Dear Residents and Families,
Sherwood Village is committed to keeping you updated about our response to COVID-19. We’re providing this update to describe our practices relating to COVID-positive residents.
As I am sure many of you are aware, Arizona is experiencing an increase in the reported COVID cases. We have just learned that one of our residents has tested positive for COVID.
We are in close contact with the state health department concerning this resident and are following their guidance. This resident has been isolated from other residents, and the clinicians and other staff assigned to care for the resident will be using heighted infection control measures before, after and during care and, regardless, will limit their exposure to other residents as much as possible. No equipment or supplies are shared between providers caring for a positive resident with other staff.
We continue to practice the measures that were put in place to mitigate or prevent the spread of the virus. These include, but are not limited to:
- Staying up-to-date and implementing local health department and CDC guidance;
- Following recommended infection control measures, including more frequent hand hygiene, more frequent environmental cleaning on high touch surfaces, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
- Visitation remains restricted to essential external healthcare providers or compassionate end-of-life visitation;
- All staff and essential visitors are assessed and screen upon entry into the building;
- Encourage residents to practice more frequent hand hygiene and wear masks and practice social distancing when outside of their rooms;
- Communal dining will not resume and meals will continue to be delivered to residents;
- External community activities and internal group activities have not resumed; and
- Any new residents or residents leaving the Sherwood campus for treatment at an external healthcare provider for any reason will be required to be quarantined upon his/her arrival or return.
We will continue to assess all residents for any signs and symptoms of the COVID-virus and will notify resident physicians and responsible parties on any changes of condition, whether COVID related or not.
While we share the community’s great concern about this pandemic and the rising cases in Arizona, as a result of our efforts, we feel confident in our ability to provide uninterrupted care in a way that will minimize exposure to others. We hope that you will use us as a resource to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We will provide you updates as things change in the community. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.