We, like all of you, continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent challenges it has created in our daily lives. In March 2020, Butterfield Trail Village began implementing state and federally recommended protocols to protect residents and staff from the virus. Approximately 98% of our residents and 70% of staff have received both doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccination, and we were able to lift or reduce most restrictions on our campus starting March 11, 2021. Keeping our residents and employees healthy and safe is and will always be our utmost responsibility and one we take very seriously. All rules/guidelines are subject to change as CDC and Arkansas Department of Health recommendations evolve.
Residents who begin to have symptoms of COVID are reminded to immediately quarantine, call their health professional and notify Resident Care—regardless of whether or not they have already been vaccinated. Residents need to also notify Resident Care at Butterfield.
The following information is for Residents / Guests and Employees / Visitors, to include family members, health-care companions, vendors and contractors, about precautions Butterfield is taking to safeguard against coronavirus, which causes the illness Covid-19.
Butterfield has implemented restrictions on campus pursuant to guidelines from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
As mandated, BTV continues to restrict all access to the BTV Health Care (HCC) and Special Care Centers (SCC) and Assisted Living (AL). Everyone must undergo a health screening before being admitted to HCC or AL on campus. Scheduled visitation days and times will be communicated in advance, and BTV reserves the right to cancel any visitation days should a health-related circumstance necessitate it.
It is recommended that all deliveries be left on the table in the entryway of the main entrance to be picked up by the resident.
Based upon the evolving situation with the Covid-19 Delta variant and CDC recommendations issued July 26, 2021, Butterfield Trail Village is adopting these recommendations effective July 29, 2021 and will enforce this policy until further notice:
- Fully vaccinated residents and guests in the Independent Living areas of campus are recommended to wear properly fitting masks over the nose and mouth in all common spaces. For additional safety, we continue to suggest that everyone wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching or removing a mask. All are reminded to clean all surfaces before use, such as exercise equipment and game tables, and wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
- Unvaccinated guests of any age may not attend BTV events or utilize campus amenities at this time. Unvaccinated guests aged 12 and over (those currently age-eligible for vaccination) may only have campus visitation inside a resident living unit and must wear a mask.
- All Butterfield staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask while working indoors on Butterfield’s property or while driving a Butterfield vehicle with another occupant inside the vehicle. Employees are not required to wear a mask while working in their own offices, but will do so when present in common areas or meeting spaces.
The adoption of this policy does not change the rules for Health Care, Special Care or the Assisted Living. These living areas will continue to follow all guidelines now in place. Please consult with Jay Green, director of healthcare services, for any questions regarding these living areas. Changes for these areas will be announced if and when they occur.
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
Independent Living residents may welcome outside visitors into their homes when following these safety precautions:
- Visitors must check in at the front desk.
- Guests not fully vaccinated must be from the same household for indoor visitation.
- Visitation by guests not fully vaccinated from different households is limited to outside visitation only.
- Guests not fully vaccinated but from the same household shall restrict their visitation to the resident’s home and may not use any amenities at Butterfield.
- Guests must not have had contact with a known or suspected Covid case within the last 14 days or must have received a negative test since the contact.
- Resident or guest(s) cannot exhibit any signs or symptoms of Covid within 72 hours prior to the visit. See list of symptoms below.
The CDC website says people with Covid-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have Covid:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Guidelines Regarding Resident Travel:
Residents who have been vaccinated do not need to quarantine after traveling. Residents are reminded to follow all safety precautions when traveling. Residents who have not been vaccinated must continue to quarantine after traveling.
As the Covid-19 pandemic and related public health issues evolve, we are committed to keeping you informed and updated.
Butterfield Trail Village to Require Covid-19 Vaccine as a Condition of Employment
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (August 26, 2021) – Butterfield Trail Village announced today that all full-time and part-time employees who work for the organization will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 1, 2021. Staff have received official written notice of the new policy, and will have ample time to receive vaccinations at work or with the healthcare provider of their choice to meet the stated deadline. The new policy will also require all Butterfield employees to maintain the status of “fully vaccinated”, to include receiving booster shots or additional vaccines as recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
Butterfield Trail Village is home to approximately 400 people, with most residing in a private independent living setting. Additional campus locations are dedicated to providing assisted living, memory care or long-term nursing support for those who require focused medical attention.
Chief Executive Officer Quintin Trammell said, “We feel an enormous sense of responsibility to do all we can to protect the health and safety of every one of our residents and staff members. Many who live at Butterfield have underlying medical conditions, and we know a fully vaccinated staff is the best possible defense we have to fight the Covid-19 virus and its variants within our own walls.”
“We have been closely observing recent trends in both the healthcare and senior living industries, while reviewing recommendations from state and national public health authorities on a daily basis. It is clear to Butterfield leadership that a fully vaccinated team is the best way to maintain a safe, productive workplace during and beyond the pandemic,” said Tyler Masters, director of human resources.
Butterfield Trail Village will host an in-person meeting for all employees impacted by the new policy to review deadlines, offer education about the vaccination and address questions.