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Last updated: 3.16.21
Front Porch Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Dear Residents, Colleagues, and Guests,
In our continuing effort to update you on the status and effects of COVID-19 in our communities I offer the following updated response as of March 16, 2021:
Due to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to all Front Porch communities over the last several weeks, we are experiencing massive declines in positive cases. We continue to be vigilant in our approach to the virus as new variants of COVID-19 emerge.
All Front Porch communities continue to routinely test employees for COVID-19 based on the guidelines established by their respective local health departments. Most of our communities are now testing 25% of employees weekly. We continue to use testing methods that are approved by the CDC and county health departments. The timing of test results continue to improve and we are typically getting a response to tests within 24 hours. As always, we believe testing is a significant way to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We continue to report positive cases to all residents, emergency resident contacts and staff in a timely manner via our Regroup reporting process.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE supplies at all Front Porch communities remains at 45 days or more. We have stockpiled PPE for emergencies that will provide additional support to all Front Porch communities if the need arises. Demand for PPE has declined due to the overall reduction in positive cases throughout California.
All Front Porch communities are enrolled in the Pharmacy Partnership for LTC Program, which delivered the COVID-19 vaccine to each community on specific timelines in January, February and March consistent with availability and the managed distribution of the vaccine. As of this date, all residents and employees at Front Porch were offered the opportunity to participate in this program. We are excited to report that 98% of our community’s residents were vaccinated, and approximately 80% of our employees received the vaccine to date. We will continue to promote, educate, and facilitate the vaccination of any existing or new resident and employee going forward.
Due to the recent vaccination program each community’s reopening is moving in a positive direction. Please contact the Executive Director at your community to get detailed information on the operations that are impacted and the current status of areas of the community that are open or in the process of reopening.
I hope this report provides you with the essential information you need to feel confident Front Porch is responding to the challenges of COVID-19. We are so thankful for the amazing work of all our Front Porch employees and their commitment to you. The recent ability to vaccinate our residents and staff has certainly changed the outlook for the rest of this year to cautious but optimistic. We look forward to this New Year with hope that our lives are returning to normal.
— Jeff Sianko
Front Porch Divisional Vice President