October 1: COVID-19 Seven-Day Stay Home Guidance
As part of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) guidance and to boost the surveillance of COVID-19, nursing facilities are required to conduct testing based on specific data shared through the CDC. These guidelines include testing team members on a certain frequency based on the COVID-19 positivity rate for the county the nursing facility resides in. The rate for Botetourt County is currently 14.5% and rising.
The Glebe administration and team continue to act with an abundance of caution for the protection of our residents, their families and our team members. As this virus is becoming more widespread in our region, and the recent positive test result of a team member, The Glebe needs to increase precautionary measures by following the recommendations promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMS and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
Due to testing on September 28, The Glebe’s leadership team learned that a certified nursing assistant (CNA) tested positive. The CNA works in the health care area as well as in home care for independent living residents. Based on contract tracing, there were approximately 13 residents in independent living who may have been exposed.
Those 13 residents have been tested for COVID-19 and asked to self-quarantine in their apartment or cottage until results are received, or until further notice. In addition, Wednesday, September 30, the Glebe’s clinical team was notified that two more independent living residents may have been exposed during a recent visitation by an outside visitor that tested positive for COVID-19. Those residents have been tested and asked to self-quarantine until results are returned or until further notice.
VDH has been notified and The Glebe’s team continues to follow all recommended guidelines for infection prevention and spread. All team members will continue to be tested in accordance with Botetourt County’s positivity rate until all tests are negative.
Residents in health care will be tested Friday, October 2, as part of the required testing as outlined in the guidance by CMS and CDC.
Due to the level of potential exposure to residents in independent living, assisted living, health care and memory care, The Glebe’s administrative team, in conjunction with LifeSpire of Virginia, and VDH have decided to issue a seven-day temporary restriction of visitors.
Seven-Day Guidance: October 1–8
Beginning today, October 1 through Thursday, October 8, The Glebe will reinstate the following measures:
- All residents are asked to stay home and self-quarantine for the next seven days. We are asking everyone to limit their time in the community common spaces to reduce the risk of ongoing exposure. If you come into the common space, you must wear a face mask, practice ongoing hand hygiene and ensure you are socially distant from your neighbors.
- Families, visitors and outside vendors are suspended from The Glebe for the next seven days. We understand how important family and friends are, especially during a time of anxiety and uncertainty. However, we must be diligent in protecting our community and ask everyone to refrain from personal visits. Please continue to utilize Calendly for Video/Zoom sessions in our licensed areas, health care, assisted living and memory care.
- We are readily available to assist with alternate methods of communication. Please contact Robin Ward, resident services director, at 540-591-2180.
- Leaving the campus: residents continue to have the right to enter and exit our community as they wish.
Dining, Activities and Wellness
- All communal dining and all group activities, such as internal and external group activities, are cancelled.
- The activities and wellness teams will suspend all group programs and utilize streaming and Zoom for activities and family visitation. *We will stream those items related to the Annual Putting Green Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
- Culinary services will provide meal delivery to all residents in the community beginning today, October 1, at 4:30 p.m., for the evening meal.
- Culinary services will call residents for evening meal selection.
- Residents may contact the Depot Café by calling 591-2125 to place breakfast and lunch delivery orders.
- Coffee stations will be suspended for the next seven days.
Salon services will be suspended beginning October 2–October 8.
We will continue to provide transportation services
Housekeeping and Maintenance
Housekeeping and maintenance services will be suspended in the apartments and cottages through October 8. If you have an emergency or specific need, please contact the receptionist, and place a work order.
The housekeeping and maintenance departments will work over the course of the next seven days to clean and sanitize common spaces throughout the community and licensed areas.
The intent of the above-outlined changes is solely for the protection of residents, their families and team members. The focus continues to be prevention and to build barriers against the spread of this virus.