We are pleased to report that since the July 24th COVID-19 update, all previous positive COVID residents and staff have recovered and have returned to home and work, respectively. Currently, we do not have any active COVID cases at Epworth.
Despite these encouraging results within the Epworth community, we remain in “Phase 1” of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s phasing in our Health Services and Assisted Living areas. This phase implements the highest level of protection for our residents and staff, which sustains the restriction on visitation. We will remain in this phase until Oklahoma County reaches the “low risk” category for the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) COVID-19 Alert System and at least 14 days have passed since our last positive COVID test within the Epworth community.
The figure below illustrates that even though the case count per 100,000 population in Oklahoma County of 16.21 reflects a recent downward trend since the beginning of July, it remains above the 14.39 threshold that is necessary to improve to a “Yellow” or “low risk” level on the OSDH COVID-19 Alert System.
Thankfully, more than 14 days have passed since our last positive COVID test within our community. As a result, if Oklahoma County dips below the 14.39 threshold, assuming no additional COVID occurs within Epworth, we will be cleared to move to Phase Two. Among other liberties, Phase Two allows for guided visitation in our Health Services and Assisted Living areas.
For our independent living, we have continued to ease back into resident life at Epworth, including the thoughtful reopening of our independent living dining venues with social distancing and other protocols for resident and staff safety.
In addition, we continue with screening all entrants to the community and with a requirement for mask-wearing while in public settings indoors, which is also mandated by the City of Oklahoma City at this time.
We are grateful for the efforts of our staff, residents, and the entire Epworth family in battling this virus. All things considered; we are thriving despite the COVID challenges we all face. We thank God for His abundant provision of grace.
President & CEO