Data on this page is updated weekly, usually on Fridays. In between, BRC will also update this page if there is significant COVID news including policy changes.
BRC sends routine email updates to anyone who is interested, monthly around the first Friday of every month. (To receive these, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.) In between, should there be significant COVID-related news at BRC, BRC will send email updates and alert team members and residents.
Update May 20, 2022
COVID has not gone away! Here at BRC, in the last week there were two residents (in Independent Living) and three team members who tested positive for COVID. We are grateful that all are doing well.
The single most important factor in avoiding severe illness is staying up to date with the vaccine. For adults 50 and older, that means getting your second booster shot. BRC continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. The next clinics will be scheduled in June. For more information contact Infection Preventionist MJ Saufley at email@example.com.
Local Data Trends May 20, 2022
COVID cases continue to creep up here at BRC, in our local communities, and around the country. Although Rockingham County continues to be rated at “low community level” by the CDC, neighboring Augusta County is now in the high range.
CDC recommendations for the low and medium level do not include masking, but of course individuals should make decisions based on their own risk level, comfort level, and consultation with their health care provider. This metric is most applicable to the Independent Living sector of BRC, our community center, and administrative offices. The CDC recommendation for “high community level” as seen in Augusta County is to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
The model used by the Virginia Department of Health (the UVA Model) predicts that transmission in the Harrisonburg area will continue to increase significantly between now and July and reach levels above the delta surge but not quite as high as the omicron surge:
The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 57.0% in Rockingham and 59.9% in Augusta. This is significantly behind Virginia as a whole (73.6%) as well as the in the United States (66.4%).
Protocols at BRC
BRC does not currently require masking in our community center, dining venues, and other non-healthcare settings.
Infection control protocols in our healthcare settings—Nursing Households, Memory Support, and Assisted Living—are determined by regulatory guidance. Masking is required for team members and visitors in those areas.
Current Level of Community Transmission
This is the CDC metric that determines protocols in our healthcare settings (Nursing Households, Assisted Living, Memory Support).
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY: SUBSTANTIAL
Under “substantial” rating, twice a week we conduct routine testing of team members who are not “up to date” with the COVID-19 vaccines.
CDC Community Level 5/19/2022
To determine the community level, CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days. The CDC updates the Community Levels by County Map every Thursday by 8 p.m. ET.
CDC Recommendations Based on Community Level:
Low Level: Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms.
Medium Level: Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if you have symptoms, and if you are at high risk for severe disease talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should wear a mask or take other precautions.
High Level: Wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if you have symptoms, and consult your healthcare provider about additional precautions if you are at high risk for severe illness.
Local Positivity Rates 5/16/22:
For the first year or more of the pandemic, local positivity rates dictated regulatory requirements for our nursing households, how often we test all nursing team members, and other infection prevention measures. Other metrics have since superceded the positivity rate for that purpose, but we continue to report for consistency. A positivity rate of under 5% is considered “low”; between 5% and 10% is considered “moderate”; and above 10% is “high.” This data is published by the Virginia Department of Health.
|Current Positivity Rates (14-day period ending)||5/13/2022||5/6/2022|
Cumulative COVID-19 Cases at BRC as of 5/20/2022
Total Number of BRC Residents: approximately 530 Total Number of BRC Team Members: approximately 430 including full time, part time, and PRN.
Residents by Community Segment
Team Members by Work Area
|Environmental Services – Bridgewater Home||2|
Weekly COVID data for Local Area as of 5/20/2022
In Rockingham County, Harrisonburg City, and Augusta County combined (last 12 weeks)
COVID-related deaths in the local area 5/5/22
last 12 weeks
Data derived from information provided by the Virginia Department of Health
BRC Vaccination Rates 2/22/2022
|Community Segment||Total Individuals||Percent Vaccinated|
|Residents — Nursing Households||114||99%|
|Residents — Assisted Living||56||98%|
|Residents — Memory Support||20||100%|
|Residents — Independent Living||335||96%|
|Team Members (includes PRN & part time)||412||86%|
BRC requires team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with allowance for religious or medical exemptions, in accordance with regulatory guidance. Protocols for non-vaccinated team members may vary from those for fully vaccinated team members to mitigate risk.