Memo-COVID-19 Update-February 12, 2021

FROM: John Burns, President and CEO; Will Blackwell, Vice President Health Services; Debra Jacobsen, Administrator Residential Living; and Sloan Verlander, Administrator Assisted Living


DATE: February 12, 2021

COVID-19 Updates

We are pleased to share that the quarantine for Mary Morton Parsons Health Center Third Floor has ended. Visitation continues to be suspended in all areas of living. This week, an Independent Living resident of the Tower tested positive for COVID-19 after showing mild symptoms and is quarantined at home. After contact tracing, the risk of exposure to others is considered to be low.

This week, two Dining employees tested positive for COVID-19. Due to these new cases and potential exposures, the Dining department is consolidating their staffing. The Canterbury Room Take-Out option is suspended until further notice. Avalon Second Floor is in quarantine until Friday, February 19. We apologize for the inconvenience. A total of three employees are currently recovering in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Vaccination Update

Assisted Living residents and some employees will receive their second COVID-19 vaccine dose during a one-day vaccination clinic in partnership with CVS Health on Tuesday, February 16.

Independent Living residents and some employees will receive their second vaccine dose on February 24-25. Consent forms were placed in resident boxes yesterday. The completed forms are due by Tuesday, February 16. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Vaccine Helpline at (804) 200-1570, leave a message, and someone will return your call.

The percentages of those who have received the vaccine so far are 72% of employees, 98% of Assisted Living and Mary Morton Parsons Health Center residents and 99% of Independent Living residents. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our vaccination clinics so far and helped the process to go smoothly.

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) in our response to the pandemic.

Even if you have been vaccinated, please continue to follow these principles. Always wear a mask when around others. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Stay home if you do not feel well and contact your physician. Avoid crowds. Follow CDC travel guidance. Follow quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

As our community is vaccinated, we hope to move forward with fewer cases of COVID-19. Our teams are working on plans and criteria for reopening and restarting certain programs. In the meantime, all our current guidelines and protocols remain in place. We continue to approach our next steps with an abundance of caution. We will share more in the coming weeks. Thank you for your partnership in moving our community forward in safe, healthy ways!

Ongoing Updates

• Stay up to date on with the COVID-19 Update page and blog.

• Live Update videos air on our in-house TV970. Recordings are available on, or TV971 daily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Our next Live Update is Tuesday, February 16, at 3 p.m.

Thank you!

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