COVID Update October 14, 2021

Make-up Booster Clinic 10/18

BRC has held booster clinics for all segments of our population. Any team members or residents still needing the booster have another opportunity on Monday, October 18, between 7 and 11 a.m. in Lantz Chapel. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old and must have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before April 18.

Questions about the clinic? contact MJ Saufley at mjsaufley@brcliving.org or 540-828-2733.

Questions about the booster? The CDC website is a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate in the region is still very high but dropped again this past week. Hospitalizations, however, continue to climb; this makes sense as new hospitalizations are likely to lag somewhat behind new cases.

The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is creeping up, with 48.2% in Rockingham and 51.4% in Augusta. This is significantly behind Virginia as a whole (61.6%) as well as the national average (56.6%). BRC urges everyone to mitigate risk through social distancing and masking in public, to get your third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine if you’re eligible, and if not yet vaccinated to get the vaccination as soon as possible.


COVID Update October 7, 2021

Booster Clinics 

Vaccine doses were received earlier this week, and booster clinics are being held over the next several days. Village residents are getting their shots on Thursday 10/7, and Assisted Living residents are getting theirs on Friday 10/8. AL residents will get their flu vaccines on Monday, 10/18.  Nursing Household residents are getting their flu vaccines on 10/7 and 10/8, and will get their COVID boosters on Monday October 11. 

BRC team members who have not yet gotten their COVID boosters will get them on Friday 10/8 (7 – 11 am or 1 – 4 pm), or on Monday 10/11 (7 – 11 am) in Lantz Chapel. Flu vaccine clinics for team members are tentatively scheduled for October 20 and 26. Stay tuned for details!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOSTER? The CDC website is a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate in the region is still very high but has dropped compared to recent weeks. The number of new cases has risen about 20% over last week but is still lower than at the peak of the Delta variant surge which was in mid September. And, it’s good to see that the Virginia Department of Health’s predictive model (the “UVA Model”) predicts that our area has seen the worst of the Delta Variant surge; numbers are expected to drop slowly through the winter but remain comparatively high for a while yet.

The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 47.1% in Rockingham and 50.3% in Augusta. This is significantly behind Virginia as a whole (61.1%) as well as the national average (56.6%). BRC urges everyone to mitigate risk through social distancing and masking in public, to get your third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine if you’re eligible, and if not yet vaccinated to get the vaccination as soon as possible.


COVID Update September 30, 2021

Booster Clinic Delays

Part of our vaccine shipment has been delayed until Friday, 10/1. We are doing limited vaccine boosters on 9/30 for frontline team members will be rescheduling the rest. More info later!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOSTER? The CDC website is a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate in the region is still high but has dropped compared to recent weeks. The number of new cases and new hospitalizations has also moderated. And, it’s good to see that the Virginia Department of Health’s predictive model (the “UVA Model”) now predicts that our area has seen the worst of the Delta Variant surge and that numbers will continue to drop.

On the other hand, the percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 46.8% in Rockingham and 50.0% in Augusta. This is significantly behind Virginia as a whole as well as the national average. BRC urges everyone to mitigate risk through social distancing and masking in public, and if not yet vaccinated to get the vaccination as soon as possible.


BOOSTER CLINICS 9/30 AND 10/1

Now that the CDC has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech booster, BRC is mobilizing to provide it to eligible residents and team members as soon as possible. Our on-site COVID booster clinics will be this Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1:

ELIGIBILITY:

Any BRC resident or team member (at least 18 years of age) who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with the second dose no later than April 1, 2021 (for 9/30 and 10/1 clinics) or April 8 (for October 8 follow-up clinic).

NOTE: CDC guidelines indicate that the booster can be taken during the same time frame – even on the same day – as other vaccinations.

HOW TO PREPARE: 

Bring your vaccination card from your original vaccination. Remember to wear short sleeves to make it easy to receive the vaccine.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, September 30:

  • Residents – Nursing and Memory Support In the households
  • Residents – Assisted Living in AL location (details to come)
  • Team members – Nursing and Assisted Living: 7–10 am and 1–4 pm in Lantz Chapel

Friday, October 1:

  • Village Residents

8:30 am – 2:00 pm
In Maple Terrace – check-in at Shenandoah Room, clinic in Mack A & B
Details will be communicated directly to Village Residents

  • Team Members – All remaining

2 – 4 pm, or as long as needed
In Lantz Chapel

Friday, October 8:

Any eligible BRC team member or resident who is unable to participate 9/29 or 10/1. Details to come!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOSTER:

The CDC website is a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html


COVID Update September 23, 2021

Two Village residents (BRC Independent Living) tested positive with breakthrough cases of COVID on September 20. After contact tracing, anyone potentially exposed has been notified and has been instructed on how to reduce risk of further spread through infection control measures. As a precaution, the Fitness Center is closed and Village activities are on pause at least until Monday, September 27.

On September 17, a team member who works in Assisted Living tested positive. There was potential exposure to residents on the first floor of Assisted Living, Concord House, and Gardner House. Team members and residents were subsequently tested on an appropriate schedule with all negative results so far. Out of precaution and to mitigate risk, residents are asked to wear masks in common areas and spousal visits between Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing Households have been temporarily suspended. We have also added extra tables in the dining room to allow additional distancing during meals. 

We are still awaiting guidance and authorization to administer booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine, which is the vaccine used at our first round of mass vaccination clinics in late 2020 and early 2021. BRC is prepared to mobilize quickly for a mass booster clinic as soon as possible once they are authorized.  Stay tuned for more information.

Virtually all areas of Virginia continue to be in “surge,” with even higher transmission rates in our immediate area than in many other parts of the state. Because of the high local transmission rate, unvaccinated team members are tested twice a week. They also wear KN-95 masks instead of surgical masks.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, face masks continue to be required indoors throughout our BRC community in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. We encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoors as well as in crowded outdoor locations. And we urge everyone to get the vaccine if not already taken.

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 17.9% Rockingham County and 25.1% in Augusta County. The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 46.2% in Rockingham and 49.3% in Augusta. This is significantly behind Virginia as a whole as well as the national average. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. On July 7, we tallied the very low figure of only 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions combined; the number for the past seven days (September 16-22) is a whopping 964. However, the total numbers seem to be leveling off. 

On the other hand, the UVA Model that predicts future COVID cases at the local level projects that numbers will begin to rise again and peak around October 24. 

Therefore, BRC urges everyone to mitigate risk through social distancing and masking in public, and if not yet vaccinated to get the vaccination as soon as possible.


COVID Update September 16, 2021

We are delighted to share the news that there have been no additional COVID cases among either team members or residents at BRC. Visitation to Nursing Households was again allowed starting Monday September 13. 

All visitors must be 12 or older and, even if fully vaccinated, must wear masks while indoors at BRC. All visits must be scheduled in advance and coordinated through the applicable nursing household, memory support household, or Assisted Living team members. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household.

BRC is prepared to mobilize quickly for a mass vaccination booster clinic as soon as possible once boosters are authorized—possibly as soon as the week of September 20. We expect news in the next few days. Our plan is to include all residents and team members in clinics if possible. Stay tuned for more information.

Virtually all areas of Virginia are in “surge,” with even higher transmission rates in our immediate area than in many other parts of the state. Because of the high local transmission rate, unvaccinated team members are tested twice a week. They also wear KN-95 masks instead of surgical masks.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, face masks continue to be required indoors throughout our BRC community in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. We encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoors as well as in crowded outdoor locations. And we urge everyone to get the vaccine if not already taken.

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 17.0% Rockingham County and 22.6% in Augusta County. The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 45.8% in Rockingham and 48.9% in Augusta. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. On July 7, we tallied the very low figure of only 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions combined; the number for the past seven days (September 2-8) is a whopping 1,163. However, the total numbers seem to be leveling off with lower week-over-week increases. 

According to the UVA Model that predicts future COVID cases at the local level, the peak of the current surge is expected around the beginning of October, which sooner than previously thought. 


Nursing Visitation To Re-Open 9/13

We are delighted to share the news that there have been no additional COVID cases among either team members or residents in our Nursing Households since the one breakthrough case announced you earlier this week.

Therefore, visitation from within the BRC community as well as the broader community will once again be allowed in our Nursing Households beginning Monday, September 13. 

All visitors must be 12 or older and, even if fully vaccinated, must wear masks while indoors at BRC. All visits must be scheduled in advance and coordinated through the applicable nursing household, memory support household, or Assisted Living team members. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household.


COVID Update September 9, 2021

BRC is prepared to mobilize quickly for a mass vaccination booster clinic as soon as possible once boosters are authorized—possibly as soon as the week of September 20. Our plan is to include all residents and team members. Stay tuned for more information.

Visitation to Nursing Households, from the broader community as well as from within other segments of BRC, is currently suspended and will be re-evaluated on Monday September 13.

Visitation is still allowed in Assisted Living, but we ask for help, cooperation, and diligence when it comes to visiting a loved one in Assisted Living and/or taking a resident out from BRC. With the community transmission rates increasing, we ask that extensive measures be taken to mitigate risks to BRC residents, including wearing a mask at all times, social distancing, limiting food and drink while together, and not exposing residents to unvaccinated individuals or young children. 

In the broader community, numbers continue to climb steeply. Virtually all areas of Virginia are in “surge,” with even higher transmission rates in our immediate area than in many other parts of the state. Because of the high local transmission rate, unvaccinated team members are tested twice a week. They also wear KN-95 masks instead of surgical masks.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, face masks continue to be required indoors throughout our BRC community in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. We encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoors as well as in crowded outdoor locations. And we urge everyone to get the vaccine if not already taken.

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 15.6% Rockingham County and 19.9% in Augusta County. The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 45.4% in Rockingham and 48.4% in Augusta. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. On July 7, we tallied the very low figure of only 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions combined; the number for the past seven days (September 2-8) is a whopping 1,276, a 36% increase over the previous 7-day period. 

According to the UVA Model that predicts future COVID cases at the local level, COVID will continue to increase steeply in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area and peak around the week of October 24, due to the high infectiousness of the Delta variant.  


Special Update Sept. 7, 2021

Visitation to Nursing Households, from the broader community as well as from within other segments of BRC, is currently suspended and will be re-evaluated on Monday September 13.

The Positivity Rate increased again this week, to 15.6% in Rockingham County and even higher in some nearby jurisdictions (see below). Plus, there has been a breakthrough case of a fully vaccinated team member in a Nursing Household. All team members and residents who were potentially exposed have been notified and are being tested until cleared for seven days following exposure, with no additional positive results to date.

Visitation is still allowed in Assisted Living, but we ask for help, cooperation, and diligence when it comes to visiting a loved one in Assisted Living and/or taking a resident out from BRC. With the community transmission rates increasing, we ask that extensive measures be taken to mitigate risks to BRC residents, including wearing a mask at all times, social distancing, limiting food and drink while together, and not exposing residents to unvaccinated individuals or young children. 

Be safe out there! 


COVID Update September 2, 2021

BRC is prepared to mobilize quickly for a mass vaccination booster clinic as soon as possible once boosters are authorized—possibly as soon as the week of September 20. Our plan is to include all residents and team members. Stay tuned for more information.

In the last few days, two team members have tested positive for COVID. In both cases the individuals are doing well. And in both cases there was no exposure for residents or other team members at BRC as they had not worked recent shifts when they would have been contagious.

In the broader community, numbers continue to climb steeply. Virtually all areas of Virginia are in “surge,” with even higher transmission rates in our immediate area than in many other parts of the state. 

In accordance with CDC recommendations, face masks continue to be required indoors throughout our BRC community in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. We encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoors as well as in crowded outdoor locations. 

Because of the high transmission rate, unvaccinated team members are tested twice a week. They also wear KN-95 masks instead of surgical masks.

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 13.5% Rockingham County and 18.5% in Augusta County. The percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is 44.8% in Rockingham and 48.0% in Augusta. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. On July 7, we tallied the very low figure of only 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions combined; the number for the past seven days (August 26 through September 1) is a whopping 937, a 48% increase over the previous 7-day period. 

According to the UVA Model that predicts future COVID cases at the local level, COVID will continue to increase steeply in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area and peak around the week of October 24, due to the high infectiousness of the Delta variant.  


COVID Update August 26, 2021

At BRC it was a relatively quiet week with regard to COVID, but the same is not true in the surrounding community where the numbers are climbing steeply. Virtually all areas of Virginia are in “surge,” with neighboring Augusta County continuing to be one of the hotspots with Rockingham County also seeing a significant increase in cases.

According to the UVA Model that predicts future COVID cases at the local level, COVID will continue to increase steeply in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area and peak around the week of September 26, due to the high infectiousness of the Delta variant.  

At BRC, face masks continue to be required indoors throughout our BRC community in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. We encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoors, and in crowded outdoor locations.

Here at BRC, in the past week one vaccinated Village resident tested positive in a breakthrough case but, thankfully, has relatively mild symptoms. 

Local Data Trends

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 10.5% Rockingham County. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. On July 7, we tallied the very low figure of only 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions combined; the number for the past seven day is a whopping 634. 


VACCINE NEWS August 20, 2021

From President Rodney Alderfer

BRC has been a strong advocate for the COVID vaccine since it became available. The scientific evidence is convincing:  the vaccine is safe, highly effective in preventing severe cases of COVID, and the best way for each of us to do our part to move past the pandemic and its necessary restrictions. Our philosophy at BRC has been to educate about the vaccine while respecting individual team members and establishing protocols to mitigate risk as much as possible.

Clearly, this strategy has been working. Our team member vaccination rate is much higher than the surrounding counties and is also much higher the other Life Plan Communities in our area. Plus, there have been zero resident cases in our healthcare/congregate living settings (Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support) since early January. This is a record to be proud of!

On Wednesday, August 18, President Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “will develop new regulations requiring nursing homes to require that all of their workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

This directive is of course very new and not yet implemented. We do not have any details yet but want you to know that we are actively working to stay on top of things as they develop. We will keep you informed as details emerge. And, when the time comes, our BRC team will work together on compliance.

The other big item of vaccine news is that starting September 20 a booster is now recommended for those who received the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, which accounts for the majority of BRC residents and team members. BRC is already a certified vaccination site for all three vaccines and will be ready to provide the third dose/booster on schedule.

Over the very challenging past 18 months we have been through so much together. Each BRC team member has gone above and beyond in myriad ways, with commitment and professionalism and love in your hearts. I am proud to work with all of them, and I thank them profoundly for stepping up to keep our community as safe as possible.


COVID Update August 19, 2021

We are excited to report that, thanks to exceptional educational efforts by our nursing team and to our team members’ commitment to keeping our community safe, BRC’s team member vaccination rate is at 78%. In the Nursing Households, the rate is 81%. This far exceeds not only the percentage of adults in Rockingham County with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine (53.3%) but also the other Life Plan Communities in the area which have vaccination rates in the range of 58.5% to 65.5%. And, although there have been a few mild COVID cases among Independent Living residents (where residents are more engaged in the broader community), there have been zero resident cases in our health care/congregate living settings (Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support) since early January 2021. This is quite an achievement! And it means that the protocols we have in place are working to keep our residents safe.

As reported earlier this week, there were three breakthrough cases of COVID among vaccinated Independent Living residents. Anyone who was exposed to potential risk of infection has been notified and appropriate infection control measures have been implemented. We are grateful that those who tested positive have not had severe symptoms and are doing well.

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 9.1%. The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise steeply in the local area. 

In light of these developments, visitation policy for Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing Households has been updated:

  • In Nursing Households: Visitors must wear masks for the duration of their visit regardless of vaccination status. Visits must still be scheduled in advance with the household team. They take place in a designated location away from common residential living spaces regardless of vaccination status.
  • In Assisted Living and Memory Support: Visitors must wear masks for the duration of their visit regardless of vaccination status. Visits must still be scheduled in advance with the team. They may take place either in the resident’s apartment or in common spaces within Assisted Living.

Also, in accordance with CDC guidance, masks continue to be required for everyone in indoor common spaces regardless of vaccination status. This applies throughout the BRC community, in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Previously, in accordance with regulatory guidance, masks were required only in heathcare settings which include Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing Households.

At this point we have not changed our visitation guidelines or other policies. We continue to evaluate practices and policies in light of evolving data and best practices guidance. 

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. With the Delta variant gaining ground everywhere, increasing numbers of breakthrough cases, and only about 48% of the Rockingham County population with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, this trend is very concerning.


SPECIAL UPDATE 8/16/21

There have been a few breakthrough cases of COVID among vaccinated Independent Living residents. Anyone who was exposed to potential risk of infection has been notified and appropriate infection control measures have been implemented. We are grateful that those who tested positive have not had severe symptoms and are doing well.

The PCR-test positivity rate climbed again this week, to 9.1%.

In light of these developments, visitation policy for Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing Households is updated effective today:

  • In Nursing Households: Visitors must wear masks for the duration of their visit regardless of vaccination status. Visits must still be scheduled in advance with the household team. They take place in a designated location away from common residential living spaces regardless of vaccination status.
  • In Assisted Living and Memory Support: Visitors must wear masks for the duration of their visit regardless of vaccination status. Visits must still be scheduled in advance with the team. They may take place either in the resident’s apartment or in common spaces within Assisted Living.

COVID Update August 12, 2021

The PCR-test positivity rate in Rockingham County has risen again this week, to 7.6%, but we are still in the “moderate” transmission category. The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise steeply in the local area. Therefore, as announced last week, in accordance with CDC guidance, masks are required for everyone in indoor common spaces regardless of vaccination status. This applies throughout the BRC community, in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Previously, in accordance with regulatory guidance, masks were only required in heathcare settings which include Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing Households.

At this point we have not changed our visitation guidelines or other policies. We will continue to evaluate practices and policies in light of evolving data and best practices guidance. 

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number has been increasing since early July. With the Delta variant gaining ground everywhere, and only about 47% of the Rockingham County population with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, this trend is concerning.


COVID Update August 5, 2021

The PCR-test positivity rate in Rockingham County has risen to 6.4%, putting us in the “moderate” transmission category, and the number of new COVID-19 cases is rising steeply in the local area. Therefore, in accordance with CDC guidance, masks are required for everyone in indoor common spaces regardless of vaccination status effective August 2, 2021. This applies throughout the BRC community, both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Previously, in accordance with regulatory guidance, masks were only required in heathcare settings which include Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing Households.

At this point we have not changed our visitation guidelines or other policies. We will continue to evaluate practices and policies in light of evolving data and best practices guidance. 

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number is still low compared to earlier in the pandemic, but it is increasing weekly. With the Delta variant gaining ground everywhere, and only about 47% of the Rockingham County population with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, this trend is concerning. We will keep an eye on it!


SPECIAL UPDATE August 2, 2021

The PCR-test positivity rate in Rockingham County has risen to 6.4%, putting us in the “moderate” transmission category, and the number of new COVID-19 cases is rising steeply in the local area. Therefore, in accordance with CDC guidance, masks are required for everyone in indoor common spaces regardless of vaccination status effective today (August 2, 2021). This applies throughout the BRC community, both healthcare and non-healthcare settings.


COVID Update July 29, 2021

There was one COVID case at BRC in the past week in Independent Living. This was a “breakthrough” case of a vaccinated individual. We are delighted to report that the individual is asymptomatic, and that there was no close interaction that would put any resident or team member at risk. 

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the tenth week in a row. Please note however that the number of new cases is on the rise, and the positivity rate looks farther back in time than our new cases count, the positivity rate may be rising again soon.

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number is still low compared to earlier in the pandemic, but it is increasing weekly. With the Delta variant gaining ground everywhere, and only about 46% of the Rockingham County population with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, this trend is concerning. We will keep an eye on it!


COVID Update July 22, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the ninth week in a row. Please note however that the number of new cases is on the rise, and the positivity rate looks farther back in time than our new cases count, so it looks as if the positivity rate will be rising again soon.

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number is still low compared to earlier in the pandemic, but it has almost doubled week-over-week for the last two weeks, from 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions to 36 new cases last week, to 66 cases in the seven days ending 7/21. With the Delta variant gaining ground everywhere, and only about 46% of the Rockingham County population with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, this trend is concerning. We will keep an eye on it!

COVID Update July 15, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the eighth week in a row. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number is still low compared to earlier in the pandemic, but it almost doubled week-over-week, from 19 new cases in the three jurisdictions in the previous week to 36 new cases this past week. With the Delta variant gaining ground everywhere, and only about 46% of the Rockingham County population with at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, this trend is concerning. We will keep an eye on it!

COVID Update July 8, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the seventh week in a row. 

We track the number of new COVID cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number also stayed very low in the past week. Only 19 new cases were documented in the 7-day period in the three jurisdictions. 

 

COVID Update July 1, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the sixth week in a row. Although the PCR-test positivity rate is higher in neighboring Augusta County, this statistic may be misleading: the number of new cases is actually dropping there as well, but fewer tests were conducted so the percentage of positive results is higher. 

We track the number of new cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number also decreased in the past week. Only 18 new cases were documented in the 7-day period in the three jurisdictions. This is the lowest number since mid-April 2020. More good news!

COVID Update June 24, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the fifth week in a row. Although the PCR-test positivity rate is higher in neighboring Augusta County, this statistic may be misleading: the number of new cases is actually dropping there as well, but fewer tests were conducted so the percentage of positive results is higher. 

We track the number of new cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number also decreased in the past week. Only 21 new cases were documented in the 7-day period in the three jurisdictions. This is the lowest number since mid-April 2020. More good news!

COVID Update June 17, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

With decreasing COVID activity at BRC and in our community, BRC sends routine email updates monthly on the first Thursday of every month. (To receive these, email your request to prevention@brcliving.org.) Data on this page is updated weekly, usually on Thursdays. In between, should there be significant COVID news including policy changes, BRC will send out an email update and alert team members and residents. 

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the fourth week in a row. Although the PCR-test positivity rate is higher in neighboring Augusta County and City of Waynesboro, this statistic may be misleading: the number of new cases remained virtually the same, but fewer tests were conducted so the percentage is higher. 

We track the number of new cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below); this number also decreased in the past week. More good news!

 

COVID Update June 10, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

With decreasing COVID activity at BRC and in our community, BRC sends routine email updates monthly on the first Thursday of every month. (To receive these, email your request to prevention@brcliving.org.) Data on this page is updated weekly, usually on Thursdays.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the third week in a row. We track the number of new cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below).The number of new cases in the local area ticked up slightly but is still very low compared to most of the last year. More good news!

 

COVID Update June 3, 2021

We are delighted that once again there were no COVID cases at BRC in the past week.

With decreasing COVID activity at BRC and in our community, BRC will begin sending its regular email updates monthly on the first Thursday of every month rather than weekly. Data on this page will continue to be updated weekly, and of course if there is an outbreak or other significant news to share we will send the email updates as needed.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing stayed below 5% for the third week in a row. We track the number of new cases in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below).The number of new cases in the local area decreased again this week to the lowest level since April 2020. More good news!

 

COVID Week in Review: May 21-27, 2021

There have been no COVID cases at BRC this week, and routine testing of non-vaccinated team members returned all negative results.

COVID-19 vaccine availability at BRC: We can now administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in addition to the Moderna vaccine. Vaccines are administered on-site for residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing dipped below 5% for the second week in a row. If the county rate reported next week remains below 5%, we will be able to further relax some infection prevention measures. Our goal is to foster maximum engagement while keeping our community safe.

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below).The number of new cases in the local area decreased again this week. More good news!

Local Positivity Rates:

Regulatory requirements for our nursing households mandate visitation policy, how often we test all nursing team members, and other infection prevention measures; these requirements are tied directly to several measures including the percentage of positive COVID-19 PCR test results in our local jurisdiction, which is Rockingham County. A positivity rate of under 5% is considered “low” and requires monthly testing; between 5% and 10% is considered “medium” and requires weekly testing; and above 10% is “high” and requires testing twice a week. Also, a positivity rate of above 10% means mandatory restriction of visitation in Nursing and Assisted Living. BRC also uses this data to inform policies that affect Assisted Living and Independent Living, so we keep an eye on the rates in nearby jurisdictions. This data is published by the Virginia Department of Health.

Current Positivity Rates  (14-day period ending) 5/14/2021 5/21/2021
Rockingham County 4.6% 4.0%
Harrisonburg 3.8% 4.2%
Augusta County 1.8% 5.4%
Staunton 4.6% 4.3%
Waynesboro 6.0% 5.3%

COVID Week in Review: May 14-20, 2021

There have been no new COVID cases at BRC this week, and routine testing returned all negative results.

Reduced restrictions for vaccinated individuals in non-healthcare settings:

This week, for vaccinated individuals only, BRC reduced restrictions in its non-healthcare settings in accordance with new guidance from the CDC. This includes Maple Terrace/Houff Community Center, the Administrative Center, the Grove, Hearthstone Manor, etc.: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask or practice social distancing. This applies to visitors, residents, and team members.

However, non-vaccinated individuals must still wear a mask and practice social distancing when indoors anywhere at BRC. Team members who have chosen not to be vaccinated must wear KN-95 masks and practice social distancing. 

Healthcare Settings: Precautions Still in Place

BRC’s healthcare settings include all Nursing Households/the Huffman Health Center, Memory Support (Gardner House), and all Assisted Living areas. In these areas, there are no substantial changes to existing protocols, with the exception that non-vaccinated team members must wear KN-95 masks.

Visits to residents must still be scheduled in advance. When all involved (resident and visitors) are vaccinated, in-room visits are permitted without masking or social distancing. If any party is not vaccinated, visits must be in designated locations outside the living areas with masking and physical distancing.

Local Data Trends

This week the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing dipped below 5% for the first time in months. If the County rate stays below 5% for 14 days, we will be able to further relax some additional infection prevention measures and reduce routine testing of non-vaccinated team members to once a month. 

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below).The number of new cases in the local area decreased again this week. More good news!

 

COVID Week in Review: May 7–May 13, 2021

There have been no new COVID cases at BRC this week, and routine testing returned all negative results.

Vaccine

BRC is an official vaccination site:  We administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. This Wednesday, we administered 19 doses. 

Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 12–15, we are working on our partners to obtain doses for use in our clinics.

      • Team members who would like to sign up or obtain more information should contact mjsaufley@brcliving.org. Future Independent Living and Assisted Living residents should contact your marketing counselor: Lisa Shickel at lshickel@brcliving.org or Jessica Covell at jcovell@brcliving.org
      • Future Nursing residents should discuss vaccine options as part of your admissions process with Jay McDowell jmcdowell@brcliving.org.
      • Team members who have been vaccinated somewhere other than at BRC should share that information with Human Resources, since sick leave policies for COVID-related time off work are different depending on vaccination status.

Unsure about receiving the vaccine? Augusta Health recently sat down with Dr. Clint Merrit to learn more about how the vaccine works, why it’s safe, and when you should receive it. 

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below). This week the number of new cases decreased slightly, as did the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing.

 

COVID Week in Review: April 30-May 6, 2021

Visitation restrictions ease with full vaccination

BRC is now able to reduce restrictions on visitation and some resident activities when everyone involved is fully vaccinated, thanks to new guidance from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that takes into account the vaccination status of residents, visitors, and team members at communities such as BRC.

Specifically, when both the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after receiving final dose of vaccine), in-room visits without masking or distancing are now allowed for residents in BRC’s Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. However, if either the resident or the visitor is not vaccinated, protocols cannot change: visits must be held in a designated location away from living spaces with masking, distancing, and other infection prevention measures. In either case, visits must still be scheduled in advance with the household team. The new policies are posted on our main COVID-19 webpage

The new CDC guidance also allows BRC to ease up on some pandemic infection-prevention measures in specific situations for team members who are fully vaccinated . On the other hand, team members who are not vaccinated are required to wear KN95 masks and to be tested weekly for COVID. For details see Revised Guidance for Team Members

One team member in Nursing tested positive for COVID in the past week. Fortunately, investigation reveals that there was not any significant risk at BRC, so in accordance with advice from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) there is no need to go into outbreak mode, which would necessitate routine testing of residents as well as additional PPE for team members.  

Vaccine

BRC is official vaccination site: We administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. 

    • Team members who have been vaccinated somewhere other than at BRC should share that information with Human Resources, since sick leave policies for COVID-related time off work are different depending on vaccination status.
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Testing

Team members: Routine testing is required for any BRC team member, regardless of work location or role at BRC, who is not vaccinated. Currently this testing is done weekly because the local PCR-test positivity rate is between 5% and 10%. If it dips below 5% the frequency will drop to monthly. Testing is conducted on Wednesday afternoons between 2 and 3:30 pm in June’s Cafe.

Testing is also available for symptoms on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms as needed.

COVID Week in Review: April 23-29, 2021

Hopeful News

There have been no new COVID cases at BRC in the past week, and routine testing results for Nursing residents and team members were all negative. Therefore the nursing household Joy House is back to normal infection prevention protocols and out of modified outbreak mode.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has just released new guidance that relates to vaccination status of residents, visitors, and team members at communities such as BRC. We are now in the process of thoroughly reviewing that guidance to understand what it will mean for our own policies with regard to visitation and activities in Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. We have always been confident that vaccination is the crucial first step in returning to normal. Stay tuned! We hope to have more information for you next week. 

Vaccine Update

BRC is official vaccination site: We administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. 

    • Team members who would like to sign up or obtain more information should contact mjsaufley@brcliving.org. Future Independent Living and Assisted Living residents should contact your marketing counselor: Lisa Shickel at lshickel@brcliving.org or Jessica Covell at jcovell@brcliving.org
    • Future Nursing residents should discuss vaccine options as part of your admissions process.
  • Team members who have been vaccinated somewhere other than at BRC should share that information with Human Resources, since sick leave policies for COVID-related time off work are different depending on vaccination status.

Assisted Living, Nursing Households, and Memory Support: Safe Visits Continue 

The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week remains below the 10% threshold. That allows us to continue to schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. 

All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household. See our Preventing Coronavirus page for visitation guidelines.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms as needed.

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below). This week the number of new cases decreased slightly, as did the positivity rate in Rockingham County based on PCR testing.

Old news stories and information:

Download BRC Guide for Visitors/Independent Living: Gatherings Brochure.04.21.21

In the News

WMRA Public Radio: Older People Navigate the Holidays During a Pandemic

Daily News Record: Finding Balance: Nursing Home Visitation Policies Evolve as Pandemic Unfolds

The Dogwood: What Would Northam’s Proposal Mean for Virginia’s Nursing Homes?

COVID Week in Review: April 16-22, 2021

A sobering reminder that the pandemic is not over

As reported last week, a team member who had been working in Joy House tested positive for COVID last Friday. Upon investigation, we believe there was very limited risk to residents or team members. In consultation with the Virginia Department of Health, we are following our outbreak protocol with regard to testing and limiting exposure for Joy House (including temporary suspension of visitation). All residents and team members in that house were tested for COVID on April 17, and team members were again tested this week. There have been no new positive results! 

This is a sobering reminder that the virus is still circulating in our broader community, and it is likely that a highly infectious strain is prevalent. We urge everyone to continue to follow infection prevention protocols and to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. It is up to each one of us to help mitigate the spread of the virus not only at BRC but in the community at large.

Vaccine Update

BRC is official vaccination site: We administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. The next opportunity will be Wednesday, April 28.

    • Team members who would like to sign up or obtain more information should contact mjsaufley@brcliving.org.Future Independent Living and Assisted Living residents should contact your marketing counselor: Lisa Shickel at lshickel@brcliving.org or Jessica Covell at jcovell@brcliving.org
    • Future Nursing residents should discuss vaccine options as part of your admissions process.
  • Team members who have been vaccinated somewhere other than at BRC should share that information with Human Resources, since sick leave policies for COVID-related time off work are different depending on vaccination status.

Assisted Living, Nursing Households, and Memory Support: Safe Visits Continue (Mostly)

The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week rose again to 8.7%, but remains below the 10% threshold. That allows us to continue to schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. The exception is that visitation is temporarily suspended for Joy House due to last week’s positive case noted above.

All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household. See our Preventing Coronavirus page for visitation guidelines.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays (twice a week in Joy house currently). For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms as needed.

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below). This week the number of new cases again ticked up a bit, as did the positivity rate n Rockingham County based on PCR testing.

 

Update April 16:

We regret to report that a second BRC team member has tested positive for COVID-19 this week. As noted below, there was no exposure at BRC with the first case.

With regard to the second case, at this point we believe that any possible exposure was limited to one Nursing Household, Joy House. Therefore, unfortunately, we must suspend visitation for residents in that house and are implementing additional precautions according to our policies and in accordance with guidance from the Virginia Department of Health. Family members of anyone potentially exposed are being contacted directly.

This is an important reminder that the virus is still prevalent in our broader community. We urge everyone to continue to follow infection prevention protocols and to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.

COVID Week in Review: April 9-15, 2021

One COVID Case But No Risk to BRC Community

One team member in Assisted Living tested positive in the past week, but they had not been at work for a week prior so had not been at BRC when contagious. 

Vaccine Update

BRC is official vaccination site: We administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for new residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. Director of Nursing Barb Frye and Infection Preventionist MJ Saufley have been certified to administer the vaccine. 

    • Team members and current residents still needing the vaccine should contact MJ Saufley at mjsaufley@brcliving.org or a member of the household team. 
    • Future Independent Living and Assisted Living residents should contact your marketing counselor: Lisa Shickel at lshickel@brcliving.org or Jessica Covell at jcovell@brcliving.org
    • Future Nursing residents should discuss vaccine options as part of your admissions process.
  • Team members who have been vaccinated somewhere other than at BRC should share that information with Human Resources, since sick leave policies for COVID-related time off work are different depending on vaccination status.

Assisted Living, Nursing Households, and Memory Support: Safe Visits Continue

The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week was slightly up at 7.9%, but remains below the 10% threshold. That allows us to continue to schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below). This week the number of new cases again ticked up a bit. The positivity rate based on PCR testing in Rockingham County and adjoining areas did not change a great deal.

 

COVID Week in Review: April 2-8, 2021

Vaccine Update

BRC is official vaccination site: We administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for new residents and team members, usually on Wednesdays. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. Director of Nursing Barb Frye and Infection Preventionist MJ Saufley have been certified to administer the vaccine. 

    • Team members and current residents still needing the vaccine should contact MJ Saufley at mjsaufley@brcliving.org or a member of the household team.
    • Future Independent Living and Assisted Living residents should contact your marketing counselor: Lisa Shickel at lshickel@brcliving.org or Jessica Covell at jcovell@brcliving.org.
    • Future Nursing residents should discuss vaccine options as part of your admissions process.

Assisted Living, Nursing Households, and Memory Support: Safe Visits Continue

The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week was 7.0%, remaining below the 10% threshold. That allows us to continue to schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

 

COVID Week in Review: March 26-April 1, 2021

Vaccine Update

BRC is official vaccination site: We are thrilled to report that BRC is now a designated COVID-19 vaccination site. We will administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for new residents and team members beginning April 7. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. Director of Nursing Barb Frye and Infection Preventionist MJ Saufley have been certified to administer the vaccine. 

  • Team members and current residents still needing the vaccine should contact MJ Saufley at mjsaufley@brcliving.org or a member of the household team.
  • Future Independent Living and Assisted Living residents should contact your marketing counselor: Lisa Shickel at lshickel@brcliving.org or Jessica Covell at jcovell@brcliving.org.
  • Future Nursing residents should discuss vaccine options as part of your admissions process.
  • have arranged to offer second doses of that vaccine on site and have shared details with the individuals involved.

Assisted Living, Nursing Households, and Memory Support: Safe Visits Continue

The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week was 7.5%, remaining below the 10% threshold. That allows us to continue to schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below). This week the number of new cases dropped. The positivity rate (based on PCR testing) in Rockingham County went up only slightly, and numbers look steady in most adjoining municipalities.

 

COVID Week in Review: March 19-25, 2021

Assisted Living, Nursing Households, and Memory Support: Safe Visits Continue

The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week was 7.1%, remaining below the 10% threshold. That allows us to continue to schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. If you are not already in contact with your loved one’s household, call BRC’s front desk at 540-828-2550 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, you can still use the automated system to connect with a household.

Vaccine Update

BRC to become vaccination site: We are thrilled to report that BRC will be able to administer the Moderna vaccine on-site for new residents and team members. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses 28 days apart. The start date has not been set, but once we are up and running we will receive vaccine weekly as needed. Team members and residents still needing the vaccine, including newcomers or future residents, should stay tuned for more information.

Second dose follow-up to March 3 clinic: A few team members received their first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on March 3, when we held our last on-site mass clinic. We are arranging to provide second doses of that vaccine on site. We hope to be able to share details soon.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Local Data Trends

We track the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County (see chart below). This week the number of new cases ticked upwards again, but the number of new hospitalizations dropped significantly. We hope this means that last week’s sharp increase in hospitalizations was an anomaly and not a trend.

While the positivity rate (based on PCR testing) in Rockingham County dropped slightly, there were slight increases in some adjoining municipalities.

COVID Week in Review: March 12-18, 2021

Good news! The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County this week was 7.7%, remaining below the 10% threshold. That allows us to make two very positive changes:

  • We can once again schedule safe visits for residents of Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. All visits are in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed.
  • Routine testing of team members working in Nursing Households is now weekly (rather than twice a week).

There was one new COVID-positive team member who works in a Nursing Household. However, because the individual was already off work on precautions, there was no risk of exposure at BRC.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing is required once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Concerning Trends

We urge everyone not to let your guard down and to continue to follow infection prevention measures. This week, while there was only a minor increase in the number of new cases locally (about 14% collectively in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, and Augusta County), there was a 200% increase in the number of new hospitalizations. Although we cannot know for certain, one explanation is that more infectious or virulent strains of the virus may now be in our area. 

In addition, Virginia has recently reduced pandemic restrictions, and we note that surrounding states where this has occurred are now experiencing an increase of about 10% in new cases this week. 

COVID Week in Review: March 5-11, 2021

Good news! The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) reported for Rockingham County remained below 10% this week. If the rate reported next Monday, March 15 stays under that level, we will once again be able to schedule safe visits for residents of the Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. As before the holidays, all visits will be in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. Stay tuned!

In addition, there were no new COVID-positive team members or residents this past week.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing continues twice a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. If the local positivity rate remains below 10% until March 15, we will be able to reduce that to once a week. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Vaccine Clinics

Our final on-site vaccination clinic was held March 3. Although we are not certain of exactly when, we have learned that we will be able to administer COVID-19 vaccines on site for new team members and residents. 

COVID Week in Review: February 26-March 4, 2021

Good news! The positivity rate (based on PCR tests) in Rockingham County has finally dipped below 10%. If it stays under that level for the next two weeks, we will be once again be able to schedule safe visits for residents of the Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. As before the holidays, all visits will be in designated areas and must be scheduled and coordinated through the households, and infection prevention protocols must be followed. Stay tuned!

Another piece of good news is that BRC has received confirmation that we will be able to administer COVID-19 vaccinations on site in the future for new team members and residents. The timeline is still uncertain, but we are delighted that even though there are no more scheduled mass vaccination clinics we will still be able to provide for new members of our community. 

