We continue to consult the latest guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, national and state agencies, and other pertinent medical consultative sources to best protect Touchmark residents. As a result, only essential individuals are allowed into our communities. Essential individuals are defined as Touchmark staff, emergency personnel (police/fire), health care/other medical workers supporting residents, and selective family members with loved ones in end-of-life stages on a case-by-case basis. Specific vendors with proper safety training may enter and provide essential services, but we continue to restrict access to other vendors and nonessential persons.
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This page was last updated on 9/21/2020.
COVID-19 Testing and You
With travel restrictions loosening and more opportunities to socialize popping up, getting out and about is more appealing than ever. Being safe is key, and getting tested before making plans to travel or socialize is the right thing to do. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) explain how you can get tested and stay safe:
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is understandable to want a diagnosis, but it is also important to stay home to avoid infecting others. If you are displaying symptoms and want to get tested, connect with your health care provider about creating a plan. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized at-home testing via nasal swabs, which can be a good alternative to in-hospital testing. The kit contains all necessary material to collect a sample and includes packaging to transport the swab to a testing facility.
- If you aren’t displaying symptoms but still want to get tested, you can do so at a hospital or healthcare clinic. The test will feel very similar to an at-home test but may be less stressful since someone else will administer it. Some hospitals have set up mobile or drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites, but it is always a good idea to call ahead about testing availability.
- Testing negative for COVID-19 doesn’t mean you aren’t sick—merely that you were most likely not infected at the time of testing. Because exposure to COVID-19 can happen at any time, you may need to be tested on multiple occasions. Testing for COVID-19 has gotten easier over the course of the pandemic and is still a very important step to take when you’re considering traveling or being around others. Whether you’ve contracted COVID-19 or not, the peace of mind such a test can produce is invaluable.
Touchmark has created the below FAQ to make it easier for people to find the latest information about changes within our communities, as we work with national, state, and local health agencies and professionals to combat COVID-19.
Visit the CDC website for more information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html