October 15: COVID-19 Update

On October 14, The Culpeper’s management team became aware that a team member who primarily works in the memory care neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing identified no direct contact with any residents, but the team member was among all levels of care, Saturday, October 10. This team member was in direct contact with three other team members who have been tested and sent home to quarantine for 14 days.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been notified and The Culpeper continues to follow all recommendations.

Memory care and healthcare residents are now under quarantine until further notice. Residents and team members in these areas will be tested Monday, October 19. The small group of main building independent living and assisted living residents who were in contact with this team member have been asked to quarantine in their apartments and will also undergo testing on Monday. All affected residents have been notified and contact with families is ongoing. The management team will share testing results upon return, along with any new plans that develop.

In addition, Culpeper County’s positivity rate has increased to 5.7% this week. This requires health care team members to resume weekly testing going forward.

At this time, visitation has been suspended until further notice for all main building residents. This includes outdoor visits and memory care courtyard visits. Zoom, Skype and window visits will continue with appropriate reservations. Communal dining and activities have been postponed until further notice. All residents are being discouraged from community outings other than medically necessary appointments.

All team members continue to utilize proper protective equipment. The Culpeper’s team is following all necessary precautions and guidelines set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and VDH to limit the spread of the virus.

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 or 540-825-2411.