COVID-19 Update-January 21, 2022

FROM: John Burns, President and CEO


DATE: January 21, 2022

Westminster Canterbury is encouraged that the positivity rate has reduced slightly this week to 31.5%, and the number of cases of COVID-19 is beginning to decrease. Thankfully, we are finding few Independent Living positive cases, and those who have tested positive in Independent Living have recovered quickly. Thank you for your efforts to take precautions that keep you safe and healthy. We know this is a challenging time. Westminster Canterbury has always been a strong, caring community, and it is times like these where we have the opportunity to pull together and support one another.

Current Resident Cases of COVID-19

Many of our previously reported residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are now considered recovered. As of today, five Mary Morton Parsons Health Center residents are recovering in quarantine in Parsons Health Center or in the COVID-19 Unit. Three Assisted Living residents are recovering in quarantine. We are not aware of any active cases in Independent Living.

Current Employee Cases of COVID-19

Thirty employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently recovering in quarantine. They work in the following areas: Assisted Living, Dining, Facility Services, Finance, Parsons Health Center, Resident Services and Westminster Canterbury Richmond at Home. Many others have recovered and returned to work. Many others have symptoms and are out awaiting test results. 101 staff have tested positive since December 1.

Programs and Services Updates

The current level of reduced in-person programming and increased precautions will continue. We will reevaluate at the beginning of February and provides updates at that time. Thank you for your understanding.

Check the latest issue of The Westminster Canterbury Tales, available on Touchtown and in the Business and Information Centers, for information about increased programming on TV970 and TV971.

Follow the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention

Westminster Canterbury follows the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Our Clinic team reminds you that these recommendations are the best way to prevent illness for yourself and others. Please follow them carefully.

  • If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone who may be positive for COVID-19, please contact the Clinic at 264-6231 to arrange a time for testing.
  • If you have any symptoms of illness, please stay home and contact your physician or the Clinic for testing.
  • Be vaccinated for COVID-19 and get a booster shot when you are eligible.
  • CMS recommends that everyone wear a mask in public, indoor settings.
  • Avoid crowded spaces or spaces with poor ventilation or wear a mask in these spaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Follow CDC travel guidance.
  • Follow quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Ongoing Updates

  • We encourage you to stay up to date with us online. Check the COVID-19 Update page and blog at
  • Westminster Canterbury Weekly is a live update that airs on our in-house TV970 station on Thursdays at 3 p.m. and other times as needed. Recordings are available on TV971 daily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Summaries are available at Please tune in to hear the latest news.
  • Read The Westminster Canterbury Tales.

Thank you!

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