Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director 2/3/23Brandermill Woods independent living angle

Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director 2/3/23

Friday, February 3, 2023

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

We learned this morning through testing that we have one resident and one team member in the Haven and one resident in Assisted Living that is Covid positive.  The residents are quarantined at this time.  We continue to contact trace and test as required.

We will continue to serve meals in residents' rooms and do one-on-one activities.  If taking a resident to an outside MD appointment we encourage you and your loved one to wear a mask even if it is not required by the office.

We will reinstall our kiosk at the Haven and Assisted Living entrance to assist screening everyone entering our buildings.  The kiosk will check temperatures and ask several questions before you are allowed to enter.  Please wear well-fitting masks, surgical or KN95 at all times, perform hand hygiene, and practice physical distancing.  Do not mingle in the common areas of the community. Please do not visit your loved one and contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: sore throat, severe lingering headache, sinus/head pressure, head congestion, runny nose, nausea, cough, and fatigue.  Visitors who are unable to adhere to our core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention that are consistent with the guidance for nursing homes will not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.  

The transmission rate had a slight increase for Chesterfield County to 16.55%, we are still on HIGH status.  We are in constant communication with the Department of Health and continue to take the necessary steps at this time.  We continue to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  

The Biden administration plans to let the coronavirus public health emergency expire on May 11th, the White House said on Monday.  The move carries both symbolic weight and real-world consequences. Ending the emergency will prompt complex changes in the cost of Covid tests and treatments that Americans are accustomed to getting for free. Any charges they face will vary depending on whether they have private insurance, Medicare coverage, Medicaid coverage or no health insurance. What state they live in could also be a factor.

For further questions regarding protocols, contact:  Jennifer Pitzer at 804-379-7100 ext. 187 or

The “Be a Positive Intent S.T.A.R.” campaign will be ongoing until December 31, 2023.  Please share with us if you witness a situation where this is demonstrated and how the outcome was affected by the assumption of positive intent.

It takes us all to stop the spread and your continued support is appreciated!