Coronavirus Updates 

This page will be updated frequently with the most recent communication at top. 

March 13, 2020, 5 p.m. 

As we continue to take additional proactive measures to protect our clients from the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and in following recommendations from federal and state government agencies, effective March 11, 2020 at 7 p.m., all National Lutheran Communities including The Village at Rockville, The Village at Orchard Ridge and The Legacy at North Augusta have modified their visitation policy. The new visitation policy only allows for essential visits in the health care or assisted living setting, and anyone permitted to the community must follow proper protocol, including completing a COVID-19 questionnaire and having a temperature check.

An essential visit is being defined as a visit to someone who has experienced a significant change in their medical condition. It has also been determined that myPotential at Home’s care visits are essential visits and will continue through the duration of the new visitation protocol. 

The information we are learning about COVID-19 is fluid and changing quickly. We will release new memos as we have more updated information.

As a reminder, the best way to keep from getting sick is to practice the essential guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. This includes:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

I know this is a very tumultuous time for everyone. Thank you to our clients for entrusting the myPotential at Home team to keep you well. Thank you to the team for your continued dedication to those you serve. 

February 28, 2020 

According to recent information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they continue to closely monitor an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. Imported cases of 2019-nCoV infection in people have been detected in the U.S. While person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected with this virus, at this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in Maryland or Virginia.

At myPotential at Home, we are being mindful about proactive planning and education about the virus for all of our clients and team members. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Additionally, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

If you click this link, you will find a resource from the World Health Organization with five things to know and five things to do about the coronavirus. Although the resource does indicate the health care setting, we believe that the same practices should be in place in our daily lives.

We will continue to monitor and will provide updates if there is a noted change in our region.

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites