WYCCF updates Covid-19 visitation policy
The White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation has 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 its 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐝 considerably and welcome family and friends to visit loved ones while adhering to the new guidelines.
Since the rise of active cases in January, the WYCCF has adopted a stricter Covid-19 visitation policy due to the more contagious Omicron variant. Many unvaccinated staff/clients got infected, but also some vaccinated staff/clients tested positive. Because the WYCCF residents are among the highest risk groups, it was crucial to shield them from the virus and prevent a possible outbreak within the facility. However, these policies make it more difficult for family or friends to visit. Some clients haven't seen their loved ones in a while due to this strict and limited policy. Especially for the older and more vulnerable clients, this impacts their quality of life. Therefore, since the numbers have dropped, it is time to take one step back to normality.
This means that the WYCCF is 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝-𝟏𝟗 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 restrictions, 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐛𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩. Visitation hours returned to normal and without the necessity of making an appointment. If both client and visitor are vaccinated, the visitor can go into the clients' room, and no social distance is required. If the client OR visitor is not vaccinated, the visitor cannot enter the building and has to visit on the porch, with strict social distancing. The use of a facemask, strict hand hygiene and no contact with other clients applies to everyone. Proof of vaccination is required upon entry.
The WYCCF also updated its definition of ''Fully Vaccinated.'' The WYCCF considers you fully vaccinated if you received a vaccine (second or booster) within the last 5 months
OR when you recovered from Covid within the last 8 weeks.
The WYCCF hopes to return to pre-covid times as soon as possible. However, even though the numbers are dropping, there are still active cases on the island, so we must stay careful, as the safety of our clients is always the #1 priority.
The WYCCF believes that these guidelines are safe enough to allow visits to happen safely. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐘𝐂𝐂𝐅 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦, 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐭.