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UPDATE – May 13, 2020

A letter to our community,

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the love and support we continue to receive from our members, their families, team members and the greater community while we battle this unprecedented pandemic. 

As you may already be aware, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.30 on May 10th which requires all team members in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week until June 9th. The guidance we have received from the NYS Department of Health requires us to create our own plan as to how we will be in compliance with the criteria stated in the Executive Order. They have also clearly stated that there will be no additional resources or support provided by the NYS Department of Health.  We have submitted our plan.

We believe that testing is instrumental in battling the spread of COVID-19 and, over the last two months, we have secured our own testing capabilities for both diagnostic and serology testing to identify team members who actively have the virus and those who have the antibodies for the virus. Although we already have these mechanisms in place, implementation of the testing required under this Executive Order is a massive undertaking and difficult for all in our industry.

We currently have no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus. The last member who had tested positive has recovered. Mitigating the spread of the virus across our campus has only been possible due to the numerous safety protocols we put in place over the last two months. I am very proud of our team for their persistence, commitment and tenacity in providing excellent service and care while ensuring the highest safety standards possible. Although our campus is free of COVID-19 today, we understand how easily this virus spreads and will continue to maintain all safety protocols. The virus is still in the greater community and, in an effort to prevent additional cases on campus, visitation remains closed at this time. We are in the process of finalizing a safe and structured visitation plan so that our members are able to enjoy time with their loved ones. Once we complete this plan we will communicate it with both our members and their loved ones.

The update on the virus on our campus is as follows. Our total number of team members who tested positive for COVID-19 was 41 out of 377 team members; 38 of these employees have fully recovered. Less than one percent of our total employees are currently recovering from COVID-19 and are on paid leave. We are in communication with them. Our staffing levels remain high and we are fully able to provide services and care across our campus.  Our total number of members who tested positive for COVID-19 was 26, listed by neighborhood as follows:

Neighborhood Positive Cases Deaths Recoveries
Independent Living 3 1 2
Harbor North 5 2 3
Harbor South 6 2 4
The Shores 12 8 4
The Bluffs 0 0 0
Total 26 13 13

The entire Peconic Landing family expresses our deepest condolences to the loved ones and friends our beloved members have left behind.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our members who have isolated during this time and worked with us to help stop the spread of the virus across the campus. Their fortitude and strength is inspiring.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic.

Respectfully,

Robert J. Syron

President & CEO

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May 12, 2020

Dear Family Members,

I am very pleased to announce that, as of today, we have no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus. The last member who had tested positive has recovered. Mitigating the spread of the virus across our campus has only been possible due to the numerous safety protocols we put in place over the last two months. I am very proud of our team for their persistence, commitment and tenacity in providing excellent service and care while ensuring the highest safety standards possible. Although our campus is free of COVID-19 today, we must remain diligent to ensure that it remains that way. The virus is still in the greater community and, in an effort to prevent additional cases on campus, visitation remains closed.

The protocols we instituted are derived from guidance of both the CDC and the NYS Department of Health. The CDC provided specific guidelines for Continuing Care Retirement Communities which strongly encourages CCRC’s to follow the guidelines pertaining to nursing homes in an effort to slow the spread. These guidelines have proven successful in stopping the spread of the virus. New guidance continues to be provided and we will continue to follow all guidance we receive from the CDC, NYS Department of Health, and Governor Cuomo through executive order.

We are also earnestly working on creating a plan for the future slow opening of our campus. The timing of starting a slow opening remains unknown; however, we are determined to have a plan in place so that we may proceed when the time comes. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we continue to navigate this pandemic.

Respectfully,

Robert J. Syron

President  & CEO

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May 7, 2020

A letter to our community,

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the love and support we continue to receive from our members, their families and the greater community while we battle this unprecedented global pandemic. 

To further our efforts to get a better understanding of the overall exposure of COVID-19 on our campus, this past week we began offering antibody testing to our team members. This is another way to test our employees. The purpose of this testing is to determine whether or not they have been exposed to the virus. The better educated we are as to who has had it and who has not will assist us in decision making in the future. We continue to utilize every possible option available to us to gather scientific data we can use to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

The update on the virus on our campus is as follows. Our total number of team members who tested positive for COVID-19 was 41 out of 377 team members; 38 of these employees have fully recovered. Less than one percent of our total employees are currently recovering from COVID-19 and are on paid leave. We are in communication with them. Our staffing levels remain high and we are fully able to provide services and care across our campus.  Our total number of members who tested positive for COVID-19 was 26, listed by neighborhood as follows:

Neighborhood Positive Cases Deaths Recoveries
Independent Living 3 1 2
Harbor North 5 2 2 (1 awaiting recovery)
Harbor South 6 2 4
The Shores 12 8 4
The Bluffs 0 0 0
Total 26 13 12 (1 awaiting recovery)

The loss of these precious members has affected the entire Peconic Landing family. The fact that social distancing prevents celebrating their lives as a community makes the sorrow even deeper. Bereavement counseling is available to both members and team members as we work through this period of grieving. The entire Peconic Landing family expresses our deepest condolences to the loved ones and friends our beloved members have left behind.

