We want to provide an update on an exposure to COVID-19 within our Friendship Village of South Hills community. We learned on Friday, December 11th, that one of our independent living residents tested positive for the virus. This is the only resident active case of the virus and they are being cared for in the hospital.
We also learned on Saturday, December 12th, that one of our team members tested positive for the virus. We now have five total team member active cases of the virus; all are self-isolating at home with the support of our Human Resources team.
If you are identified as having had prolonged contact with any individuals who test positive for COVID-19, you have already been contacted by our management team and instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Allegheny County Health Department, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pittsburgh Field Office.
We understand that you have concerns about COVID-19 and the current situation in our community, and many of you have questions. Please know we continue in our commitment to protect the health and safety of our residents and team members. Our team continues to be proactive in mitigating the risk of further exposure to the virus within our community.
As a reminder, Lifespace and Friendship Village of South Hills are continuing to follow heightened infection control guidelines and we highly encourage residents to only leave the community for essential needs like groceries or critical medical appointments. As you have heard on the local and national news, our state and federal agencies continue to strongly discourage residents from joining their family members and friends for off-site holiday gatherings that could have the potential to spread COVID-19. Many individuals who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, yet they continue to spread the virus to those they come in contact with.
Residents and team members are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a mask or face covering when you interact with others in public settings. Proper hand hygiene including handwashing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer is essential to preventing the spread of the virus. As we have done throughout the last several weeks, we will provide regular updates about our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy community.
We appreciate your support and continued adherence to the protocols we have implemented to protect our residents and team members. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Friendship Village of South Hills management team.