COVID-19

Green Hills is a resident-owned 55+ Life Plan Community in Ames, Iowa.

Hello Green Hills Community,

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps Green Hills is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

All residents in Health Care and Memory Care were tested on June 14 and all resident tests came back negative. Between June 15-22, all Green Hills employees were tested. On June 24 and June 25, Green Hills was notified that we have three employees who have active cases of COVID-19. On June 30, Green Hills was notified of two additional active cases. All of those employees have recovered from COVID-19. On July 22, we were notified of one employee with a positive case of COVID-19. On July 23, Green Hills was notified of an additional employee with a positive case. On July 29, we were informed of an employee with a positive case of COVID-19. Currently, Green Hills has one active case. Our employees are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s protocol, which we also share, and they are currently in self-quarantine and monitoring their health closely. 

Green Hills has developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19.

 Our community is:

  • Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
  • Suspending all visitors, unless it is a critical situation
  • Canceling on-site group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Strongly recommending that residents not leave the Green Hills campus
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network

 According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

  • Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, or have symptoms outside of regular health.

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

UPDATES

Updates from LCS:

www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

Updates from COVID-19 in Iowa:

https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ 

Updates from McFarland Clinic: 

https://www.mcfarlandclinic.com/coronavirus/