March 13, 2020
Dear Resident, Family and Staff:
As you have heard in the news, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as positive in Indiana by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). We do not currently have any known cases of COVID-19 at our community or county. Please know that maintaining the health, wellness, and safety of the residents and staff is our number one priority. We are taking steps now to prevent this illness and be prepared to respond quickly and effectively should it impact someone in our setting.
Effective immediately, Westminster Village Muncie will restrict visitation to our community as recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For the health and safety of all residents and staff, at this time no individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter our community except under certain and very specific circumstances, such as end-of-life situations or when essential for a residents’ emotional well-being and care.
Based on federal guidance, no visitor and/or staff will be permitted into our community who meets any of the following criteria:
- Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
- In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
- International travel within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- Resides in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.
Please know that the news about the spread of this particular virus is concerning for all of us. We understand that communication with your loved ones is incredibly important and encourage you to communicate with them in other ways such as the telephone, video chat, e-mail, or social media. Families may also consider sending cards or flowers.
In addition to restricting visitation to prevent the illness in our community, we are also focused on infection control best practices with residents and staff. Staff have been trained on the symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), CDC recommended infection prevention techniques, and have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic. Remember that you are a key partner in keeping yourself and others healthy—wash your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it away; clean surfaces frequently; notify nursing personnel or your supervisor if you feel ill.
We continue to monitor information and guidance from the ISDH, CMS and CDC and are working with our medical director, local public health and emergency preparedness officials to prevent the illness and strengthen our preparation during this time.
We appreciate your cooperation with our commitment to the health of residents and staff during this time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, however safety is our number one priority and believe this is in the best interest of the residents. We encourage you to visit our website at wvmuncie.com or our Facebook page to stay informed and receive updated information. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time with questions or concerns you may have.
Dale E. Lindley, HFA – President
Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA – Vice President
Jennifer L. Peterson, RN – DON
Mike Dobbs – Physical Plant Director