July 1, 2020 —This notification will outline the Lathrop Community policy and expectations for new residents joining the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March, Lathrop staff and residents have come together with dedication, resolve and a collective eye toward the health and well-being of our community.
Following CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, we have applied creativity and adaptability and developed new ways of operating and serving one another. As an incoming resident, you have an important role to play in this process.
Before You Move to Lathrop
Prior to coming to Lathrop, please bear in mind the following considerations and guidelines:
- Gatherings outdoors with significant air movement pose a lower risk.
- For anyone outside your immediate household “pod,” maintain physical distance and ask that those outside your pod wear a mask.
- Avoid any groups of ten or more; be mindful that restaurants and bars pose a significant risk.
- When in public spaces, do not linger if maintaining space is difficult.
- Continue to wear a mask, and wash your hands often. Carry sanitizer.
While the risk of contracting the coronavirus in the United States varies by location, there continues to be sustained transmission in every state. As the incidence of coronavirus spread continues to shift, we ask all incoming residents planning a move to Lathrop to be aware of the following policies:
- All new Inn residents must adhere to a 14-day self-quarantine in their apartments, with simple access to outdoors for walks and car outings with family and/or by themselves.
- The self-quarantine measure are also mandatory for all new townhome residents.
- If a new resident becomes ill, they must remain in their apartment/ townhome.
After You Have Move In
Once you have physically joined the Lathrop Community and completed the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Safer At Home” Advisory as well as additional Lathrop cautionary measures for your family and visitors.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Safer At Home” Advisory
- All Massachusetts residents over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health conditions –who are at high risk for COVID-19 –should continue to stay home except for essential errands such as going to the grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs
- All Massachusetts residents are advised to leave home only for healthcare, worship and permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities
- All Massachusetts residents are REQUIRED to cover their face when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public
- All Massachusetts residents are advised to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soapy water
- All Massachusetts residents are advised to be vigilant, monitor for symptoms and stay home if you feel sick
- All Massachusetts residents must refrain from visiting nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or other residential care settings (like the Inn).
- When going to the pharmacy, ask if you can fill your prescriptions for 90 days if possible; for some medications this is not allowed. If you are at high-risk, try to use a mail order or delivery service.
Non-resident Visitors to Inn Apartments (Family and Friends)
- Maximum number of visitors will (at a minimum) follow state orders on social distancing and numbers allowed in groups. These guidelines will be updated to follow current Executive Orders while also referencing Massachusetts DHHS and CMS guidelines.
- Visitors will be required to enter through Reception and follow screening protocols in place.
- Visits must take place in the residence – no communal spaces may be used.
We appreciate your understanding and support in our efforts to ensure the safety and well being of the Lathrop Community. We look forward to having you join us and begin this exciting new phase of your life. Please direct any questions you have to Rob Olmsted, Director of Wellness 413-437-5375.