April 14, 2020

Dear Residents and Family Members:

When Beth Sholom first started addressing the risks posed by the coronavirus, our goal was to do all we could to isolate our campus and restrict visitors to protect our residents.

When our first case surfaced, we isolated that patient in their room at our Healthcare Center to avoid further spread. But as the days progressed, the highly contagious virus found a way to infect more of our residents. Last week we were trying to keep all the confirmed cases to a single floor but even that is no longer possible. We have patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus within all units of the Healthcare Center.

Beth Sholom is experiencing the difficult days noted by the Surgeon General and the CDC last week. Today we have just over 25 patients and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19.  All our residents are being treated within our Healthcare Center which is on isolation from the rest of our campus. All families impacted by these latest cases have been notified and we are working closely with them to coordinate the care of their loved one. I ask that you keep our residents and staff fighting the novel coronavirus and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

At this time, the Healthcare Center is the only building at Beth Sholom that has confirmed cases. Our goal is to keep it that way.. Representatives from the Henrico Health Department are here almost every day working with our staff to help us prevent this virus from spreading even further.

Today Beth Sholom serves as a microcosm for the state of Virginia which continues to see an increase in the number of cases. While there are signs that we may be getting closer to a peak, only time will tell. What we do know is that we have more difficult days ahead and we ask for your support as we battle this relentless virus.

I think it’s important you know that not everyone is affected by the coronavirus in the same fashion. In fact, in Virginia, the vast majority of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 are doing just fine. Our health system is effectively managing the influx of new patients without the hardships we have witnessed in other states.  Yes, we have some hard days ahead but we also need to celebrate the small victories in this difficult time. Beth Sholom remains committed to doing our very best to protect your loved ones and to keep you posted on the latest developments within our facility.

To stay informed, please continue to check our phone line (804) 421-5141 and website for updates, www.bethsholomliving.org . If you would like to receive updates by email, contact us at communications@bslcc.org and provide your name, the name of your loved one and the building where they reside.

Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of social distancing, frequent handwashing and
self-isolation.

Thank you,
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer