Live Update to Residents-June 3, 2020
Daily Live updates to residents on our in-house TV970 keep us informed and connected. Today’s update featured John Burns, President and CEO; Stacey Nannery, Vice President Sales and Marketing; Jessica Corbitt, Manager Cultural Arts; and Vanessa Perry, Pastoral Care Administrator.
The following updates were shared during the live briefing on TV970.
On Tuesday, June 2, Westminster Canterbury Richmond learned that a resident of Mary Morton Parsons Health Center has tested positive for COVID-19. This resident was hospitalized in mid-May and was likely exposed at the hospital. She returned to Westminster Canterbury over the weekend and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Because of this resident’s situation, she has been under quarantine for her entire stay in Parsons Health Center. Our employees use precautions when providing care for her by always wearing personal protective equipment. It is unlikely that anyone at Westminster Canterbury is at risk of being exposed to COVID-19 by this resident.
Daily life in Parsons Health Center will stay the same. Since early March, Parsons Health Center residents have been monitored daily with temperature and symptoms screenings and with checking lung sounds and oxygen levels. Employees use proper personal protective equipment. Communal dining with social distancing will continue.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance for nursing homes that recommends testing residents and staff for COVID-19. Westminster Canterbury tested all Parsons Health Center residents. As of Monday, June 1, all residents in Parsons Health Center tested negative for COVID-19. The resident who tested positive returned from the hospital after this round of testing. Read the full memo here.
Our plans for Independent Living residents are not impacted at this time, but they could change if an Independent Living resident has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Avalon, The Gables, and Monticello Quarantine Updates
An Assisted Living employee who worked most recently in Avalon, The Gables and Monticello received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis yesterday. After consulting with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), we will test Avalon residents in the next day or so and test The Gables and Monticello residents later in the week. VDH provided guidance that we should wait until at least five days from potential exposure to conduct testing to ensure the virus will show itself in the test. Residents in these areas will remain in quarantine until 14 days from their potential exposure. We will share details and specific dates as soon as we have more information.
Tomorrow, we will share the details of our next steps that begin on Monday, June 8, including how we will screen residents returning from essential business or medical appointments and the process for those who leave campus for overnight travel or medical situations.
Hello to our Canterbury Club members who are watching the live updates! The Sales team’s work has shifted during the pandemic. There was a slow period while we worked through the uncertainty at the beginning, but over time, we are finding new ways to connect. Residents and employees are used to seeing Laurie, Kathy and Pat touring around campus with people who are interested in moving to Westminster Canterbury. Traditional tours have been replaced with Zoom meetings and virtual tours. When you see the Sales team walking around campus with iPads and iPhones, please know they are likely on a call with potential future residents and may not be able to stop and chat. Since the pandemic began, there have been new contracts on four apartments. Our next scheduled move-in is later in June. The Sales team is also staying connected through emails, letters, phone calls and off-campus visits.
Tunes on Tuesday
Tunes on Tuesday yesterday was a big success with wonderful weather and beautiful music. Thank you to everyone for doing a great job with social distancing and wearing masks. These practices are vital as we plan events going forward. Thank you for helping make the event a success. Join us next week for our second performance of Tunes on Tuesday at the Courtyard Garden. The musicians will perform on the Putting Green.
Our weekly worship service will air live on TV970 tomorrow starting at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Jenny te Velde will be preaching. The bulletin for the service, a Prayer Walk and the form of Spiritual Communion can be found in the June daily prayer booklets. If you have not received a copy and would like one, please call David Curtis at ext. 5179 or Vanessa Perry at ext. 1502.
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”
Prayer for Pentecost by Father Robin Gibbons
Spirit, noise, wind, fire, blow into our lives to burn away the traces of selfishness, aggression and malice, filling us with the white heat of your love.
Cleanse our world from its pain, suffering and anguish, not only for the human family but for all living creatures who share this world our common home.
Forgive us for our neglect, the sins of omission, and our destruction and cruelty, our sins of commission, for they have scarred so many things.
Today and everyday renew our commitment to justice, our growth in integrity, our communicating in truth.
Help us see this Pandemic as a wakeup call, to encourage us to use our gifts for the common good of all, raise up in the Church, true prophets of the Kingdom.
We ask this through your people’s insistent prayer, day and night, that what is divided may be united in love, that we may understand each other and our world the more to cherish all.
Come Holy Spirit, from our chaos bring the right order of God’s Kingdom. Amen.