The Heritage at Legacy was notified the evening of June 25th, that one of our associates has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The associate works as a housekeeper on day shift in our Assisted and Independent Living, with their last shift ending on Monday afternoon at 3pm. This individual had no contact nor entered our Memory Support for several weeks. She had no signs or symptoms of the virus when she was in our community on Monday.
In this situation, we are fortunate to know how the associate contracted the virus as she lives with a relative who also has tested positive. This is considered a "known exposure". Having this information, we believe the virus was not obtained from a case which is active within the community. Having this information and knowing our associate is not providing direct cares to our residents, meaning no direct exposure occurred, we can categorize this as a low-risk exposure to our Legacy community.
We are working closely with ICAP (Nebraska Infection Control Assessment & Promotion Program), the Douglas County Health Department and our home office Pandemic Planning Committee to mitigate the spread of the virus within our community. As of this moment, we do not have any other associates or residents with a confirmed case. We also have no other residents or associates who have any signs or symptoms of the virus.
At this time, we have determined testing is necessary for only seven residents and one associate. No other residents or associates will need testing unless the exhibit signs or symptoms of the virus. That said, we have access to private testing options for all residents or associates who would like to test, but have difficulty obtaining tests from their physician. We are sending communication to associates and family members electronically to inform them of the confirmed case. We are also providing written communication to Residents this evening on their front porches as well. Associates will be updated as they arrive for their shifts with further education and instruction about protocols that are being put into place.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all residents in our Assisted and Independent Living apartments to self-quarantine to their apartments for the next 14 days, as we attempt to mitigate spread of the virus. This means not coming out of your apartment for any reason, unless necessary. If there is something you need outside of your apartment, we would be glad to bring it to you. The decision to self-quarantine is to not only protect you, but also to protect other residents.
We will continue to work with regulatory entities on next steps and will keep you notified as further information is available. Together, we will get through this. Together, we are Heritage United.