The Jewish Home’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 12, 2020
Dear Family and Friends,
Following the recent developments of COVID‐19 in the U.S., particularly in senior living communities, we are reaching out to inform you of how we are handling this situation at the Los Angeles Jewish Home. As of today, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID‐19 among residents, patients, staff, volunteers or visitors in any of our programs. However, we are taking extra precautions to keep each of our communities as safe as possible during such a critical time.
Our policy for visitation is in compliance with guidance from the Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Their advice to limit the transmission of COVID‐19 includes the following measures which have been put into place effective immediately:
- At the following locations: Grancell Campus Village; Eisenberg Campus Village; Fountainview at Eisenberg Village; and Fountainview at Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus, we are limiting all visitors to our communities until further notice. We ask that all family and friends refrain from visiting until further notice. The only exception is if a resident is “actively dying” when known by us. An exception may be made if there is any change or significant decline in your loved ones condition. If you require special access for these reasons or others, please contact us.
- All Jewish Home staff, vendors, and visitors (determined to be essential) are being actively screened daily as they enter the campus. We follow strict procedures to limit possible exposure of this virus to those we serve.
We understand it is incredibly important to stay in contact with your loved ones and staff and we are making every effort to minimize the impact of these guidelines. We encourage you to use standard communication methods to maintain contact with your loved ones for the time being. You may choose to contact them via telephone, email, text messaging or Skype. As always, the well-being of our residents, staff and visitors is our top priority and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Evaluations from prior viral epidemics that spread like COVID‐19 found that actions taken early in outbreaks can significantly reduce the spread of the virus ‐ waiting until the virus is spreading in the community is often too late. These measures will stay in place until we are advised or feel comfortable to lift them. We are grateful for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.
As things evolve regarding the COVID‐19 situation, we will communicate proactively and transparently as soon as warranted.
CEO and President
Noah Marco, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer