April 7, 2020
Dear Residents, Families and Friends:
As part of my ongoing communication to you regarding The Cannondale Campus response to COVID-19 and status in our local community, I have gathered data effective 4:00 pm today.
Over the past 10 days, rates of COVID infection in Fairfield County have increased from approximately 700 to 4,200 test-confirmed positives cases with 90 in Wilton alone. The statistics in our location of Fairfield County more closely resemble those in New York and indicate we are at approximate peak. Currently, Connecticut has 7,800 confirmed cases and statistics suggest that the outbreak will travel East through the State with earlier /larger spikes in urban areas.
We remain in daily contact with State and Local health officials to ensure that our infection control measures are optimal. These officials remain confident that our campus policies are stringent and were implemented swiftly. Many of our campus policies are being shared as best practices for other facilities – they include but are not limited to:
* The Greens at Cannondale is using 99.4 degrees as a guideline rather than the 100.4 advised by the CT epidemiology.
As a result of these measures, The Greens has, thus far, staved off illness greater than most facilities in our area and; our medical director agrees, we have responded to illness quickly leading to better outcomes. Norwalk Hospital staff report that the mediation regime being used for COVID-19 has provided a positive “blunting” effect to symptoms in patients who receive early intervention and do not have significant co-morbidities. Frail elderly patients, are, sadly, experiencing a very high mortality rate. Since my last communication to you regarding Greens at Cannondale specifically, and as of this writing:
I am pleased to report that The Greens and Wilton Meadows are adequately supplied with PPE and cleaning/ disinfecting supplies. We enjoy a full compliment of staff and are fortunate to have wonderful guidance from the State and Local health departments, as well as, our Medical Director, Dr. Alan Radin.
You can help by kindly complying with our protocols and by staying informed to remain free of infection. The CDC is updating it’s website at www.cdc.gov/ncov. Also, we are having weekly “town hall” type sessions each Tuesday at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Just call in to:
Phone number: 475-277 2700
Access code: 922537
This and future written messages will be emailed to you and posted on our website weekly. They will contain information specific to The Greens Cannondale or Wilton Meadows to provide enhanced details to you.
In closing, I must extend a heartfelt thank you to the many families, friends and our residents themselves who have been nothing but supportive, kind and understanding. These are uncertain times but you should know with certainly that our tireless Greens team is united and committed to caring for your loved ones without relent. I will personally continue to remain in the building 7 days per week to ensure that our standards are maintained and that our team of caregivers is supported. You should also know that we are still enjoying life though worship and by having fun through various games, “mobile happy hour”, our “we love our PEEPS” contest, going for social distanced outdoor walks, hallway bingo, a fearsome mask sewing resident group, playing various music genre’s overhead or just enjoying each other’s company.
If you would like to schedule a Face time session with your loved one, please call the main number at 203 761-1191 or email Elanit Linder at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also email Elanit if you have not been receiving our email communications. She will gladly add you to our database for future messaging.
As always, please stay well and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Senior Executive Director
The Greens at Cannondale