BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Letter to families of seniors living in Sinai Residences) — Dear Valued Residents, Families and Representatives. We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the current protocols and precautionary measures that are in place here at Sinai Residences related to the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
All visitors, incluing Personal Service Providers (private duty aides) are being screened at the Concierge desk and if anyone answers yes to any of the questions, they are not permitted to visit. Each visitor is being asked to use hand sanitizer before and after visiting. Our staff are being held to this same standard and may not work if they answer yes to any of the questions.
Yesterday, Jared Moskowitz, Florida Director of Emergency Management, issued a new Emergency Order, 20-002. The emergency Order reads:
|Therefore, pursuant to Section 2 of Executive Order No. 20-52, I hereby issue thefollowing authorization(s):I. Suspend sections 393.13(4), 400.022(1)(b), 429.28(1)(d), 429.85(1)(d) Florida Statutes, for the particular purpose of prohibiting certain individuals from visiting facilities. For purposes of this order, a facility includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes. The order applies as follows:a. Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours is prohibited from visiting a facility; orb. Any person showing or presenting signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat is prohibited from visiting a facility; orc. Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person( s) infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative for COVID-19 is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their interaction with the person(s) who is infected with COVID-19; ord. Any person who traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States; ore. Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States; orf. Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility within 14 days of their presence in the community with community spread; org. Any person who resides in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility.|
Currently, we are strongly discouraging any visitors during this time. Instead, please call, text or Facetime your loved one if possible. Every visitor that steps through our doors has the potential to spread germs that cause illness to our residents and valued staff.
Please be aware that visitors are no longer allowed to eat with residents in the resident dining rooms (unless they are providing feeding assistance to a resident in absence of a private duty aide). If a visitor wants to have a meal with a resident, room service will be provided in the resident’s suite/apartment. In addition, visitors are not allowed to join a resident in any group activity. All visitors must visit in the resident’s private suite or apartment and not in the public areas of the community.
In addition, we have put into place the following proactive measures:1. Multiple communications have been provided to staff regarding our community’s policies and procedures specifically addressing Coronavirus.2. Handwashing in-services and reminders are being provided for staff.3. The temperature of each resident is being taken every shift, every day. 4. Environmental Services has implemented enhanced disinfection rounds of surfaces throughout the Health Center including doorknobs, handrails, tables, chairs, elevator buttons, bed rails, etc. 5. Tours of the Health Center have been discontinued and any prospective admission is being screened using the same set of screening questions prior to admission.6. Comingling of residents from different levels of care for activities has been discontinued. Activities will be held within each level of care for those residents only.7. All entertainers and vendors are being screened using the same protocol as visitors and employees before being granted entry to the community. 8. If a resident exhibits any signs or symptoms of illness, they will be immediately quarantined in their suite/apartment (meals in suite/apartment and no visitors) until further notice.
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