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COVID-19 Updates

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020
To: Solheim Employees, Residents, Family Members and Stakeholders
From: Sam Oden, CEO

Solheim continues to receive test results for the COVID-19 testing of all our residents and staff.  We anticipate receiving these results through the early part of next week. We have confirmation of another resident in our Halvorson Memory Care Neighborhood testing positive.  This resident is quarantined, and we are currently following Department of Health Guidelines for the safety of our residents and staff.  We have also received notice of a direct care staff member in Skilled Nursing who has tested positive.  This staff member has not been on site since the 28th. Both resident and staff are asymptomatic.

These COVID-19 tests are complete, and we are receiving results daily.  Our process is to contact the family members with any positive test results immediately, and prior to any email notifications being sent out.  We understand your desire to hear the results of your loved one's test.  Be assured we will contact our family members of any positive test results immediately upon receipt of this information. 

Our first line of defense against this COVID-19 Virus is excellent infection control practices. We have staff disinfecting and cleaning commonly used areas, equipment and items regularly, daily screening of staff and visitors for symptoms associated to COVID-19, we encourage staff to take frequent breaks to wash hands, provide masks for all staff and residents who venture outside of their rooms, continue to provide Personal Protective Equipment and make it a daily practice to educate on these infection control practices. 

Public health officials are notified daily as required and we continue to follow procedures recommended by the Department of Health and CDC.  We shared this information below early on, but it's always a good reminder as we continue to make our way through this unprecedented time in history.

We shared this information below early on, but it's always a good reminder as we continue to make our way through this unprecedented time in history.  

Practice preventative measures by doing the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (say the ABCs)
  • Follow the 'Safer at Home' guidelines
  • Visit your loved one virtually by visiting www.calendly.com/pbarroso or by clicking HERE

We will continue to update you as changes occur, and you may visit our website for more information at www.solheimsenior.org . If you have any questions, please direct them to Tina Antypas at tantypas@solheimsenior.org or call 323 257-7518 X225.

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