The amount of active positive cases has decreased since our initial reporting. We are encouraged by the ever-growing number of recoveries. The safety protocols we implemented coupled with identifying asymptomatic individuals through our own testing efforts have mitigated the spread of the virus across our community. The Bluffs for short term rehab remains COVID-19 free, The Shores for skilled nursing and Harbor South for assisted living with memory support are also COVID-19 free. The member in Harbor North for assisted living is currently stable.

This week is National Nurses week. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the nursing team and all of our healthcare employees who work diligently each day to provide our members with excellent care and the highest quality of life possible. To celebrate the heroic efforts of our nursing team and all of our health center team members, we have provided them with numerous goodies and team meals to sweeten up their day. If you would also like to celebrate their service, you can send a message to wellwishes@peconiclanding.org and we will share it with the team.

We would also like to express our gratitude for the multitude of donations of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) we have received. These donations, coupled with our own efforts to secure supplies, have ensured that we have the PPE we need to safely care for our members. We will continue to accept donations as the duration of this pandemic is still unknown. Any excess donations we receive will be shared with our local hospital and other senior care centers.

Our campus remains closed to all non-essential visitors. We understand how difficult this is for families who have been separated by this global pandemic. This closure is an instrumental part of our overall efforts to ensure the safety of all of our members and mitigate any further exposure of the virus on our campus. If you would like to arrange for a virtual visit, please contact our front desk and we will assist you.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate the ever changing landscape of this global pandemic.

Respectfully,

Robert J. Syron

President & CEO

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April 29, 2020

A letter to our community,

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the love and support we have received from our members, their families and the greater community while we have been battling this unprecedented global pandemic.  We understand there have been questions, concerns, and some confusion regarding what is happening at Peconic Landing. Please allow us to answer some of your questions.

In order to ensure the highest level of safety, over the last two months we rapidly changed how we provide all services and care to protect the entire Peconic Landing family of over 700 lives from COVID-19. In February, even before the Department of Health began to provide specific COVID-19 guidance, we began implementing protective measures. By the time we started receiving protocols from the health department and the CDC, we found we were most often ahead of their directives.  Some of these early efforts included educating the Peconic Landing family on the potential of an outbreak, refining infection control protocols,  instituting a no-handshake policy, systematically closing each neighborhood to outside visitation, enhanced sanitizing and disinfecting throughout the community, screening our team members, and securing supply chains for food, PPE, and essential supplies.

However, as you likely have heard, government and health officials have now concluded the virus was present on Long Island weeks before the first positive case was identified. Despite our extensive early efforts, the virus was already on our campus. How it got here remains unknown, just as much still is not known about COVID-19 in general. What’s most important is that once we determined our community had been exposed, we further upgraded all of our safety protocols to minimize the spread throughout the campus.  At this time, testing was only available to people displaying certain symptoms. We had our members isolate in their individual homes across all neighborhoods.

We also worked to identify members and team members who may be carrying the virus. Team members with symptoms were required to stay home and seek medical attention. Any team member who had a direct exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 was also told to quarantine at home and monitor for any symptoms arose. In both situations, we paid these employees during their time away from work, a commitment we made even before the executive order requiring employers to pay employees in quarantine. 

Regarding members displaying symptoms in our health center, we notified the Department of Health. Early on, the department would come to Peconic Landing and perform COVID-19 tests, but only for people displaying symptoms and those who had direct contact with a positive case. Its testing identified positive cases in two of our health center neighborhoods, Harbor South for memory support and The Shores for skilled nursing. Because of its testing policy at that time, the Department of Health did not test asymptomatic members who had no direct contact with a positive case in either of the neighborhoods or anywhere else within the health center.

With those positive cases confirmed, we put enhanced safety measures in place to ensure proper care of these individuals while minimizing the potential spread within those neighborhoods and to other areas within the health center. These additional measures included enhanced PPE as well as ensuring that each neighborhood had assigned team members that only provided care in that specific area.

As time progressed and more retirement communities and senior care centers began battling COVID-19, the Department of Health changed its testing policy. It would no longer come on campus to perform testing. We were told anyone displaying symptoms of a respiratory illness should be presumed positive and treated as such. We already had these protocols in place. Our challenge at this stage concerned the broader campus. We still had no way to know if a member was positive for the virus, and if a team member without symptoms was bringing it on campus.

Receiving no further guidance or testing from the Department of Health, we began seeking our own ability to test both members and team members using other sources. It was not an easy task. Many testing providers weren’t yet able to test people without symptoms. Ultimately, we found a lab with that capability, but it didn’t have permission to provide tests in the state of New York. We advocated on their behalf and within a week they received approval.

Testing has been in very high demand as you well know, so we were very fortunate to attain the ability to test asymptomatic individuals on our campus. To address this challenge, with the assistance of our medical director, Dr. Nathanial Desire, we identified and began testing groups of asymptomatic individuals who presented a high risk of spreading the virus into areas where it had not yet been found.  They included health care workers, dining employees, delivery teams, employee screeners, security personnel, housekeepers, transportation, and reception. We also screened members from Harbor North for assisted living and Harbor South for memory support.  The results were promising and useful in further reducing the risk of additional spread. Through this process, we identified team members who were positive but had no symptoms and placed them on paid leave while they recovered. We also identified members who were asymptomatic but tested positive.

It’s important to note that many communities are following the guidance provided by the Department of Health and are not testing on their campuses. In deciding to test at Peconic Landing as a protective measure, we knew it was possible we would have a higher number of reported cases as a direct result. However, ensuring the safety of our members and our team was and is of course what matters most. We will always do what is in the best interests of our members and our team members.

Questions have been asked regarding the total positive cases on our campus. There has also been confusion about information we have previously supplied compared to the Department of Health report on deaths at nursing homes across the state. To clarify this confusion, it is important to first explain that Peconic Landing in its entirety is not a nursing home.  Peconic Landing is a CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community. A CCRC provides different levels of living on the same campus.

We refer to these levels of living as neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods are: Independent Living, Harbor North for assisted living, Harbor South for assisted living for memory support, The Bluffs for short term rehab, and The Shores for skilled nursing. Just two of these neighborhoods fall under the licensure of a skilled nursing center, or for purposes of this clarification, a “nursing home.” They are the Bluffs and The Shores. This is crucial to know, because the Department of Health nursing home report pertains only to deaths that have physically taken place in nursing homes. It excludes the deaths of individuals who resided in other levels of living. It also excludes nursing home members who have passed away at hospitals. We have received requests regarding the overall numbers of positive cases as well as the total number of deaths pertaining to our community. We believe in full transparency; therefore we were reporting those numbers when others were not.

Unfortunately,  as a result of the publicity that came from being forthright, our Peconic Landing family was inundated by harassing messages, phone calls, and individuals who were trying to come on campus despite it being closed to non-essential visitors to prevent the spread.  This interference threatened to distract us from what we needed to do to protect our community and provide the high level of care and service our members deserve as the pandemic continued to rage in the region and across the nation. While continuing to communicate with our members, team members and families, we reduced external communication for a period of time so we could focus entirely on safeguarding our community.

Our total number of team members who tested positive for COVID-19 was 40 out of 377 team members; 31 of these employees have fully recovered. Less than three percent of our total employees are currently recovering from COVID-19 and are on paid leave. We are in communications with them. Our staffing levels remain high and we are fully able to provide services and care across our campus.  Due to our early efforts to secure PPE as well as the many generous donations we have received from both government officials as well as caring community partners and members we have the PPE we need to ensure the safety of our members and our team and reduce the risk of spread. We are however continuing to accept donations of PPE because no one knows when the pandemic will end. We will share any PPE we do not need with our local hospital and other senior care centers as necessary.

Our total number of members who tested positive for COVID-19 was 26, listed by neighborhood as follows:

Neighborhood Positive Cases Deaths Recoveries
Independent Living 3 1 1 (1 currently recovering in the shores)
Harbor North 6 2 (4 awaiting  recovery – 1 transitioned to the Shores)
Harbor South 6 2 4
The Shores 11 7 4
The Bluffs 0 0 0
Total 26 12 9 (5 awaiting recovery)

The loss of these precious members has affected the entire Peconic Landing family. The fact that social distancing prevents celebrating their lives as a community makes the sorrow even deeper. Bereavement counseling is available to both members and team members as we work through this period of grieving. The entire Peconic Landing family expresses our deepest condolences to the loved ones and friends our beloved members have left behind.

The amount of active positive cases has decreased since our initial reporting. We are encouraged by the ever-growing number of recoveries. The safety protocols we implemented coupled with identifying asymptomatic individuals through our own testing efforts have mitigated the spread of the virus across our community. The Bluffs for short term rehab remains COVID-19 free, and Harbor South for assisted living with memory support is also now COVID-19 free. The members in the Shores for skilled nursing and Harbor North for assisted living are currently stable.

As we continue to maintain our safety protocols, we are aware of the impact self-isolation is having on our members, by far the majority, who have not been exposed to the virus. Our mission has always been to provide opportunities for our members to live a vibrant life full of opportunity, engagement and purpose. It has never been more important. We have adjusted our operations to provide services to our members in new ways despite the challenging environment.

Dining service continues for our members by means of a daily delivery. Cultural, educational and fitness offerings are provided on our in-house TV channel. Several of our members continue to host lectures and classes virtually from the safety of their living rooms. Our fitness team offers virtual or taped classes from their home or our aerobics room. These fitness classes are designed to provide safe exercises that can be done without a fitness instructor present. 

Our team members make daily social calls to our members to break up days of solitude with some much-needed socialization. Members are calling members with the same purpose in mind. Both of these interactions are creating new friendships that are helping the Peconic Landing family persevere during this unprecedented time of isolation. On days of sunshine and warmer weather, our members take walks across our vast campus carefully maintaining social distancing. Many have learned how to utilize video calls/conferencing to keep connected to their families and friends in the greater community.

The physical and emotional health of our members continues to be of the utmost importance. To address both of these needs, our Case Management Team, spearheaded by our Medical Director Dr. Nathaniel Desire in collaboration with our in-house nurse practitioner, Diane Bianculli, provides support and guidance as necessary. If a member requires an in-person visit, our nurse practitioner dons appropriate PPE and visits with the member in their home.

In an effort to bring hope and encouragement to the Peconic Landing family, many members of the greater community have offered messages of love and support through our well wishes email address. These messages are shared with our members and our team through our in-house TV channel as well as a separate employee platform. The community has also provided love and support through donations of flowers, meals for our team, and PPE in addition to many other items. We are grateful to the greater community for their on-going love and support.

We would like to express our most sincere gratitude for the team members who are working day in and day out to provide our members with exceptional service and care. Each day our team members leave the safety of their own homes and their families to come here with smiles on their faces. They are fighting to keep our members safe from COVID-19. They are continuing to ensure everyday life continues at our community as they do their utmost to keep our members safe. We are in awe of their determination, commitment and constantly high spirits as they care for their Peconic Landing family. Together, let’s thank our heroes.

Respectfully,

Robert J. Syron

President & CEO

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April 17, 2020 – Peconic Landing has been working diligently to identify and isolate potential cases of COVID-19 on campus. As many government officials have stated, testing is key to containing the virus, as are the extensive protective measures we have been taking. When the coronavirus was first detected in the country, testing was limited only to individuals who had direct exposure to someone who tested positive and to those who displayed a number of symptoms specific to COVID-19. Individuals who were asymptomatic did not have access to testing.

Over the course of the last several weeks we have worked with a number of county and state government officials as well as private labs in an effort to have the ability to expand testing on our campus regardless of symptoms. We have identified an out-of-state private lab with the capabilities to provide testing for our members and team members. We advocated on its behalf to allow it to provide testing in NY State. While we were awaiting that approval, we developed a plan of execution which included specific tiers of testing groups, identifying the appropriate internal health care professionals who are permitted by law to administer the tests, and the process for sending out the tests for results. This testing is not billable to insurance companies; therefore we are paying for this testing directly.

Our plans came to fruition last week and we have begun testing the various tier groups. The initial tiers are focused in areas that have not already been exposed to the virus in an effort to prevent spread to these areas. If a team member is identified as positive, they are immediately placed on mandatory paid leave for the entirety of their required quarantine. If a member tests positive, they are notified of their results and enhanced PPE protocols are put in place. For our members who are managing their own care, we ask if they would allow us to notify their family. If a member who manages their own care does not give us permission to share their results, we are bound by law to abide by their wishes. We are contacting the families directly for those members who have an acting health care proxy in place due to their loved ones inability to manage their own care.

As our testing capabilities increase, so will our ability to test more members and team members. Many down state long term care providers are not testing at all as they are following NY State Department of Health guidance regarding testing in their communities.

“We believe this expanded testing is the right thing to do to help contain the virus, coupled with our other extensive protective measures” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO. “I stated several weeks ago that if I could write a check to obtain testing, I would, and we have now been able to make this crucial step happen.”

Protecting health and safety is absolutely our top priority. We continue to carry out the extensive protocols and care practices designed in collaboration with our board-certified physician medical director and Stony Brook University Hospital in accordance with the guidelines provided by the NYS Department of Health and the CDC to safeguard our community. Peconic Landing is our members’ home and the work environment of our team members and out of respect for the personal privacy of everyone here, we are not providing details on individuals’ health status. We are entirely committed to the wellbeing and safety of our community.

We thank our members and their families, our team and their families, and the greater community for their continued support as we navigate the ever changing landscape of this pandemic.

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 April 15, 2020 We thank our members, team members, families and the greater community for their extraordinary support and cooperation as the region and nation continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting everyone here is our highest priority and we are absolutely committed to this mission. Our COVID-19 practices have been developed in close collaboration with Peconic Landing’s Medical Director Dr. Nathanael Desire and Stony Brook University Hospital in accordance with the guidelines provided by the NYS Department of Health & the CDC. Dr. Desire is board-certified in internal medicine and specializes in primary care and geriatric consultation.

 

Our Extensive Safety Protocols

  • Keeping the Peconic Landing campus closed to non-essential staff and visitors.
  • Self-isolation of our independent members in their cottages, patio homes and apartments.
  • Monitoring members for symptoms.
  • Screening team members twice daily.
  • Utilizing Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE (masks and gloves).
  • Maintaining a 6-foot distance from members and employees, including during deliveries of groceries, meals, and other items.

 

Exacting Care Team Practices

  • Our Case Management Team, led by Peconic Landing Medical Director Dr. Nathanael Desire and our Nurse Practitioner, carefully monitors any members displaying any sign of illness daily and visits members for medical evaluations donning PPE as needed.
  • In the Health Center, our team members don gloves, masks, and any other PPE necessary while providing patient care. Team members are screened 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.
  • Our Case Management Team continues to be available to provide support to our members in independent living.  We also continue to offer bereavement and other counseling for members. 

 

Keeping Members Up-To-Date

We continue to communicate with our members via multiple platforms and provide daily updates through our in-house TV channel 591. 

 

Sustaining Engagement and Connection

During this time of self-isolation, engaging and connecting with others is more important than ever. We are offering cultural, educational, physical and spiritual programming via our in-house TV Channel 592. A number of our members are sharing their expertise and talents by virtually contributing to this enriching content.  We are encouraging members to stay in frequent touch with their families, friends and neighbors through video chats and other means of communication. While our members know they can contact our team members at any time with questions or needs, we are also keeping in touch with them on an ongoing basis for conversation and friendship.

 

Connecting With Our Members and Team Members

We have received many messages of love and support through our wellwishes@peconiclanding.org email address and thank those who have sent thoughts and kind words.  If anyone would like to share a message, they are welcome to send it to wellwishes@peconiclanding.org.  It can be a few words, a letter, or even a short video taken on your smartphone.  These messages are being posted on our in-house communication channels for all to see and they have brought great cheer to our community.

 

Donations of Supplies Still Accepted

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
  • Aldo’s Coffee Company
  • Andy’s Restaurant
  • Bach Grazina East End Orthodontists
  • BrightView Landscape
  • East End Group of Yaphank
  • Essex Financial
  • Flavor Fields
  • Heron Suites
  • Jay W. Guild Greenhouses
  • Jernick Moving & Storage
  • La Capricciosa Brick Oven Pizza
  • Lowe’s
  • Matchbook Distilling Co.
  • Rotary Club of Southold
  • Oyster Ponds Faculty Association
  • Oysterponds School District
  • Sodexo
  • Sterlington Deli
  • The Halyard
  • Alex & Chris Grover from I2M
  • At Home Services
  • Schumacher Fabrics
  • Sterlington Deli
  • Van Bourgondien Greenhouses
  • Wendy’s Deli

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.

 

Thoughts from Our President

“Our region, nation and globe are being challenged in a way that was unfathomable just a short while ago. During this time, the unwavering dedication and compassion of our team members and the strength of spirit of our members both awe and inspire us. They are the beacon lighting the way for our campus and the greater community. We express our very deepest appreciation to them and to all who know and care about Peconic Landing.”  Robert J. Syron, President and CEO.

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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

    hospital

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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