April 27, 2020
Last week when we received results that we had a number of residents in our skilled care that were positive we decided to take the step to test all skilled residents despite the fact that we were not observing any additional residents with symptoms. This is certainly going beyond what the CDC recommends but we believe the additional information would be helpful to us as we strategize caring safely for everyone in skilled care.
As a result of those additional tests we received information that an additional 12 residents tested positive. We communicated immediately with all family members as soon as we received the information.
This is certainly difficult news for all of us to face. We have worked very hard to protect our residents and yet this virus has invaded our skilled care in a significant way. We continue to be grateful that most residents remain symptom free and we ask for all of your prayers for those affected that they may have the strength to overcome this challenge.
We will remain in close contact with our local and state health departments, medical experts, and the CDC, to stay up to date on new information to limit and manage the spread of exposure. Resident safety remains our top priority.
The dedication of our staff continues to amaze us. Not only are they doing everything in their power to protect our residents and stop the spread of the virus, many of them are going to extraordinary measures including separating themselves from their families to live on campus. We are very proud of our professional, caring team members who are working under very challenging conditions. As you can imagine, our team members have similar concerns about the safety of themselves and their families. Truly they are heroes in all aspects of that term and we appreciate them very much. Please pray for these conscientious team members and their families.
I am overwhelmed by the kindness of many of our campus residents who have begun a campaign to raise funds to give to our wonderful caregivers as a thank you for all they do. I have also received calls from families asking to do the same. The kindness being expressed is very heartwarming. We appreciate all the warm thoughts and prayers sent our way, the messages help to sustain all of us.
Thank you to the many persons who have made and donated dozens of masks for our team members and residents to wear. And, thank you also for those who include Peter Becker Community and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.
We will continue to update you on this website as we have information that we can share. Unless there are significant changes to the situation at Peter Becker Community, our next web site update with be on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.