Campus Updates

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention Efforts

04/06/2020 @ 4:30 p.m.

Update to Residents and Family Members

As you may know, the Stanislaus Department of Health reported the first COVID-19 case in the city of Hughson. The proximity of this recent announcement is another reminder that we must follow all preventative measures to minimize the risk of exposure. Also as a reminder, please avoid peak times in certain common areas within the community e.g., mail box station, deli area, etc. By avoiding these peak times you can help minimize the number of people gathering in one area, while also helping our social distancing efforts.

In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided new guidance as it relates to the use of face masks. The CDC recommends wearing face masks in public settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. We encourage you to wear a cloth mask in public areas. Wearing masks can slow the spread of the virus, especially when people are unaware that they are carrying the virus. Attached you will find detailed guidance from the CDC regarding face masks (See attachment).

As mentioned in prior communications, and to continue minimizing the risk of infection, we ask that you avoid leaving the Samaritan Village community other than for critical doctor appointments. When possible, we ask that you take advantage of alternative appointment methods e.g., phone or video.

We also ask that family members and friends continue to refrain from visiting the community. Visitation restrictions continue to be limited to End-of-Life and essential services.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.


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03/23/2020 @ 4:30 p.m.

Update to Residents, Friends, and Family Members

As we continue to ensure your safety through our various COVID-19 preventative efforts, please remember to stay in touch with each other.

Given the current “Stay-at-Home” status and given the current visitation restrictions to our community, we encourage you to stay connected with friends and family.

Continue utilizing technological methods of communication e.g., telephone, text, email, video, etc. These are difficult times and the support we give to each other will maintain the resilience and strength of our community. Thank you.


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03/18/2020 @ 10:30 a.m.

Memo to All Residents, Families & Staff from Dan Aguilar, President & CEO

As of this morning, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Stanislaus County has increased to four (4). In addition, all schools within Stanislaus County will be closed effective tomorrow. Health officials continue to encourage an elevated response to preventative measures, along with home isolation for those 65+ and those vulnerable to COVID-19. Per our earlier communications, visitations are currently restricted to end-of-life and essential services.

In an effort to remain extremely cautious, we continue to be in direct contact with the Department of Health to seek guidance when individuals seek medical attention due to, feeling unwell, when pre-existing health conditions are questionable or if an individual’s temperature is questionable. Moreover, out of extreme caution, when we have a questionable wellness situation involving any individual, we will ask that all residents remain in self-isolation until further notice.

Please review the following updates regrading services within the community.


Limited Visitations

Visitations continue to be limited to End-of-Life and essential services. If you are not sure if your visit meets the “essential” visit criteria, please contact our customer services representative at Ext. 3000. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this requirement may cause. Please continue utilizing alternative methods of communication e.g., telephone, text, email, video, etc.


Vehicle traffic within the community

As mentioned in a prior communication, we informed that the driveway leading to the Hospice House has been blocked for traffic control reasons and to support our vehicle gate closures. Due to some confusion from essential delivery vehicles and to enhance our gate closure efforts, the current barricades will be replaced with portable fencing.

To all residents, friends, families and staff, thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time. Our goal is to ensure that we are taking all necessary actions to ensure everybody’s safety.

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03/16/2020 @ 4:30 p.m.

Memo to All Residents, Families & Staff from Dan Aguilar, President & CEO

As you may already know, the Governor and State officials provided an update yesterday on California’s response to COVID-19. In that update the Governor announced that individuals age 65+ and those vulnerable to COVID-19 should practice home isolation. In addition, the Governor directed all Assisted Living communities and Nursing Homes to limit visitations only to End-of-Life and essential service visits. We expect to receive additional guidance from the Health Department and DSS as it relates to these directives.

Please review the following updates regarding services within our community.


Leaving the community

Based on the recent directive from State officials regarding home isolation, we ask that you follow the directive.


Special requests

If you have special requests or questions while you remain in your home, please do not hesitate to contact the front desk.

Package deliveries and Personal Supply Deliveries

The handling of normal package deliveries has not changed – the front desk will contact you when a package arrives for you and we will deliver the package to your apartment. However, given the current visitation restrictions, any packages or supplies delivered by family members must be left at the main vehicle entrance. Front desk staff will ensure you receive packages delivered by family members. (Concierge fees will be waived)


Limited Visitations

As mentioned, current visitations are limited to End-of-Life and essential service visits. If you are not sure if your visit meets the “essential’ visit criteria, please contact our customer service representative at Ext. 3000.

Upcoming Doctors Appointments

For your protection and to minimize the risk of exposure, when possible, we ask that you take advantage of alternative appointment methods e.g., phone or video.


Handwashing Stations

Additional designated hand washing stations have been added in each residential building. The health screeners at each designated building entrance will direct you to the hand washing station. Continue practicing good handwashing etiquette.


Continue the practice of “Social Distancing”

When interacting with people maintain a distance of six feet between you and others. Do not shake hands with anyone. If you choose to socialize with friends within our community please use Social Distancing practices.


