Dear Family and Friends,
Good Afternoon. I hope this letter finds everyone safe and healthy.
On Tuesday we received 100 very hard to come by testing kits provided by Accurate Diagnostics. Since then we have been ramping up our COVID testing across the entire facility to include even the residents without any signs or symptoms. We know that this is necessary in order to accurately provide necessary treatments and cohort our residents in the proper groups. That being said- we know that this will result in higher numbers of positive cases as there probably are quite a few residents and staff that are positive without symptoms. Please keep in mind that the increase in positive cases is not seen as failure to prevent spread but a better ability to conclusively identify cases in order to isolate those that need isolating, while attempting to prevent spread to those who are currently not affected. In our effort to remain as transparent as possible we will continue to update you all with our daily COVID numbers.
I would like to thank everyone for their continued support as we navigate the stormy seas of this war. I said this yesterday and I will say this every day, our staff members that are here now are the cream of the crop, the bravest, caring, dedicated and selfless human beings on the planet! To put themselves in the front line of the battle like that is truly an act of heroism that needs to be applauded. So please take comfort knowing these are the special people taking care of your loved ones today. Here is an update on the current cases, both confirmed and pending, that we have in the building.
Total positive cases to date: 39
Current positive cases in Alameda: 17
Current positive cases in the hospital: 7
Current pending cases in Alameda: 70
Total COVID-19 positive deaths: 15
Contrary to what some of you might have seen online or in the news, we have provided ALL our staff with ALL the proper protective equipment. Each and every person that enters this building is issued a mask, isolation gown, gloves and a face shield. Everyone will continue to be vigilant with PPE usage and maintain a safe social distance from each other.
Together we WILL protect or residents and staff together we WILL get through this.
Thank you and have a great day.
David Fischer, LNHA
Alameda Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation