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March 12, 2020, 3:14, p.m. 

Modified Visitation Policy 

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, we recognize that the information and recommendations being provided to us by the State of Virginia and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are very dynamic and are being updated at a rapid pace. For the safety and well-being of our residents and team members, we have continued to take precautionary measures in our community, screening guests upon entering our buildings to ensure that guests are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any other respiratory virus. The Legacy at North Augusta remains free from symptoms of COVID-19 nor have there been any cases of the virus at the community.

As a continued precaution, at the recommendation of the State of Virginia and CMS and in consultation with the leadership and clinical team at National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), effective Thursday, March 12, The Legacy at North Augusta has modified their visitation policy, limiting access to the Health Center and Assisted Living to essential visits only until further notice. Essential visits are defined as those visits to residents or guests who experience a significant change in medical condition.

We do understand the concern that this may raise, as we have many families who visit the community on a regular basis. We are appreciative of your understanding, and one of our team members will be calling each primary POA/contact of residents on Thursday to touch base. We are currently working on enhancing communication connection opportunities such as Skype and FaceTime, where possible, for our families to connect with their loved ones during this time.

Admissions to our community continue, as additional procedures for screening at the time of admission for residents and rehab guests are in place, including inquiries about international travel and potential exposure to the coronavirus.

We are clearly focused on minimizing the risk of exposure of coronavirus to the most vulnerable residents and guests we serve. We will continue to work with the Virginia State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the World Health Organization and NLCS to keep you updated as we have more information. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions. Thank you for your partnership to keep everyone healthy during this time.

March 10, 2020, 4:10 p.m. 

Throughout the past week, our team has continued to learn more about coronavirus, specifically focusing on the steps that we can take to protect our residents and team members from contracting this respiratory illness. Based on recommendations provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we are adjusting our visitor protocols and international travel protocols in an attempt to protect our community from coronavirus exposure.

On March 5, 2020, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) implemented a three-question coronavirus screening for each of our communities in the following ways:

  1. All residents completed the coronavirus screening survey with our care team.
  2. Team members completed the coronavirus screening online.
  3. Visitors, including vendors, and family members will be asked to complete the coronavirus screening survey when signing in at our front entrance to answer the same screening questions. If the response to any of the screening questions is “yes,” permission to enter the main building will not be granted.

The screening questions include information regarding recent international travel and symptoms such as cough, sore throat or fever or a change in respiratory condition. It also asks questions if there has been any contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Additionally, we are asking residents and team members that if you have international travel plans, upon your return you practice a 14-day self-quarantine in your home. The Legacy at North Augusta will do our best to have resources available to support residents who exercise a 14-day self-quarantine. Coordination of these resources will be available through Emily Anderson. Primary care physicians should also be notified if the self-quarantine is enacted.

At this point, we will continue on with our ConnectedLiving programs, both on and off campus, as planned. Each of us should understand the risks involved when participating in events that put us in close proximity of others who could be infected. Please exercise caution at your discretion.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus infection, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Please continue to be diligent in practicing preventive actions to help prevent the spread of this respiratory virus. Hand washing, covering your mouth and nose if sneezing or cough, and social distancing are the key elements of reducing the spread of any infection. If you begin to experience symptoms, please call your primary care physician.

Thank you in advance for doing your part to help us maintain our highest level of well-being for our community. While we’re not sure what turn this virus will take or how long it will impact our daily operations, we do know that it will take vigilance of our entire community to ensure the health and safety of our residents and team members.

February 28, 2020 

According to recent information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they continue to closely monitor an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. Imported cases of 2019-nCoV infection in people have been detected in the U.S. While person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected with this virus, at this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in Maryland or Virginia.

At The Legacy at North Augusta, we are being mindful about proactive planning and education about the virus for all of our residents, guests and team members. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Additionally, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

If you click this link, you will find a resource from the World Health Organization with five things to know and five things to do about the coronavirus. Although the resource does indicate the health care setting, we believe that in our community setting, the same practices should be in place.

While the virus continues its active status, we will ask guests who have traveled from the most commonly known areas of virus activity to avoid visiting our campus.

We will continue to monitor and will provide updates if there is a noted change in our region.