December 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Dear Village at Belmar Community,
We wanted to provide an update to all of you regarding our community Covid-19 status. Over the weekend we received positive test results on three additional assisted living residents. This brings the total number of Assisted Living Covid-19 positive residents to eight, with six being cared for at the community by the Staffing Bubble Team and two being treated at the hospital. Results of staff testing from last week have all been negative. To assist with tracing the source of the recent positive resident cases, our multi-disciplinary clinical and leadership team members met this morning for a “deep-dive” conversation related to our current screening and testing protocols of all essential workers (Hospice, Private Caregiver, etc.). Revised safety measures and policies will be implemented as needed, based upon the results of this discussion.
We will continue with our bi-weekly staff testing to ensure that we are immediately aware of any associate who may be positive, but asymptomatic. We will also continue with testing of any resident who is experiencing symptoms and will continue to require testing and/or testing results for allowable essential workers, although the number of these individuals serving residents has been minimal for the past nine months and is only allowed in emergent situations.
We will continue to provide updates to you throughout the week as changes take place.
All outdoor visitation for the community continues to be on hold and we will conduct window visits for both Assisted Living and Memory Care. The Assisted Living dining room will remain closed and residents are being encouraged to remain in their apartments.
We have been in continued close communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Jefferson County Health Department and are following their direction and protocols, as well as those of our Medical Consultant, Dr. Gagandeep Singh. Staff continue use of masks and PPE, and our leadership team is fully engaged in providing ongoing education and follow-up to ensure its proper use.
Please remember that you can always check our Hotline for regular updates and those can be heard at (720) 545-0363.
If you have any further questions, please reach out to Village at Belmar’s Executive Director, Rebecca Norris, at (303) 351-5455.
Tom Finley and Susie Finley