Beverly Stickles, President & CEO, Announces Retirement from Cedar Lane

Dear residents, staff and friends,

After more than 16 years of service to Cedar Lane, I am announcing my forthcoming retirement. I am also very pleased to announce Cedar Lane’s Board of Directors has named Mr. Eric Golden as my successor.

While there is never a perfect time for this type of transition, members of the Board and I have sincere confidence in Mr. Golden’s abilities and qualifications to assume the role of President & CEO of Cedar Lane.

Mr. Golden is an enthusiastic leader with more than a decade of experience in the operations, program design and fiscal management of senior living communities like ours. He has held executive roles at Towne Village Retirement Community in Vestavia, Alabama, Healthcare Services Group in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and Mount Royal Towers Retirement Community and Health Center in Homewood, Alabama. He is deeply mindful of resident concerns, and places a strong personal emphasis on providing the best possible experience to the residents he serves.

Mr. Golden will begin his new role with Cedar Lane on February 22, 2021. I intend to remain on campus and work closely with him through a sufficient transition period to ensure he is fully integrated and our organization is well positioned for the opportunities and challenges ahead. 

Cedar Lane is an amazing place. Outside of my family and closest friends, this community has been what matters most to me. Retiring from a community like this is an emotional rollercoaster, but I take great comfort in knowing that Cedar Lane’s next leader shares my passion for serving seniors.

Please join me in giving Mr. Golden a warm welcome when he arrives next month.

Sincerely, 

Beverly Stickles, President & CEO

Community Update – January 15, 2021

Dear Cedar Lane residents, families & friends,

This week was a big one for Cedar Lane. On Monday at 11 a.m., we learned the St. Mary’s County Health Department could make COVID-19 vaccines available to our community members in just 24 hours’ time. While this was not part of the original plan, it was an important opportunity we simply could not miss.

After a mad scramble to register residents, schedule time slots, and set up for the onsite clinic, I am proud to report that 151 residents, employees and caregivers received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Thank you all for your cooperation with this momentous undertaking.

Important reminder:

COVID-19 vaccines require two doses for full protection. We cannot consider ourselves protected until a week or two after we have received the second dose. It is still imperative to wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, and social distance from everyone outside your household.

 COVID-19 update:

Rates of new COVID-19 cases in St. Mary’s County soared to an all-time high as of January 3, 2021. Every trip to the grocery store or gas station carries a risk of community transmission. This week we learned that a member of our extended community (not a resident or a Cedar Lane employee) tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is quarantining off campus. We also have two residents in self-isolation on campus due to potential exposure. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, please quarantine at home and contact your healthcare provider about testing.

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Cedar Lane:

Our second vaccination clinic will take place during the first week in February. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

  • We will be required to re-register everyone receiving vaccines.
  • Residents or staff members who were not vaccinated at the first clinic can get their first dose on this clinic date.
  • It is very important that you keep the Vaccination Record Card that you received in a safe place and bring it with you to the next clinic.
  • Wear clothing that allows your upper arm to be easily exposed, like a short-sleeve or sleeveless shirt.

  Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 18

Cedar Lane offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • The Department of Aging & Human Services will also be closed that day. DOAHS meal delivery that regularly takes place on Monday will take place on Tuesday, January 19 instead.
  • The St. Mary’s Transit System and ADA will operate on a normal schedule. However, the statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program will not operate on January 18.

Reserve Your Free Meal from Mike’s Bikes – Thursday, January 28

The thoughtful people who run Mike’s Bikes in Lexington Park would like to treat Cedar Lane residents to a free meal on Thursday, January 28, 2021. The meal will be delivered door-to-door by staff starting at 1 p.m. It will feature baked chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese and a roll. To reserve your meal, call the Front Desk and ask for Kirk or Crystal.

Monthly Free Fresh Produce Program to Begin Late February

Brenda DiCarlo and her Snack Pack team from the Southern Maryland Food Bank are starting a produce delivery program for Cedar Lane residents. Each month, late February through June, they will deliver approximately six pieces of fresh produce to every resident who wishes to receive it. A survey is attached to this update (for residents only). If you are interested in receiving a monthly produce delivery, please fill out the survey and drop it off with the receptionist at the Front Desk no later than January 30, 2021. If you do not return the survey, you will not receive the produce. If you have questions, call the Front Desk and ask for Kirk or Crystal.

Farewell to Wanda Fenwick

I want to share with you that Wanda has resigned her position as my executive administrative assistant. I will miss her positive, “can do” attitude. Please join me in sending her positive thoughts and wishing her the absolute best in 2021.

