An Update from our Director Clara Allen
July 10, 2020 – I’m grateful that Friends House continues to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. The loosening of restrictions and opening up of business establishments has resulted in a spike in COVID-19 positive cases. As of today, Sonoma County will appear on the state Coronavirus Watchlist. This means that there will be new restrictions imposed which will shut down commercial activities such as indoor dining, and drinking at restaurants, bars and tasting rooms among other establishments for at least three weeks. Law enforcement will begin issuing citations and fines for those failing to wear required facial coverings, with limited exceptions. “The positive case rate has gone up five times in the past five weeks,” said Dr. Sundarie Mase, Sonoma County‘s Health Officer.
Friends House has completed surveillance COVID-19 testing for all staff, as required by California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH). Further, we are required to have 10% of all employees tested every two weeks. When the CDPH was here to conduct the testing for residents, a nurse trained one of our nurses so we will be able to offer the testing here for employees. They can also choose to be tested by their physician or at the testing sites available for health care workers.
The dept. managers are exploring ways to safely provide visits from families and hair salon services on campus. You will hear more on this very soon. Safety is our number one priority, but just as important, is quality of life and the ability to maintain meaningful connections and participate in purposeful activities.