We are 100 -days into our COVID-19 fight and on day 25 of having no new COVID-19 cases in our resident population. We have gone through a very rough patch over the past few months, and the fight is not over. Your continued commitment to quality care and service is very inspiring. Please know that we value each and every one of you. In order to consider our initial outbreak resolved we need to get to day 28. Your attention to infection control practices is key to reaching this milestone.
We made it this far, so let’s review a few things: although Virginia is in Phase II of re-opening, the Beth Sholom Campus is in Phase I.
The Phases of re-opening as we understand them today are as follows:
Phase 1 – Current State – visitation only in end of life circumstance and medical necessity.
Phase 2 – Small group activities and limited communal dining will be put in place
Phase 3 – Indoor visitation will be permitted if appropriate precautions are taken
(i.e. screening, facemasks, sanitize hands, & social distancing)
Our ability to re-open depends on a number of factors, including VDH and CMS guidance and approvals which we are told are forthcoming. Additionally, frequent testing of our staff is likely to be required to re-open.
This is where we all can make a huge difference. As you traverse the Richmond community, please make sure you are wearing a mask, adhering to social distancing, and avoiding large crowds. Of course, if you are not feeling well don’t come to work. If a family member is not feeling well, don’t come to work until you are cleared by your supervisor. Remember the only way this virus gets on campus, is through one of US.
Lastly, I want to wish those of you celebrating Father’s Day a safe and happy Sunday.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer