Statement and Campus Updates on COVID-19

October 9 Update:

Good news! The COVID outbreak in one of our nursing households has subsided, and all affected residents are doing reasonably well. During the week of October 5, all nursing residents who previously had negative COVID-19 results were retested, with no additional cases revealed.

This week’s biweekly routine testing of team members who work in nursing also resulted in 100% negative results on both days.

October 2 Status:

Nursing Households

BRC is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in the nursing households segment of our community. Eight residents in one of the six households, and one resident in another household, have recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Fortunately, all residents with active COVID continue to remain stable with mild to moderate symptoms. BRC is following all recommended prevention protocols including moving the residents to the COVID isolation area.

All other nursing residents have been tested this week, and those in the affected households are being tested daily. And, of course, resident health is being very closely monitored with vitals checked twice a day.

As required by regulatory guidance because of the positivity rate in Rockingham County where we are located, BRC conducts bi-weekly routine testing of all nursing household team members as well as certain other front-line workers. On September 30, Assisted Living team members were included. Since September 16, four team members have tested positive. They all have or are quarantining at home for the recommended period to prevent risk of infection at BRC.

Window visits have been suspended for nursing residents.

Information about guidelines for nursing homes in Virginia may be found here on the Virginia Department of Health website.

Assisted Living & Memory Support

No residents in this segment of our community have recently tested positive for COVID.

Window visits with loved ones continue, and may be scheduled directly with AL/Gardner House coordinators.

Independent Living

In the second round of optional testing for COVID, in late August, no BRC Village (Independent Living) residents or caregivers tested positive. This provided the data needed to begin to incrementally “open the valve” with regard to dining, campus visitation, fitness activities, and the like.

Visitors are now permitted in residential areas and outdoors with a limit of two per household at a time. Questions may be directed to Village Resident Services at 540-828-2550.

  • Visitors are screened at the Guard Shack on Second Avenue and may enter campus only if they have no COVID symptoms and have not been exposed to anyone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19.
  • Visitors must wear masks while on campus.
  • Visitors are permitted only in residential areas and outdoors.
  • Visitors are not permitted in common spaces including dining venues, the library, the fitness center, and the salon.

Both dining venues in the Houff Community Center— the Custer Room and the Junction—are open for residents (no visitors), with widely spaced seating and all necessary protocols in place.

The fitness center and Maple Grove Salon are open for BRC residents, again observing appropriate physical distancing, time allowed for sanitizing between appointments, and other necessary infection prevention protocols. Appointments are required.

Media Requests:

Please direct all press and media inquiries to Crista Cabe, director of marketing and sales.
ccabe@brcliving.org | 540-828-2621 (office) | 540-688-8149 (cell)

Campus-Wide COVID-19 Prevention Policies

  • Access to campus is restricted. Only residents, team members, and authorized visitors (approved caregivers, vendors and contractors, and approved delivery services) may enter BRC’s 55-acre campus. Authorized visitors are limited in their movements.
  • All incoming traffic must enter at the North Second Street entrance and check in at the “Guard Shack.”
  • All BRC Independent Living dining venues and are closed. Hot and cold-prepped meals are available for pick-up and delivery. Meals are served in Assisted Living, Gardner House, and Nursing Households.
  • All team members and authorized visitors are screened (including temperature checks) on arrival. All team members must wear surgical masks while on duty.
  • All campus events and community gatherings are canceled until further notice.
  • Everyone is encouraged to continue practicing good COVID-19 prevention efforts by washing your hands and using hand sanitizer regularly; covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze; maintain social distances of at least six feet from other people; and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

Personal Protective Equipment Policies and Procedures

Masks/Face Coverings

All team members are to wear a surgical mask while on duty. Surgical masks should be worn during work and discarded upon leaving work. The mask may be removed only to hydrate or eat when you are well clear of anyone else (6 feet minimum).

Outside of work, team members should wear cloth masks in public in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Team Members Working in Resident Care Areas

All team members working in resident care areas of Nursing, AL and Memory Care will enter and exit through June’s Café doors.

All team members working in resident care areas will follow the procedures listed below.

  1. Surgical Mask: See above, always wear a surgical mask. One surgical mask should last for your shift. Please change if it becomes moist or soiled.
  2. Clean T-shirt: Upon arrival, in the June’s Café screening area, clean t-shirts will be available. Please take a clean shirt and change. Keep your personal shirt with your belongings. After your shift is over, change back into your own clothing and place the T-shirt in the hamper to be laundered.
  3. Goggles/Safety Glasses: Goggles/Safety Glasses are provided and are available in June’s Café for the protection of all direct care team members. It is recommended to wear eye protection to prevent droplets and splashes from entering the eyes. A clean pair of goggles may be signed out for use during a shift. Please return the goggles to the “dirty” bin when leaving. (please note that although they may help, personal glasses do not qualify as PPE)
  4. Gloves: Wear gloves for all physical contact with residents. Perform hand hygiene and change gloves between residents.

Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Care

  • Visitation:  Residents may schedule up to one window visit per week with loved ones from outside BRC, with a maximum of two visitors at a time. Scheduling is organized through the individual households. Residents may also schedule visits with spouses in different levels of living at BRC. Exceptions are being made on a case-by-case basis for end-of-life care.
  • All residents are being monitored for symptoms twice a day, including temperature readings.
  • Group activities and communal dining are suspended in accordance with guidance from CMS and CDC.
  • IPads have made available in all households to facilitate FaceTime/Google Duo video communication with families and loved ones.
  • Care packages for residents must be sent via U.S. Postal Service. BRC Village residents may have care packages picked up and delivered to loved ones by Resident Services.

Independent Living

  • Independent living residents are being asked to practice prevention protocols and reduce possible exposure. Grocery delivery services are available through Village Resident Services. More information is available on Wellzesta.
  • Deliveries and care packages for Villagers only may be left at the Guard Shack for delivery by Village Resident Services (Monday–Friday 8 am–4:30 pm). U.S. Mail, FedEx, UPS, Schwan’s, and newspapers continue to deliver on campus as usual.
  • Move-ins continue with strict prevention protocols. New residents are being screened on arrival and are asked to avoid close contact with other Village residents for 14 days with self-monitoring.

How can you help?

We’ve been asked that question dozens of times and are unable to adequately express our gratitude. We are profoundly grateful for your support and your love. We are in this together, committed to protecting our beloved BRC community.

Learn more:  How you can help BRC at this time

Campus updates are recorded regularly on our COVID-19 Prevention Hotline (1-540-828-2444).

Independent Living Residents should monitor Wellzesta regularly for updates.

You can also email prevention@brcliving.org to subscribe to emergency updates via email, and to share any questions or concerns regarding our prevention efforts. We will do our best to respond to all inquiries within a business day.