SRH Illness Response

 
COVID-19 Case Update:
 
The Board of Directors and management are committed to working with the County of Marin Health and Human Services Department on the appropriate response for our community for all confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.
 
At the Board of Directors Executive Session Meeting on July 28, 2020, the Board of Directors approved recommendations for residents, guests, and Private Duty Personnel that are concerned about the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. These Guidelines are not formal policy but are provided in the spirit of our independent living community.   
 
July 2020: The resident in Building 400 who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. Through contact tracing, we were able to identify four residents, three staff members, and two caregivers who were potentially exposed to the virus. All have tested negative
 
May 2020: Smith Ranch Homes has been informed by the County of Marin that a second employee has tested positive for Coronavirus/COVID-19. This employee has made a full recovery.
 
March 2020: One off-duty employee tested positive, but Marin Health and Human Services have confirmed they were not contagious while onsite. This employee has made a full recovery.
 
 
 
 
Re-Opening Update:
 
We recognize Smith Ranch Homes is a vulnerable, at-risk facility per Center for Disease Control guidelines, meaning many of those residing at Smith Ranch Homes are at a higher risk of getting very sick from respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. This includes older adults and/or people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. As such, we are focused on safety while balancing the community's desire to reopen. All of the below updates are subject to change at any time pending revisions to the Marin County and State of California Stay at Home Orders.
 
Seated Dining: Grille Room outdoor lunch service only. Residents must belong to the same household to sit at the same table. All other meals will be delivered at no additional cost.
 
Committees/Volunteer Groups: Remote meetings only. Contact your staff liaison for more information.
 
Beauty Salon: Open by appointment only. Only hair services are permitted, pending updates from the CA Department of Public Health
 
Library: Open for curbside pick-up. Contact Louise de Vries, Library Committee Chairperson, to request a book.
 
Swimming Pool: Open to a maximum of seven residents at a time. No guests permitted, including children. PDPs are allowed in the Pool Area to supervise clients but are not allowed in the Pool itself.
 
Transportation Services: Open to a maximum of six residents at a time. No guests/PDPs permitted. One person per household recommended. Reservations must be made one business day in advance. Trips into San Francisco have been postponed - all other routes are available. Click here for more information. 
 
All other public gatherings or gathering areas remain closed. This includes the Card Room, lounge service, activities, excursions, exercise classes, fitness room/equipment, movies, and the Wellness Pool.
 
We remind all residents to take the following steps to ensure everyone's safety: 
 
1. Facial coverings are required whenever in the common area of the Association. The only exceptions to this rule are when you are actively engaged in eating, drinking, swimming, exercising, or speaking to a person with hearing impairment.
 
2. Social Distancing (6-foot minimum) should be observed at all times.
 
3. If one-on-one interaction needs to occur, go outside. It's safer than staying indoors
 
4. Adhere to all posted safety signage - it is there for your benefit.
 
5. Wash your hands regularly and/or use the hand sanitizers provided by the Association.  
 
 
Additional Steps:
The Association has also taken the following steps:
 
Implementing a strict policy to send employees home if ill in accordance with CDC guidelines and distributing a notice to all guests, vendors, and caregivers to stay away if any signs of illness. Click here for a .pdf version of our notice
 
Providing hand sanitizer and handwashing reminders throughout the common areas in the Clubhouse.
 
Multiple daily sanitizing of our common areas including hallways, elevators, handrails, etc.
 
Closing Guest Rooms to prevent possible outside contamination.
 
This situation is evolving day-by-day. As such we encourage all residents to stay in touch with the latest updates as provided by governmental agencies and credible sources
 
 
If you must leave your unit, take the following precautions:
 
- Keep six feet of space between yourself and others.
 
- Wear a face covering. See here for CDC's recommendations and a how-to.
 
- Wash your hands often. Proper handwashing information can be found here.
 
- Avoid crowds as much as possible
 
If you have further questions and/or need any guidance on how to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, please contact John Patrick Maura, General Manager, at jmaura@smithranchhomes.org.
 
 
Additional Links:
 
Further updates from government agencies can be found here.
 
Resources and activities for seniors can be found here.