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UPDATE: April 7, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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April 6, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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April 5, 2020 – With deep sadness, Peconic Landing reports a ninth death amongst our members in connection with COVID-19. 

Out of respect for the family, we provide the following information: 

The member was a 98-year-old woman of The Shores for Skilled Nursing. She tested positive on 3/19 and passed away on 4/4 while receiving care at Peconic Landing. She had known pre-existing conditions.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to those she leaves behind,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO. “The Peconic Landing family is thinking of you during this time of sadness.”

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As of Sunday April 5, 2020 at 12PM:

The current number active confirmed cases amongst members: 7, located within the health center.

The current number active confirmed cases amongst team members: 7

April 4, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

April 3, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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April 2, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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April 1, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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March 31, 2020 – Peconic Landing reports the eighth death amongst our members with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Out of respect for the family, we provide the following information:

The member was an 88-year-old man of The Shores for Skilled Nursing. He tested positive on 3/17 and passed away on 3/30 after receiving treatment for symptoms of COVID-19 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. He was admitted on 3/20 and had known pre-existing conditions.

“On behalf of the entire Peconic Landing family, we express our sincere condolences to those he leaves behind,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

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The current number of positive diagnoses amongst members: 10, all located within the health center.

The current number of positive diagnoses amongst employees: 15

Total employees: 377

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March 30, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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March 29, 2020 – Peconic Landing has no new information to report at this time.

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March 28, 2020 – It is with great sadness that Peconic Landing reports the seventh death in connection with COVID-19 amongst our members.

The member was a resident of the Shores for Skilled Nursing and had been receiving care for symptoms of the virus at Eastern Long Island Hospital since 3/14. We are honored and blessed to have known this beloved member, and our thoughts and condolences go out to her family and friends during this tragic time.

We are in constant contact with County Executive Steve Bellone’s office and the New York State Department of Health. We are following the Department of Health guidelines to protect our members and our team as we battle this pandemic. We continue to follow all of the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Department of Health. These guidelines are the same treatment protocols used to minimize the transmission of the virus if an individual were to test positive. They include the official closing of our campus to non-essential staff and visitors on March 12th, self-isolation of our independent members in their cottages, patio homes and apartments, monitoring members for symptoms, taking staff temperatures daily, utilizing PPE (masks and gloves), and maintaining a 6-foot distance from members and staff, including the delivery of groceries, meals, and other items.

Our Case Management Team, led by our Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner, speaks with all members displaying any sign of illness daily and visits members for medical evaluations donning PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on an as-needed basis.

In the Health Center, our team members don gloves, masks, and any other PPE necessary while providing patient care. Team members are monitored prior to and at the end of each shift. Team members are assigned to specific areas, and healthcare employees are not being shared between levels of care. Health Center areas also started instituting restrictions on visitation as of March 6th, prior to regulations set forth by the Department of Health. By isolating everyone, we are all doing our part to stop the spread of any potential virus transmission on our campus.

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March 27, 2020

Peconic Landing does not have any new information to report at this time.

We continue to ask that our neighbors and friends do all that they can to support their area seniors and healthcare professionals by following the recommendations set forth by the CDC:

  • Social Distancing/staying home if possible
  • Washing Hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Seeking medical assistance as necessary

We will continue to provide updates on our website as information is received and confirmed. Visitation to the campus remains suspended until further notice. All non-medical visitation continues to be suspended for the health center. 

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March 26, 2020

Peconic Landing has not received any new confirmations of positive cases of COVID-19 amongst our members.  We continue to closely monitor our members in all neighborhoods within the health center and are providing the best care possible to those who have tested positive.

Peconic Landing has also been closely monitoring our team members throughout this epidemic. Currently, 13 team members have tested positive for the virus since it was initially reported.  We are happy to share that 6 of them have already recovered. 

We continue to utilize all safety processes and procedures available to help ensure the safety and well-being of our entire Peconic Landing family.  Our case management team continues to be available to provide support to our members in independent living.  We also continue to offer bereavement counseling for members.  In addition, we continue to communicate with our members via multiple platforms.  We provide updates daily via our in-house TV channel 591 as well as email updates.  We are also providing cultural, educational, and spiritual programming via Channel 592.

We have received many messages of love and support through our wellwishes@peconiclanding.org email address.  Thank you to those of you who have shared your thoughts and kind words.  If you would like to share a message, please send it to wellwishes@peconiclanding.org.  Your message can be a few words, a letter, or even a short video taken on your smartphone.

We would like to commend the entire Peconic Landing team for their incredible commitment to our members and resilience during this challenging time.  While we live and breathe the impacts of this virus every day, we must remember that we are all in this together.  This global pandemic is bigger than all of us, and we continue to work together to protect our members, our team and our local community.  We thank all of the local community partners who have shown us great support through this trying time.

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March 25, 2020

It is with great sadness that we report a sixth death amongst our members in connection with COVID-19.

Out of respect for the family, we provide the following information:

The member was an 89-year-old man who tested positive on 3/22. He passed Tuesday evening and had been receiving treatment for symptoms of COVID-19 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital since 3/23. The individual lived in the East Apartments for Independent Living. He had no known pre-existing conditions.

We want to express our deepest sympathies and support to the family and loved ones of our beloved member. We send them love and support on behalf of the entire Peconic Landing family.

We continue to utilize all safety processes and procedures available to help ensure the safety and well-being of your loved one. We continue to strongly urge our members to remain in their homes during this vulnerable time. If your loved ones are experiencing any flu-like symptoms: fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call the front desk and our Case Management Team will reach out to them to provide the support and guidance they need. Bereavement counseling for our members is also available.

As reported, we are now accepting messages of support to bring some light to our members and team during this challenging time. We want to express our gratitude to those of you who have sent kind words. If you would like to share a message, please send it to wellwishes@peconiclanding.org

Our team is committed to providing our members with the best possible service and care during this difficult time. We are here, and together we will get through this. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to support our families during this time.

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March 24, 2020 – Peconic Landing has received many generous offers of community support through well-wishes and hard to find donations of personal protective equipment as we work to keep our members and team safe. 

We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to those who have already provided much needed supplies including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook ELIH, PBMC Northwell Health, San Simeon by the Sound, East End Group of Yaphank, the Oysterponds School District, the Halyard, and Flavor Fields. 

Peconic Landing continues to accept donations of Personal Protective Equipment including face masks, gowns, non-latex gloves, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and other related supplies. If you would like to offer a donation, please contact Diane Radigan, Director of Member Services, at dradigan@peconiclanding.org.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support shown by our local community and beyond,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO. “Together, we will get through this difficult time.”

Messages of support are being posted on our in-house communications channels for all to see to bring some light to our members and team during this challenging time. Photos, notes, and videos 20-seconds or less can be sent to wellwishes@peconiclanding.org. We thank you for your support. 

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March 23, 2020 – Peconic Landing has received notification of a fifth death amongst our members in connection with COVID-19.

Out of respect for the family, we provide the following information: 

The member was an 88-year-old man and resident of Harbor North for Assisted Living, diagnosed on 3/22 while being hospitalized for symptoms of the virus. The member did have known preexisting conditions. 

“We want to express our deepest thoughts and condolences to his family during this extremely difficult time,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO. “This pandemic is unprecedented, and we ask for the community to keep their senior neighbors across the North Fork in their thoughts and prayers.” 

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March 23, 2020 – Peconic Landing was notified of its first positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in a member of Independent Living Sunday afternoon. Additional diagnoses are anticipated.

The individual, the spouse of a Health Center resident who tested positive on 3/21, is currently being treated for symptoms of COVID-19 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The individual resides in the East Apartments.

Independent members have been self-isolating voluntarily since March 12. These individuals are age 62 and better managing their own health and wellness – some with the support of Home Health Services as needed. Independent Living at Peconic Landing is currently home to 301 members residing across 108 single-family cottages and 187 apartments on campus. Every Independent Living apartment and cottage at Peconic Landing uses a closed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system – meaning air circulating systems are not shared amongst private residences. 

To support Independent members that may test positive for COVID-19, Peconic Landing will be utilizing its Case Management Team to provide individualized care plans similar to care planning provided in the Health Center. Their personalized care will include the support of Peconic Landing’s Medical Director and in-house Nurse Practitioner, in consultation with the Director of Nursing, a social worker, case managers, our Home Care Coordinator, as well as representatives from Member Services, to ensure the health and emotional wellbeing of each individual. 

This team will coordinate with each member’s family and private physicians to manage signs and symptoms, helping to direct any next steps as necessary. This includes daily contact with the Nurse Practitioner through phone calls to provide medical advice. She will visit these members as needed wearing the proper PPE to assess any complications of the COVID-19 virus. 

These members will also receive several friendly phone calls from the Member Services team to check-in and provide social connection throughout the day.
Mail, groceries, healthcare supplies, and other needs will be delivered outside of their homes to maintain quarantine protocols, with no contact made within six feet without proper PPE to help in containing the spread of the disease. 

All Independent members at Peconic Landing have access to a Personal Emergency Response (PER) device, a necklace/bracelet that provides Members direct access to our safety and security team 24 hours a day. Peconic Landing also employs Emergency Medical Technicians, with at least one EMT available on premise at any given time. This team will be available with access to full PPE within five minutes of the activation of any member PER across campus. 

Much care and planning have gone into preparing for the possible spread of COVID-19 on our campus, something we hoped would be a worst-case scenario. We want to assure our members and their families that we are here to help you.

The Health Center currently has 14 members who have tested positive for the virus: 11 are in stable condition and 3 are in the hospital. All 3 members in the hospital are receiving treatment specifically for symptoms related to COVID-19.

To date, positive diagnoses has been reported in The Shores for Skilled Nursing, Harbor South for Memory Support, Harbor North for Assisted Living, and the East Apartments for Independent Living. The Bluffs for Short-Term Rehabilitation, the West Apartments for Independent Living and Cottages across campus currently remain unaffected. 

We continue to ask that our neighbors and friends do all that they can to support their area seniors and healthcare professionals by following the recommendations set forth by the CDC:
• Social Distancing/staying home if possible
• Washing Hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
• Seeking medical assistance as necessary

We will continue to provide updates on our website as information is received and confirmed. Visitation to the campus remains suspended until further notice. All non-medical visitation continues to be suspended for the health center. 

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March 22, 2020 

As of early this afternoon, we received notification from Stony Brook ELIH that a member from Harbor North who was transported to the hospital last evening has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with quarantine and response efforts, we are closely monitoring all members throughout the health center. Employee screening continues for all employees at the beginning of each and every shift. We also continue to strongly urge our independent members to remain in their homes to prevent exposure from the virus in the greater community.

The eleven members in our health center who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain in stable condition. We have two additional members from the health center still receiving care at Stony Brook ELIH. As reported yesterday, one of these members was admitted to the hospital for a separate medical issue last week. We continue to monitor their condition through communication with the hospital’s care team.

Last night we received a generous donation of N95 masks, necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) from the East End Group. We continue to be grateful for the support of our community partners. We continue to work closely with Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive, for additional supplies that will be needed as this situation continues.

To help support both our members and team members during this difficult time, we have created opportunities to receive grief and wellness counseling. Our members are receiving information today for whom to reach out to help to help support them during this challenging time. Employees are also being provided with contact information through our National (EAP) Employee Assistance Program. 

We will continue to provide updates via our website of the many measures being taken to best care for our members and combat COVID-10 on our campus.

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March 21, 2020 

We sadly report the death of a fourth member last evening (3/20) in connection with COVID-19. 

The member was an 89 year old woman who has been on hospice in The Shores for Skilled Nursing over the past several months.

We also received notification from the NYS Department of Health that an additional member who was being hospitalized for a separate medical condition has tested positive for COVID-19. They were admitted to the hospital last week. This member also resided in The Shores for Skilled Nursing.

There are currently 13 members who reside in the Health Center who have tested positive for the virus: 10 are in stable condition and 2 are in the hospital. Of the 2 in the hospital, 1 is receiving treatment specifically for symptoms related to COVID-19; the other, as mentioned previously, is being treated for a separate medical condition in addition to symptoms of COVID-19.

To date, positive diagnoses have been reported in The Shores for Skilled Nursing and Harbor South for Memory Support. Harbor North for Assisted Living and the Bluffs for Short-Term Rehabilitation currently remain unaffected. Independent living, which is home to 301 members, also remains currently unaffected at this time.

Peconic Landing’s Health Center is home to 86 individuals residing in four care neighborhoods: 37 in The Shores for Skilled Nursing, 13 in Harbor South for Memory Support, 24 in Harbor North for Assisted Living, and 12 in The Bluffs for Short-Term Rehabilitation. 

The New York State Department of Health has managed oversight and testing of all individuals on our campus, determining who meets the criteria for testing. They will continue to manage testing. There are no additional tests pending at this time. The Suffolk County Health Department has assisted with quarantine best practices to help manage the containment of the illness on our campus.

“Our deepest sympathies go to the family for the passing of our member,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO of Peconic Landing. “We wish you strength and courage during your time of grieving.”

“For our families of members residing in our health center, we know you are deeply concerned about your loved ones, as are we. Be assured we are following all state guidelines in our health center to keep our members as safe as possible.” 

“For our families of our independent members, we continue to ask your loved ones to stay in their homes to protect them from exposure in the greater community. We have several processes in place to assist them in doing so, such as taking grocery orders and delivering what is needed. We want to share how incredible your loved ones are, and how positive they have remained during this unprecedented time.”

We continue to receive support from our community partners and would like to express our sincere gratitude to Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive, for providing some of the much needed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). He continues to work diligently to supply us with the remaining supplies needed. We would also like to thank Stony Brook ELIH for the care they are providing our members who are currently hospitalized.

To help support both our members and our team during these challenging times, we have begun development of grief and wellness counseling. We are in discussion with community partners to understand the best options available.  We will share information with our members and team on how to access these services shortly.

We continue to ask that our neighbors and friends do all that they can to support their area seniors and healthcare professionals by following the recommendations set forth by the CDC:

  • Social Distancing/staying home if possible
  • Washing Hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Seeking medical assistance as necessar

We will continue to provide updates on our website as information is received and confirmed. Visitation to the campus remains suspended until further notice. All non-medical visitation continues to be suspended for the health center. 

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March 20, 2020: As Peconic Landing works to combat the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, we sadly report the deaths of three members in connection with this disease over the past 48 hours. 

Pending approval for the release of information out of respect for loved ones, we report the following at this time:

• Female, 96 of The Shores for Skilled Nursing, deceased 3/18, received COVID-19 diagnosis 3/19

• Female, 97 of The Shores for Skilled Nursing, deceased 3/19 

• Male, 96 of Harbor South for Memory Support, deceased 3/19, passed away in

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All three members had underlying medical conditions and two were receiving comfort support at the time of diagnosis.  The three members were residents of the Health Center, where COVID-19 was first detected on campus March 10th in a per-diem employee who had unknowingly been exposed to the virus.

Peconic Landing’s Health Center is home to 86 individuals residing in four care neighborhoods: 37 in The Shores for Skilled Nursing, 13 in Harbor South for Memory Support, 24 in Harbor North for Assisted Living, and 12 in The Bluffs for Short-Term Rehabilitation. 

There are currently 12 members in the Health Center who have tested positive for the virus: 10 are in stable condition, 1 is in the hospital due to COVID 19 symptoms as of this morning (3/20), and 1 has been on hospice care since prior to diagnosis and all are being monitored closely. To date, positive diagnoses have been reported in The Shores for Skilled Nursing and Harbor South for Memory Support. Harbor North for Assisted Living and The Bluffs for Short-Term Rehabilitation are currently unaffected. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected among our independent living residents, which includes 301 members.

“On behalf of the entire Peconic Landing community, we offer our deepest thoughts and condolences to the families and loved ones these members leave behind,” said Carol Hance, Chair of Peconic Landing’s Board of Trustees. “The detection and spread of COVID-19 on our campus has been unprecedented. Our team has acted swiftly, beginning planning for a possible response in February and implementing these enhanced precautions starting March 2. We will continue to implement and enhance all guidelines offered by officials at county, state, and federal levels to secure and provide our members with the best response possible.”

The New York State Department of Health has managed oversight and testing of all individuals on our campus, determining who meets the criteria for testing. They will continue to manage testing. The Suffolk County Health Department has assisted with quarantine best practices to help manage the containment of the illness on our campus. 

Senator Ken LaValle, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, officials with Stony Brook Hospital, and PBMC Northwell Health have reached out to lend their support in helping us to secure necessary resources, with Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital assisting with care as needed. 

“Circumstances are changing day by day, minute by minute.  Just yesterday we learned of the 9 new cases and the three deaths being associated with the virus. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our members. We ask you to provide us with the ability to focus our time on our members and the challenges that lie ahead,” said Robert J. Syron, President of Peconic Landing. “One of the largest challenges we are facing is securing personal protective equipment and we have been working on this for days. I am pleased that after speaking with Steve Bellone, our County Executive, last evening that he said we have his full support in getting the supplies that we need.“

“We must recognize our team for the dedication they have shown to our members during this challenging time. Our mission has never been more meaningful.”

We ask that our neighbors and friends do all that they can to support their area seniors and healthcare professionals by following the recommendations set forth by the CDC:

• Social Distancing/staying home if possible

• Washing Hands for 20 seconds with soap and water

• Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19

• Seeking medical assistance as necessary

We feel it is our duty to communicate first to our members, to their families, and our team members as we work together to face this challenge as a community. We will then communicate updates and details of our response to the greater community. You can find these updates, available to all, prominently featured on the Peconic Landing website. 

Visitation to the campus remains suspended until further notice. All non-medical visitation continues to be suspended for the health center. 

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March 19, 2020: We would like to express our deepest heartfelt gratitude for the amazing concern and support from our members, their families and the greater community.

This morning we received notification that we have more members with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Unfortunately we are experiencing the same trend we are seeing in other communities.

We are caring for those members in our health center as this is where we have had our only confirmed cases at this time. All members in our health center have been isolated in their suites and our care team is managing their care one on one. When a member has tested positive we directly reach out to each family.

 We have been in constant consultation with the New York State Department of Health and are following the protocols we have been given.

This is a very difficult time and we understand and share the deep concern our members, their families, our employees and the greater community has regarding the overall outbreak of COVID-19 both locally and nationally.

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March 17, 2020: Peconic Landing has been notified by the New York State Health Department that members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19. Affected members are in stable condition at this time.

The New York State Health Department is providing the community with access to testing for members believed to be in close contact with the confirmed members and precautionary quarantines are being instituted to assist with the containment of the illness on our campus. 

Visitation to the campus remains suspended until further notice.  We will continue to provide general community updates and assist our members with family connections through Skype calls. To get more information or to schedule a Skype call with your family member please dial the appropriate number listed below:

Health Center Members: 631-593-8288

Independent Living Members: 631-593-8210 

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March 13, 2020At this time, we have not received any notification of additional confirmed cases of coronavirus. We continue to have constant contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health and are following all recommendations set forth.

Visitation to the campus remains suspended until further notice. All non-medical visitation continues to be suspended for the health center. All team members in the health center are wearing surgical masks at all times. All employees are undergoing screening protocols prior to reporting for their shift.   These protocols were put into place prior to Governor Cuomo’s order.

In an effort to keep families connected during this time we are offering Skype calls. To get more information or to schedule a Skype call with your family member, please dial the appropriate number listed below: 

Health Center Members: 631-593-8288

Independent Living Members: 631-593-8210   

We continue to offer every assurance to our members, members’ families and employees that Peconic Landing will be following all recommendations and will act in the best interests of our entire community. 

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March 12, 2020 – Peconic Landing was notified this morning by the Suffolk County Department of Health that a second and third employee have tested positive for COVID-19. We are in constant contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health and following their direction. The Suffolk County Department of Health is currently undergoing an investigation to identify individuals who may have had direct contact with these employees. The Suffolk County Department of Health will contact these individuals directly. Due to HIPAA regulations, we are unable to provide specific information about the employees.

As a cautionary measure, we are suspending outside visitation until further notice. We are not under quarantine. We are, however, identifying additional opportunities to protect our members’ and employees’ safety and well-being. Recommendations from the Governor’s Office, the Suffolk County Health Commissioner, the NY State Department of Health and the CDC support this approach.

At this time, our focus is on ensuring the safety and well-being of our members and our employees. We are communicating all updates to our members and employees via a multitude of internal communication channels. We will be providing on-going updates via our webpage and social media channels for families, media and the greater community.

We continue to offer every assurance to our members, members’ families and employees that Peconic Landing will be following all recommendations and will act in the best interests of our entire community.

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March 11, 2020 – To further our proactive measures, we are strongly encouraging no visitation from outside the community for the time being. We are not under quarantine. We are, however, identifying additional opportunities to protect our members’ safety and well-being. When asked about retirement communities and visitation, the Suffolk County Health Commissioner stated, “Out of an abundance of caution I think it is a good idea to have visitation limited at this time.” Based upon the recommendation of the Suffolk County Health Commissioner, we are asking you to strongly limit any visitation to the community.

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March 10, 2020 – Peconic Landing was notified late afternoon, March 10th, by the Suffolk County Department of Health that one of our per-diem employees has tested positive for COVID-19. We are in constant contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health and following their direction. Due to HIPAA and privacy regulations, we are unable to provide specific information about the employee.

Pending further guidance from the Suffolk County Department of Health, Peconic Landing has taken the precautionary step of placing employees that have been identified to have worked in close proximity with this employee on leave. We offer every assurance to our members, members’ families and employees that Peconic Landing will be following all recommendations and will act in the best interests of our entire community.

Peconic Landing is calling each and every member to inform them of the situation and asking for one family member’s contact information to inform them if the member would like us to do so.

 

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