Coronavirus Update for Families
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during these challenging times.
Residents and Staff were offered the two shot Moderna vaccine starting December 29, 2020 and the third vaccine clinics are scheduled through March 2021. We were grateful to offer the vaccine to our residents and staff. Two weeks after a resident receive their second shot they will be considered at a higher level of protection against the virus. While this information offers us all a sense of relief, we know that even if someone is fully vaccinated, there is still a risk of transmission.
At The Sarah Community will continue to practice all safety measures, and we urge you to do the same.
I am pleased to announce that in March, we will slowly and safely re-open, and allow indoor residents’ visitors according to regulations and in a scheduled manner.
Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times. Visitors will make an appointment in advance, go directly to the apartment or designated area upon arrival, enjoy their visit and then leave from the apartment and exit the building. All guests are expected to adhere to our safety protocols and take the necessary precautions to protect our residents and employees. Please remember that even if a resident is fully vaccinated, there is still a risk of transmission of COVID-19 and your loved one can transmit the virus and potentially becoming ill. All residents and visitors should use an abundance of caution when visiting by continuing to wear a mask and socially distancing.
Travel Policy & COVID-19 Testing Requirements
This policy requires residents who are away from the building for one night or longer to submit to a COVID-19 test and provide negative results upon return and then get a second test 6 days later. If a family member wishes to visit their loved one inside the building and has traveled within the last 14 days, we will require a negative COVID-19 test.
We will continue to offer iPads to residents for virtual visits with families.
St. Andrews and The Sarah Community is excited to offer residents more normalcy throughout the building and more opportunities to see family members in their homes. Please remember that we all still need to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash our hands frequently to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Please keep in mind that even after The Sarah Community meets the criteria to open for internal visits, they will be required to revert back to outdoor visits if there is a new COVID-positive case or if their county positivity rate reaches 10% again.
Health officials agree the best defense techniques to keep everyone safe are:
- Frequent hand washing using proper hand hygiene by scrubbing with warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Hand sanitizer is useful but does not replace washing with soap and hot water.
- Avoid touching your face and keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes.
- Practice social distancing in all situations.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
The steps we are taking in our community are based upon the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), St. Louis County Department of Health and Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS)