How The Wesley Communities Are Dealing With Coronavirus

The Wesley Communities’ Response to COVID-19

At The Wesley Communities, we are taking necessary steps to try and mitigate viral infections, including COVID-19. As an organization, we are diligently following the guidance and requirements of the City of Columbus and Ohio Health Departments as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During this time, we will continue to share updated information to keep our communities connected. Our entire organization is dedicated to our mission of providing welcoming communities of kindness and grace where residents and staff thrive, and we will continue this mission while putting our residents’ health needs first.

 

Recent Updates

Wesley Glen Update on 5/16/2022

Today we had 1 case of COVID-19 as follows:

An assisted living resident tested positive. They are free of symptoms or experiencing only mild symptoms. They are under isolation precautions according to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health and Franklin County Public Health.

Visitation is allowed in all areas. However, visitors are required to check in at the front desk, and a mask must be worn in all areas. Face shields are also required in the Health Center because the county infectivity rate has increased to the orange level which then requires this extra step of protection.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely, and the following action items are in place:

  • Contact tracing and testing with residents and associates conducted per regulatory guidelines;
  • Employing the use of personal protective equipment, face masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing as indicated;
  • Screening residents, associates, and essential visitors/vendors for symptoms and exposure to COVID-19;
  • Weekly updates are provided to residents, families, and associates until we are free of new cases for fourteen (14) days.

We thank you for your compliance with all of our rules designed to keep our residents, families, associates, and vendors as safe as possible.

Please continue to monitor our website here for further updates.

Wesley Ridge Update on 5/16/2022

We continue to perform outbreak testing. In the last 24 hours we have had one Bishop Place resident test positive (spouse had tested positive last week), and two nursing associates in Bishop Place test positive. They are all quarantining per policy. All Bishop Place, English Garden and Barnes Center residents were tested yesterday with all, but the one resident mentioned above testing negative.

Most counties in Ohio now Red (high). Protocols remain the same with face masks recommended for all Parkside residents. Bishop Place and the Barnes Center will require face masks and face shields for associates or health care providers and recommended for any visitor. We also ask that residents remain in their area and refrain from visiting other care areas.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak testing along with the COVID-19 community transmission levels and communicate any changes as they occur.

Please continue to monitor our website here for further updates.

Wesley Glen Update on 5/12/2022

Wesley Glen has not had a case of COVID-19 to report in the last seven days.

Visitation is allowed in all areas.  However, visitors are required to check in at the front desk, and a mask must be worn in all areas.  Face shields are also required in the Health Center because the county infectivity rate has increased to the orange level which then requires this extra step of protection.

We thank you for your compliance with all of our rules designed to keep our residents, families, associates, and vendors as safe as       possible.

Please continue to monitor our website here for further updates.

Wesley Ridge Update on 5/11/2022

We continue to perform outbreak testing. In the last 24 hours we have had one Bishop Place resident, two activity associates, and two dining servers test positive. They are all quarantining per policy. All Bishop Place, English Garden and Barnes Center residents were tested today with all, but the one resident mentioned above testing negative.

Franklin and Fairfield County’s community transmission rate are now both Red (high) and our protocols will change as follows. Face masks are recommended for all Parkside residents. Bishop Place and the Barnes Center will require face masks and face shields for associates or health care providers and recommended for any visitor. We also ask that residents remain in their area and refrain from visiting other care areas.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak testing along with the COVID-19 community transmission levels and communicate any changes as they occur.

Please continue to monitor our website here for further updates.

Wesley Ridge Update on 5/10/2022

In the last 24 hours we have had three associates test positive and another Bishop Place resident. Two associates work in Bishop Place and one in maintenance. They are all quarantined at home per policy. All Bishop Place residents were tested yesterday with the one resident mentioned above testing positive. One nursing associate mentioned above did test positive during this outbreak testing. We will continue testing for 14 days after our last positive person.

While Franklin County’s community transmission rate is Red (high) and Fairfield at Orange (substantial), we expect to have a case here and there yet with five positive cases in the last two days, we are changing our protocol as follows. Parkside precautions remain the same yet face masks are recommended. Bishop Place and the Barnes Center will require face masks and face shields for associates and recommended for any visitor. We also ask that residents remain in their area and refrain from visiting other care areas.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak testing along with the COVID-19 community transmission levels and communicate any changes as they occur.

Please continue to monitor our website here for further updates.

Wesley Ridge Update on 5/9/2022

Saturday evening, a nurse in English Garden tested positive. They had last worked on Thursday and are now quarantined. All residents and associates were tested on Sunday and were negative. They will continue to test per the policy.

Today, we had a Bishop Place resident test positive. We are testing all Bishop Place residents today along with all associates and will continue the testing for 14 days per the policy.

With Franklin County’s community transmission rate now being Red (high) and Fairfield at Orange (substantial), we expect to have sporadic cases yet with the goal of catching them early and quarantining them from others to reduce any spread. When the community transmission rate is either Orange or Red face shields will be required for visitors and associates while in the Barnes Center.

For now, our other precautions will remain the same. I appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 community level for both Fairfield and Franklin County, as well as CDC recommendations, and communicate any changes as they occur.

Please continue to monitor our website here for further updates.

 

Additional Resources

Memorandums from The Wesley Communities’ CEO, Peg Carmany:

What We Are Currently Doing:

  • Updated information is being regularly communicated to residents, families, and associates.
  • Residents and employees are being regularly screened for signs and symptoms.
  • Health screening/temperature of all associates is completed daily upon entry into our communities.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, we have closed our Adult Daycare Centers until further direction has been given.
    • If your circumstances require that your loved one needs a respite stay in our Memory Care, please call the front desk staff at our communities.
  • Employees are being re-educated on proper handwashing and sanitization practices according to CDC guidelines.
  • Residents and staff are being asked to practice social distancing in their daily interactions and activities.
  • All associates and visitors are required to wear a mask while in our communities.
  • Any associate who has tested positive has not been allowed back to work and will not be until released per Dept of Health protocol.
  • Families of residents who test positive are being notified immediately.
  • Residents and employees continue to be tested based on state guidelines.