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Update from Administrator – June 24, 2021

Dear Family Members and Responsible Parties,

I hope this email finds you enjoying this beautiful day

Covid-19 Update

Newtown Rehabilitation and Health Care Center remains Covid-19 free. There are no positive cases among residents, nor staff.

As a result, we will only test staff and residents once per month going forward. In the event of an Outbreak, we will need to test residents and staff until one round of testing has been completed and there are no new positive test results.

As always, I will keep you updated if we receive any positive test results.

Visitation

In light of the fact that there are no positive Covid-19 results among residents and staff, visitation within the facility is allowed. We continue to ask that everyone wears a mask when entering the facility for the protection of residents and staff.

Visits no longer need to be pre-arranged through the Recreation Dept. However, upon arrival, you must be screened at the front desk and complete the Visitor responsibility guide.

You will be able to visit your loved ones in his/her room if that is your choice. If not, you can continue to visit outdoors or in the Lobby.

You don’t need to be escorted to your loved one’s room. Also, there is no longer a time frame for the length of your visit.  Two visitors can visit at one time in your loved one’s room.

If your loved one has a roommate who can not leave the room, we ask that you follow the core principles of infection prevention: hand hygiene, wear a mask, maintain social distancing from the roommate and keep your loved one’s privacy curtain closed.

Visits in the room can occur regardless of the vaccine status of the resident or family members.  Residents and visitors who are fully vaccinated can visit without distancing and source control masks if alone in the resident’s room, or alone in a designated area.

For residents who are temporarily on the Transmissions-Based Unit,  virtual or window visits continue to be offered.

If a loved one receives compassionate care visits, the family members are required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

As always, if an outbreak occurs, families and responsible parties will be notified that indoor visitation will stop, except for Compassionate Care Visits/End of Life Visits, until one round of testing has been completed. Indoor visitation can resume on the unaffected units as long as no new cases are identified anywhere else in the facility. Indoor visitations would remain suspended on the affected unit until there have been no new cases in 14 days.

Outdoor visits would not stop during an outbreak for residents living on the unaffected units.

Friday Phone Call

Tomorrow 6/25 we will have our Friday Call with Family Members and Responsible Parties at 1:00 p.m.

In closing, I would like to thank the many family members who attended the Roylety Steelpan Band Concert last evening. I think our residents had a wonderful time singing along and moving to the music. To say they all looked content would be an understatement. Thank you for making the time to join in the celebration.

 

Best wishes for nice remainder of the day.  I hope to speak with many of you tomorrow afternoon.
Sincerely,
Linda A. Urbanski, Ph.D., Administrator

June 24, 2021