Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-March 25, 2020-10 a.m.

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is keeping our residents up-to-date on the latest news related to our COVID-19 response. Hear from our 10 a.m. live update to residents from John Burns, President and CEO, and Lynn McClintock, Director Pastoral Care.

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

John Burns

You have likely heard in the news about the first two deaths due to COVID-19 in the Richmond area, which were at the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County. They are in no way affiliated with Westminster Canterbury Richmond. We are deeply saddened to hear of these deaths in our region.

Quarantine Guidelines
Mandatory quarantine – a mandatory 14-day period where one may not leave home, usually due to illness, exposure to someone with COVID-19, or when returning from travel or the hospital. If you need assistance during this time, you may contact Resident Services at ext. 6082, place a work order at ext. 6241 or through WorxHub, or contact your Social Worker.

Self-quarantine – applies to everyone. Residents may ONLY leave their apartment for short periods of time to go outside for exercise, drop off outgoing mail, dispose of trash/recycling, etc. Residents should stay in their area of the campus. If going outside, use entrances in your area of campus. Everyone should maintain social distancing of at least six feet from others.

The rest of campus remains closed: dining rooms, Clinic, BB&T, all staff offices, Lower Level, etc. The Pharmacy is open for you to call in orders, but it is not open for you to come in person. The only Lower Level exception is for those who need to use the Resident Computer Room, only two people at a time.

If you need to contact staff, please call ahead and avoid coming to offices to socialize. This is necessary so that our available staff can properly disinfect the spaces that are being used, and we do not have enough staff to disinfect the entire campus.

This afternoon we will address our plan for Housekeeping, medical office visits and some other services moving forward.

Thank you for all you’re doing!

Lynn McClintock

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., Pastoral Care will have an abbreviated service during the live briefing. At 11 a.m., A Sermon for Every Sunday will air on TV970.

Lockdown – A Reflection by Brother Richard Hendrick (Capuchin Franciscan from Ireland)
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
13 March 2020

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Let us pray:
Gracious God: Enter our minds and hearts, calm our spirits, give us your peace. Show us your light. In your strong name we pray. Amen.

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