We want to provide an update on exposures to COVID-19 within our Friendship Village of South Hills community. We learned on Tuesday, November 9th, that one of our independent living residents has tested positive for the virus. At this time, this is our only resident active case of the virus. We are pleased to report that there are no current active resident cases in our Health Center, Assisted Living or Memory Support. We also learned today that two of our contracted caregivers have also tested positive for the virus. Currently, we have one team member active case and two contracted caregiver active cases, and all are self-isolating at home with the support of our HR team.
Health Center visitation is still suspended, pending the results of our last round of universal testing. We anticipate having all results by the end of the week.
If you are identified as having had prolonged contact with any individuals who test positive for COVID-19, you have already been contacted by our management team and instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Allegheny County Health Department, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pittsburgh Field Office.
It is important to note that even fully vaccinated persons are still able to contract and transmit the COVID-19 virus. The vaccines are not 100% fool-proof, but they do reduce your chances of contracting the virus and if you do, the symptoms are usually quite mild.
We continue with our commitment to protect the health and safety of our residents and team members, and our team continues to be proactive in mitigating the risk of further exposure to the virus within our community.
How Residents and Team Members Can Help
- Practice social distancing.
- Wear a mask or face covering when interacting with others in public settings.
- Wash your hands often or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
We appreciate your support and continued adherence to the protocols we have implemented to protect our residents and team members. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Friendship Village of South Hills management team.