March 9, 2021
Dear Edenton Residents, Family Members and Staff:
Yesterday the CDC released new public health guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated. The CDC is now recommending that in non-health care settings, fully vaccinated people can:
• Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing;
• Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing; and
• Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
CDC defines “fully vaccinated people” as individuals who:
• Received either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: and
• Two weeks have passed from the date of their final vaccination.
CDC indicates that fully vaccinated people should continue to take basic precautions such as wearing masks in public, avoiding medium to large size gatherings and testing if symptomatic.
This is encouraging information for many people, but this will not apply to Edenton. Yesterday, the Maryland Dept of Health (MDH) released a statement for all long-term care facilities shortly after the CDC announcement emphasizing that the new guidance does not apply to healthcare settings, including long term care and assisted living. MDH stated that this does not change the guidance about visitation, and until further information is released, we must continue to follow the guidance mandated in the CDC document QSO 20-39 and the MDH orders.
Please continue to respect the policies and procedures Edenton has put in place to permit visitation and ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone. I hope that we will continue to offer visitation – outside on nice weather days, designated indoor visit locations and then very soon AL resident room visitation.
The new CDC guidance also may be an incentive for others who were hesitant to get vaccinated. Continue to exercise caution and wear your mask, distance, and practice good hand hygiene.
As always, if I can answer any question or provide you with additional information, please reach out to me or another member of our team.