Dear Residents and Family Members:

I have some good news and bad news to share with you today.  I’m happy to report that we remain COVID-free at Beth Sholom which means the steps we are taking are working. The challenge now is how do we keep the virus out, given the dramatic increase in new cases we are seeing from across the country. The lessons I’m learning from Florida, Texas and many other states is that if you reopen too soon and let your guard down, the virus will strike again. To borrow a line from the Governor of New Jersey:

We’ve been through that hell and we don’t want to go back!

That leads me to the bad news.  As I mentioned previously, in order to offer limited visitations, we need to conduct a point prevalence test on all residents and staff members to ensure we don’t have any asymptomatic carriers at Beth Sholom. The Virginia National Guard is scheduled to conduct that testing on Monday, July 6th. The bad news is it could take up to two weeks to get those results back from the state lab. I am as frustrated as anyone, but until we pass that test, we cannot grant visitations based on state and federal guidelines.

I also want to take a moment to speak to all of our family members who are about to enjoy some new freedoms across the state as it enters phase three of its recovery. Please wear a mask if you need to go out. Please do your best to practice social distancing. These are simple requests that health experts across the world agree can make a difference.  Every new case in our region puts our residents at risk. Your loved ones and all of the residents around them deserve to be protected. All we are asking of you is to do your part.

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 follow the CDC guidance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent handwashing.

Be safe and have a wonderful 4th of July!

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