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September 18, 2020

Dear Woodlawn Commons Residents, Families, Staff and Friends:

Today we received notification that one of our Independent Residents at Woodlawn Commons has tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently asymptomatic. We have notified Saratoga County Public Health of this development. This resident has had very limited interaction with other Woodlawn Commons residents and staff and will be following proper quarantine protocols. We wish this resident well.

No other residents or staff are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at this time.

Woodlawn Commons continues to remain diligent in its efforts to protect residents and staff from COVID-19. All Assisted Living Residents continue to remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness. At this time, no further resident testing is required. Please be aware that we are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any Woodlawn Commons residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health. Enhanced sanitation precautions will continue. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place. Residents are also required to utilize masks when outside of their apartments. Additional precautions will be implemented as necessary.

Employees who may have had significant exposure with this individual have been identified and notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Woodlawn Commons has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State.

We continue to work closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures.

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn Commons by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Independent Living, Pati Wade at 518-691-1562 or myself at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

J. Brian Nealon, CEO

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August 9, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff of Woodlawn Commons Independent Living:

Woodlawn Commons was informed earlier today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on August 7, 2020, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The individual’s responsibilities require them to work only in a specific area in the facility with minimal resident interaction due to the nature of their duties. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. Fortunately, the employee is asymptomatic, and we wish them well.

Saratoga County Public Health has recommended residents continue to remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing. At this time, no further resident testing is required. Please be aware that Administration and nursing are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health. Residents’ primary care providers will be notified.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health and Saratoga County Public Health have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Out of an abundance of caution, Georgia’s Restaurant will be closed until lunch time on Tuesday, August 11 to avoid communal dining. We will revert to in-room meals via delivery until that time.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1562 or pwade@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Pati Wade

Director of Independent Living

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July 16, 2020

Dear Residents and Families:

I want to thank you for being very patient during these last four and a half months of closure at Woodlawn.  We know how hard it has been not being able to see one another. I am happy to say that we will be opening to visitors on Monday, July 20th.  With that being said, we are asking that we do it with some precautions.  We have been without a resident or staff member having the virus, and we would like to keep it that way.  Therefore, I am strongly recommending the following:

  • Only two (2) visitors over the age of 18 allowed in each apartment at a time. Please remember to still social distance and no hugging.
  • Please enter by way of the resident’s building (not the main entrance). If you have a problem entering, then come to the reception desk, and we will help you.
  • Visitors need to stay in the resident’s apartment. Do not visit other apartments.  You may go out and take a walk but wear your masks.
  • Visitors are not allowed in common areas due to more involved restrictions for Assisted Living residents.
  • A mask needs to be worn into and exiting the building and if you are near any other residents or staff.
  • At this time, the balconies can only be used by residents. This may change in the future.
  • We cannot have any visitors from Governor Cuomo’s restricted states. Please find the most current list HERE.

We will have hand sanitizer at each entrance.  Please make sure to use it coming in and out of the building.  Please remember to always wear a mask outside of the apartment (with it over your nose).  We are not out of the woods.  Recently, the cases are climbing, and we want to make sure they remain out of our community.

I can’t say it enough that we have gotten this far without any cases thanks to the residents and staff being so attentive with their personal precautions.  We need to continue being diligent in our fight against this virus.  Let’s make sure we open our doors and stay open.

Thank you always for your continued support.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (518) 691-1562 or at pwade@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Pati Wade

Director of Independent Living

 

May 8, 2020

Dear Independent Living Residents, Families and Friends:

Thank you again for all your support over these past many weeks as we all continue to struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic. Certainly, these are unprecedented times that we are all living through. As we approach the potential of some areas of the State starting the four phases of re-opening, I wanted to give you a sense of what that means for visitation restrictions at Woodlawn Commons.

As we all know New York State is on pause until at least May 15. The reality is that there may not be any parts of the State opening even then. Earlier this week the Governor put forth the seven requirements that each of the 10 regions in the State would need to meet before they started to reopen. Below I’ve pasted in the link to the State’s current chart showing and how each region matches up to the seven requirements. The link to the chart is: www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward.

Based on the requirements, as of today none of the 10 regions would be eligible to begin the reopening.  Hopefully some get there by May 15th. Saratoga is in the Capital Region. You can see that we need to meet three more prerequisites before the region can even begin to reopen. It is presumed that it will take several more weeks for our region to achieve all seven. Once we do, then the Governor’s 4 phased reopening process would begin. Each Phase will be given at least two weeks before the subsequent phase would be initiated. Retirement Communities are in Phase 4.

Let me lay out a possible example of when Phase 4 might first be implemented in the Capital Region, i.e. when could some type of person to person visitation at Woodlawn start. If it takes three or more weeks for our Region to achieve all seven requirements to reopening, then Phase 1 would not begin until the tail end of May, Phase 2 no sooner than Mid-June, Phase 3 no sooner than July 1st. Finally, Phase 4 could start in mid-July. This is the MOST OPTIMISTIC plan we can see for any level of easing of visitation restrictions at Woodlawn.

As you can see this is a complicated process and we may not even be halfway through it. In the meantime, we are working hard at accommodating any family that would like to have an electronic meeting.

Another measure we have taken is that we have placed a table in the vestibule area of the entrance at Woodlawn, i.e. between the two sets of doors. This table is to be used to drop off ALL packages including food, clothing, flowers, which are intended for a resident. As soon as you drop the item(s) turn around and leave the building a staff person will retrieve the item(s) and get it delivered.

We certainly recognize the vulnerability of many of our residents here at Woodlawn. While none of us like the measures we have taken, they are what is required by regulation and also just from a precautionary perspective. I understand the stress that this adds to many of you. That said, please realize that we cannot and will not deviate from these practices.

I continue to be pleased to say that at this time, none of our residents or staff at Woodlawn have tested positive or are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  

We continue to encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn Commons by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved one safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation, and we will continue to work with you to ensure staying connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Pati Wade at 518-691-1562 or myself at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

J Brian Nealon, CEO

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April 24, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends:

First and foremost, thank you for the outpouring of support we have received over the last few weeks. We greatly appreciate the donations and uplifting messages from our community. We also want to thank you for your continued respect of our current visitation guidelines as we work to defend against this virus.

I am sure you have seen the media reports about the impact this virus is having on senior living communities and nursing homes throughout the country.  We certainly recognize the vulnerability of many of our residents here at Woodlawn.  I want you to know that at this time, none of our staff or residents have tested positive or are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We continue to monitor our residents and staff closely, including full screenings of all staff members prior to each shift. If any resident exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, we will immediately take precautions to protect the community in concert with guidelines offered by the New York State Department of Health.

In the event we do have a positive test, additional steps will be taken, including the notification of all of you. We are also continuing to follow directives given by the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn Commons by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep  you safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation, and we will continue to work with our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1562 or Brian Nealon, CEO at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Patricia Wade

Director of Independent Living

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