Posted on: Aug 23, 2021Today [August 23], the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine Monday, August 23, 2021. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
The new evidence shows that protective antibodies generated in response to an mRNA vaccine will target a broader range of SARS-CoV-2 variants carrying “single letter” changes in a key portion of their spike protein compared to antibodies acquired from an infection.
These results add to evidence that people with acquired immunity may have differing levels of protection to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. More importantly, the data provide further documentation that those who’ve had and recovered from a COVID-19 infection still stand to benefit from getting vaccinated.
Most people who have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recover completely within a few weeks. But some people — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. These people sometimes describe themselves as "long haulers" and the conditions have been called post-COVID-19 syndrome or "long COVID-19." These health issues are sometimes called post-COVID-19 conditions. They're generally considered to be effects of COVID-19 that persist for more than four weeks after you've been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
Posted on: Sep 01, 2021Dr. Monique Williams, a member of the St. Louis County Public Health...
Posted on: Jul 28, 2021Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)...
Posted on: Jun 30, 2021The Delta variant is quickly on its way to becoming the dominant strain of...
How are you protecting my loved one?
All Christian Horizons residents and associates are asked to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 by:
Should families who are worried move their loved ones out of skilled nursing centers or assisted living communities?
No. Moving the elderly or frail is risky and often has long-lasting impacts. Research around natural disasters and other emergency events have proven this over time. The CDC does not currently recommend transferring residents either home or to the hospital.
How can families communicate with their loved one at your communities?
Contact your local community for information on visitation policies.
How concerned are you for skilled nursing center or assisted living residents?
We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to this virus. That’s why we are in close communication with our local health departments, CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure we have the latest information and resources available and have implemented all measures to detect, respond and contain the virus.
How will you communicate with me if my loved one is diagnosed with COVID-19?
We will follow our processes for change-of condition communication directly to the identified family member or the person with power of attorney in the resident’s health record. We will also notify the local public health department per regulation.
What if a confirmed case were to occur at a CH community?
We are prepared to report and manage the virus in our community following all recommendations and guidelines of the CDC, local and state health authorities to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to detect, respond, and contain the virus minimizing exposure. To contain the virus and prevent spread in our communities, we have a dedicated units for impacted or suspected COVID-19 residents. Our plan includes:
Where can I find trusted CH COVID-19 Information?
An information line to address concerns and provide updates regarding COVID-19 has been established for each Christian Horizons community. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ChristianHorizonsLiving.org regularly for the latest updates, information and useful links. Additionally, we are using a new automated messaging service to deliver our daily community COVID-19 report to priority contacts in compliance with CMS and state Department of Health guidelines. Those without texting capability will receive the report by phone or email. To ensure you get community information alerts, make sure we have the most up-to-date contact information and preferences.