Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-April 3, 2020-3 p.m.

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is keeping our residents up-to-date on the latest news related to our COVID-19 response. Hear from our 3 p.m. live update to residents from John Burns, President and CEO; Glendon Kemp, Manager Security; Melissa Markey, Manager Wellness; and Lynn McClintock, Director Pastoral Care.

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

John Burns

Westminster Canterbury Richmond learned in the past hour of a suspected second positive COVID-19 case from a resident in the Tower. Everyone who lives in the Tower should go into mandatory quarantine starting now, until we trace this resident’s interactions with other residents and staff. We are actively working on this.

Everyone living in the rest of the campus should stay close to your apartment for now. Abide by self-quarantine rules. We will be following the same processes that we did the first time this happened and keeping you as informed as we can.

In the coming hours, we will learn much more. We will have a 10 a.m. Saturday briefing on TV970 to share more with you. Our current suspected case is improving in the hospital, and we anticipate this resident will be discharged from the hospital next week.

We share the good news with you that our first confirmed case of COVID-19 has recovered, tested negative and been allowed to go home.

We continue to approach this situation with an abundance of caution. Please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and healthy. We encourage you to stay away from each other and from our employees. This health crisis is getting much more serious out in the community and will continue for some time. You need to follow the rules of social distancing and self-quarantine. It’s a matter of life or death.

Glendon Kemp

Please remember these safety precautions. The Tower is on mandatory quarantine. Please stay in your home until further notice. Please stay out of the Lower Levels as there is a lot of employee activity in those areas. Please refrain from gathering in one another’s homes or in public areas. If you are walking outside, please maintain social distancing, staying six feet apart from each other. There are many people who may be infected without showing symptoms.

Please don’t coordinate with your family members to pass deliveries over our gate. It is dangerous for you to have contact with people from off campus. Instead, please use the grocery delivery options at Azalea Mall parking lot on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m.

Please keep yourself, our employees and our employees’ families safe.

Melissa Markey

Wellness Challenge

As we continue to practice social distancing, we thought it would be fun to unite everyone with a common exercise plan that can be done in your apartment. We are launching our April Cardiovascular Wellness Challenge, called the CV-19 Wellness Challenge. This afternoon you will receive a memo explaining the challenge, the CV-19 Wellness Challenge calendar, and an updated exterior walking map. Partake in the challenge by completing the listed exercise each day. Don’t think too hard about each activity – if you aren’t exactly sure how to do it, be creative.

Thank you to the many residents who have called or emailed regarding the exercise classes on TV970. We will continue to add new classes and variety. Both the Yoga with Taryn and Cardio, Stretch and Strengthen with Patti and Julie are available to you anytime on the Touchtown Community Apps, under the Videos section.

Lynn McClintock

Pastoral Care is providing a regularly monthly prayer booklet and a Holy Week-specific booklet that will be delivered with palms for Palm Sunday. If you would like a copy of these booklets, please call David Curtis at ext. 5179.

Psalm 31:9-16

9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;

my eye wastes away from grief,

my soul and body also.

10 For my life is spent with sorrow,

and my years with sighing;

my strength fails because of my misery,

and my bones waste away.

11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,

a horror[to my neighbors,

an object of dread to my acquaintances;

those who see me in the street flee from me.

12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;

I have become like a broken vessel.

13 For I hear the whispering of many—

terror all around!—

as they scheme together against me,

as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O LORD;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in your hand;

deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

16 Let your face shine upon your servant;

save me in your steadfast love.


O God, our help in ages past,

In your sight nations rise and fall, and pass through peril. Be near to judge us and save when our land is in trouble.

Grant our leaders your wisdom, that they may search your will and see it clearly.

Give your light and truth to guide:

Through Jesus Christ, who is King of King and Lord of this world. Amen.

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