COVID-19 Campus Update - November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020 - 2:30pm

Campus COVID Updates – The only constant in life is change, and that has been the reality of the COVID pandemic.  8 months ago, we began taking steps to modify our operations and protect the residents here at UPH.  Over the course of the following months we successfully prevented the infiltration of the virus on our campus except for isolated incidents.  As the pandemic progressed and people across the county, state and country found ways to live with the virus we were happy to resume activities, open areas of campus which had been closed and invite visitors back in the door.

Today’s scary reality is that this virus is not going away and in fact is mounting faster than ever.  For the past several weeks the positivity rating in Washington County and across the nation has been on a steady incline.  In our ongoing staff testing, we encountered our first positive case in an employee who works in our health center.  This triggered outbreak testing which involves repeated testing over a 14-day period, every 3-7 days until we find no positive cases.  This outbreak testing also includes our residents.  Each health center resident has now been tested twice with all negative results.  Staff are being tested twice per week due to both the outbreak testing and our county positivity rating of 10%+.  If remaining testing this week continues to return negative results, the outbreak testing will conclude with a final testing of residents on Monday, November 16.  However, twice a week testing will remain in effect for employees until the county positivity drops back below 10% and remains there for 2 weeks.

Aside from the testing, county positivity over 10% requires us to amend our visitation policies.  For the time being, we have postponed all health center visits.  On the independent living side activities, dining and visitation remain unchanged.  However, if we continue to see a trend upwards in the county positivity rating, we will begin regressing back to prior precautions with the potential to include closure of the dining room and wellness center, cancellation of activities and suspend the invitation of visitors in the building.  It breaks my heart to think about going backwards, however, as always, the health and safety of our entire campus remains the onus of the leadership team at UPH.

We continue to urge you as residents, family or community members to follow public health guidelines – restrict gatherings, distance yourself from others when in the community and wear your mask!