Live Update to Residents-June 17, 2020

Live updates to residents on our in-house TV970 keep us informed and connected. Today’s update featured John Burns, President and CEO; Glendon Kemp, Manager of Security; Jessica Goldberg, Manager Courtesy Services; Sherry Grady, Vice President Facilities Management; and Vanessa Perry, Pastoral Care Administrator.

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

John Burns

Employee Updates

Two employees who most recently tested positive for COVID-19 continue to recover. Our housekeeper who was hospitalized is now home and recovering. She thanks you for your prayers for her and her family. Our Assisted Living employee is waiting for test results to confirm she is recovered before returning to work.

COVID-19 Data

COVID-19 trends in Virginia are generally good in recent weeks as the number of cases and deaths are decreasing, testing is increasing and the positivity rates are improving for Virginia, Henrico and Richmond. This positive data supports our steps to reopen our community. The risks are still real, and we ask that you continue to take the precautions seriously. Wear your mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands and let the Clinic know if you have any symptoms of illness so you can be tested. If you are worried about getting infected, take comfort in the fact that you can stay well by following this guidance.

Live Briefing Schedule

As part of Step Four, next week we are reducing our Live Briefing schedule to only two briefings per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Around 150 Independent Living residents are leaving and returning to campus each day, which seems to be going well. Thank you for your patience and grace while we work through new procedures like temperature checking at the gatehouse. Your willingness to follow these processes makes it a lot easier on our staff team. Tomorrow, we will share a new memo with all the details of our next steps.

Glendon Kemp

Family Transportation for Residents

Beginning Friday, June 19, Independent Living residents are permitted to have family pick them up for transportation to essential business off campus. No Uber, Lyft or taxi drivers are permitted at this time. Those picking up the residents should follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. Violations of these guidelines will be handled on an individual basis by Westminster Canterbury Administration and Security.

• Remain in your car at all times. You are not permitted to visit on campus or enter the building – only pick up and drop off a resident.

• Meet the resident at the designated pickup entrance closest to their apartment. If you need assistance locating a resident, call the Front Desk at (804) 264-6000.

• Leave campus promptly. Those doing pickup are not permitted to stay on campus.

• Upon return, enter the Main Entrance in the lane closest to the Gatehouse for resident temperature and question screenings.

• Drop the resident off at the designated entrance.

• Please do not exit your car.

• Leave campus promptly.

Jessica Goldberg

Changes to Publix Grocery Program

The grocery ordering program is being reduced to three days per week. Grocery delivery days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Residents may continue to place phone orders by calling ext. 6262 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. or email The phone line will close each day once 25 orders are received. Categorize items by Produce, Dairy, Meat, Canned, Frozen, etc. Limit your list to 15 items. Some items or brands are not available. Please indicate whether you will accept substitutions. Publix includes a $5 shopping fee on each receipt for this service. Resident accounts are charged.

Sherry Grady

Housekeeping Updates

On Monday, June 22, full Housekeeping services resume on a weekly basis at the normal days and times. Any changes to normal service will be communicated by Housekeeping. Questions? Call ext. 6295.

Vanessa Perry

A Worship Service will take place on Thursday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. on TV970. Rev. Dr. Lynn McClintock will preach. The bulletin is in the June Prayer Booklet and at the Center and Tower Desks. Call David Curtis at ext. 5179 or Vanessa Perry at ext. 1502 if you would like a copy of the June Prayer Booklet.

Psalm 31:20, 21, 24

In the shelter of your presence you hide them

from all human intrigues;

you keep them safe in your dwelling

from accusing tongues.

Praise be to the LORD,

for he showed me the wonders of his love

when I was in a city under siege.

Be strong and take heart,

all you who hope in the LORD.

Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace,

who are yourself our peace and reconciliation,

who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace.

Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice,

and brotherly love.

Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.

Enlighten our rulers that they may

guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.

May all peoples on the earth

become as brothers and sisters.

May longed for peace blossom forth

and reign always over us all.

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