COVID-19 UPDATE 9.2.2020
Our State and local community have seen a decline in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and percentage of positive tests over the last month. Fleet Landing is encouraged by these results and feel that we can safely begin to reopen our campus. The reopening will be done thoughtfully, incrementally, and always with the safety of our Residents and team members as our highest priority. Fleet Landing is constantly reviewing the latest trends and recommendations from experts and will continue to adapt our policies to maintain a safe campus. We will be taking many variables into consideration as we move forward in our reopening, but the primary indicator that will drive our plans will be the COVID-10 percentage positive test rate for Duval County. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommend using a 5% positive or below for communities and healthcare providers to begin to lift restrictions. Duval County has met this threshold for the last 2 weeks. Fleet Landing will use a rolling 14-day percent positive rate as the primary driver of our ability to expand our reopening plans.
This week, Lakeview Dining has become available in a limited capacity, as well as access to the fitness center and select group events. CDC guidance regarding physical distancing, face coverings, and hand sanitation remain in place. Additionally, Independent Living Residents are now able to have two pre-registered guests at a time. Please note that these guests must be registered with the Welcome Center in advance of their visit.
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a new Executive Order updating regulations regarding visitors to skilled nursing and assisted living communities. His order approves many of the recommendations provided by the Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities. We are very excited to have received this new guidance and are looking forward to facilitating visits with loved ones in person for our Residents in Leeward Manor, Nancy House, and Derfer Healthcare Pavilion.
Our team has thoroughly reviewed the details of the Executive Order so that we can be prepared to offer limited visitation, while ensuring that we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. The Order includes requirements around infection control training for visitors, designated appointment times, the use of PPE, COVID testing, and sanitation, among other details. We are finalizing our procedures around these requirements and will be communicating next steps to Residents and by phone, to responsible parties over the next two days.
Finally, there is more good news regarding our COVID testing. Currently, there are no active COVID-19 cases associated with the Derfer Pavilion. In Leeward Manor, no new cases have been identified since our last report. The team member who tested positive on August 24th continues to isolate at home per CDC guidance.
We appreciate your patience and support as we begin our phased re-opening. Please email email@example.com with any questions.