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Woodlawn Commons Independent Living Updates

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March 9, 2021

Dear Independent Residents, Families and Staff:

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. They last worked today, March 9th and, unfortunately, they had contact with virtually every resident.  The staff person has been furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

All activities are cancelled until March 23rd, and I am asking that you stay in your apartment for (seven) 7 days except to get your mail and to go to your doctors’ appointments.  I would also encourage you not to have visitors for those (seven) 7 days as well.  Please check your temperature daily.  Also, if you order meals, we will be delivering to you rather than you pick up.  The staff will put your unsigned slip in your bag.  If there is a discrepancy, please call Rebecca in Georgia’s at (518) 691-1571.  The Country Store will also be closed but if you need anything, please call Gina or me, and we will get you what you need. We will continue to have your housekeeping done if you are scheduled.

Woodlawn has, and will continue to comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

Fortunately, we continue to have no positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents and staff as safe as possible.

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 everyone 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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March 1, 2021

Dear Independent Residents, Families and Staff:

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member recently tested positive for

COVID-19. They last worked on February 26th and had no resident contact. The Department of Health has been notified and after consultation with Saratoga County Public Health, at this time no further action is necessary as the individual had no contact with residents or other staff while in the building. The staff person has been furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Woodlawn has, and will continue to comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

Fortunately, we continue to have no positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents and staff as safe as possible.

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 everyone 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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OTHER RECENT UPDATES

January 7, 2021

Dear Independent Residents and Families:

After long discussions this week and what is happening in Saratoga County with the new strain of the coronavirus, I have come to the tough decision to stop outside visitation until we receive both doses of the vaccines and await the vaccine to take effect which is approximately 10-14 days.

I am also asking that you do not go out unless it is essential (i.e. groceries, pharmacy and doctors’ appointments).  And if you go out, please double mask.  We have learned that this helps while you are out in the community.

We are doing very well right now but as you know, it is too close to us, and I need to be cautious for all of you.  I know this will be hard on some of you but please know that I am trying to keep each and every one of you healthy so we can move on and hopefully enjoy the summer months.

I will still allow any aides or therapists that help with care.

Now the good news.  We are scheduled to have our first vaccine at Woodlawn on Monday, January 18th.  Gina and I will coordinate the sign up for the vaccine next week.  We are hoping for 100% participation.  Please, please, please sign up when we call you.  We want to be able to open again and be done with COVID, and I know you all want that too.  Let’s show other facilities that we are all on board with this vaccine.  I know I am anxiously awaiting mine.

Please call me with any questions you may have.  I can be reached at (518) 691-1562.

Sincerely,

Patricia Wade

Director of Independent Living

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January 6, 2021

Dear Independent Residents, Families and Staff:

Woodlawn Commons was informed earlier today that another staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on January 5, 2021.  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.

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.

Out of an abundance of caution, Georgia’s Restaurant will remain closed until Wednesday, January 20, 2021 to avoid communal dining.  Assisted living will continue with in-room meals via delivery until that time.  Independent residents can still order off the menu as usual and the meals will be delivered to your apartments.

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 everyone 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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