November 17, 2020
As a result of our ongoing surveillance testing, we are disheartened to have identified five new positive cases of COVID-19 at the Hodges Center. The impacted individuals are four Employees and one Visitor, all of whom are safely recovering at home. Two of the Team Members have not been on our campus within the past 14 days and were likely exposed outside of our community. We wish them all a speedy recovery.
Fortunately, no one within independent or other levels of living are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at this time.
We have resumed outbreak protocols at the Hodges Center and are testing all Hodges Residents to identify positive cases as promptly as possible. Team Members are adhering to federal and state guidelines to keep all Residents and Staff safe, which includes initiating the following actions:
- Weekly outbreak testing for Residents and Team Members at The Hodges Center.
- Mandatory twice weekly testing for Staff in both buildings as per the West Virginia Governor’s mandate.
- Additional testing based upon symptoms, travel or contact with someone known to have the virus.
- Strict adherence to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procedures by all Team Members.
- Screening of all Visitors and Staff before entering campus buildings.
We’re extremely grateful to our Team Members for their outstanding work caring for Residents and their colleagues during this challenging time. We’re also thankful to Residents for their support and cooperation as we persevere through this period together. The pandemic has highlighted just how fortunate we are to live and work among people who go above and beyond for the well-being of others.
We expect guidelines from the Federal and State governments to highly discourage visits during Thanksgiving to mitigate the spread of the virus. While we empathize with the desire to spend time with your loved ones, we encourage everyone to remain vigilant with precautionary measures given the high infection rates locally and across the country. Any residents leaving our campus to celebrate the holiday will be required to self-isolate for 14 days as a safety measure upon their return.
Given the recent news of vaccine breakthroughs, we remain hopeful for a vaccine rollout plan in coming weeks. As always, we will provide updates as new information becomes available.
We appreciate your continued support and well wishes.