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Important Updates About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Post date: 10/13/2021

Sun Health is dedicated to helping you live a longer, healthier, more purposeful life. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change, Sun Health is closely monitoring all concerns regarding the safety of our residents, members, staff, donors, volunteers, clients and all those we serve in the community. With the introduction of the COVID-19 Delta variant, we are maintaining safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus. Please explore this page as we have updated some of our requirements. We know that the restrictions placed upon all of us due to COVID-19 precautions are disruptive to our normal lives, yet your health and safety is our utmost priority.

In order to ensure the health and wellbeing of all those we serve; effective October 1, 2021, Sun Health has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all  team members. We require all team members be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. This means staff must have received either a first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or qualify for an approved medical or religious exemption (employees receiving the two-dose vaccines must be fully vaccinated by November 1st 2021).

As of the October 1 deadline, 100% of our team members are in compliance with the mandate. All future team members will be required to comply as a condition of hire.

We are proud of the fact that Sun Health was ahead of the curve with our mandate, knowing it is the right thing to do for our residents, our families, neighbors, and each other.

General Information on COVID-19

  • Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include: fever or feeling feverish/having chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue (tiredness), sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle pain or body aches. headache, vomiting and diarrhea, and change in or loss of taste or smell, although this is more frequent with COVID-19
  • Common symptoms that COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, Headache, sore throat, and congestion or runny nose
  • Common cold symptoms that mimic COVID-19: sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, mucus dripping down your throat (post-nasal drip), watery eyes, and fever (although most people with colds do not have fever)

Delta Variant Information

The Delta variant is known to be more than two times as contagious than the previous variants. Breakthrough infections, or infections in those who are vaccinated, happen much less often than infections in unvaccinated people. However, even if you’re vaccinated, you can become infected with and transmit COVID-19. Please follow this link for additional information regarding the Delta variant: Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science | CDC

What Happens if You Have a COVID-19 Exposure?

New CDC guidelines indicate that fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested three to five days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. Should you test positive, you should isolate for 10 days. For more information please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

The state of Arizona is currently seeing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases affecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. If you are planning on visiting one of the Sun Health Communities, please call one of the following campuses prior to your visit to receive the latest information regarding safety protocols for that specific campus.

  • Grandview Terrace: (623) 975-8000
    • Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation (623) 975-8100
  • La Loma Village: (623) 537-7500
    • La Loma Village Health and Rehabilitation (623) 537-7400
  • The Colonnade: (623) 236-3700
    • The Colonnade Assisted Living and Memory Support Center (623) 236-3750

Ongoing Considerations for Visits to Health and Rehabilitation Centers, and Assisted Living/Memory Support Centers

Residents and visitors are required to follow AzDHS and CMS recommendations including:

  • Maintaining 6-foot social distancing at all times (ideally for no more than 15 minutes unless outdoors)
  • Wearing a face mask* while at any Sun Health campus, regardless of vaccination status

*Bandanas and neck gaiters are prohibited) in IL this is highly recommended for residents – it is not required

  • Visitors will be asked to sanitize hands prior to the start of visit, as well as throughout their visit.
  • Frequent washing of hands for 20 or more seconds.