Covid-19 Update

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Collington COVID-19 Update

Friday, May 29, 2020

Dear Community,

We are making a change to our communications schedule. Starting Monday June 1, 2020, will we provide both a written update and live broadcast on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Update on Testing of Independent Living Residents at Collington 

  • Collington is partnering with a private laboratory to set up COVID-19 testing for Independent Living residents here on campus on Monday June 1 and Tuesday June 2, 2020 in the auditorium. 
  • Testing is highly encouraged as this will help us to provide a baseline for the community. We anticipate having test results by Friday June 5, 2020
  • If you have a positive test result, a Collington team member will contact you by phone. 
  • Testing is the nasal swab test kits. This is not an antibody test.
  • Testing will be performed by Collington nurses, who were trained on how to administer the tests by the National Guard on Thursday last week when we tested all our team members.
  • You will need your ID and insurance card for testing. Kaiser insurance will not be accepted.
  • If you tested negative previously, you may retest again. 
  • If you tested positive previously, you do not need to retest.
  • Please always wear your mask when in the building and within the auditorium. The nurse will let you when you may remove your mask for the test and then please redon your mask immediately following the test. 

Monday, June 1, 2020    Testing Schedule

  • Testing will be held in the Auditorium 
9:30am – 10:30am 1st floor apartments
10:30am – 11:30am 2nd floor apartments
11:30am – 12:30pm 3rd floor apartments
12:30pm -1:30pm Villas
1:30pm – 2:30pm 1000 cluster
2:30pm – 3:30pm 2000 cluster
3:30pm – 4:30pm 4000 cluster
4:30-pm – 5:30pm 3000 cluster

Tuesday, June 2, 2020    Testing Schedule

  • Testing will be in the Auditorium  
9:30am – 10:30am Apartments
10:30am – 11:30am Cottages
11:30am – 12:30pm Open

Maryland Outbreak Data

For additional information on COVID statistics, please visit: www.coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Confirmed Cases in the state of Maryland: 50,988 –Last 24 hours +1,279

Total cases/Prince George’s County: 14,773 —deaths 506

Collington Phase Approach to Re-Opening

  • Prince George’s County remains in a shelter in place until June 1, 2020.
  • Again, due to active positive COVID-19 cases still on campus and Independent Living resident COVID-19 testing next week, Collington will remain a shelter in place until after we have all our test results in, which we’re expecting to have by June 5th.
  • The results of the Independent Living testing will provide us our baseline data, and then we can move into Phase 2 of re-opening on Monday June 8, 2020, unless our testing results show an outbreak in Independent Living.
  • Safety is our first priority- low risk does not mean no risk.

Below is a list of community functions re-opened in Phase 1, which started May 6, 2020.

PHASE 1 – EFFECTIVE May 6, 2020
Clinic – In-person Appointments By appointment only.  Masks must be worn when within the clinic Waiting areas will not be utilized. Telehealth appointments will continue to be an option when appropriate.
Outdoor Exercise Classes Maximum size to be determined by location and instructor.  Must continue to adhere to MD Executive Orders on group numbers – as of 5/06, maximum of 10 persons and 6-foot spacing. Sign-in/out logs will be kept – this is for contact tracing, should the need arise.  
Gardening & Outside Social Gatherings Done alone or distanced 6 feet from others.  Garden tools must not be shared or must be disinfected after use.  Residents gathering outside with other Collington residents may do so in groups of 10 or less and separated by at least 6 feet (Collington will follow the MD Orders on the number of people allowed per group and update its restrictions accordingly). No items should be shared when gathering. 
New Resident Move-Ins New Residents and movers will be screened and will use the nearest access point to move into the Community. New Residents will be self-quarantined for 14-days upon arrival to Collington. 
Vendors Ruppert Landscaping will be invited to return to campus Residents are asked to not engage with their team members and maintain 6 feet physical distance RDI Construction will be invited to return to campus Residents are asked to not engage with their team members and maintain 6 feet physical distance.  RDI team members must wear a mask while inside the buildings.
Self-Quarantine Measures Mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for residents who partake in external engagement with businesses, enter pharmacy buildings, gas stations, etc. Self-quarantine will not be necessary for curbside pickup or medical appointments. 

Below is a list of community functions planned to re-open in Phase 2, which will start Monday June 8, 2020.  

PHASE 2 – EFFECTIVE MONDAY JUNE 8, 2020
Creighton Center  Still closed to all visitors and providing care and services in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Interfaith Chapel Limited capacity- no more than 10 persons at a time. No external worship leaders, resident led only. Seats will be marked to ensure 6 feet social distancing.  All hymnals and Bibles will be removed; residents are encouraged to bring their own. Masks must be worn at all times.
Self -Quarantine Measures Mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for residents who partake in external engagement with businesses, enter pharmacy buildings, gas stations, etc. Self-quarantine will not be necessary for curbside pickup or medical appointments.
PS Salon & Spa (will be cleaned and reconfigured from June 1-14; estimated opening for appointments Monday June 15) Appointment only- no double bookings; no waiting areas. Masks must be worn at all time by the guest and the service provider. Cashless system for payment. Tools, stations and shampoo bowls are sanitized in between clients.

It is important we continue to protect our Collington “bubble” as best as possible. We will continue to do this through our “bundle” of infection control practices- 

  • screening 
  • wearing a mask 
  • hand washing
  • maintaining 6 feet physical distance 
  • monitoring symptoms/line listing. 

Testing is also an important way to continue to protect our residents and team members. Please strongly consider participating in next week’s COVID-19 testing for Independent Living residents. This data will be extremely helpful as we plan to reopen campus.

Ann Gillespie, CEO
Megan Barbour, COO