The Secretary of Health has announced that the mask mandate will be ending on April 3, 2023. While this order is ending, individuals in long-term care facilities, including residents, staff, and visitors, must continue to follow Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
Due to the vulnerability of our residents we are still requiring all staff to wear a mask and requesting that all visitors wear a mask while in the building. We are no longer requiring residents to wear masks; however we do encourage them to wear masks while out of their rooms. Our facility will still follow infection control guidance per the Department of Health and CDC. If a COVID outbreak occurs all persons, including residents, will be wearing source control masks. All new admits to our facility will still be under observation for ten days and also have routine testing for COVID during that time.
If residents become symptomatic, they will be in quarantine and tested routinely. Our policy for all persons who become positive for COVID is to isolate for ten days. We are asking that all visitors follow this policy as well. We will be happy to set up alternate visitation (ex. virtual visits) during times of isolation. If a resident becomes positive for COVID, they are still allowed to have visitors. Visitors will be asked to follow our infection control policies and any supplies needed (mask, gown, etc.) will be supplied. It is best practice to stay out of the building if you are not feeling well. There are many contagious illnesses which are potentially life threatening to our residents.
The best protection against COVID is to stay up to date with your vaccinations. If you have any questions about how to access COVID vaccines, please call our facility and speak to our Infection Preventionist, Stephanie.
Thank you to all for helping keep our residents safe and healthy!
The Woodland Care Center Team