COVID-19 Update-January 28, 2022

FROM: John Burns, President and CEO


DATE: January 28, 2022

Westminster Canterbury is pleased to report that the impacts of COVID-19 in our community are beginning to reduce. We are encouraged that the positivity rate has decreased this week to 22.6%. The number of cases of COVID-19 in residents and employees is declining, though we see a few new cases each day. We appreciate the caring and teamwork being demonstrated by our residents and employees during this temporary time when we are not able to gather in person. We are hopeful that we are drawing closer to the time when we can reopen the programs that make Westminster Canterbury such a special, vibrant place.

Programs and Services Updates

TV970 is offering more robust and varied programming for your enjoyment! Check the latest issue of The Westminster Canterbury Tales, available on Touchtown and in the Business and Information Centers, for the latest schedule including movies, additional fitness classes, cultural programming from local arts organizations and more.

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

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, four Mary Morton Parsons Health Center residents are recovering in quarantine in Parsons Health Center or in the COVID-19 Unit. One Independent Living resident tested positive on Thursday, January 27, and is recovering in quarantine. We are not aware of any active cases in Assisted Living.

Current Employee Cases of COVID-19

Twenty-five employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently recovering in quarantine. They work in the following areas: Assisted Living, Child Development Center, Clinic, Dining, Facility Services, Finance, Parsons Health Center, Resident Services and Westminster Canterbury Richmond at Home. Many have recovered and returned to work. Others have symptoms and are out awaiting test results. A total of 114 employees have tested positive since December 1.

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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