Dear Residents and Families of Birch Bay Retirement Village,
Today we have identified that a resident of the Safe Harbor neighborhood at Birch Bay Retirement Village has tested positive. Subsequent testing of all other residents in that neighborhood has resulted in negative tests. If you are or your loved one had close contact with this resident, we would be in contact with you. Due to privacy concerns, we are unable to disclose any other information.
We currently have no other transmission within the Birch Bay community and no other residents are impacted at this time.
At this time, the CDC has not asked Birch Bay Village to make any changes to visitation or dining services. The Safe Harbor Neighborhood is open to visitation but if you do choose to visit, we ask you to visit only in your loved one’s suite and remain masked at all times.
Please do not be concerned if you see a staff member wearing an N-95 respirator caring for your loved one. We are taking all precautions to mitigate any spread of COVID in this vulnerable Safe Harbor neighborhood.
Please do your part and remain vigilant. We ask families to not visit the Birch Bay community if you have even extremely mild cold symptoms, are unvaccinated and not boosted, or may had contact with someone experiencing cold symptoms. Many who are testing positive who are vaccinated and boosted are asymptomatic or experiencing very mild symptoms and would otherwise not know that they are carrying COVID-19.
If you have tested positive and have recently visited a loved one at Birch Bay, please let us know.
If you are a resident and feeling unwell, please press your Lifeline button and alert Health Services staff.
Keeping our residents and staff healthy is my biggest priority. Thank you for your continued diligence and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Peter Sullivan, Executive Director, Birch Bay Retirement Village