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COVID Updates

Additional Information

Masks will continue to be required on campus at Birmingham Green regardless of vaccination status.

Given the new evidence, and increasing positivity rate the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

VDH recommends the following:

  • Fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people should get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated people should also get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.

Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health. Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.

Here are safer ways to celebrate the holidays:

Generally:

  • Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated.
  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated.
    • Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission.
      • Outdoors is safer than indoors.
    • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
    • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
    • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC’s Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family. CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Special considerations:

  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you could consider additional precautions (e.g., avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel, taking a test) in advance of gathering to further reduce risk.
  • Do NOT put a mask on children younger than 2 years old.

By working together, we can enjoy safer holidays, travel, and protect our own health as well as the health of our family and friends.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/celebrations.html

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Team members have been monitored for symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 at the start of their shifts.
  • Anyone with symptoms have been sent home, asked to contact their physician and to monitor their symptoms.

  • Residents are asked to wear masks at this time when in common areas.
  • They are monitored each shift for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The Life Enrichment Team continues to provide residents with leisure materials for individual use and sharing virtual communication methods for residents to connect with their loved ones.

  • We are responding in accordance to CDC and Prince William County health department guidance including:
  • Notification to family for resident’s change in condition.
  • Increased sanitation to high touch areas and common areas.
  • Using dedicated medical equipment of isolated residents.
  • Wearing proper Protective Personal Equipment (PPE). Notifying the Prince William County health department and begin contact tracing for any residents or team members who may have come into contact with this individual.

  • All team members are wearing masks while inside the building.
  • Our team members who have close contact with ill residents are donning proper PPE including: masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns.

  • Yes, all residents have been offered a cloth face mask.
  • We are following guidance from the CDC.

We are thankful for the encouraging words and acts of kindness we have received from our local community and family members.  Please contact Volunteer and Support Services Director, Andre Porter, (703) 257-6252 or at aporter@birminghamgreen.org if you are interested in providing assistance from a distance. Items of need include: PPE (masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, etc.) and cleaning supplies.

For more information, or to make a monetary donation please visit:
www.birminghamgreen.org/foundation

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