November 16: COVID-19 Update

On November 15, The Culpeper’s management team became aware that a team member who primarily works in assisted living tested positive for COVID-19. The team member last worked on November 6. Contract tracing revealed that the team member was exposed outside of the community later and had not returned since. Because of this, no residents or other team members were in direct contact. The team member is self-quarantining at home for at least 10 days.

The Virginia Department of Health and the Department of Social Services have been notified. The Culpeper continues to follow all recommendations. Per recommendations from these entities, testing in the assisted living areas of the community is not warranted. The Culpeper’s team is closely monitoring residents in assisted living areas of the community to ensure that everyone is in good health.

The healthcare center continues with weekly testing due to Culpeper County’s positivity rate of 5.6% as of November 10. Outdoor visitation, window visitation and in-room visitation for independent living, assisted living and memory care continues as previously planned. Communal dining and activities continue for independent living, assisted living and memory care residents. The healthcare center remains closed to visitation until all results of this week’s baseline testing return.

The Culpeper’s team continues to discourage community outings other than medically necessary appointments. Also, please be reminded if a resident chooses to attend an offsite Thanksgiving celebration, a seven-day quarantine period will be required upon return, followed by testing on day eight. Residents will not be permitted off quarantine until negative test results are received.

Please check the COVID-19 communications hub at https://culpeperretirement.org/blog/covid19/ for up to date communications. Questions or concerns may be submitted via email at jjacobsen@theculpeper.org, bstarkie@theculpeper.org or 540-825-2411.