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COVID-19 National Update - March 12, 2020

The well-being of our residents is always our top priority, and we are actively monitoring the outbreak of the new coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”). Based on new information and guidelines from the CDC and government health experts, we are intensifying our special precautions in addition to our stringent infection control measures:

1. Prohibiting all non-essential visits to the community unless approved by Executive Director.

2. Implementing a new mandatory sign-in protocol to approved visitors, based on a CDC recommended questionnaire.

3. Placing signage at all entrances of the community that asks every visitor to help us protect the health of our residents by postponing their visit if they have or have been in contact with someone with a fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms during the past three weeks.

4. Asking staff members with respiratory symptoms or fever to stay at home.

5. Ongoing review and re-training of infection control procedures with all staff and residents.

6. Continuing to educate and encourage residents to wash their hands.

7. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at various locations in the community.

8. Following enhanced cleaning procedures with disinfectants, focusing on wiping down surfaces that are commonly touched.

9. Observing residents daily for symptoms of a respiratory infection and following the evaluation and treatment protocols recommended by the CDC and public health officials.

10. Banning the admittance of any new resident who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

11. Postponing resident field trips to enclosed public spaces.

12. Requiring vendors, service personnel, and third-party providers not to enter our communities should they have health issues based on our CDC sign-in questionnaire.

It is important to state that no Meridian resident or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19. We take the health of our residents and staff seriously and are committed to providing the safest environment possible in our communities. We will continue our partnerships with public health experts and update this page when new relevant information is available. You may find additional information at the Centers for Disease Control website.