Cappella Pueblo West Team Member Tests Positive
We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a team member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team member last worked on August 27th and had no symptoms at that time. The team member became symptomatic on August 31st and was tested that day, we received the positive test result this afternoon.
Personal phone calls have been made to all resident families and team members. All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.
All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.
The entire community continues to operate under the CDC restricted status of limited communal dining, limited group life enrichment and only essential care visitors. Movement throughout the community is discouraged.
We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
We have established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, 719-224-9703. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.
Additionally, we encourage family members to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or a video chat.
Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.
Next Steps for Colorado Governor’s Guidance on Indoor Visits
We are as excited as our families and residents to hear the good news that Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has given final guidance on allowing indoor visits within residential care communities.
There are six criteria that each community must meet before offering indoor visits ranging from the degree of virus spread in the greater community to baseline testing of team members and PPE availability. We are assessing our community’s eligibility to offer indoor visits based on the six criteria now, to read more detail please visit the CDPHE website.
If we meet these six criteria, then there are additional requirements of the person coming into the community. This includes being able to have documented proof of a negative Antigen COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to the scheduled visit. Without that proof, and having results back within that time frame, we cannot accommodate an indoor visit.
We appreciate our resident and family member’s patience as we work through this new exciting guidance. In the meantime, we continue to offer outdoor visits, window, and plexiglass divider visits. Please continue to take advantage of these opportunities and technology-supported visits while implementing the Governor’s new directives. We are as anxious as you are and will quickly work to implement these visits as we are able.
We will host a special CLC-Cappella Colorado Communities Town Hall Webinar on Tuesday, September 8th at 4:30pm MT for residents, families and team members to receive the latest progress towards implementation and what is required.