.4% after rising to 15.24% earlier last week.

At this level, people should:

  • Consider wearing a mask indoors in public places. CDC recommends that people who are at high risk of complications from COVID talk to their healthcare provider about wearing a mask or taking other precautions.
  • Get vaccinated/boosted
  • Get tested if you have symptoms. Do not go out with others if you have symptoms so that you do not risk the spread of the virus.

Please follow this guidance for our campus:

Independent Living –

  1. Wear a mask in the Manor House and other community indoor spaces
  2. Dining room – masks can be removed when actively eating and drinking
  3. Do not attend an activity or meal if you are not feeling well.

Assisted Living –

  1. Visitors MUST wear a mask at all times.
  2. Visitors will be permitted to screen and temp in at the buildings in the front desk logbooks.
  3. Children who can not wear a mask, must visit with Resident outside.
  4. 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.
  5. Visits must occur in the Resident room or outdoors when weather permits.
  6. Call and schedule off campus outings and medical appointments for the AL resident so that we can assist in preparing for the outing.

If you have not received a booster vaccine, I strongly encourage you to consider your booster vaccine. If this dose can help you avoid becoming infected or minimize symptoms, this is important.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we continue to navigate the impact of Covid – 19.

Be well,

RaeAnn Butler


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