768 Dorothy Street
El Cajon, CA 92019
January 14, 2021
Residents, Families and Partners:
We wanted to update you on the latest information about COVID in our Community. In our last round of mass testing on January 6, all staff and residents tested as negative. However, in our most recently round of weekly testing, we had 9 individuals in our Memory Care test positive and one staff member. On January 10, we had a resident who was transported off-site for care test positive for the virus as well. No staff tested as positive during the January 12 mass testing.
The 9 residents who did test positive in our January 12 mass testing remain in the building in isolation with cares being provided by dedicated staff under heighted infection control procedures.
We are sure you are aware of the current surge in COVID cases in our state and in our country in general. Unlike other facilities, we were not impacted by the earlier surge of the virus in the state. However, these test reveal that despite all of our infection control efforts, the virus has now entered our Community.
We are working closely with our local health department and are following their and CDC guidance. We will continue mass testing of staff and residents on a weekly basis. As always, we will directly contact residents, residents’ responsible parties and primary healthcare providers with a resident’s results and provide a general update to all soon after the results are received. We continue to monitor our residents for any changes in their condition and signs and symptoms of the virus, and we will contact responsible parties and primary healthcare providers to discuss any noted changes and next steps.
We are still awaiting more information about when the vaccines will be provided to our staff and residents. Again, we ask you to remember it will take time before the benefits of the vaccine will be experienced. The current vaccine benefits are not realized until after the second dose that takes place at least 21 – 28 days after the initial dose. We will provide you an update as soon as we have this information.
We still encourage all residents (and ask families to continue encourage residents) to:
- Stay in their apartments as much as possible.Staff can assist with obtaining needed items or doing needed tasks;
- When outside of their apartments, wear masks;
- Practice good hand hygiene; and
- When outside of their apartments, engaged in social distancing.
Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance.