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COVID-19

COVID-19 Information and Response Overview

Letter from our CEO

July 15, 2020

Dear Residents and Team Members,

It has been more than four months since coronavirus and COVID-19 became part of our every-day conversations. For many, the initial adrenaline, fear and excitement have given way to anxiety and fatigue. In these challenging times we continue to experience hope through inspiring moments.

My purpose in writing today is to bring you up to date on how ECS continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and how that response is shaped by what we have learned and continue to learn about the virus.

When the virus first landed on the West Coast in Washington State, we did not understand how serious it was and how challenging it would become. Today, mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is our organizing principle. Our whole team begins work every day knowing that keeping everyone safe is Job #1.

In early March, ECS was not fully stocked with a pandemic level of personal protective equipment or food supplies. Our orders for food and protective equipment were not filled or were diverted to the military and hospitals. Through sharing of supplies and concentrated purchasing efforts, today all of our communities are reliably supplied with a margin of safety.

In the beginning, we didn’t know what all the symptoms of COVID-19 were. The CDC had provided a very short list. To obtain a coronavirus test required a doctor’s order based on symptoms. Today, we test all staff members on a regular basis, as well as offer and encourage resident testing. Most test results are now received within 24 to 48 hours.

Common sense has dictated for over a hundred years that we wear masks as part of our defense against infectious diseases. It is no surprise that we are reminded of the positive benefits of simple precautions such as wearing masks, washing our hands and maintaining appropriate physical distance. By adhering rigorously to these precautions, we can look forward to more interaction and connection with neighbors, friends and family.

We once thought that a coronavirus diagnosis meant hospitalization, but we find that by having an effective COVID-19 isolation plan we can safely accommodate most residents without requiring a dangerous trip to a hospital.

We work daily to make life more palatable for residents by taking steps like creating outdoor spaces for visits with friends and family, implementing communication tools enabling audio-visual connection, and supporting neighborhood organizational efforts/campaigns. We bring this up in every staff meeting.

However, there is no substitute for our wonderful communities and the caring expressed by and to each other. During this time of isolation and separation, residents and staff are reaching out on a regular basis, looking out for each other. This is the value of living in community.

Each of you has done your part, either by creating or participating in fun exercises like the Memorial Day paper airplane contests or the wonderful ukulele orchestra that accompanies residents singing from balconies. Some of the fun innovations will probably become part of routine life in our communities.

It seems, though, that we take two steps forward and then one step back as with the governor’s message yesterday closing a number of public areas. One thing is for certain – this invisible enemy uses our love, kindness and resulting need for physical closeness against us. So now, we have to slow down our plans to safely open beauty salons and gyms; however, we are prepared to quickly reinstate those plans when possible.

What we all have done together has worked and likely saved lives, but we cannot become complacent.

This summer and fall will have their own sets of challenges and complications, and I want to thank all residents and team members in advance. You have worked tirelessly and diligently, often under very trying circumstances, to keep everyone safe. None of you volunteered for this. And yet you have made all our lives more tolerable by your patience, your understanding, and your continued positive attitudes.

One day, we will look back on this time, and we will see heroes and role models, friends and colleagues who stood together in the face of uncertainty and hardship.

Stay safe, stay strong and may God continue to bless us all.

James S. Rothrock
President & CEO

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Archived CEO COVID-19 Updates

May 13, 2020

It’s safer to stay at home. COVID-19 has not changed. – Dr. Barbara Ferrer, May 10, 2020

With many businesses reopening and more people out and about, it would appear conditions in Southern California are improving. The news, however, paints an all but certain picture.

Last Sunday the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which governments rely on for projections of where the pandemic is going, increased the projected number of deaths in California through August to 6,086. That’s an increase to the original projection of 1,420.

On Monday Governor Newsom announced that 70% of California’s economy had reopened, and L.A. County reported that daily new cases and deaths were below the seven-day averages. And yet on Tuesday, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced a three-month extension of safer-at-home orders. It’s very confusing, as you can see.

What is certain, though, is that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people 65 years of age and older, with L.A. and Orange counties reporting 75% and 70% respectively of total COVID-19-related deaths coming from that group.

Absent a vaccine and/or medication to treat the disease, the most effective defense we have is testing. Testing provides a snapshot of where we are at the moment, identifies asymptomatic carriers, and informs our decisions regarding the reintroduction of services and programs. But test results are not always accurate and should not provide a false sense of security. Furthermore, testing does not prevent someone from immediately contracting the virus after receiving a test.

As you know, ECS has done lots of testing on its campuses. We will continue to test staff members, and I hope that every one of you will take advantage of the opportunities to be tested when they are available. To date, the tests have identified four non-symptomatic COVID-19-positive team members and agency staff, who, without those tests and through no fault of their own, would have continued to work, potentially spreading the virus to residents and fellow team members. We are monitoring these team members and praying for their safe return to work.

We are truly in this together, and though some decisions are mandated by regulatory agencies, many come about through collaboration with residents and team members. In our weekly resident leadership Zoom meetings, we discuss the latest guidance and gain insight into specific issues affecting resident life. We know you want this to be over. We all do. For now, the most powerful tool we have is to be tested.

Fatigue is a natural consequence of isolation and anxiety, and I am so sorry you’re having to go through what you’re going through. I encourage you, though, to remember the words of Francis of Assisi – Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Sincerely,

James S. Rothrock
President & CEO

April 2, 2020

In fierce storms we must do one thing…we must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there. – old seaman

Although we receive additional information every day, and sometimes minute by minute, two activities continue to provide the best defense against the coronavirus – maintaining a distance of six feet from others and washing our hands after touching any surface that may have been exposed to the virus. As in a fierce storm, we must stay the course by maintaining these vital preventive measures throughout the crisis.

We all see how the numbers go up every day. Reality says that this virus will touch us. Already we have had one employee test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. I am happy to report, this employee is at home recovering and seems to be doing well. But this is not likely our last case.

Over the past weeks, we have worked to limit the transmission of the virus while at the same time preparing for potential cases within our communities. We have sought to explain the actions taking place to contain the spread of the virus and to care for those affected by it through the Frequently Asked Questions, updates on the ecsforseniors.org website, and printed sheets placed under residents’ doors, near timeclocks and throughout our communities.

While your safety is our paramount concern, so, too, is your mental and overall physical health. The need to have mental stimulation and, frankly, fun doesn’t go away because of an out-of-control virus.

Life Enrichment departments continue to advance new virtual programs –fitness, cooking, education, and worship. If you haven’t already explored these opportunities, please do. They can help turn this time of social remoteness into a time of growth. And, if you need assistance connecting with loved ones and friends, please contact your Life Enrichment department. Six months ago, few of us were aware of Zoom. Today people across America are using it to have birthday parties, family reunions, and to spend meaningful time with loved ones. We can help you with that. Let’s work together to find the positive in this sad and chaotic situation.

Finally, I thank each of you for your personal contribution to the safety and well-being of not only yourselves, but those around you. The seas are rough! But stay the course, and eventually they will calm.

Please take a moment to view a caring, compassionate and encouraging message from the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. John H. Taylor to the ECS family.

Sincerely,

James S. Rothrock
President & CEO

Latest Updates & Protocols

What we’re doing now

Precautions

Our residents and team members understand the importance of their roles within the community to protect themselves and each other. We continue our vigilance in following precautions to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19.  In addition to washing hands frequently, wearing masks, and keeping a physical distance from others, our community continues the following protocols to keep themselves and others safe:

Community Entrance: Entrances to ECS communities are limited to a single point of entry to allow for health screening, including a temperature check, for everyone who enters and exits the building.

Masks:

  • All team members are required to wear masks and additional personal protective equipment (PPE), depending on their position. Specific guidance for team members can be found on Paylocity.
  • Residents should wear their masks whenever any team member is in their apartment for any reason and when they leave their apartment or leave the campus for any reason.
    • Exceptions: when walking outdoors, if alone or with a member of your household or pet, you may remove your mask, but please have it accessible to put on when approaching others.
  • All visitors, guests, and contractors will be required to be escorted, wash their hands and wear a mask while on the campus.

Our Commitment to Cleanliness: In our everyday cleaning, ECS Communities, uses the highest classification of disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization to treat known pathogens.

Surface Areas: In public spaces, we have used hospital-grade disinfectants, which is done with increased frequency. In our residences, our communities have added to its detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants.

Resident, Team Member, and Guest Contact: To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 transmission through person-to-person contact, we have placed signage throughout each campus to remind everyone to maintain physical distancing protocols and have removed or re-arranged furniture to allow more space for distancing. We also have placed additional hand sanitizer stations throughout each campus.

Testing Protocols

Episcopal Communities & Services has adopted an aggressive approach in our fight against COVID-19. Testing provides us with valuable information to keep our residents and team members safe. While these results only represent a snapshot in time, it does allow us to identify individuals who do not present any symptoms and might otherwise go undetected.

We are fortunate to have excellent resources to aide us in this approach, which allow us to proactively test our residents and team members under the following schedule onsite at the Life Plan Community in which they work and live:

  • Testing is required of all Care Center (Skilled Nursing Facility) team members: twice weekly
  • Testing is required of all direct care team members, including outside agency, temporary staff, contractors, and team members with more than one job: weekly
  • Testing is required of all other team members: monthly
  • All residents are offered and encouraged to be tested: monthly

*These frequencies may increase at any given time.

Outcomes

Resident and Team Member Monitoring

If a resident or team member tests positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a community health bulletin is issued to inform the ECS community affected. In addition to rigorous testing, residents and team members are monitored for symptoms on an ongoing basis. They may also be placed on quarantine and require testing following a hospital stay, international or domestic travel using mass transportation, if they are a new resident, or had high exposure to an individual that tests positive for COVID-19.

Any resident or team member that tests positive will self-isolate according to licensing and regulatory guidelines. Contact tracing is conducted in all positive COVID-19 cases and any resident or team member identified with having significant exposure will also quarantine according to licensing and regulatory guidelines.

Each community has a separate area on campus with designated team members for any resident to use if they need care in isolation as a result of COVID-19.  This area contains its own supply room and showers for use by the dedicated heroes in the COVID unit.

 

Health Bulletins

 

January 17, 2021

COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Twelve Oaks

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. We ran additional tests this week and one more resident test came back positive. Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Tuesday, January 19

Please continue to get tested regularly, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 17, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Canterbury

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals who could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The results from January 14 have come in. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/11/21 0 Residents = 0

Residential Team members/Contractor = 4

Care Center Team members/Contractor = 0

77%
1/14/21 0 Residents = 0

Residential Team members/Contractor = 2 NEW

Care Center Team members/Contractor = 0

KEY:

Residential = Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Care Center = Skilled Nursing Facility

Team member = All employees of The Canterbury (i.e. direct care, environmental services, dining, marketing, administration, etc.)

Contractor = All non-Canterbury staff (i.e. agency staff, private duty aids, beauticians, physical therapy)

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 18 & Thursday, January 21

Please continue to get tested regulary, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 15, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – MonteCedro

 We are saddened to inform you that a resident in The Courtyard passed away today. This resident suffered from underlying illnesses and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends and our team members.

This loss reminds us once again that we must continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to contain this virus. Our team in Pastoral Care and Resident Services have resources to provide support to you during these difficult times.

Please protect the community by wearing masks when in close contact to others, keeping a minimum of 6 feet distance from others when possible, and  practicing good hygiene – frequently washing your hands, avoid handshakes, hugs and touching your face.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 15, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Twelve Oaks

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The following results are for a test taken outside of our routine testing. Results from this week will be provided once received.

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/12/21 0 Residents = 0

Team members = 2

TBD
Test taken outside of Twelve Oaks Team members = 1

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

 

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Friday, January 15

Next test date: Tuesday, January 19

Please protect the community by continuing to get tested regularly, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 15, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – MonteCedro

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The results from this week’s tests are as follows:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/11/21 0 Residents = 0

Team members = 0

Agency = 0

60%

 

1/12/21 1 Residents = 0

Team members = 1

Agency = 0

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next resident test date: Monday, January 18

Please continue to get tested regularly, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 15, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Covington

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The results from this week’s tests are as follows:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation
1/12/21 & 1/13/21 0 Residents = 1

Team members = 5

Agency = 1

84%
Test taken outside of The Covington Team members = 1

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

 

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date:      Tuesday, January 19 (Team Members/Agency)

                             Wednesday, January 20 (Residents)

Please protect your community by getting vaccinated, test regularly, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 11, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN- Canterbury

 We regret to inform you that a resident in the Care Center passed away over the weekend. This resident suffered from underlying illnesses and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

The losses we have experienced are a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to contain this virus. Our team in Pastoral Care, Resident Relations, or Social Services have resources to provide support to you during these difficult times.

