January 18: COVID-19 Update

As part of ongoing testing for assisted living and memory support, all assisted living and memory support residents and team members were tested on this date, with results below. Additionally, The Culpeper’s clinical team also continues to test symptomatic team members as needed. Those positive results for January 17, and 18 are also reported below.

Terrace level healthcare positives:
• One direct care team member
• Three non-direct care team members

Garden level memory support positives:
• Seven residents
• Three direct care team members
• Two non-direct care team members

Representatives of all residents who tested positive have been notified. All residents who are positive have been placed in isolation with transmission-based precautions.

All communal activities and dining continue to be suspended within the memory support neighborhood and residents will remain in their private rooms. Due to no new cases within assisted living, communal meals will restart as of dinner on January 18. All communal activities within the assisted living will continue as scheduled with mask use and distancing in place. Communal activities and dining continue to be suspended in the rehab-to-home neighborhood.

Per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance, visitation will not be discontinued although visitors are urged to strongly consider the need for visitation to rehab-to-home at this time and are strongly discouraged from visiting memory support.

All COVID-19 positive team members will remain at home until return-to-work criteria are met. Contact tracing has been completed. All identified high-risk team members will be tested per CMS guidance testing protocol and will be closely observed for symptoms of the virus. No resident high-risk exposures from team members have been identified.

The Culpeper’s terrace level remains in outbreak testing with the next testing date for residents and team members set for Thursday, January 20. Residents and team members in memory support will be tested next Tuesday, January 25, or if they become symptomatic. Weekly testing for assisted living residents and team members will discontinue due to two rounds of negative testing.

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. The leadership team will communicate any further positive cases.

All licensing agencies and the Virginia Department of Health have been notified of the positive cases and subsequent actions taken by The Culpeper.

Check the COVID-19 communications hub at https://culpeperretirement.org/blog/covid19/ for up-to-date communications. Please direct questions to Executive Director Jim Jacobsen at jjacobsen@theculpeper.org or (540) 825-2411.