Dear Tanglewood Residents –
Florida is in Phase 3 of reopening, but the coronavirus is still a prevalent and deadly force in our daily lives. States across the country have been reporting record case numbers – and I’m sad to relay that our own community has recently been negatively impacted.
We have reports of several positive COVID cases in Tanglewood, as well as the death of a few of our residents from the virus. Hometown does not release specific names or details to protect the privacy of our residents. However, it is our understanding that anyone who was in close contact with these residents is being notified directly by health officials.
Because of this development, we are very concerned that some are not taking the spread of the virus seriously enough. Our team is trying to navigate the enormous challenge of keeping our whole community safe, while also giving each of you personal ownership and responsibility to understand the risks and follow the protocols we’ve put in place.
As you know, Hometown can only help control what happens in our facilities or at our amenities. Beyond that, we cannot control or regulate where anyone goes – or what you choose to do in your own home, and, we do not want to dictate that.
We sincerely urge you to follow the guidance from the CDC and state and local health municipalities. These guidelines are designed specifically to minimize the spread and to save lives.
● Avoiding close contact with individuals outside of your household, including maintaining at least a 6 feet distance from other individuals.
● Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
● Covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
● Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.
● Monitoring your health daily and staying alert for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath.
As a reminder, if you were within close proximity of anyone who has tested positive for 15 minutes or more, and those minutes do not need to be consecutive, then you should quarantine for 14 days. You may have groceries and medicine delivered to your home during this time. Please do not go out and about in the community. The incubation period can take up to 14 days. Some people who become infected are asymptomatic and do not exhibit symptoms, but are still able to pass the virus on to friends and neighbors.
With your continued cooperation, we can help minimize the spread of the virus within our communities as our facilities begin to safely reopen. It is our continued goal to keep residents and team members safe, but we need your help in being diligent to fight the spread of this virus.
Thank you for your continued support in this!