Please protect the community by wearing masks when in close contact to others, keeping a minimum of 6 feet distance from others when possible, and  practicing good hygiene – frequently washing your hands, avoid handshakes, hugs and touching your face.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 11, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Twelve Oaks

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. After last week’s results came in, we ran additional tests and two more resident tests came back positive. We are still awaiting the remaining results and will keep you informed once those come in.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Tuesday, January 12

We’ve had great response from both residents and team members to receive their first dose of the vaccine on January 15. Residents and team members that tested positive last week and over the weekend will be offered the vaccine on February 5, as we need to wait 14 days from their positive result before a vaccine can be administered.

We still need to get through the second dose to be fully vaccinated. All vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others. Please continue to get tested regularly, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 11, 2021

COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN-MonteCedro

We regret to inform you that a resident in The Courtyard passed away yesterday. This resident suffered from underlying illnesses and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
The losses we have experienced are a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to contain this virus. Our team in Pastoral Care and Resident Services have resources to provide support to you during these difficult times.
Please protect the community by wearing masks when in close contact to others, keeping a minimum of 6 feet distance from others when possible, and practicing good hygiene – frequently washing your hands, avoid handshakes, hugs and touching your face.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 10, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN- Canterbury

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals who could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/4/21 0 Residents = 1 (Residential)

Residential Team members/Contractor = 1

Care Center Team members/Contractor = 2

89%

(from both testing days)

1/7/21 0 Residents = 0

Residential Team members/Contractor = 2 NEW

Care Center Team members/Contractor = 1 NEW

Test taken outside of The Canterbury Residential Team members/Contractor = 1 NEW

 

KEY:

Residential = Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Care Center = Skilled Nursing Facility

Team member = All employees of The Canterbury (i.e. direct care, environmental services, dining, marketing, administration, etc.)

Contractor = All non-Canterbury staff (i.e. agency staff, private duty aids, beauticians, physical therapy)

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 11 & Thursday, January 14

We’ve had great response from both residents and team members to receive their first dose of the vaccine, but we still need to get through the second dose to be fully vaccinated. All vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others. Please continue to get tested regulary, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 9, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Twelve Oaks

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The results from this week’s testing are as follows:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/5/21 0 Residents = 9

Team members = 1

97%

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Tuesday, January 12

We’ve had great response from both residents and team members to receive their first dose of the vaccine, but we still need to get through the second dose to be fully vaccinated. All vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others. Please continue to get tested regulary, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19

January 9, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – MonteCedro

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. All but one result from the tests taken last week have come in. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/4/21 0 Residents = 6 (5 Independent Living + 1 Courtyard)

Team members = 1

Agency = 0

64% IL

 

1/5/21 1 Residents = 0

Team members = 0

Agency = 1 NEW

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 11

We’ve had great response from both residents and team members to receive their first dose of the vaccine, but we still need to get through the second dose to be fully vaccinated. All vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others. Please continue to get tested regulary, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 8, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Covington

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The results from the tests taken this week are all in. The new totals are as follows:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation
1/5/21 & 1/6/21 0 Residents = 0

Team members = 4

Agency = 0

84%

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

 

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date:      Tuesday, January 12 (Team Members/Agency)

                             Wednesday, January 13 (Residents)

We’ve had great response from both residents and team members to receive their first dose of the vaccine, but we still need to get through the second dose to be fully vaccinated. All vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others. Please continue to get tested regulary, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands and follow quarantine guidance if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are working with the Department of Public Health and other regulatory authorities about when we can loosen these precautions and visitation protocols post-vaccine and will keep you updated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 7, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. An additional test was taken outside of the regularly scheduled testing at Twelve Oaks. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
12/29/20 0 Residents = 0

Team members = 2

86%
Test taken outside of Twelve Oaks Team member = 1 NEW

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Tuesday, January 12

Protect your community by 1) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 2) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 3) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 4) wear your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

 

January 7, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – Canterbury

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals who could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The following are results from Monday’s test:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/4/21 1 Residents = 1 (Residential)

Residential Team members/Contractor = 1

Care Center Team members/Contractor = 2

73

The participation % will be provided after the 1/7/21 tests are added.

