Westminster Canterbury Richmond wants to assure you that we are well prepared to respond to Coronavirus. A Coronavirus Task Force comprised of staff from various departments began meeting last week to review existing policies and procedures related to infectious diseases and to plan for other concerns. Our existing infection control policies and procedures will guide us as we work to prevent the spread of infection and control it as necessary.
The first coronavirus case in central Virginia was reported Wednesday morning in a press conference held by Governor Northam. Officials say the Commonwealth’s ninth case comes from the Chickahominy Health District – a person from the Ashland area who traveled internationally. We do not have COVID-19 on our campus yet, but as a precaution, we are taking many steps to prevent it entering our doors.
Our best possible outcome is preventing spread of the virus to our campus. As the situation develops in our region, there are certain guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that we will be required to follow, so we want to update you on what you can expect in the coming days and weeks.
For the safety and health of all our residents and staff, we ask that you be our partners as we take the following precautions.
Thank you for your assistance as we work diligently to keep our campus safe and healthy. Our staff Coronavirus Task Force and leadership is meeting daily to address ongoing concerns. Our Medical Director, Director of Nursing and Infection Control Preventionist review Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and CMS updates several times each day. Our goal is to ensure we can all live life well, no matter the circumstances. We will share updates with you as we have them.