Live Update to Residents-August 20, 2020

Live updates to residents on our in-house TV970 keep us informed and connected on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Today’s update featured John Burns, President and CEO; Scott Jonté, Director of Dining; Jessica Goldberg, Manager Courtesy Services; Lynn McClintock, Director Pastoral Care; Leigh Anne Ring, intern; and Rev. Dr. Rebecca Weaver, resident.

The following updates were shared during the live briefing on TV970.

John Burns

Thank you to residents for all you are doing to keep yourself well. It is great to see Independent Living residents walking outside, working in the gardens or staying busy here in the building. We appreciate that many of you realize that you are safer here on campus. We are grateful for your decision to stay home and follow all the guidelines.

It is wonderful to see Independent Living family members visiting Thursdays through Sundays. Thirty-six family members have come through the visitation screening today. Thank you for following the new screening processes and rules while on campus.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living visitation is by appointment only. Please contact your social worker if you would like to schedule a visit with family. Avalon will be in quarantine until August 29 out of an abundance of caution due to a potential exposure from a positive staff member. If you would like to schedule an Avalon visit for after August 29, please contact your social worker.

Parsons Health Center

On Wednesday, August 19, two additional Parsons Health Center Second Floor residents tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing. Both are asymptomatic and moved to the COVID-19 positive unit. In great news, a resident in the COVID-19 positive unit tested negative twice and returned to his Parsons Health Center apartment today. Currently there are a total of four residents being cared for in the COVID-19 positive unit.

Case Summary

Since March, Westminster Canterbury has had confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a total of 13 residents and 28 employees. Nine residents have recovered. Four Parsons Health Center residents are currently isolated in our COVID-19 positive unit. So far, 23 of the 28 employees have recovered, tested negative twice and returned to work. Five employees are still recovering in quarantine.

We continue routine testing of all Parson Health Center residents and staff. We are extensively contact tracing to determine the source of the most recent exposures. A large number of tests are pending, so we should have more information soon. Tomorrow you will receive a written memo with all of our latest updates.

Scott Jonté

Labor Day

Labor Day will be celebrated on Monday, September 7, with a cookout menu including hamburgers, hot dogs, pork barbecue and your favorite sides!

Promenade Updates

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, several changes are coming to the Promenade.

• There will be a $1.50 fee for the meal delivery service.

• There will be a new carryout service from the seated service side of the Promenade. Carryout will be available at lunch and dinner only. You will call ahead to order. Details on how to use the carryout service will be shared next week.

• We will begin taking reservations for parties of four for lunch or dinner. There are a limited number of tables. There will be no standing reservations for these tables. This has been the most requested item from residents, and we are excited to begin offering it.

Jessica Goldberg

Grocery Shuttle Service Resumes Tuesday, September 8

The grocery shuttle will operate Monday through Friday, accommodating eight socially distanced residents each day. Please limit trips to once a week to allow us to serve everyone. Due to limited capacity on the bus, residents will be required to sign up for grocery trips in advance at the Tower or Center Desks. The grocery bus will leave campus at 1 p.m. Residents will be required to wear masks on the bus and while shopping and adhere to social distancing protocols. Transportation will sanitize the bus before and after each trip.

Publix Grocery Deliveries End September 3

Because we are resuming the grocery shuttle, the Publix grocery program is ending. The last day for ordering groceries from the Publix grocery line will be Wednesday, September 3. Thank you to Jessica Corbitt, Zach Townsend and the transportation team for their support of this program.

Deliveries from Family and Friends

Beginning in September, the deliveries from family and friends that formerly took place on Mondays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. will be reduced to Fridays only. Staff will be available to help with deliveries at that time.

Other Grocery Options

• The Friday deliveries from 1-3 p.m. are a good option for those who cannot board the grocery shuttle.

• Visitors to campus may bring groceries to you.

• Ukrop’s and Libbie Market delivery are not affected by these changes.

Next week’s Tales will have more details. If you have questions, please call ext. 5107.

Lynn McClintock

On Sunday, August 23, at 4 p.m. on TV970, watch A Sermon for Every Sunday featuring Rev. Phillip Martin, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Richmond, VA. The text will be Isaiah 51:1-6 and Matthew 16:13-20.

Please help welcome our new Pastoral Care intern, Leigh Anne Ring.

Rebecca Weaver

Please refer to Psalm 23; 57; 58; 137; 107:6


Psalm 107:6

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.”

And now we cry to the Lord in our trouble,

and trust that God will deliver us from our distress. Amen.

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