KEY:

Residential = Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Care Center = Skilled Nursing Facility

Team member = All employees of The Canterbury (i.e. direct care, environmental services, dining, marketing, administration, etc.)

Contractor = All non-Canterbury staff (i.e. agency staff, private duty aids, beauticians, physical therapy)

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 11 & Thursday, January 14

Protect your community by 1) getting vaccinated; 2) testing regularly; 3) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 4) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 5) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 6) wearing your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 7, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN – MonteCedro

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The follow results are for tests taken on Monday:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
1/4/21 0 Residents = 6 (5 Independent Living + 1 Courtyard)

Team members = 1

Agency = 0

64% IL

 

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 11

Protect your community by 1) getting vaccinated; 2) testing regularly; 3) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 4) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 5) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 6) wearing your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 4, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The remaining results from the tests taken last week have come in. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation
12/29/20 0 Residents = 0

Team members = 6 (5 + 1 NEW)

Agency = 1

85%
Test taken outside of The Covington Team members = 1 (1 NEW)

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

 

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date:      Tuesday, January 5 (Team Members/Agency)

                             Wednesday, January 6 (Residents)

Protect your community by 1) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 2) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 3) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 4) wear your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

January 4, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The remaining results from the tests taken last week have come in. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
12/28/20 0 Residents = 7 (4 Independent + 3 Courtyard)

Team members = 0

Agency = 0

66% = IL

50% = CY

12/29/20 0 Residents = 0

Team members = 3 (1 + 2 NEW)

Agency = 3

Test taken outside of MonteCedro Residents = 2 (1 Independent + 1 Independent NEW)

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 11

Protect your community by 1) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 2) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 3) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 4) wear your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 4, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN

Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals who could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The remaining results from the tests taken last week have come in. The new totals are as follows with updates indicated below as NEW:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation*
12/28/20 0 Residents = 0

Residential Team members/Contract = 2

Care Center Team members/Contract = 4

82%

(from both testing days)

12/30/20 0 Residents = 0

Residential Team members/Contract = 0

Care Center Team members/Contract = 0

Test taken outside of

The Canterbury

Residential Team members/Contract = 2 NEW

 

*Based on resident census. Does not include those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days as they are advised not to retest at this time.

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Monday, January 4 or Thursday, January 7

Protect your community by 1) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 2) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 3) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 4) wear your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

January 2, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN-Canterbury

 We regret to inform you that two residents in the Care Center passed away this week. Both residents suffered from longterm illnesses and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Although we have been able to begin administering the Moderna vaccine to residents in our highest levels of care, we must continue to follow all precautions until the second doses are administered and antibodies are built.

Through our partnership with CVS, we have been working with the Department of Public Health to schedule the Pfizer vaccine for the residents and team in Residential. We are awaiting confirmation for when they will be onsite to administer the vaccine and will inform you as soon as possible.

Please protect your community by wearing masks when in close contact to others, keeping a minimum of 6 feet distance from others when possible, and  practicing good hygiene – frequently washing your hands, avoid handshakes, hugs and touching your face.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

 

January 1, 2021

 COMMUNITY HEALTH BULLETIN- Covington

 Testing provides valuable information to protect residents and team members by identifying individuals that could be carrying the virus unknowingly. The results from the tests from this week are as follows:

 

Testing Date Pending Results Positive Results Resident Test Participation
12/29/20 9 Residents = 0

Team members = 5

Agency = 1

85%

*Based on resident census, but not reflective of those who have had a positive test in the previous 90 days who are advised not to retest at this time.

 

Contact tracing is complete and those with potential exposure have been notified.

Next test date: Tuesday, January 5

Protect your community by 1) wearing your mask every time you leave your apartment; 2) wear it properly, making sure it covers your nose and mouth; 3) do not lower your mask to talk with anyone or if you have to sneeze; and 4) wear your mask every time anyone enters your apartment for the entire time they are there.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Pewtress, COVID-19 Communications Director at covid19info@ecsforseniors.org or 626-476-2647.

 

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Please refer to these organizations for the latest public health information in the regions we serve.

financial times           los angeles times       healthcare agency   pasadena public health department       county of LA public health     CDCthe orange county       world health organization

 

As it has always been, the safety and security of our residents, team members, and their families remains our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments.

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