March 11, 2020
To Our Residents, Guests and Family Members:
The current COVID-19 world outbreak situation, in addition to confirmed cases in Grafton County, means that it is critical that we take every precaution possible. We must prevent this virus from entering our buildings. Protecting our resident’s health is our top priority.
The CDC has done a careful review of the death rate in the elderly, especially those with chronic diseases. Experts are recommending we take action to limit individuals from entering our building and to ensure sick employees stay home.
Early data shows that
• The mortality rate for people over 80 in the general population is 15% in China.
• The World Health Organization report estimates the mortality rate at 21.9% for those over 80.
• At the nursing home in Washington state, there have been 50 residents who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As of March 9, 2020, 19 of those have died. This is a high death rate.
There is a risk that people who appear healthy will enter nursing homes and infect residents. Studies of past viral epidemics where recommending prevention was delayed were not effective. These studies show that the sooner we limit interactions with each other and wash our hands frequently, the virus spreads more slowly.
These facts have led many to recommend severe limitations on visitors. This describes why we have taken this action now.
At this time, entry into our Community is permitted only by individuals providing care for residents and in end of life situations at these times Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday – Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Entry will be allowed by those individuals only after screening is preformed by one of our designated staff members and they have observed the individual following proper hand sanitation.
We hope this explains to you why we are asking people not to visit. This may prevent you from physically seeing your family member or friend. Our residents’ health is our top concern. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect them. We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. Please contact the Resident Relations Department should you need assistance with these alternatives. Please contact the facility with any questions at 603-279-8111.
Rosemary Simino, NHA