Edgewood Summit has had additional people test positive for COVID. Three of the new cases are Residents in The Ridgemont which brings our total to seven Residents on the campus. Two Employees have also tested positive for COVID. The Employee total positive cases are now three and one contract Staff member. All who have tested positive are self-isolating within their homes and are experiencing mild cold-like symptoms. Nursing monitors the Residents’ conditions routinely and meals are being delivered. Any with exposures to the positive cases are contacted directly, given instructions and testing offered as warranted.
Entry to the main building moves to the Independent Living lobby while The Ridgemont remains in outbreak procedures. Only direct care Employees and privately employed Caregivers assigned to The Ridgemont may enter The Ridgemont. Visitors are permitted in The Ridgemont for compassionate care visits only right now.
Testing continues to be available for those who experience symptoms or whose exposure or risk warrants a test. We encourage all to continue to use prevention measures such as wearing a good quality mask, hand sanitizing and maintaining social distances. The variants have proven to be quite contagious and breakthrough cases are increasing in West Virginia. Symptoms for COVID are very similar to a cold so please self-isolate and get tested when in doubt.
Visitation is taking place as usual in all levels of living, with the exception of The Ridgemont whose visits are for compassionate care only. Independent Living and The Ridgemont group dining and group activities are altered for meal delivery only. No group activities. Events and meetings are virtual or postponed for the next 2 weeks, at least. The situation will continue to be monitored and updates provided to keep everyone safe and informed. Housekeeping services have modified to once every other week or upon request if in between appointments. Transportation will be modified to essential service trips. Health care areas at the Hodges Center will follow a modified schedule of services based upon needs of the Residents within those levels of living. The hair salon, Therapy and other ancillary support services will continue with masks required at all times.
The situation is dynamic and ever changing so all updates are subject to change. Please continue to be vigilant as we all continue to do our part. Thank you.