COVID-19 Update | January 3, 2022

Edgewood Summit had two Residents and two Employees test COVID positive within this past week with either cold or flu like symptoms present.  All who tested positive are self-isolating in their homes and doing well.  Those who have contact traced to those positive cases are self-isolating and being tested as appropriate.  Testing is available for those who experience symptoms or whose exposure or risk situations warrant a test.  We encourage all to continue to use prevention measures such wearing a mask, hand sanitizing and maintaining social distances.  The variants have proven to be quite persistent and breakthrough cases are increasing.  Symptoms for COVID are very similar to a cold so please self-isolate and get tested when in doubt.  Self-isolation periods are for 5 days if no symptoms are present.  If symptoms exist, the self-isolation should continue for 7-10 days or when symptoms cease and two consecutive tests are negative.

The transmissibility of both the Omicron and Delta variants are very high and positive cases are doubling in most areas every 2 days.  The new variant is mutating and causing breakthrough cases for those fully vaccinated.  The Booster dose appears to be the best defense against Omicron with a 74-80% effectiveness.  At Edgewood Summit, screening upon entry, testing as appropriate, wearing masks and sanitizing will continue.  The dining still requires proof of vaccination for dining in the group setting.  A pick-up order can be placed for dining in your apartment if guests are present who are not fully vaccinated.  Group activities where food and beverages are served do require masks to be worn by all except when you are eating and drinking.   Please continue to be vigilant as Omicron will pose a challenge to vaccinated individuals as well as the unvaccinated.  Help us keep everyone safe and healthy.

Current vaccination rates are approximately 99.0 percent for Employees and the Resident vaccination rate remains at 100 percent for vaccination and 100 percent for Boosters. Boosters are urged for all who are fully COVID vaccinated.  For Moderna or Pfizer vaccinated individuals the Booster eligibility is 6 months after your second dose and with Johnson & Johnson after 2 months.  Please continue to help us in this fight by staying vigilant with wearing a mask, hand sanitizing and maintaining social distances, as appropriate.  

Thank you.