Dear Family Members:
Resident safety is our top priority at Dow Rummel. We continue to take proactive steps to protect our residents and staff. As you know we had a staff person test positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago. This person is doing well and we are working on a plan for them to safely come back to work. I am calling to inform you that we have received confirmation today that a 2nd staff person at Dow Rummel has tested positive. There is no indication that these two cases are related in any way. The person who just tested positive was a work on Saturday but only had contact with one resident and two staff members that day. Based on the guidance from CDC and the Dept. of Health, only those people that had exposure to this person within 48 hours prior signs and symptoms appearing are those we should be working with to watch for potential symptoms or considering being tested. We have already been in touch with each of them and are recommending that they be tested. The staff person who tested positive is quarantined at home until they are able to safely return to work based on CDC return to work guidelines.
We are continuing our due diligence for screening anyone coming into our building and as of yesterday expanded the signs and symptoms we are screening for based on CDC guidance. All staff and others permitted to come into our buildings are required to wear masks.
We continue to do daily health screenings for residents in the licensed areas and are asking them to wear masks when not in their rooms. We also recommend independent living residents wear masks when out and about on the campus.
We encourage family members to call Dow Rummel for updates on the status of their loved one. We understand that connecting with loved ones is incredibly important to you. We encourage you to connect with your loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, emailing or other social media formats. Please, let us know if we can help with this in any way.
We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available. We encourage you to contact us if you have questions. Please know that we are strictly adhering to all directions from our health officials and our top priority continues to be keeping our residents and staff safe and healthy.
Darla J Van Rosendale, CEO, Dow Rummel Village