Westminster Canterbury COVID-19 Update

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

Westminster Canterbury Richmond remains committed to providing you with updates on COVID-19. 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).

Resident and Employee Cases of COVID-19
Since our last update on Friday, October 28, one Monticello resident and 14 Independent Living residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including one who also tested positive for the flu. Four employees continue to recover in quarantine. Anyone who may have been exposed to these individuals has been contacted. Additional cleaning procedures are in place.

Tips for Staying Healthy This Season
Please remember that wearing a mask, sanitizing or washing your hands frequently, and social distancing are excellent practices for staying healthy. Avoid touching your face. Contact tracing shows that some of these recent cases of COVID-19 resulted from symptomatic individuals socializing with friends. If you have any symptoms of illness, please stay home; if you must leave your home, wear a mask and maintain a social distance. Contact the Clinic or your physician for advice on next steps.

COVID-19 Vaccines
COVID-19 vaccine boosters have been offered in Mary Morton Parsons Health Center and Assisted Living. Independent Living vaccine booster clinics conclude today. Booster shots are also widely available in greater Richmond at pharmacies and medical offices. The CDC recommends that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for added protection against illness.

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