I wish you all safe and happy holiday weekend.

Sincerely,

 

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

 

 

Cedar Lane Announces Second Positive Case of COVID-19

December 28, 2020

Dear Members of the Cedar Lane Community,

Today we learned a second community member has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual will self-isolate for 10 days, and follow future directives as deemed necessary by his/her healthcare provider.

Respect patient privacy:

Privacy rules prohibit us from sharing any identifying information about this community member. Please respect this individual’s privacy even if you believe you know who it is.

Contact tracing:

Contact tracing is being conducted by the St. Mary’s County Health Department to identify individuals with whom this individual has had close contact. Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. If you are not contacted, you are not deemed to be at increased risk of exposure.

Monitor for symptoms:

If you develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately for medical advice.

Protect yourself:

The virus is present within our community and more confirmed cases could be in our future. Staying home as much as you can, wearing a mask (properly so that it covers your nose and mouth) when you do go out, following proper handwashing hygiene and maintaining a safe social distance is critical to our community’s response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Best regards,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Baldwin Briscoe & Steinmetz Make Donation to Friends of Cedar Lane

LEONARDTOWN, MD (December 22, 2020) – Today the law offices of Baldwin Briscoe & Steinmetz (BBS) presented nonprofit organization Friends of Cedar Lane with a $2,000 charitable contribution.

“This year has been exceptionally difficult for seniors in our community. Choosing Friends of Cedar Lane as our beneficiary will help fund facility improvements, programs and activities that enhance the lives of more than 190 senior and disabled residents at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community,” said Samuel C.P. Baldwin Jr., managing partner of BBS. 

Baldwin is also president of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM), an organization that is near and dear to the hearts of the BBS team. In fact, the law firm boasts three graduates of the LSM Executive program, one of LSM Teen Leader Academy, and one graduate of the LSM Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP).

“Through our experiences with LSM, we recognize the overwhelming needs in this community. This donation is made in the spirit of our firm’s ongoing commitment to make a lasting impact in St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties,” said Richard Steinmetz, a partner at BBS.

Baldwin Briscoe and Steinmetz is a locally based law firm providing comprehensive legal representation tailored to the individual client since 1988.

Pictured left to right: BBS Office Manager and LSM graduate Beth Joseph; BBS Associate and LEAP graduate John Sterling Houser; Cedar Lane President & CEO Beverly Stickles; Cedar Lane Resident and Board Member Robert Lane; Friends of Cedar Lane Chair Sheri Burch Norris; BBS Managing Partner and LSM graduate Samuel C.P. Baldwin; BBS  Partner and LSM graduate Richard Steinmetz. 

Community Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Dear Cedar Lane residents, families & friends,

Cedar Lane learned today that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. The affected individual is currently in quarantine and we are working with the Health Department on contact tracing.

If you are identified as someone who has had contact with this individual, you will be notified by me, or a member of the Health Department. Those notified of potential exposure will be directed to quarantine for 14 days and are expected to follow this directive. The Sheriff’s Office will help us monitor this situation as needed.

We continue to make resident and staff safety our top priority. Common spaces are being cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. We encourage all residents, staff members and caregivers to monitor for any sign of potential illness. People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep a safe distance and follow the Governor’s orders regarding holiday gatherings. We cannot let our guard down. Thank you in advance for your diligence in helping us mitigate COVID-19 in our community.

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Community Update – December 18, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane residents, families & friends,

We made it to the end of a very challenging year! This holiday season, I hope we can all choose to focus on the positive. Tops on my list is the fact that we still have no known cases of COVID-19 at Cedar Lane. Our community is truly one of the most caring, creative, resourceful, and resilient around. For that, I am grateful. Here are this week’s news updates:

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day – Monday, December 21

It’s time to rock the reindeer and bring on the jingle bells. We hope you join us in wearing your craziest holiday sweater with pride on Monday. Just for fun!

Holiday Door Decorating Contest – Monday, December 21

We see that many of you have decked the halls in anticipation of the season and in preparation of Cedar Lane’s door decorating contest. Our judges will make the rounds on Monday to see what you have created and choose winners for the first, second and third prizes. Please note: decorations that do not adhere to the contest guidelines will not be considered for a prize.

 Holiday Meal from Friends of Cedar Lane – Tuesday, December 22

Unless you have opted out, please make plans to be home on Tuesday starting at

3 p.m. to receive your holiday meal, compliments of Friends of Cedar Lane. The dinner, which features turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, a roll with butter and a brownie, was made by Caney Creek Catering. Special thanks to resident Ben Bolinger for working with the caterer to make this meal possible.

 Holiday Drive-By Parade – Wednesday, December 23

The students of Leonardtown High School are bringing a mini car parade to Cedar Lane at noon on Wednesday. Watch and wave as they circle our campus a few times, sharing holiday greetings and joy. It’s all the spirit of the season — at a safe social distance!

 What happened to Channel 9?

We have learned that customers across the country have lost TV stations due to a dispute between AT&T (which owns DirecTV) and broadcaster TEGNA. The communications company and the broadcaster have failed to reach a new agreement, resulting in the loss of CBS Channel 9 here at Cedar Lane. AT&T has posted on their website that they appreciate your patience while they work this matter out with TEGNA.

 What happened to Channel 8?

Channel 8 went dark on Thursday evening. We can confirm that it is not a problem with our equipment. We don’t yet have clarification from DirecTV on what the issue with Channel 8 is, and will keep you apprised of what we do learn.

 Door Lock Replacement

A contract has been signed and we anticipate the new door locks to be installed in February.

Mourning the Loss of Eddie Bailey

I was saddened to learn that Eddie Bailey passed away on December 15, 2020. Mr. Bailey was a former St. Mary’s County Commissioner and founder of Olde Breton Inn and Bailey’s Catering. Over the years, he has been a real friend of Cedar Lane, making monetary donations and supplying all the ice cream for our ice cream socials. He even donated use of Olde Breton Inn as venue space for the Mardi Gras Gala to benefit Cedar Lane. He was a pillar of the community and will be missed.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

We have learned that residents and staff of Cedar Lane are included in group 1B on Maryland’s prioritization list. This means we will not be included in the first phase of vaccinations, which has already begun and includes hospitals, first responders and long-term care residents and staff. We are in the process of developing a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, including a list of frequently asked questions and answers provided by the CDC. When the vaccine is made available to us, it will not be mandatory for you to take the vaccine and there is no fee to you. Service Coordinators will assist residents in completing the consent form and copying insurance information. We will do our absolute best to assist you in making an educated decision. It is your choice but I can tell you that I plan to take the vaccine. I will be first to volunteer to get the shot. I hope you will consider taking it too. This could be the dose of hope we all need.

Kenny Shorter promoted to Maintenance Technician II

I’m very pleased to announce that Kenny Shorter has been promoted to Maintenance Technician II. For the past two years, Kenny has been a huge asset to the maintenance team, providing exceptional knowhow and customer service. Please join me in congratulating him and wishing him the best in his new role.

I wish you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with happiness and good health as we look forward to brighter days in 2021. New year? Yes please!

 

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Community Update – December 4, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane residents, families & friends,

Happy December, everyone. We have several news items to share within our biweekly update. Despite rising cases throughout the country and high positivity rates in St. Mary’s County, we have no known cases of COVID-19 at Cedar Lane.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We’ve all been hearing a lot about a vaccine, and you probably have some questions. A COVID-19 vaccine was approved for widespread public use in the United Kingdom this week. While the United States has not authorized a COVID-19 vaccine yet, experts believe preliminary supplies will be available before the end of this month. Vaccine supplies will be limited at first. In a proactive measure, I have registered Cedar Lane as a congregate senior living community with the Centers for Disease Control, so that our residents and staff members will be included on the priority distribution list. The vaccine will be offered to our community members through an on-campus clinic administered by Omnicare®, a CVS Health® Company. I am scheduled to participate in an information session on December 7 to learn more about the process. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for Cedar Lane residents, but it is highly encouraged. Stopping this deadly pandemic requires all the tools we have available. The goal of Operation Warp Speed is to deliver safe vaccines that work, but they will only work if you are vaccinated. 

Door Lock Project

As you may recall, Cedar Lane’s lock replacement project was slated to begin back in October. Due to some issues we encountered with the original vendor proposal, we had to bid the project out twice to comply with our purchasing policies and HUD guidelines. Rebidding the job delayed the process. We have now selected the final bid. A representative from the chosen company will be on site next week to do a pre-installation walkthrough, and the contract should be signed shortly after. I apologize for the delay and promise to keep you posted as the replacement project moves forward.

Apartment Inspections

Our maintenance team has completed visual inspections of all 195 apartments at Cedar Lane. Identified issues have been noted and addressed. If you are experiencing a maintenance issue in your apartment, please call the Front Desk at 301-475-8966 and have the receptionist put in an official work order.

Announcing Ray Shauver’s Retirement

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you news that Ray Shauver, Maintenance Technician II, has retired from Cedar Lane after four years of service. Ray was skilled at everything from general repairs and preventive maintenance to basic electrical, plumbing, appliance, HVAC and carpentry work. He could often be spotted in the halls covered in dust or paint from his latest project. While we are sad to see Ray go, we wish him all the best for the future.

Unclaimed SMECO Capital Credit Refunds

SMECO has published a book with a list of former customers who have earned but have not claimed a capital credit refund or other money from SMECO. The book is in the library. Stop by and see if your name is listed. You may discover some found money!

Did You Know?

Both Cedar Lane Senior Living Community and Friends of Cedar Lane are non-profit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service for providing a public benefit.

Deducting Charitable Contributions Made in 2020

Previously, charitable contributions could only be deducted if taxpayers itemized their deductions. Through the CARES Act, those who do not itemize can still take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made to qualifying organizations in 2020. So whether you are supporting a food bank, COVID-19 pandemic aid or another cause that is personally meaningful to you (like Friends of Cedar Lane), your charitable donation can be deducted on your tax return.

What Friends of Cedar Lane Does with Donations

In 2019, Friends of Cedar Lane invested more than $50,000 to fund resident grants, the farmer’s market program, the Fall Festival, tenant holiday party, ice cream socials, donut socials, celebratory dinners and facility upgrades. This year, contributions to Friends of Cedar Lane made it possible to treat residents to individual meals from Rita B’s Catering, Chaptico Market, Kevin’s Corner Café and Cracker Barrel. Donations to Friends of Cedar Lane can be made in honor of a special person or event or in memory of a loved one. For more information, visit our website at cedar-lane.org and click the “Make a Donation” button.

New Residents Move in Saturday, December 5 and Monday, December 7

Movers/family members will be on property to assist new neighbors moving in on the following days:  Saturday, December 5 on the first floor of the Church Building beginning at 11:00 a.m., and Monday, December 7 on the third floor of the Burch Building beginning at 9:00 a.m. To avoid any potential spread of COVID-19, please practice social distancing to the best of your abilities. Cedar Lane’s standard precautionary measures will be followed, and the new residents will quarantine for 14 days. 

 Holiday Meal Ideas Wanted

We are starting to plan a holiday meal, which will be safely delivered door-to-door. We want to hear from you. What would you like to see on the menu? What would bring some joy into this unusual holiday season? If you have ideas, please call the Front Desk and ask to speak with Jen. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day – Monday, December 21

Let’s get into the holiday spirit! On December 21, residents and staff are encouraged to put on your boldest, brightest, ugliest holiday sweaters. You know — the ones you would be too embarrassed to wear in public. Personally, I don’t think there is any such thing as an ugly sweater. This is your chance to prove me wrong!

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

P.S. Staff members are delivering meals multiple times a week and we want to keep everyone as safe as we possibly can. Please remember to wear a mask when answering your door. If you need a new mask, see the Front Desk. Thanks!

Community Update – November 20

Dear Cedar Lane residents, families & friends,

How do you find gratitude in a year like 2020? Our day-to-day routines were upended, the future became uncertain and our social interactions became risky. This year has taken a toll, but there is always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS a reason to be thankful.

I am thankful for the many people in our community who are acting responsibly to safeguard their health and the health of their neighbors during this challenging time. What are you grateful for this year? Family and friends (even if they are socially distant)? Laughter? Delicious food? A beloved pet? Music? A good book? Your favorite movie? Little acts of kindness? Memories of a special someone? Sometimes, focusing on just one blessing is all we need to get us through another day of 2020. Here are this week’s news items.

Resident in Quarantine Tests Negative for COVID-19

As we shared on Tuesday, November 17, a Cedar Lane resident who had been exposed to a COVID-positive service provider was in quarantine while awaiting test results. We are happy to report that those test results are negative. The resident will remain in self-quarantine through November 28 to ensure no symptoms appear.

Thanksgiving Meal sponsored by Friends of Cedar Lane – November 24

A complimentary Thanksgiving meal will be delivered door-to-door beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24. Everyone who has not opted out will be receiving the Cracker Barrel meal. We ask that you be home at this time and wear a face mask when answering the door. If you won’t be home, please call the Front Desk and let us know so we can remove you from the list of deliveries. We are skipping the plastic utensils this time in an effort to reduce environmental impact.

