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Coronavirus Update 09.18.20

Dear Aldersly Family,

We are closely monitoring the action plans of federal, state and local governments as they reopen the economy in conjunction with the spread of COVID-19. While it is great to see the efforts moving forward, we remain cautiously optimistic.

Aldersly is still governed by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Public Health. These agencies have applied different guidelines for Aldersly that may not coincide with the county’s reopening strategy. Marin County announced the plan to continue moving forward regarding their Marin Recovers Reopening strategy. This continuation included the opening of indoor dining, salons, gyms and all retail with restricted guidelines as of September 15, 2020.

Our Aldersly team established our phased plan with careful consideration of the recommendations of public health officials. While we were hopeful to continue moving forward on our phased plan, Aldersly will continue to follow our Phase I protocols through the following weeks.

As part of our monitoring process, we will perform regular COVID-19 testing of all employees and residents living in the Health Center and Assisted Living. We are currently evaluating how testing can be done for Independent Living, using rapid testing, to grant those residents increased opportunities for interaction with visitors and each other. Having a rapid testing machine would allow us to reduce the time a resident spends in quarantine before allowing family visits. Unfortunately, the antigen rapid testing machines are expensive and cost health care facilities $5,000 plus testing supplies. So in the interim, our recent actions to perform contact tracing and testing will continue to be used to test if future residents or employees test positive.

I know how hard and difficult this situation has been. We understand that the excitement of Marin County moving forward may create increased desires to see one another. Please observe our current guidelines. We will do all we can to make our residents enjoy the following weeks while keeping everyone safe.

Thank you again for your cooperation. Your support in following our guidelines has helped us keep our residents COVID-free. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or suggestions.

Warm regards,
Gilbert Carrasco
Executive Director