May 8, 2020
Today’s communication brings us great comfort. As of this morning we would like to report the following statistics to you with regard to our testing measures for the COVID-19 virus:
We have now tested a total of 125 people and we have results back for 104.
Each resulted test is negative for the COVID-19 virus.
We expect the remaining 21 test results within the coming days and will report back to you as soon as possible.
While this information brings a sigh of relief for our Seacrest Family, the number of new incidents in San Diego County does not bring the same sigh of relief. It is therefore critical that each of you follow the Seacrest and governmental “Stay at Home” orders. Governor Newsom has not lifted the “Stay at Home” order and neither has Seacrest. We stand by our mission to protect and keep each of you safe and we can only do that with your support.
While businesses gradually open, please realize that they are doing so for take-out and curb-side pickup only. This is very different than thinking that it is business as usual in Encinitas and elsewhere.
I want to also recognize our dedicated team for the concern and commitment they have shown our residents and their family members during this challenging time. The actions that you take can have a profound impact on those on our campus including our staff who are caring for you and your loved ones. Families, please we ask again that you not go outside of what is permissible; this only brings potential compromise to the health and safety of those we need on the front lines caring for your family members who live at Seacrest.
In light of our test results thus far, we would like to reinstitute the following:
- Fitness Center and Life Enrichment programs can now be enjoyed in small groups of 5-or-less if six-feet apart
- Residents of Independent and Assisted Living buildings can congregate in Annette’s Village Square if six-feet apart
- Walks outside for exercise around the Seacrest campus; we are blessed to live in a wonderful climate, get out and enjoy the fresh air
And we would like everyone to continue to do the following:
- Please do not leave campus; if there is a mandatory appointment, notify your Building Director
- Maintain social distancing and wearing masks when outside of your apartment for the good of your fellow neighbors
- Families please continue to utilize the item drop-off station at the main entrance, wear a mask, maintain social distance, and refrain from visits at that time
- All residents or associates feeling flu-like symptoms, notify Building Director or Supervisor immediately
- Residents feeling flu-like symptoms, please self-isolate in your apartment
- Mahjong and/or card games are not allowed. It is nearly impossible to sit 6-feet apart. If a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, the activity is not permitted
- Residents are asked not to go into one another’s apartments; this is still too risky and a very easy way to spread the virus
- Residents and staff are asked not to go into another building on campus other than the one in which you live or work; this is also still too risky
- And remember wash your hands often and for 20 seconds with soap and water
We know this Mother’s Day will be different and more challenging given the restrictions. We must ask that you please refrain from physically visiting your loved ones this year. It is still too risky. That said, in honor of this special day, we will be sending our resident ladies flowers and a card. We sincerely wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all.
Thank you for your continued support in following the Seacrest campus guidelines. It takes all of us abiding by the protocols established to make Seacrest as safe as possible for each and every one of our residents and associates. In short, it takes a village.
President and CEO
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities
The Melvin Garb Presidential Chair