Keeping our communities safe and healthy
is our highest priority

Vaccines - An important component to fighting COVID-19

As a ministry we have been diligent in following the guidance from CDC and other public health officials to protect residents and associates. An important component in fighting the coronavirus is vaccinations. Our first COVID-19 vaccine clinics were held on December 28, 2020 with our partner Walgreens. Most communities have completed their third clinic, with all completed in March. The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) recently released encouraging results from an analysis by the Center for Health Policy Evaluation in Long Term Care (CHPE), the research division of the AHCA and NCAL. 

    Encouraging Vaccine Results

    Data was examined from 797 nursing homes that conducted their first vaccination clinic between December 18, 2020 and December 27, 2020 and compared it to nursing homes in the same county that had not yet conducted a clinic (1,709 facilities). The analysis found:

    Vaccinated nursing homes experienced a 48 percent decline in new resident cases three weeks after the first clinic, compared to a 21 percent decline among non-vaccinated nursing homes located in the same county. Similarly, new staff cases declined by 33 percent in vaccinated nursing homes compared to 18 percent in non-vaccinated facilities.

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    Community Visitations

    We are working with public health officials to determine how and when to adjust our policies for visitations and social activities. We must follow state health department guidance and criteria for visitation which is determined by the presence of any COVID-19 activity at the community as well as the county COVID-19 positivity rate. Our ministry monitors these factors very closely.

    COVID-19 Variants

    Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Scientists are monitoring changes in the virus. Genetic analyses of the virus are helping them understand how changes to the virus might affect how it spreads and what happens to people who are infected with it. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating globally.

    Helpful COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

    Over the past year, we have learned so much about COVID-19 and even have multiple vaccines rolling out across the country. Each day new information surfaces about both the virus and the vaccines. Here is a list of helpful resources:

    We can all do our part.

    COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). How easily the virus spreads from person to person can vary. People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. 


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