COVID-19 Updates

Optimizing safety through ongoing adaptation

COVID-19 Update - January 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

January 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Dear Village at Belmar Community,

We wanted to provide an update to all of you regarding our community Covid-19 status. We have an additional resident in Assisted Living who tested positive on January 10th. This resident is the spouse of a prior positive resident and is mildly symptomatic. She is the only resident that is currently positive. All the others are considered recovered.

Results of staff testing from last week identified a positive associate who is currently recovering at home. All other associate surveillance testing was negative.

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 rapid 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.

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.

As a reminder, Village at Belmar’s initial Vaccination Clinic will held on January 21st. We will communicate the second and third vaccination clinics once those dates are known. For all residents and associates, we would ask that you plan to attend the Vaccination Clinic on January 21st if possible. We will be holding a Zoom meeting this Thursday at 11:00 am with our Medical Consultant, Dr. Singh, to discuss the vaccination and answer any questions you may have about it. Information about this Zoom call will be communicated in further detail tomorrow.

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.

Sincerely,
Tom & Susie Finley - Founder & Principal

Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Announcing a new partnership for convenient testing, fast results

We’re pleased to announce a strategic association with CirrusDx to process COVID-19 testing quickly and effectively. This agreement gives us the capability to perform tests conveniently at the Village at Belmar and receive results within 24 hours.

A leading testing and research laboratory, CirrusDx has developed mobile lab systems used by US Armed Forces and founded the Naval Infectious Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Their expertise makes them a powerful partner in the management of the current global pandemic.

You can learn more about CirrusDX at cirrusdx.com.

Optimizing safety through ongoing protocol updates

From the beginning, we’ve focused our routines and procedures for safeguarding public health in our community. We continue to review and update these guidelines on a regular basis through the course of the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure our residents enjoy safety, service and satisfaction at the highest levels possible.

Some of our current protocols include:

  • One Community entrance secured and monitored

  • All associates have temperature checked prior to each shift

  • Sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for associates

  • Everyone entering community is required to fill out COVID symptoms questionnaire

  • Residents have vital signs checked twice a day

  • Residents are monitored for COVID-19 symptoms each shift

  • Continued social distancing (implemented March 15)

  • No outside visitors allowed inside community (exceptions are made in certain situations, but pre-screening is required)

  • All staff and essential outside providers must wear a mask at all times

  • Scheduled window visits for families to visit residents

  • Access to COVID-19 tests, with results within 48 hours

  • All high-touch areas bleached three times a day

  • Move-in protocol requires 24-hour pre-move-in negative COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine, followed by additional test at 10 days of residency

  • Communal dining and activities discontinued

  • Meal delivery to each apartment, using disposable plates and utensils

  • Scheduled window visits for families to visit residents

  • Quarantine for 14 days for residents that go to hospital or medically necessary appointments followed by a negative COVID-19 test

  • All shared equipment is disinfected after each use

  • Outside salon services discontinued — Village at Belmar associates perform hair washing in our onsite salon