Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director - 11/3/22Brandermill Woods independent living angle

Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director - 11/3/22

Thursday, November 3, 2022

As stated in the October 3rd memo, we will continue to use Community Transmission Rates to inform infection prevention and control practices rather than the COVID Community Levels utilized by the general public. The community transmission rates will now be checked every Wednesday to best determine infection control practices based on current conditions.  

Posters will be displayed at all entrances stating our current mask protocols. Please remember that depending on the community transmission rates the requirements for masks could change from week to week.

We are happy to report that as of today, the community transmission rate is SUBSTANTIAL. As per The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), if you have gotten the COVID-19 primary vaccines (first 2) and the flu vaccine, you are not required to wear a mask!!

Please do not visit your loved one if you have been exposed to COVID in the last 14 days or 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 our community will not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.  

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

Our clinical team is working with local pharmacies to make sure that residents and team members can receive the flu vaccine and any COVID-19 boosters that are made available, if needed. Flu vaccines are available in all community pharmacies.  

It is wonderful that we can move toward normal pre-pandemic lives, especially with the Holidays right around the corner!