With Thanksgiving this week, the Department of Health (DOH) has provided updated guidance discouraging residents from leaving Rosa Coplon Living Center for gatherings. This guidance aims to keep residents and staff safe and healthy, as COVID-19 cases are widespread throughout Erie County.
Per the DOH, it is encouraged that residents follow all recommended infection prevention and control measures outside the facility, including:
- Limiting close contact with others (maintaining physical distancing of six feet or more), avoiding large gatherings and keeping gatherings as small as possible, and use of technology to engage with others remotely
- Wear facemasks or cloth face covering to the extent possible
- Performing frequent hand hygiene
- Avoiding sharing of communal food or drinks
Per DOH guidelines, residents who leave the facility must:
- Quarantine or minimize contact to the extent safely possible prior to their return to the facility.
Be quarantined on transmission-based precautions upon return to the facility for 14 days.
Test negative immediately (within 24 hours) prior to their return to the facility.
- Be tested at least three times during the 14-day quarantine period at the facility, including on the first day (upon return) and the last day that a resident must be quarantined.
If you have already made arrangements to take your loved one out of the facility for Thanksgiving, you will be contacted by a staff member who will share further DOH guidance that will require written consent prior to your loved one’s departure from the facility. Per the DOH, the leaving resident and a family member or friend must attest in writing that you:
- Are aware of the risks involved with taking the resident out of the facility;
- Will follow masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene practices pursuant to CDC and DOH directives;
- Will notify the facility if the resident becomes ill within one week of leaving the facility;
- Will notify the facility if anyone with whom the resident socialized tests positive for COVID-19 or influenza or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza within 14 days of the resident’s return to the facility;
- Will communicate with the facility about a return date for the resident to the facility in accordance with the facility’s policy; and
- Will quarantine or minimize contact (or assist the resident to do so) to the extent safely possible prior to return to the facility.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 716-639-3311 ext. 2218. We take COVID-19 very seriously and appreciate your understanding.
Cases of COVID-19 are widespread in Erie County and Western New York, and much of Erie County has been designated as an orange zone. We have eight residents that have tested positive for COVID-19, and seven employees that have tested positive within Rosa Coplon Living Center.
Please review the important information below as we work together to protect and care for residents:
Per Department of Health (DOH) recommendations, please do not take residents out of Rosa Coplon except for medically necessary appointments. Staying onsite is the best way to protect residents from contracting the illness while cases are widespread in Erie County.
Care for residents with COVID-19 is provided within one unit to prevent the potential spread of the virus. We continue to work closely with the DOH to follow the latest recommendations and requirements.
To ensure safety for everyone, staff wear personal protective equipment required by the DOH, including N95 masks, eye protection, gowns, and gloves. Staff training on best practices has been ongoing as we strive to provide the best possible care. In addition, we continue to follow DOH guidelines to test staff for COVID-19.
Our facility uses a comprehensive, science-based disinfection program. We are extremely lucky to have a pulsed UV disinfection system proven to eliminate pathogens such as coronavirus from surfaces in seconds. This technology is also used in many hospitals. In addition, we continue to use our Storm 2 Pro Dual Pressure sprayer to help with sanitizing here on campus. The pressure sprayer can penetrate difficult areas beyond just surface cleaning. Our 7-step cleaning process follows CDC infection control guidance using hospital-grade disinfectants.