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COVID-19 Precautions

Assisted Living COVID-19 Precautions

Important COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As you know, the first of two COVID-19 vaccines has recently received emergency use approval from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and a second COVID-19 vaccine may be approved in a matter of days. In the next weeks, vaccination of health care employees and residents of care communities like Avenue 81 Assisted Living will begin.

This means Avenue 81 Assisted Living residents and employees could be receiving vaccinations to protect them against COVID-19 infection in just a few weeks!

We are very excited to be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as it could greatly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. We strongly encourage residents and staff members to take advantage of our COVID-19 vaccine clinics and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Here are a few common questions about the vaccine as well as answers from reputable medical organizations.

  • Can someone get COVID-19 from the vaccine? No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 use inactivated virus, parts of the virus (e.g. the spike protein), or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause Covid-19. John’s Hopkin’s University
  • Will getting the vaccine make you test positive for COVID-19? Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. CDC 
  • Why should I get vaccinated? Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. CDC 

Our assisted living community has entered Phase Two of our COVID-19 re-opening plan. Here is everything you need to know:

  • Residents can have scheduled, face-to-face visits with family and friends at our community presuming both the resident and guests can take the following precautions:
    • No more than two (2) guests can visit with a resident at one time. Any children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult and in the control of the visiting adult.
    • The visit must be scheduled in advance with the community staff and time limitations will apply. Please call our community to schedule your face-to-face visit.
    • All parties must wear a face mask and practice social distancing during the visit. Guests must provide their own face masks.
    • All guests must pass a health and travel screen prior to the visit. Any guests who do not pass the health and travel screen will not be permitted.
  • Although telemedicine is still the recommended form of receiving medical care, residents can be accompanied to medically necessary appointments by one (1) family member provided the following precautions are taken:
    • Only one family member over the age of 16 can transport the resident to and from the medical appointment.
    • The resident and family member are always required to wear a face mask. Family must provide their own face mask.
    • The family member must pass a health and travel screen upon arrival to the community.
    • The resident and family member go directly to the medical appointment and return directly to the community – no social or recreational stops are permitted
  • Residents can receive on-site healthcare services provided the visiting healthcare staff:
    • Pass a health and travel screen upon arrival.
    • Only access designated areas of the community.
    • Wear their own personal protective equipment (PPE) while in the building and follow all CDC guidelines related to PPE
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