August 2, 2021
Dear Assisted Living Residents, Independent Living Residents, Family and Staff:
The recent increase in positivity rates in Saratoga County has reached a 7 day rolling average of 4.4% as of this past Saturday. This rate is considered substantial per CDC and is cause for us all to take notice and remain vigilant in keeping infections within our community at bay. In recent weeks, The NYS Department of Health has deferred more regularly to CDC guidance in reference to measures to protect against spread. Recently, the CDC has recommended that masks be worn indoors in communities that have substantial or high transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
It is for this reason that we are taking the proactive step to ask that residents wear masks in our Woodlawn public spaces until the infection rates diminish in Saratoga County and the spread is not considered substantial. We are requesting that masks be worn at all times in our public spaces except during dining. The new Delta variant of COVID-19 brings with it questions and unknowns and it’s in our best interest to be cautious until cases diminish within our County. It is our hope that the infection rate does decline locally very soon.
We realize that these are still unprecedented and at times confusing and frustrating times and we appreciate your understanding and partnership in helping to keep Woodlawn Commons safe and healthy.
Below is the most recent guidance from the CDC’s website for your reference:
- To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
- You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
Thank you for your support as we continue our journey back to normalcy.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us at 518-691-1560 (Main Desk), 518-691-1672 (Tom Lyons), or 518-691-1572 (Judith Nelson) or 518-691-1562 (Pati Wade).
Director of Independent Living