Coronavirus Updates

Memorandum

To:         All Families, Friends and Staff of The Davis Community
From:   Angie Barr, Chief Operating Officer
Date:     March 31, 2021
Re:         Update and Easter Visitation

We are happy to be seeing so many of you face to face as you visit your loved ones.  We are cautiously optimistic about our success so far but quite concerned that the New Hanover County positivity rate has climbed from 4.8% to 5.6% over the last week.  This negative trend is particularly concerning as we head into the Easter holiday and spring break for local schools. Staying the course with our infection control protocols is as important now as it has been over the last year.

As reminder, below are the guidelines for indoor visitation and off Campus visitation.  The last week has gone quite well but we still continue to struggle with a few key points of the visitation protocols.  Please help us by adhering to the guidelines.  Please also remember that the staff absolutely has no authority to make any exceptions to the protocols.  Please do not ask them to do so.  CMS and CDC are very specific about the guidance and our requirement to ask visitors to leave immediately if the protocols are not followed.  We do not want to be in this situation so please do your part in helping us facilitate your visitation.  With Easter this weekend, it is critical that you schedule your visits 24 hours in advance.  Given the volume of visits, we will not be able to accommodate any last minute visits.

  • Outdoor visitation continues to be preferred even when the resident and the visitor are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Compassionate care visits are still allowed regardless of resident’s vaccination status, the county positivity rate, or an outbreak.
  • Indoor visitation continues to remain the same and has gone very well, but we need your help in the following areas:
    – Please remember that 24 hour notice is required to schedule visits
    – Only 1 visitor is allowed per each indoor visit
    – Check in, screening, and receipt of visitation pass at one of the screening areas, either in the lobby of Champions or the Pavilion lobby, is required. Please do not arrive at the individual households as staff members do not have the authority to change the check in process
    – Visits are limited to 30 minutes and should be scheduled
  • Off campus visitation information is listed below.

Off Campus Visitation

  • Residents leaving the facility for less than 24 hours do not have to quarantine upon their return unless there is prolonged close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated residents who are off campus for longer than 24 hours will be quarantined upon their return, while fully vaccinated residents who are off campus for longer than 24 hours do not have to quarantine upon their return.
  • Any residents that have traveled out of the area will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their return if they have had contact with individuals at increased risk for severe illness.
  • We have many newer residents that have not received their 2nd dose of vaccine. You are encouraged to reconsider off campus visitation if your loved one is not yet fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated residents are those that are 2 weeks beyond dose 2 of the vaccine.  We’re so close to getting them to that important date!
  • While off campus please adhere to masking and distancing recommendations including during the car ride. Even while masking, you are encouraged to crack the windows in the car to allow for better ventilation and dilution of any potential virus.

The visitation will continue to be scheduled to ensure we have the support needed for successful visitation.

Visits can be scheduled for the Health Care Center by emailing hccvisits@thedaviscommunity.org

Visits can be scheduled for Champions by emailing Caitlin Flockhart caitlinf@thedaviscommunity.org

or Gay Sawyers gays@thedaviscommunity.org

VISITATION GUIDELINES

  • All visitors must wear a mask at all times and maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from the resident and the facility representative. Only 2 visitors per visit are permitted for outdoor visits and 1 visitor per visit for indoor visits.
  • Visitors, residents, and the facility representative must use alcohol-based hand rub before and after visitation.
  • The visitors will be screened for a fever and other symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever equal to or greater than 100F, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills or new onset of loss of taste or smell) by the facility representative.
  • The visitation area will be sanitized after each visit with EPA-approved disinfectant for SARS-Cov-.
  • We will monitor the process and circumstances closely and will alter visitation practices based on disease transmission in the facility or community, visitor non-compliance, or other factors.

Please be reminded that the guidelines listed for INDOOR AND OUTDOOR visits are REQUIRED.  If you are not able to adhere to the visitation guidelines, we will not be able to accommodate the visit.  Please do not put the staff facilitating your visit in a difficult position by not adhering to the guidelines.  They have been instructed to contact management and security when needed when situations arise. Staff members are not permitted to deviate from these guidelines and failure to adhere to them puts the entire organization at risk related to visitation.  Please help us stay in compliance with visitation requirements.

Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions at angieb@thedaviscommunity.org.  Stay well!

Our mailing address is:

The Davis Community
1011 Porters Neck Rd
Wilmington, NC 28411-9196