On April 10, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 Task Force recommendation, Lenbrook is now requiring all associates to, at a minimum, wear a fabric facemask. The use of fabric facemasks by associates reduces the risk of transmitting a virus from an asymptomatic person to someone else and conserves the supply of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specified N-95 masks which must be worn by healthcare personnel.
In an effort to reduce the length of this brief, we will attempt to share NEW information here. Please refer to previously distributed briefs for the full extent of COVID-19 related information, service updates, preventative measures and clinical pathways. Lenbrook is committed to sharing news in a timely manner. Especially now, when the information changes so rapidly, it is important to have relevant and timely information. Streamlining our communications into one community-wide Town Hall meeting will make it more efficient to share this information with you.
Last week Governor Brian Kemp announced two new initiatives related to long-term care facilities as part of his COVID-19 task force. As noted in the recent memo dated April 4th, Lenbrook learned that The Georgia Department of Public Health has begun sharing with the public what is referred to as an “outbreak list.” We have been told that this “outbreak list” consists of any assisted living and long-term care facility that has had (or actively has) at least one positive case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) regardless of if the positive case was a resident or employee.
On March 27, Lenbrook introduced “Protected Times” for resident use of common space and for associates to perform their daily tasks. The purpose of this change is to reduce non-essential interaction among individuals. Social distancing is important to mitigate exposure and spread. Residents will have full use of the common areas from 9:00 a.m.–11 a.m. and 1 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Associates will perform all other tasks (housekeeping, maintenance, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. -9:00 a.m.
On behalf of the Lenbrook board, I want to thank you for your trust during this difficult time in American history, and indeed in the history of the world. Please be assured that the Board is staying in close communication with Lenbrook’s management team to listen to the actions they have taken and to provide guidance when it is requested. At times like these, I am very grateful for the talented and knowledgeable team at Lenbrook. You are in very good hands.
Because of our extensive advance planning and strict adherence to new policies to limit new exposure and mitigate the spread of the virus, Lenbrook is the safest place to be, and our main goal is the safety of our community. Lenbrook will always be transparent. We will stand before you and be truthful. Please know we’re doing our best to get you information as quickly as we can. We do our best to protect all within our community but all who pass through the doors play an equal role in our safety and wellness. We’re in this together.
Lenbrook has learned that an associate has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following the CDC protocols and have reported the information to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The associate is in self-isolation at home. Lenbrook has conducted an investigation to identify anyone having direct or in direct contact with the affected individual. Our job as a management team is to put safeguards into place to protect everyone while on our campus and we are committed to taking the necessary steps to do so. Please continue to read below for more information.
On March 18, Lenbrook hosted its third weekly Town Hall Meeting to share and discuss the latest developments and community wellness guidelines regarding the ongoing COVID-19 healthcare crisis.
John Clark of Lenbrook’s COVID-19 Task Force noted that a lot has changed in the past week and things continue to move rapidly. “Today, we will cover the recent recommendations of the Lenbrook COVID-19 Task Force, prevention, what residents can do, clinical pathways that are new, and hear from Dr. Oakley, a resident, and Dr. Lisa Belcher, the daughter of a Lenbrook resident and a physician with CDC. Residents can dial 2505 to ask questions while Town Hall is going on.
On March 11, Lenbrook hosted its second weekly Town Hall Meeting to share and discuss the latest developments and community wellness guidelines regarding the ongoing COVID-19 healthcare crisis. More than 75 residents and associates welcomed Dr. Lisa Belcher, a senior research scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose mother, Jane Neal, is a resident of Lenbrook. As a uniformed officer in the United States Public Health Service, Dr. Belcher deploys to locations across the world to serve during public health emergencies, and she addressed the crowd as a physician - and as a daughter.