Nursing

This past week, one individual in Nursing tested positive for COVID. There is limited risk to residents because only one resident in the household has not been vaccinated and because the COVID-positive individual was working directly with only one resident. In consultation with the Virginia Department of Health, BRC’s nursing leadership determined that full PPE and resident testing are not indicated. KN95 masks are required for team members in the household.

Assisted Living and Memory Support

All continues to go well in AL and at Gardner House with no new cases among team members or residents. 

Village Residents

There have been no new COVID cases among Independent Living Residents. Dining venues, fitness center, library, and salon are open with appropriate infection prevention measures observed.

Testing

Team members: Nursing team member testing continues twice a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. Once the local positivity rate is below 10% for 14 days, we will be able to reduce that to once a week. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

 

COVID Week in Review: February 19-25, 2021

Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing

Good news! There have again been no COVID cases this week. In accordance with best practices, team members continue to wear KN95 masks while in the nursing households.

The Salon at 302 (our beauty shop) and restorative care are open for Nursing residents. Genesis rehab is open for residents, as is Skyline Dining Room in AL.

Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, AL, and Memory Support in accordance with the regulatory guidelines we must follow. We understand that the CDC will soon release new guidance regarding vaccinated versus non-vaccinated individuals, and we are eager to understand how that will affect regulatory guidance for our Nursing Households, Assisted Living, and Memory Support.

In the hope that the falling positivity rates in Rockingham County will continue, we are working on plans to ease restrictions as allowed under regulatory guidance. 

Village Residents

There have been no new COVID cases among Independent Living Residents. Dining venues, fitness center, library, and salon are open with appropriate infection prevention measures observed.

Testing

Team members: Because the local positivity rate remains above 10%, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Next Vaccine Clinic March 3

Our final scheduled vaccine clinic will be Wednesday, March 3. First doses for team members and residents can be administered, as well as second doses for everyone who got their first shot on February 10. 

Vaccinations at BRC On-site Clinics as of Feb. 10

  # Vaccinated Total in Community % Vaccinated
*Nursing Residents 119 (112 current) 117 96%
Assisted Living Residents 48 50 96%
Memory Support Residents 14 16 88%
Independent Living Residents 331 351 94%
TOTAL BRC RESIDENTS 512 534 95%
Team Members 267 370 72%
**Others 48 NA NA
TOTAL PEOPLE VACCINATED 827    
*The total number of Nursing residents vaccinated includes seven individuals who no longer reside in BRC nursing households.
**”Others” includes direct care providers and key volunteers who work closely with residents on the BRC campus.

 

COVID Week in Review: February 12-18, 2021

Vaccinations

An impressive total of 827 people have received their COVID-19 vaccinations at BRC (scroll down for details.) Most have received both doses. For those who got their first shots on 2/10, a final vaccine clinic is scheduled for March 3. 

Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing

Good news! There have again been no COVID cases this week. In accordance with best practices, team members continue to wear KN95 masks while in the nursing households.

The Salon at 302 (our beauty shop) and restorative care are open for Nursing residents. Genesis rehab is open for residents, as is Skyline Dining Room in AL.

Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, AL, and Memory Support in accordance with the regulatory guidelines we must follow. The no-visitation policy has been particularly difficult for BRC residents with spouses living separately at BRC in different parts of our community. We are delighted that we can currently facilitate internal spouse visits ONLY between BRC residents living Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support.

HOWEVER, outside and Independent Living visits to Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support must continue to be prohibited due to the local positivity rate. It must get below 10% in Rockingham County to allow visitation.

Dining Team

One dining team member tested positive this week. The individual did not work closely with residents, so we believe there was minimal chance of exposure. As a precaution, dining and AL team members have been added to this week’s routine testing. 

Village Residents

There have been no new COVID cases among Independent Living Residents. Dining venues, fitness center, library, and salon are open with appropriate infection prevention measures observed.

Testing

Team members: Because the local positivity rate remains above 10%, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. This week, Assisted Living and Dining team members are included. For team members throughout BRC, testing is available for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Residents: Testing is available for any BRC resident with symptoms and as needed.

Vaccinations at BRC On-site Clinics

  # Vaccinated Total in Community % Vaccinated
*Nursing Residents 119 (112 current) 117 96%
Assisted Living Residents 48 50 96%
Memory Support Residents 14 16 88%
Independent Living Residents 331 351 94%
TOTAL BRC RESIDENTS 512 534 95%
Team Members 267 370 72%
**Others 48 NA NA
TOTAL PEOPLE VACCINATED 827    
*The total number of Nursing residents vaccinated includes seven individuals who no longer reside in BRC nursing households.
**”Others” includes direct care providers and key volunteers who work closely with residents on the BRC campus.

 

COVID Week in Review: February 5-11, 2021

Vaccine Clinic 2/10

All went smoothly despite the threat of winter weather (which did not end up causing icy roads or pathways, thank goodness, but we were prepared for anything). We hope to have more precise numbers soon, but we estimate that between 500 and 600 shots were administered. This included second doses for the vast majority of Assisted Living and Independent Living residents. Most Nursing residents had already received both doses, but 12 did get the inoculation. Also participating were161 team members, key volunteers, and private caregivers who support BRC residents, for their first or second shot. 

A great big thanks to everyone to chose to get the vaccine, especially those who were nervous about it but did it anyway to support BRC, our residents, and our broader community. 

No allergic reactions were reported, and so far all reports of side effects fall into the normal range.

The follow up clinic for anyone who still needs a second shot will be March 3.

Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Nursing

Good news! There have been no COVID cases this week. In accordance with best practices, team members continue to wear KN95 masks while in the nursing households.

The Salon at 302 (our beauty shop) and restorative care are open for Nursing residents. Genesis rehab is open for residents, as is Skyline Dining Room in AL.

Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, AL, and Memory Support in accordance with the regulatory guidelines we must follow. The no-visitation policy has been particularly difficult for BRC residents with spouses living separately at BRC in different parts of our community. We are delighted that we can currently facilitate internal spouse visits ONLY between BRC residents living Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support.

HOWEVER, outside and Independent Living visits to Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support must continue to be prohibited due to the local positivity rate. It must get below 10% in Rockingham County to allow visitation.

Dining Team

One dining team member was discovered to have tested positive on January 20. This was not handled at BRC, and the individual had not been at work during their contagious period so there was not risk of exposure.

Testing

Team Member Testing: Because the local positivity rate remains above 10%, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. Routine testing is not currently needed in Assisted Living and Memory Support. For team members throughout BRC, testing continues for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Resident Testing: Testing is available for any BRC residents who experience COVID symptoms. 

 

COVID Week in Review: January 29-February 4, 2021

Next Vaccine Clinic Feb 10

At the next vaccine clinic on February 10, second doses will be administered for everyone who received their first shots on January 20. In addition, any residents or team members who have have not yet gotten the first dose may do so as a final clinic will be scheduled in March to administer second doses.

This will be the last scheduled opportunity for BRC residents and team members to get a first dose of the vaccine at an on-site clinic. BRC strongly encourages all who have not yet gotten the vaccine to be sure to get their first dose on February 10.

Consent forms need to be completed for both the first and second dose.

We know that, going forward from February 10, there will be new team members and residents who will want the vaccine. We are working on how to make that happen but do not yet have any details.

Assisted Living including Memory Support

Good news! There have been no COVID cases this week among AL residents. However, one team member has tested positive. Dining venues and the beauty shop remain open. 

Nursing

Good news! We are completely out of outbreak status. There have been no new COVID-positive residents in Nursing, and no new COVID cases among Nursing team members since January 25. Following clinical best practices, team members wear KN95 still masks while in the Nursing Households.

We are delighted that the beauty shop and restorative care are now open for Nursing residents. Genesis rehab is scheduled to open on Monday, February 8 depending on good results for the team member testing that day.

The no-visitation policy in Nursing, AL, and Memory Support, which is dictated by federal and state regulation, has been particularly difficult for BRC residents with spouses living separately at BRC in different parts of our community. We are delighted that, because of no new COVID cases here, we have been able to resume internal spouse visits ONLY between BRC residents living Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support.

HOWEVER, outside and Independent Living visits to Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support must continue to be prohibited due to the local positivity rate. 

