December 28: COVID-19 Update
On December 27, The Culpeper’s management team became aware of an additional team member who works on the terrace level as a direct care worker, that tested positive for COVID-19 after becoming symptomatic. The individual’s last date in the building was December 25, 2021. The team member will return to the community when return-to-work criteria has been met. Contact tracing was completed and no direct resident or team member high risk exposures have been identified.
At this time, there will be no changes to the visitation policy or to the daily care for residents. Communal activities and dining will continue with no changes as previously reported. No additional team members or residents are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 at this time. All licensing agencies and the Virginia Department of Health have been notified of the positive case and subsequent actions taken by The Culpeper.
The Culpeper’s terrace level remains in outbreak testing as previously reported with the next testing date for residents and team members set for December 30, 2021. The leadership team will continue to report any new positive cases. Memory Care residents and team members will also be testing on December 30 as a proactive and preventative measure.
Any team members who are not yet fully vaccinated or have received a medical or religious waiver from LifeSpire of Virginia, will continue to be tested based on the county transmission rate. We will keep you updated on any further positive results and/or protocol changes.
All team members continue to utilize appropriate protective equipment, including masks, and continue to use proper hand washing and hand sanitization techniques.
The Culpeper’s team urges all residents, team members, and visitors to remain vigilant regarding mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene.
Check the COVID-19 communications hub at https://culpeperretirement.org/blog/covid19/ for up to date communications. Executive Director, James Jacobsen, is currently out of the office on leave. During his absence, please direct questions submitted via email to Bethany Starkie, Assisted Living Administrator, at email@example.com