October 11, 2022
Dear Residents, Family Members and Staff:
This day has been a long time coming, but I am thrilled to announce that effective tomorrow, Wednesday October 12, 2022 the entire Edenton campus will go to mask optional. Yes, this includes assisted living buildings!
You can choose to wear a mask but it is not required. If you choose to wear a mask, there will be no questions asked or mask shaming. There will be certain situations that masking will be required:
- If Frederick county community transmission rate is in the high range, we may be forced to return to masking in AL.
- If a resident or staff member is not feeling well and/or a person tests positive for the covid virus, masking will be required in that AL building by staff and residents as they are able.
It is important that you monitor your health and wellness. If you are not feeling well, quarantine, test and report your health to a nurse or your manager. In order to keep this virus controlled, symptomatic individuals must quarantine and isolate. We will still follow the required CDC guidance for residents and staff members.
Please use caution visiting with out of town guests or small children. Although the rates of transmission are in the substantial category, there are still people testing positive every day.
Visitors in AL will only be required to sign in and out. Visitors who want to dine with AL residents should inquire with the staff to make a reservation and ensure there is space in the dining room. Visitors may still go to the main dining room with guests for a meal.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Thursday, October 20th – Covid bivalent booster vaccine. This is the newest booster vaccine being made available. We will follow the same schedule as other vaccine clinics.
Reminder: Residents and staff are eligible to receive this new booster if it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary series vaccines, or last booster. Anyone who recently tested positive for the Covid virus is suggested to wait 3 months (90 DAYS) for the booster vaccine.
Reminder: Open enrollment for Medicare – Open enrollment for Medicare runs from October 15th to Dec 7th. The Medicare Part D prescription plan is one plan you should review each year and this can be done during open enrollment. You can use Medicare’s plan comparison tool (medicare.gov/plan-compare) to input your medications you take and compare plan costs. This way you can compare the premium, as well as out of pocket costs such as co-pays and deductibles.
If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you also have the ability to review and edit these plans during the open enrollment for plans to be effective Jan 1st.
Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we continue to navigate the impact of Covid – 19. Going mask free is a huge step forward and one that I hope we can maintain.
RaeAnn Butler, Administrator