Governor Cuomo currently has New York “On Pause” and The Amsterdam at Harborside continues to mirror this concept. We have implemented strict protocols throughout all levels of care and will continue to do so until we get through this Coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor said yesterday that the worst of the pandemic in New York might be over – however he strongly stated that we all have to be smart and continue to safeguard ourselves against the spread of the virus so that we don’t go backward. The coronavirus threat, according to the Governor and health experts, is expected to continue for several more weeks.
At this time, we have nine residents who have currently been diagnosed with COVID-19. At the direction of each person’s physician for the most appropriate medical care, some are in the hospital, and some are being treated here at the Tuttle Center or have been quarantined in their apartment.
As a result of these cases, we have a number of residents on a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Independent Living, and at the Tuttle Center all applicable residents are in isolation for the protection of other residents. On a positive note, none of the quarantined residents in Independent Living are exhibiting any symptoms and all others seem to be recovering nicely.
When possible, we will advise our residents if they had any direct contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19. However, this information is not necessarily all-inclusive and we continue to advise our residents to treat everyone as though they are carriers of the virus.
At this point, we have three staff members who have tested positive for the virus and these staff members are no longer on the schedule until they are cleared to return to work.
We have encouraged our residents to be vigilant, be smart and stay home. They understand that if they need anything, they should let us know.