Dining Team

One dining team member was discovered to have tested positive on January 20. This was not handled at BRC, and the individual had not been at work during their contagious period so there was not risk of exposure.

Testing

Team Member Testing: Because the local positivity rate remains above 10%, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, next week we will test on Thursday 2/11 because of the vaccine clinic on 2/10. Routine testing is not currently needed in Assisted Living and Memory Support. For team members throughout BRC, testing continues for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Village Resident Testing: Testing is available for Village residents who experience COVID symptoms. Contact Resident Services for more information.

COVID Week in Review: January 22-28, 2021

Next Vaccine Clinic Feb 10

At the next vaccine clinic on February 10, second doses will be administered for everyone who received their first shots this week. In addition, any residents or team members who have have not yet gotten the first dose may do so as a final clinic will be scheduled in March to administer second doses.

This will be the last scheduled opportunity for BRC residents and team members to get the vaccine at an on-site clinic. BRC strongly encourages all who have not yet gotten the vaccine to be sure to get their first dose on February 10.

We know that, going forward from February 10, there will be new team members and residents who will want the vaccine. We are working on how to make that happen but do not yet have any details.

Assisted Living including Memory Support

Good news! There have been no COVID cases this week among AL residents or team members. Dining venues and the beauty shop remain open. 

Nursing

Almost all nursing residents have now had their second dose of the vaccine, and we are very grateful to have gotten to this point where their risk of contracting COVID is greatly reduced.

All nursing residents again tested negative this week. Although there were nursing team members who tested positive, they had not been at BRC in the period they could have been contagious, so there is very minimal risk of exposure. Tranquility House will come off isolation on Friday 1/29 as long as there are no positive COVID-19 results associated with that house.

As long as there are no new additional cases by Monday 2/1, we are delighted that we will be able to open the beauty shop and restorative care on that day.

Family visitation between residents living in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support will resume on February 1 as long as no outbreak occurs before then.

Outside and Independent Living visits to Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support must continue to be on hold due to the local positivity rate. 

Testing

Team Member Testing: Because of the local positivity rate, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week. Routine testing is not currently needed in Assisted Living and Memory Support. For team members throughout BRC, testing continues for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Village Resident Testing: Testing is available for Village residents who experience COVID symptoms. Contact Resident Services for more information.

 

COVID Week in Review: January 15-21, 2021

Vaccine Clinic January 20

Residents and team members from all areas within BRC participated in this week’s vaccine clinic, and it was a true success. About 750-760 vaccinations were administered by the CVS team with excellent support from team members throughout BRC. This included first doses for Independent Living and Assisted Living residents, first or second doses for team members, and second doses for residents of the Nursing Households. At the next clinic on February 10, second doses will be administered for everyone who received their first shots this week.

Many thanks to everyone whose thorough preparation and on-site assistance helped everything go so smoothly. 

We are all looking forward to allowing Nursing and Assisted Living residents to visit in person with their loved ones, to being able to schedule outings and events, and to be able to volunteer together to support our broader community. Having so many here at BRC vaccinated is an important first step in being able to get back to normal. But it is only the first step, and we have a long way to go until the pandemic is quelled. We must continue to follow our infection prevention protocols, such as wearing masks and not having group activities. As a reminder, visitation policies for Nursing and AL are set by regulatory guidance from CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and the Virginia Department of Health and are linked to the local positivity rate (see below). Therefore we do not anticipate that policies will change significantly in the near future.

However, it is clear that even one dose of the vaccine confers a significant benefit, and its effectiveness increases to over 95% after the second dose. One of the benefits of the vaccine as demonstrated by the clinical trials is that the small percentage who end up getting COVID-19 after vaccination do not develop severe cases. So even for those people who do get sick there is a distinct advantage to having had the vaccine.

Post Vaccine Guidance from our Director of Nursing

From Barb Frye: 

Systemic signs and symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, and joint pain, can occur following COVID-19 vaccination. Preliminary data from mRNA COVID-19 vaccine trials indicate that most systemic post-vaccination signs and symptoms are mild to moderate in severity, occur within the first three days of vaccination (the day of vaccination and following two days, with most occurring the day after vaccination), resolve within 1-2 days of onset, and are more frequent and severe following the second dose and among younger persons compared to those who are older (>55 years). Cough, shortness of breath, rhinorrhea, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell are not consistent with post-vaccination symptoms, and instead may be symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 or another infection.

Unless contraindicated, Tylenol (acetaminophen) may offer relief for headache, muscle pain and joint pain. Additionally, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and eat a well-balanced diet.

Assisted Living

Good news! There have been no COVID cases this week among AL residents or team members. Skyline Dining Room and beauty shop are open. 

Nursing

One team member in Tranquility House tested positive this week, so we are in outbreak status in that household. Fortunately, all Nursing residents in all households tested negative on Monday, and Tranquility residents tested negative a second time on Thursday. Full PPE is being used in Tranquility.

Team members and residents will be tested again next week. The results will help BRC determine when to start to open back up for beauty shop, restorative care gym, and visits.

Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support due to the local positivity rate.

 

COVID Week in Review: January 8-14, 2021

Next Vaccine Clinic January 20

Who is included?

  • All BRC team members for first or second dose: Lantz Chapel from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Residents living in Nursing for first or second dose: administered in the households
  • Assisted Living and Memory Support: Specifics to be communicated early in the week of 1/18
  • Independent Living Residents (Villagers): Watch Wellzesta for specific instructions early in the week of 1/18

Consent forms are required for both first and second doses. Anyone receiving their second dose should also bring their vaccination card from the first clinic.

Which vaccine will be administered?

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be administered by a team from CVS, our partner in providing the vaccine for our community.

Vaccines for Independent Living Residents
Our goal is to have an on-site clinic for IL residents in the very near future, and we hope to announce the date soon. To ensure that we are ready to have it go smoothly, paperwork is being completed in advance. More than 300 of our 340 residents have completed their paperwork and are prepared to get the vaccine.

Assisted Living

Good news! There have been no COVID cases this week among residents or team members. Skyline Dining Room and beauty shop are open. 

Nursing

It’s been a good week. We had an unannounced Infection Control State Survey on Tuesday, and we passed with flying colors as not a single deficiency was identified. Congratulations to all our dedicated team members! All residents previously in the COVID isolation area have moved back to their homes. We did our weekly testing of Nursing residents on Monday, January 11, with 100% negative results. If they all test negative again next Monday, we will be able to discontinue gowns and goggles in Joy House. Of course, face masks are worn no matter what.

Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support due to the local positivity rate.

Testing

Team Member Testing: Because of the local positivity rate, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week. Routine testing is not currently needed in Assisted Living and Memory Support. For team members throughout BRC, testing continues for symptoms and on an as-needed basis.

Village Resident Testing: Testing is available for Village residents who experience COVID symptoms. Contact Resident Services for more information.

 

COVID Week in Review: January 1 – 7

Assisted Living: Good news! All active COVID-19 cases among Assisted Living residents, including Gardner House (Memory Support), have been resolved. The Dining Room has re-opened as has the beauty shop. Nursing Households: The outbreak in Nursing continues to move toward resolution. All but three residents have been moved out of the COVID isolation area, and they seem to be doing well. Vaccine Clinics: Our next COVID-19 vaccine clinic is scheduled for January 20. Those who received their first doses on December 30 will receive their second dose. We are working out the details on who will be included for first doses on this date. (Priorities are determined by our vaccination partner, CVS, in accordance with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health.) Watch for more information next week. Team Member Testing: Because of the local positivity rate, Nursing team member testing continues twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Routine testing is not currently needed in Assisted Living and Memory Support. For team members throughout BRC, testing continues for symptoms and on an as-needed basis. Village Resident Testing: Testing is available for Village residents who experience COVID symptoms. Contact Resident Services for more information. Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. 

COVID Week in Review: December 25-31, 2020

First, some good news! On Thursday, December 30, both residents and direct care team members in our nursing households were able to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In total, over 230 residents and team members received vaccinations. This is a huge step forward in our community’s efforts to combat the virus, and we are beyond grateful to our partners at CVS who administered the vaccine on our campus and to the many brilliant minds who developed this safe and effective vaccine.

