Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 01/12/21Brandermill Woods independent living angle

Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 01/12/21

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

HealthCare Community – The Haven, Assisted Living and Memory Care

On January 11, 2021, we conducted our COVID-19 testing for all Health Care Community employees.  We were informed that there was one (1) Assisted Living/Memory Care employee who tested positive and is isolating at home.  All other employees test results were negative. After contact tracing was completed, it was determined that we will not have to test AssistedLiving/Memory Care residents. However, we will continue to monitor temperatures and signs of any symptoms for all residents.

On January 6, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website reported 19.4% for Chesterfield County. The positivity rate continues to increase.  We will continue as mandated to test all Health Care Community employees twice a week until the positivity rate drops below 10%. We continue to follow all CMS,CDC and VDH guidelines. The direct care staff continue to wear N95 masks, and all employees continue to practice frequent and thorough hand washing. Employees continue to be screened daily for signs/symptoms prior to their shift.

We encourage all families to continue to do window and virtual visits. For all Assisted Living/Memory Care residents and residents in The Haven who occupy a semi-private room with a roommate, we are scheduling resident/family window visits. The duration of the visit is 30 minutes. Please email Trisha Pedersen at to schedule your visit.  The Haven residents who occupy a private room have access to a window, therefore, no appointment is necessary for a window visit.  

We are very excited to report that theCOVID-19 Management Team has worked persistently on securing that ALL our Brandermill Woods residents receive the vaccine.  CVS Pharmacy has confirmed that our vaccination clinic will include The Haven, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Independent Living residents and all Brandermill Woods employees for January 14/15, 2021 and the second round on February 4/5, 2021 and a third clinic on February 25, 2021.  

Your support is very much appreciated every day!