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 prevention@brcliving.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 mjsaufley@brcliving.org.

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.


Key Data 

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

JURISDICTION

05/19/2022

05/12/2022
Rockingham County Low Low
Harrisonburg Low Low
Augusta County High Medium
Staunton High Medium
Waynesboro High Low

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
Rockingham County 5.1% 5.2%
Harrisonburg 6.1% 5.7%
Augusta County 17.4% 11.1%
Staunton 20.2% 16.0%
Waynesboro 17.1% 16.4%

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.

Monthly Totals

Month Team Members Residents
April 2020 2 0
May 2020 1 0
June 2020 5 0
July 2020 6 20
August 2020 7 1
September 2020 5 10
October 2020 5 2
November 2020 2 0
December 2020 29 16
January 2021 19 4
February 2021 1 0
March 2021 2 0
April 2021 3 0
May 2021 1 0
June 2021 0 0
July 2021 0 1
August 2021 0 4
September 2021 5 3
October 2021 2 2
November 2021 2 0
December 2021 18 3
January 2022 55 28
February 2022 11 8
March 2022 0 0
April 2022 3 0
May 2022 11 9

Residents by Community Segment

Nursing 51
Assisted Living 17
Independent Living 39

Team Members by Work Area

Nursing 94
Dining 21
Assisted Living 38
Village 22
Administration 12
Environmental Services – Bridgewater Home 2
Therapy 6

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%
Total Residents 525 97%
     
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.