We are continuing to work with our partners to schedule additional clinics for other team members and residents (including those in assisted living) according to availability and priority as determined by the Virginia Department of Health. We will share details of upcoming clinics as soon as we can. 

Nursing Households: The outbreak in nursing seems to be calming down. This week, three additional residents and two additional team members tested positive. Thankfully, everyone either remains asymptomatic or is experiencing only mild symptoms. As of today, all residents not currently in isolation have tested negative in surveillance testing. Therefore, team members in all households (with the exception of Joy) will discontinue wearing full PPE. All team members will continue to wear KN95 masks.

Assisted Living: Gardner House (Memory Support) remains in outbreak. We continue with heightened precautions and isolation procedures in Gardner. Team members in Gardner House will continue wearing full PPE. Team members in other areas of Assisted Living will continue wearing KN95 masks. 

Visitation continues to be restricted in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. 

First Vaccine Clinic 12/30

This is what we have been waiting for! We have scheduled our first on-site vaccine clinic with CVS for December 30. With the priority set by CVS according to guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health, this first round of vaccines will include all residents in Nursing and the team members who support them. We may be able to include Assisted Living residents but that is not certain at this time.

We also don’t know exactly when the rest of our team members and IL residents can expect to have access to the vaccine. But we will keep working to make that happen and keep you posted.  

COVID Week in Review: December 18-24, 2020

Nursing Households: We continue in outbreak mode in the Nursing Households, with a total of seven residents testing positive and currently in isolation in the COVID area. Team members observe heightened precautions including wearing full PPE:

  1. All team members working in Nursing wear full PPE (gowns, gloves, KN95 face mask, and goggles/face shields).
  2. Residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms at mealtimes and as they are able or as safety allows.
  3. Therapy/fitness: All activities are done in the households; no gym or fitness areas may be used.
  4. Beauty shop is closed.
  5. Residents will be tested every three to seven days.
  6. Residents with direct exposure to someone who is COVID-positive are on isolation for seven days and may come off isolation on Day 8 pending a negative rapid test and no symptoms.

Village/Independent Living: One additional team member tested positive this week. While we believe there was minimal risk to any residents, any who have even a slight chance of exposure have been contacted directly.

Assisted Living: This week two residents in Gardner House (Memory Support) and one in Assisted Living tested positive. We continue with heightened precautions and isolation procedures in these areas.

Routine testing : On Monday December 28, we will conduct testing for all residents in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support; and for all team members in Nursing, Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Dining.

No Visitation in Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. 

Update 12-22-20

In the Nursing Households, several additional team members and residents tested positive over the weekend. The prevalence of cases has been in Joy House, with isolated cases in Serenity and Tranquility. We are so very thankful that so far everyone is either asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, so our main concern is to prevent further spread. We continue to follow heightened precautions throughout Nursing, and we have moved all residents who tested positive into the designated COVID isolation area in Wellness.  All Nursing residents were tested yesterday.

Because of our outbreak status and the positivity rate in the local community, unfortunately we are unable to allow any holiday safe visits this year in Nursing Households, Gardner House, or Assisted Living.

If you have gifts or care packages for a loved one in AL, Gardner House, or Nursing, we ask that you bring them to the foyer in the Administrative Center (302 North Second Street) no later than 2 pm on Christmas eve, so that we can ensure they are delivered that day.

COVID Week in Review: December 11-17, 2020

VACCINES: The news about the COVID-19 vaccines is incredibly positive—it’s the powerful tool we’ve been waiting for to stop the spread of the virus that has so profoundly disrupted our lives and our work. Not to mention the fact that the pandemic has had very real consequences for the quality of life our residents experience. But now there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Even better news is that BRC will soon be able to provide the vaccine to Nursing and Assisted Living residents and the team members who support them. This is truly a cause for celebration.

We are not yet sure of the details, but we expect to be able to schedule a vaccine clinic in the next few weeks. We also don’t know exactly when the rest of our team members and IL residents can expect to have access to the vaccine. But we will keep working to make that happen and keep you posted.  

Nursing Households: We are now considered to be in an outbreak in the Nursing Households, since a team member from Genesis Rehab who worked with 10 residents within the households has tested positive. In addition, one administration team member and one household leader have tested positive. The residents who were directly exposed have been tested, with negative results, and have started isolation to protect other residents. 

Update 12/18: One Nursing resident has tested positive during routine testing. They are asymptomatic and doing well!

As a result, the following heightened precautions are being observed:

  1. All team members working in Nursing wear full PPE (gowns, gloves, KN95 face mask, and goggles/face shields).
  2. Residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms at mealtimes and as they are able or as safety allows.
  3. Therapy/fitness: All activities are done in the households; no gym or fitness areas may be used.
  4. Beauty shop is closed.
  5. Residents will be tested every three to seven days.
  6. Residents with direct exposure to someone who is COVID-positive are on isolation for seven days and may come off isolation on Day 8 pending a negative rapid test and no symptoms.

Village/Independent Living: BRC is also experiencing an outbreak in our Village maintenance and grounds teams with a total of five individuals testing positive beginning on 12/11.

Assisted Living: One additional team member tested positive this week. AL is already following heightened precautions as reported last week, including: 

  • All AL team members are wearing increased PPE.
  • AL residents are eating meals in their rooms.
  • Group activities, beauty shop, and fitness/therapy have been postponed.
  • All residents will be tested again tomorrow, to follow up on last week’s testing.

Routine testing of Nursing team members: With the local positivity rate remaining above 10% (see below), we continue to test all Nursing and AL team members twice a week along with other team members who support residents in these areas in accordance with VDH and CMS guidance.

COVID Week in Review: 12/4/20 – 12/10/20

Original post 12/10/20

Assisted Living: This week one team member and one resident tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to the two team members who tested positive last week. Therefore we are following heightened precautions including:

  • All AL team members are wearing increased PPE.
  • AL residents are eating meals in their rooms.
  • Group activities, beauty shop, and fitness/therapy have been postponed.
  • All residents will be tested again tomorrow, to follow up on last week’s testing.

Weekly testing of Nursing team members: With the local positivity rate remaining above 10% (see below), we continue to test all Nursing and AL team members twice a week along with other team members who support residents in these areas.

Additional team member testing:

Team members who work in Independent Living or Administration have the option to test weekly.

Current Positivity Rates  (14-day period) 12/11/2020 11/27/2020
Rockingham County 16.3% 9.2%
Harrisonburg 8.9% 2.9%
Augusta County 21.1% 13.0%
Staunton 13.0% 11.3%
Waynesboro 16.4% 8.9%

Update 12/11/20:

In Assisted Living, one additional team member and one resident tested positive in today’s routine weekly testing. 

In Independent Living, two team members tested positive today. As a result of contact tracing interviews, BRC’s clinical leadership has determined that there was minimal risk of exposure to residents because masks were worn appropriately and the team members were not within 6 feet of residents for any significant period of time.

However, because one of the team members who tested positive works in the Fitness Center, as a precaution we have closed the Fitness Center until 12/21. In addition, as a reassurance for our community, BRC provided rapid testing for any residents who exercised in the Fitness Center during the window when exposure could possibly have occurred. All IL residents tested today had negative results. 

COVID Week in Review: 11/27/20 – 12/3/20

Good news! In the context of a nursing household, even a single COVID-positive team member takes us into official outbreak mode, and that is what happened two weeks ago in the 3rd floor Households (Unity House and Joy House). This “outbreak” did not result in any additional cases of COVID and officially ended on Wednesday 12/2/2020 with all residents testing negative as well as all team members.

Weekly testing of Nursing team members: We tested on Tuesday and Wednesday 12/1 – 12/2. All test results were negative.

Assisted Living Dining Team: There are currently 2 team members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone considered to have been exposed has been notified. We began testing other dining team members today, with no further positive results. Assisted Living residents will be tested by the end of this week.