In an effort to remain transparent and provide comfort to our residents and families, The Village will provide a daily report of any COVID-19 illnesses and/or deaths. While The Village has not had a positive COVID-19 case in our community, we hope that this communication will provide peace of mind that we continue to keep the safety of our residents and staff at the forefront during this public health emergency.
We continue to take preventative measures and believe that these practices have had a direct impact on our fight against COVID-19.
Those steps include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Wearing personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, gowns, etc
- Following appropriate handwashing protocol.
- Employee screenings which include the CDC questionnaire and temperature reading at the beginning of each shift.
- Meal delivery to resident apartments to allow for social distancing during meals.
- Ensuring resident groups continue to have 10 or less participants while social distancing during activities.
- Daily disinfection of frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, countertops, etc.
- Restriction of outside visitors to only “medically necessary” personnel. Medically necessary personnel are assessed for symptoms upon entering the community upon each visit.
- Residents with symptoms will be “quarantined” to their apartments. Residents will not be allowed to be in any communal areas including hallways. Full Preventative Protective Equipment (PPE) including, masks, gowns, gloves, face shield or goggles will be utilized by staff. The resident must always wear a mask when staff enter the apartment. The residents’ physician will provide care oversight. The residents’ family and physician will receive daily updates on the resident’s condition.
- Residents that have a hospital-based visit will be “isolated” to their apartments for 14 days as hospitals may provide a high risk for infection. Isolated residents will not be allowed to be in any communal areas including hallways. The resident will be assessed daily for symptoms. Staff will wear PPE.
- Residents that have medical appointments in non-hospital-based offices will be “isolated” for 7 days due to a lower risk of infection. The resident will not be allowed to be in any communal areas including hallways. The resident will be assessed daily for symptoms. Staff will wear PPE.
- The Village remains to be fully staffed and requires everyone to wear a mask at all times within the community.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
COVID-19 is thought to be spread mainly between people who are in close and prolonged contact with one another (approximately 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced by an infected individual. It may also be spread by touching a surface object that has virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. Symptoms may not be visible for several days even though the person is infected.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can lead to respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, new onset of lack of taste, smell or discoloration on the feet. In some cases, it can be more severe than the flu, with higher mortality rate. Individuals 60 years or older and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are at high risk.
STAYING IN TOUCH
Many families are continuing to “love from a distance” through phone calls, SKYPE, Facetime and “Window Visits”. Please contact Amber Doty, Activities Director, if you would like to schedule a “Virtual” visit. Furthermore, families may deliver resident supplies such as food, medication, toiletries etc. daily Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 9:30am and 4:30pm – 5:30pm at the front door at The Village.
Please direct questions or concerns to Shelly Miller, Executive Director, or Lisa Glaser, Wellness Director at 812-429-0701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. More information on COVID-19 is available at the following links:
CDC COVID 19 webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
ISDH COVID-19 webpage: https://coronavirus.in.gov
CDC Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Voices Indiana, Inc.
Number of Positive Cases: 0
Number of Deaths: 0