Memo-Point Prevalence Survey at Westminster Canterbury Richmond-July 2, 2020
FROM: John Burns, President and CEO
SUBJECT: Point Prevalence Survey at Westminster Canterbury Richmond
DATE: July 2, 2020
On July 20 and 21, a Point Prevalence Survey will be conducted at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Per the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), “Due to the large impact COVID-19 is having on Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) and other congregate settings, Governor Northam and the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force have initiated the VDH Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) project. A PPS entails testing all individuals in a designated area of a facility, whether or not they have symptoms, on one day.”
As part of our next steps toward reopening, our team will work together with the National Guard to test all residents and employees over two days – 100% participation is our goal. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had positive cases of COVID-19 in three residents and 13 employees. As our region continues to reopen as part of the Forward Virginia plan and we work toward reopening our campus to visitors, it is likely that we will see more cases. This PPS will help us learn whether we have asymptomatic residents and employees and help us determine our next steps.
Specific details will be shared soon. There is no charge for the test. For Mary Morton Parsons Health Center and Assisted Living residents, teams will go door-to-door to conduct the tests. For Independent Living residents, there will be designated testing locations and a schedule to limit the number of residents being tested at one time. As always, everyone will be wearing a mask and should maintain social distancing while waiting to be tested. Employees will also receive a schedule for when their department will be tested.
We ask that residents and employees make plans to be available for testing on July 20 and 21. Additional instructions will be shared soon. We are grateful for your support and continued partnership as we navigate this pandemic together. We look forward to taking our next steps in a safe, thoughtful way.