16 Nov Holiday Season Notice 11/13/2020
Dear Residents and Family Members,
Each day brings new challenges to our campus as the pandemic, which we all thought would be over by now, continues to spread. These challenges are hard and sometimes even heartbreaking. We have done our best to provide for those who live with us and to help keep transparent communication with family members and our larger community. As we work through the challenges of team members and residents who contract COVID, we also help when COVID hits our families and the families of our team members. It was not that long ago when many of us did not even know someone who had COVID. Now, it is harder to find someone who has not been impacted by COVID.
Our county is now experiencing record high positivity rates. This means the spread of COVID is not under control. Area hospitals are reporting their capacity is running out. We have been informed one of the main contributors of this spread is small gatherings. Times when we all would feel ok about relaxing our guard and taking off our masks to enjoy our family or friends. It is understandable. We all wish to return to pre-COVID days.
With this information from our local hospitals and physicians, as well as the guidance we receive from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are asking residents not to leave the campus during this holiday season. This type of celebration with family or friends has the potential to be devastating to residents and team members on our campus. We know when weighing the risk of infecting your loved one against a holiday meal and fellowship, caution will prevail.
We understand that some of you may have already come to this decision on your own and for others this news will be difficult to read. We feel that way too. You are given two choices which are both hard to make. We are asking you to remain diligent in protecting your health and the health of your family.
Should you decide to leave or take your loved one off campus for the upcoming holidays, we will ask the resident to begin a 14-day quarantine upon return to campus. Please understand this precaution is recommended by ODH and CDC to help us to protect other residents and staff on campus.
Please consider alternative ways to come together during this season. We continue to offer video calls as well as phone time. Cards and care packages from loved ones are always a welcome treat for our residents.
As mentioned, each day comes with challenges during this pandemic. Each day I take time to look for the good around me to keep me motivated. Most of the time, it comes from seeing the interactions between our team members and residents. The joy and laughter they share brings a smile to my face that just won’t go away. I pray you too can find the joy in each day God brings us.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have questions or concerns.
Sandy Harris LNHA