Dear Aldersly Residents and Family,
Over the last 14 days, California has had significant drops in active coronavirus cases combined with increases in vaccinations administered. This has caused local and state public health departments to issue re-opening of next phases for many of the counties, including Marin.
Most of my time over these last several months has been consumed with issues related to the virus; interpreting mandates and orders, understanding vaccine and variant details and applying protocols per the situation. I am constantly thinking of ways we can interact with each other during this crisis and beyond. With over 95% of Aldersly residents and staff fully vaccinated, we want to begin to reopen Aldersly while still maintaining the safety of our residents and staff as our highest priority. Therefore, in order for us to move forward in the phasing, residents and families should begin discussing the level of interactions that would be practical and safe and how to limit residents’ unnecessary external interaction.
Residents, families and staff should understand that full vaccination does not mean full immunity. There is still risk in our interactions with others and there are still many unknowns related to the coronavirus. Moreover, we must be self-accountable and comply with the fundamental rules and mandates such as wearing face coverings and keeping our physical distance. Face coverings, physical distancing and proper hand hygiene are not going to go away, so please continue to use them. As an extra safety precaution, we are placing KN-95 masks in IL resident inter-community mailboxes weekly to help ensure safety when out in public.
As of today, no resident or staff member has a positive test for COVID-19. Assuming no residents become ill or test positive, the team and I will be working on our protocol for Phase 3 at Aldersly. This will include small indoor group activities, in-person dining, and more resident-to-resident interaction. Family or caregivers interested in becoming Essential Visitors may apply to be part of the program. Testing requirements will still be required regardless of the vaccination program.
It is in the best interest of all of us at Aldersly that our visitors and families should continue to be careful with their interactions with others outside of Aldersly. It is not just how you interact with others, but also how those you are in contact with (such as other family members) interact with the greater population.
Even though we are not able to be with each other this Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, or Mardi Gras, I hope that you will find creative ways to express your caring spirit to one another. We will do all we can to make our community joyful during the month of February while keeping our residents and staff safe.
Thank you again for helping us keep Aldersly safe.