August 6, 2021
Dear Sholom residents, tenants, staff and families,
Surgical masks required for skilled nursing care residents and assisted living tenant per the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Unfortunately, the Delta variant and increase positivity rates in MN have prompted MDH to release updated guidelines for residents of skilled nursing care and assisted living communities. MDH recommends congregate care facilities such as care centers and assisted living communities to continue to be diligent about wearing masks. As healthcare providers, Sholom has established that all staff members wear surgical masks and eye protection in all areas.
MDH further recommends wearing a facemask during meetings and in the break room unless actively eating or drinking. Physically distancing, limiting number of people in common areas and eating outside are other recommended interventions to reduce risk of transmission.
While we recognize that the guidance pertains to the Care Centers and Assisted Living buildings, we are highly recommending that tenants in our Independent Living buildings adhere to this guidance as well. To support these efforts, Sholom will offer to you and your guests surgical masks for continued protection of those that live and work within Sholom locations. In addition, we ask that all residents and tenants participating in group programs wear a mask and participate in physical distancing requirements. We will not be opening our programs or dining venues to outside visitors at this time and will be conservatively approaching changes to this as we hear more about the Delta Variant and positivity rates within our surrounding areas.
MDH will continue to monitor COVID-19 positivity information in Minnesota and provide additional guidance to senior care communities like Sholom as appropriate.
We encourage all tenants, residents and their guests to be responsible stewards of their health by diligently wearing masks as directed for their wellness as well as the wellness of fellow residents, tenants, guests and staff at Sholom.
Ann Thole, LNHA, Sholom COO
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