Many thanks to all of our residents who have been vigilant in flattening the curve and containing this Coronavirus Pandemic. I know these are challenging times and as spring is upon us, you will be tempted to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather. That is completely understandable but the last thing we want to do is undo all of our hard work, so please get fresh air but be sure to social distance and wear a face covering as we continue mirroring the Governor’s “On Pause” through May 15th.
When the time comes, we will start working towards our “new normal.” At this time, we are unsure what that looks like but we intend to be cautious in our approach and we will all need to adapt to changing times.
In Independent Living, we urge you to remain in your apartments. Visitation is limited to only that which is medically necessary. All activities are still cancelled but you should take advantage of Tracy Warzer’s hard work in creating an incredible and diversified Zoom Virtual Programming schedule. Housekeeping is being offered, but we continue delivering meals, packages, mail and “Harborside Essentials” to your door to comply with the need for social distancing. Your Resident Ambassadors are available if you need them.
At the Tuttle Center, we continue updating our infection prevention and control protocols while providing in-service training for staff members. Staffing seems to be stable and we have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely care for our residents while protecting our front line staff. The recreation department has facilitated video chats between loved ones.
Currently six COVID-19 affected residents are recovering in The Tuttle Center. This number includes all levels of care and one outside admission. Two other Amsterdam residents are currently in the hospital at the direction of their physicians for the most appropriate medical care.
We do not have any current COVID-19 cases in Independent Living, Enriched Housing or Memory Support and have not had any new staff cases for a few weeks.
We are very appreciative for all your kind words. They mean a lot to me and to our amazing staff.
As always, we are grateful to be here for you. Your health and safety is our number one priority.