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2021 Specials

COVID-19 UPDATE

May 10, 2021

Dear Residents and Staff,

BRCGA continues to work tirelessly to safeguard the tenants and staff of Palmetto Park, Clairmont Crest, and Hiawassee Park Senior Living communities. Each location actively implements practices to reduce exposure to COVID-19, whilst continuing to foster a strong sense of community amidst a challenging season. Our nation is now beginning to adjust to the new normal in our daily lives. All staff and residents were given the opportunity at each location to receive the vaccination in whom many chose to be vaccinated and have passed the two-week window deemed “fully vaccinated”, according to CDC guidelines.

On March 31, 2021, Governor, Brian Kemp, announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions for the State of Georgia. COVID-19 cases are beginning to reduce in number. On April 27, 2021, the Center for Disease Control also loosened COVID-19 safety guidelines. However, BRCGA must continue to remain diligent in the presence of this illness.

Based upon the updated information that has been received from the CDC and local health officials, Baptist Retirement Communities has created the following guidelines as listed below:

Internal Groups Gatherings BRCGA Internal group gatherings are now permitted. Masks are welcomed, but not mandatory. Please continue to social distance no less than 6 feet apart, if possible. All participants are required to adhere to cough/sneeze etiquette and follow proper handwashing procedures while in BRCGA public spaces.

Outdoor Activities All tenants and staff may now participate in outdoor work, activities, and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues, it is encouraged to social distance a minimum of 6 feet. Those that feel more comfortable wearing a mask are welcomed to do so.

Apartment Tours have resumed at all properties. All guests are required to complete health screening, including temperature check, and to social distance when interacting with any tenant or staff member. Masks are welcomed on premises. Any guests experiencing any signs of illness or fever will be asked to reschedule their visit.

On-site, Internal Vendor Work Internal vendor work has resumed with specific guidelines.  All vendors are required to social distance from any tenant or staff member during time of on-site, internal visit. Any vendors experiencing any signs of illness or fever will be asked to reschedule their visit. As in the past, the vendor company must provide BRCGA with a written safety protocol that addresses COVID-19.

 

Unvaccinated Tenants that have traveled abroad and ALL New Move-Ins 

Due to the day-to-day interaction between staff and tenants, all Unvaccinated Tenants that have traveled abroad -OR- New Move-In tenants must adhere to one of the following:

  • Submit a negative COVID test within the past 24 hours.
  • New Move-Ins may submit proof of completed COVID vaccination (two full weeks after final vaccination shot)
  • Follow CDC required guidelines

 

Unit Visits for Resident Families, Guests, Tenants, and Staff

Family members may now visit with their loved ones. Masks are welcome. Social distancing and all COVID safety precautions will continue to be required while on BRCGA properties. If visitor is fully vaccinated, masks are not required, but social distancing is still strongly suggested. Fully vaccinated tenants and visitors may visit with other fully vaccinated tenants in apartments or cottages and not wear masks, but social distance no less than 6 feet. Tenants may request that a mask be worn by any employee entering their unit to perform any service work such as maintenance, housekeeping, or dining delivery. Any visitor that shows signs of illness or have a fever, they are required to reschedule their visit. This will remain in effect until BRCGA reassesses the COVID situation.

Palmetto Park Dining Room

Palmetto Park Dining Room will begin to provide breakfast only in the main dining room beginning April 12, 2021, seven days a week. The dining times for the breakfast will be extended from 6:30 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. Seats will not be initially assigned. All remaining meals will continue to be delivered until further notice. Based on the survey checklist, any remaining residents that chose to eat their meals in their units will have their breakfast delivered to their room at 6:30 a.m. Masks are welcomed in the Dining Room until seated for dining and social distance. Social distancing is encouraged until seated at assigned table.

Outside Volunteers or Groups

Outside volunteer groups may gather on campus, but individuals must remain 6 feet apart. Masks are welcomed, unless seated or for seated dining. All participants must adhere to cough/sneeze etiquette and follow proper handwashing procedures while in BRCGA public spaces. All volunteers or groups must also complete health screen check prior to traveling throughout interior of BRCGA properties.

Off-Campus Trips

Buses and/or vans have a limited capacity to prevent any possible COVID-19. Masks are welcomed while riding on the bus or van. The local community management will determine the start date and types of allowable trips. Any tenant showing signs of illness or having fever must postpone any off-campus trips that utilizes BRCGA transportation.

Thank you for your willingness to adhere to the updated BRCGA guidelines. Please continue to do your best in adhering to the Mask/Glove Protection, Handwashing Procedures, and Cough/Sneeze Etiquette that staff and residents were initially trained on until further notice.  Your continued support, gracious attitude, and prayers during this unprecedented season in our nation’s history is invaluable. May we continue to be vigilant in prayer and steadfastness as we strive towards protecting the BRCGA communities.

 

May God continue to bless and protect each of you,

 

Sharalene Roper

Vice President

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