Beauty Salon

The beauty salon is now closed until further notice.

How you can help

If you are a family member, please do not visit our community unless your visit is related to end-of-life circumstances or direct healthcare services. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Residents, family and friends, stay in communication with each other, we encourage everyone to continue utilizing technology methods of communication e.g., telephone, text, email, video, etc.

We are all in this together and together is how we can best deal with this unprecedented pandemic.


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03/12/2020 @ 4:30 p.m.

Memo to All Residents, Families & Staff from Dan Aguilar, President & CEO

The Coronavirus situation and the guidance from health authorities remains very fluid. As of today, there are no additional Coronavirus cases in Stanislaus County, confirmed cases for Stanislaus County are two (2). We continue to evaluate risk factors. Listed below you will find additional safety precautions we are taking to protect you from the risk of infection.

Dining Room Closure

The dining room will be closed through the end of March. A separate communication with details has been provided by Resident Services.  


Closing of Campus Gates – Modification to Process

The health screening station at the vehicle gate has been moved inside the vehicle gate. The gates will remain closed. However, during high traffic periods the gate will be opened for extended periods of time as to mitigate traffic. For example, at the start of certain shifts, at the end of certain shifts. This will allow us to screen effectively without creating traffic issues.


Temperature Checks

Be aware that your temperature will be checked at the designated entrances for buildings A, E, F, and G (See attached map).


Communal Activities

Activities will be planned with groups of 10 or fewer people with Social Distancing protocols. For larger popular activities, we will make an effort to schedule multiple sessions to accommodate those interested in such activities.


Town Hall

The March Resident Town Hall scheduled for this Friday, March 13th is cancelled.


Beauty Salon

The Beauty Salon will remain open.


Family Members

Family members should continue using the “Campus Updates” Web Page for information.  www.svliving.org/campus-updates


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03/12/2020 @ 2:30 p.m.

Memo to Residents in Buildings E, F, G, and Cottages from Resident Services

In tandem with our current Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention efforts, the main Dining Room will be closed effective immediately and until further notice.

All lunch and dinner meals will be delivered to your apartment. Please be available in your apartment to accept delivery at the below-designated times:

Lunch will be delivered between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Dinner will be delivered between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Breakfast service will be unavailable until further notice.

Residents will not be charged for additional Board Meals.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to ensure your safety.


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03/11/2020

Memo to All Residents, Families & Staff from Dan Aguilar, President & CEO

As a follow up to the earlier communication regarding the Coronavirus, please be informed that effective today, we are escalating our Coronavirus and Flu Prevention measures. As you may know, there have been two (2) confirmed Coronavirus cases in Stanislaus County. Effective this afternoon, our disease prevention plan will be escalated. We continue to stay in contact with the Health Department following safety precaution guidance.

Closing of all campus gates

For your protection all campus gates will be closed and will remain closed until further notice. All vehicles must use the main vehicle entrance closest to building A. The vehicle gate located next to the Hospice House will also be closed, and intended for hospice use, this allows them to carry-out their screening plan for hospice visitors. In addition, you will notice that the driveway leading to the hospice property will be blocked, this is intended to control hospice traffic.

Limited Visitations

Outside visitations will be limited to reduce risk exposure. Visitations will be limited to “essential” visits from individuals providing essential services or personal wellbeing related visits e.g., Medication deliveries, healthcare service providers, family members essential to your direct care, etc. We will change visit limitations as we continue to evaluate Health Department guidance.

Enhanced Visitor Screening

Enhanced visitor screening will also be initiated. This means that all individuals entering or re-entering our community will be screened. Our goal is to help identify individuals who may pose a risk of infection and restrict them from entering our community.

Limiting Communal Activities

Be aware that certain communal activities/functions may be limited or cancelled. Decisions related to communal activities will continue to evolve. Guidance from Health authorities is very fluid and changing every day. We ask that you be patient.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Transportation

Due to the recent confirmed cases of Coronavirus within the County, we are cancelling all “non-essential” outings. Transportation will continue to be available for healthcare related needs, such as doctor’s appointments etc.

If you typically utilize our transportation services for grocery shopping, the front desk can help coordinate grocery deliveries (concierge fees will be waived). Please see our front desk staff for details.

How you can help

Please communicate with your friends and family members. Encourage them to postpone all visits to our community. Consider utilizing other methods of communication such as email, telephone, or video calls such as Skype.

Don’t bring small children into the community. Unfortunately, it is recommended and advised that young children stay away from older adults, who are age 60+, as children often do not show symptoms of the virus but can still be carriers.

Continue to maintain “social distancing”, especially as you socialize with your friends and staff around the community.

We encourage you to limit your outings, if you leave our campus, limit your contact with sick people. Avoid large gatherings and continue to use proper handwashing techniques.

Please communicate with your family members. Encourage them to utilize the “Campus Updates” Website for information www.svliving.org/campus-updates

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