Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 02/03/21Brandermill Woods independent living angle

Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 02/03/21

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Health Care Community – The Haven, Assisted Living and Memory Care

During our COVID-19 testing on February 1, 2021, two additional residents from the Assisted Living tested positive. All other residents in Assisted Living, and Memory Care was negative. All employee tests from Monday, February 1, 2021, were negative as well. All residents will continue to be monitored for any signs and symptoms. Any changes in a resident’s condition will be reported to our physician, and the family will be made aware. We will continue to test all residents for COVID-19 twice a week until we have two weeks free of positive results.

COVID-19 testing was completed on all residents and employees today, February 3, 2021. We will update you as soon as they are all received. Our Infection Control Preventionist, Angie Lane, is in constant communication with the Chesterfield Department of Health.

We continue to provide technical assistance for our residents to virtually connect with family and friends. All window visits in the Assisted Living and Memory Care have been canceled. Please email Trisha Pedersen at to schedule a virtual visit.

Tomorrow, February 4, 2021, all Health Care Community residents who qualify will receive the 2nd vaccine. The remaining will receive their 2nd vaccine during our third clinic scheduled on February 25, 2021. Please continue to check the blog on our website for additional information.

It is encouraging that the Chesterfield County positivity rate continues to decrease. As of today, February 3, 2021, the rate on the CMS website is 14.1%, down from 16.3% last week. We all look forward to the day when our Health Care Community can resume activities and residents can socialize with family and friends, yet the health and safety of our residents and employees must remain our highest priority. We will approach the process to reopen all our communities slowly and deliberately.

As the state of affairs develops, we will adjust and make changes to protocols while remaining consistent with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and local and state public health officials. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

The past weeks have been especially challenging with new COVID-19 cases while managing the vaccination clinics. We know it is difficult to remain distant from family and friends. The health and well-being of our residents remain our top priorities, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Every decision we have made before, and during, COVID-19 has been about what is best and what is right. Our residents have said that during this time of anxiety and uncertainty, Brandermill Woods has created an environment where they feel safe. We will keep fighting the good fight.