Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Kirby Pines has developed guidelines to allow visitors into the Independent Living areas of our campus. These guidelines are outlined below.

The healthcare areas of Kirby Pines are regulated by state and federal agencies and remain closed to visitors at this time. We will keep you posted when we receive guidance and direction for when the healthcare areas can reopen and how they can reopen.

The health and safety of our residents and staff remains our highest priority. We continue following the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities regarding COVID-19 protocols. We are grateful that our staff, residents, and families, have been cooperative and committed to protecting the residents of Kirby Pines.

Encourage friends and family to get the COVID-19 vaccine

If you’ve already gotten your COVID-19 vaccine – that’s great! With 80% of people 65 and older fully vaccinated, older adults are leading the charge in getting their COVID-19 vaccination. Now it’s time for your friends and loved ones to get their vaccine, if they haven’t already. And with the Delta variant spreading across the country, this is more urgent than ever.

Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. Remember, if you or a loved one are unvaccinated, you’re at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the virus.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they’re the way to get back to the things we love with the people we love. Encourage your loved ones to join the millions of others who are getting the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves, their families, their communities, and so much more.

Kirby Pines and the Medicare Team

Effective June 18, 2021 

Kirby Pines continues to focus on the following wellness goals and reinforcing preventative behaviors

  • Screening at the front gate entrance
  • Using Infrared monitors in high traffic areas
  • Staying at home when appropriate
  • Being consistent with hand hygiene
  • Continuing to wear masks and social distance as directed
  • Maintaining adequate supplies
  • Continuing cleaning and disinfecting protocols set in place
  • Reinforcing infection control protocols
  • ALL residents who have not received the COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. Educational Programs will be provided in the coming months.

Updates for Independent Living

Outdoor Activities: Continue without restrictions

Indoor Activities:

  • The wearing of masks is optional for residents, visitors and guests in the community areas.
  • The wearing of masks is optional for staff who work in the commons/community areas and in department areas located in the independent living buildings, except:
  • Culinary department employees will continue to wear masks.
  • Employees who are assigned to perform tasks in the resident apartments or garden homes will be required to wear masks in these areas upon the request of the resident or upon the preference of the employee.
  • Resident programs will gradually return to a regular schedule as the monthly calendars open for planned programs, events and activities.
  • Resident transportation will continue as scheduled for planned calendar events, outings, visits and trips:
  • Advance notice is required.
  • Bus transport will include optional use of masks for residents or guests, the availability of hand sanitizer and flexible seating selection.
  • Employees are required to wear masks while in the transportation vehicles and performing resident transportation duties.
  • Continue to social distance for dining with the following table seating exception:
    • All residents/guests must be ready to be seated at a table at the same time.
    • Dining table services, including beverage service, will not start until ALL are seated.
    • Tables of 4 or more require reservations.
  • The Clinic will continue to require masks in the waiting room, check-in area, the office and the examination rooms.

Healthcare areas will continue to utilize federal, state and local guidelines to reinforce infection control protocols.