Update from Brooke Navarre, Executive Director

As a community, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to contain and overcome this Coronavirus pandemic. The last thing we want to do is reverse all our hard work to flatten the curve. We will continue mirroring the Governor’s “On Pause” and when the time comes, we will lift restrictions methodically with a step-by-step gradual process without compromising health and safety.

Of course, we will need our residents’ assistance and cooperation in order to accomplish this and prevent a spike of new cases. We are discussing policies and procedures internally and awaiting suggestions from our regulatory agencies.

At this time, we currently have seven COVID-19 affected residents that are recovering in The Tuttle Center. This number includes all levels of care and one outside admission. We do not have any current cases in-house in Independent Living, Enriched Housing or Memory Support.

After a week without any additional cases, an Independent Living resident unfortunately was diagnosed with a positive test result. At the direction of their physician for the most appropriate medical care, this resident is currently in the hospital.

We have three staff members, who are no longer on the schedule, recovering nicely and expecting to return to work shortly. Our dedicated and courageous staff is showing much needed care and compassion to our residents. Staffing levels have been stable and as needed, staff have been re-assigned or hired to assist us during this pandemic.

With great amount of effort and collaboration, we have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely care for our residents while protecting our front line staff.

By the end of this week, we will be distributing handsewn, donated masks to all of our residents and are encouraging their use.

We thank all of our residents and their families for their part in flattening the curve and their patience during this difficult time. There is no doubt that we will get through this together. We are grateful to be here for you, and your health and safety is our number one priority.

Summary of The Amsterdam’s Coronavirus Plan

 

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