June 12, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a statewide effort to test all residents and employees in skilled nursing communities for COVID-19.

Community testing at The Moorings began on Tuesday, June 4, with staff, and concluded on Wednesday, June 10 with residents of the Midrise apartments. In all, eight-hundred and four (804) residents and staff were tested. To date, we have received results from five-hundred sixty-four (564) tests. We are pleased to report just one (1) positive result from a Moorings employee, which you were notified of on June 4.

Presently there are no other positive cases at The Moorings. As always, we will notify you as soon as possible if you or a loved one may have come in contact with a potential COVID-19 resident or employee in our community.

The Moorings Going Forward plans:

As we wrap up week 13 of community restrictions, it’s clear that everyone is anxious to reclaim some semblance of our BC (before COVID19) lives. For weeks, staff across our communities and at Corporate have been planning ways to ease restrictions.

We’ve cautioned that rules may be different for certain areas of our community. In the Health Center and Highlands, we must comply with state and federal regulations. We appreciate how challenging this is for spouses and family members, but we don’t have the option of easing restrictions in these areas at this time.

In less regulated areas like the villas and Midrise apartments where there is more latitude, we will proceed with easing restrictions in certain activities, so long as we can do so safely and in compliance with IDPH, CDC and Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. We expect to provide more detailed plans in the coming week.

This week, Jonathan Kaspar, Health Services Administrator, introduced us to a term that has cropped up recently. “Caution fatigue” is defined as low motivation or energy to comply with safety guidelines. As we consider re-introducing elements of life before the pandemic, we need to stay committed to these recommendations that have been successful so far:

  1. Practice safe distancing of at least 6 feet.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose whenever you are outside your residence.
  3. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.

We are so grateful for the many homemade fabric face coverings we have received from friends, families and neighbors from far and wide. If you do not have a face covering, you can pick one up at the Concierge Desk while supplies last. Please wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when you’re outside your residence.

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