Health Department Recommendations for Thanksgiving with Family

Local health experts have issued guidance to keep you and your family safe when planning Thanksgiving dinner. According to the St. Mary’s County Health Department, members of vulnerable populations who reside in congregate settings, who choose to visit individuals outside of their immediate household for the Thanksgiving holiday, are recommended to quarantine for 14 days and to have a COVID-19 test done on day 5 or 6.  If the COVID-19 test comes back negative, the quarantine can end. Staff are also advised to limit their celebrations to the people in their own households. I personally will not be getting together with extended family this Thanksgiving. Just like you, we are doing our best to keep this community safe.

Get Connected. Get Help.™

The ongoing pandemic has significantly impacted the mental health of many in our state. If you or a loved one is struggling, call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. Assistance is available 24/7 and in over 180 languages.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings

  • Cedar Lane offices will be closed Thursday, November 26. There will be a very limited staff on Friday, November 27.
  • All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27
  • The St. Mary’s County Transit System (STS) will not operate on Thanksgiving Day. STS service will resume Friday, November 27, 2020, operating on a Saturday schedule, with only Routes 6, 7, 11, 12 and 14 running. A complete schedule of regular STS services is available online.

Maintenance Concerns and Extermination Update

To report a facilities issue in your apartment or in any common space, call the Front Desk and ask the receptionist to submit an official work order. If you would like an update on your work order or the issue is not resolved, please contact our Facilities Director Calvin Boozer. Recently, two residential zones were professionally treated for bed bugs. A post-treatment visual inspection by a certified inspector will take place on Monday. Mocha, the bed bug-sniffing canine, will perform a follow-up inspection in two weeks. Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country. If you suspect a bed bug issue in your apartment, it is important for you to report it immediately to the Front Desk. We will inspect your apartment and arrange for eradication treatment as necessary, at no cost to you.

 St. Mary’s County Library Hours

Library buildings are open by appointment for computer, copier, and fax use only. Appointments for curbside pickup of holds are also available. To make an appointment with the Leonardtown Library location, call 301-475-2846. All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and remain closed through Friday, November 27, reopening at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 28.

December Happenings

  • December 3 – Free creamy garlic chicken pasta meal for residents. Your favorite people from the Southern Maryland Food Bank are heading back to Cedar Lane with a delicious pasta meal, complete with a roll, fruit and dessert. RSVP is required by November 29. Call the Front Desk and ask for Kirk or Crystal to reserve your meal.
  • December 9 – Calvert Community Dental Care is offering free dental screenings for seniors at their Lusby clinic. Anyone over 55 is welcome to make an appointment by calling 410-535-8402. After a screening, you will be given treatment recommendations.

 With the stories on the news these days, looking for bright spots can be a challenge. I am sure you join me in hoping the end of the year brings news for our gratitude list. I wish you all a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.

 

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Community Update – November 17

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community just learned that a member of our extended community has tested positive for COVID-19. This person is not a resident or staff member, but a service provider hired by one of our residents. The service provider is receiving necessary treatment while isolating at home, per St. Mary’s County Health Department and CDC guidelines. The resident who employed the service provider is also isolating at home, pending the results of a COVID-19 test.

Risk of Exposure:

We realize a case of COVID-19 within our extended community creates a heightened sense of worry and concern. Due to the nature of this person’s visits to Cedar Lane, we believe the risk of exposure to Cedar Lane’s residents, staff and visitors is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.

Maryland is in the Red Zone:

Not only is COVID-19 not going away, it is becoming more widespread. In his news briefing today, Governor Hogan reported that COVID-19 has killed more Marylanders than car accidents, gun violence and flu combined. In the past seven days, St. Mary’s County saw 157 new cases — the highest number yet — and a positivity rate of 7.51%.

Cedar Lane Visitation Restrictions Return:

In response to these numbers, I am revising the Cedar Lane visitation policy. Effective Thursday, November 19, 2020, only individuals providing vital support to residents will be allowed admittance to Cedar Lane. If you have questions or wish to discuss your specific needs, please contact Calvin Boozer.

With Rampant Community Spread, You Should Assume EVERYONE is Infected:

Social gatherings and events with non-household members, including smaller events with family and/or friends, are among the most common activities contributing to the spread of COVID-19.  This data indicates a strong community spread. Dr. Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer, recommends that we limit interactions with individuals outside our household. With the holidays approaching, I know many of you want to spend time with family and friends, however I caution you to consider the risks. The more people you are exposed to, the greater your risk of becoming infected.

 You Are the Gatekeeper:

We are relying on you to make good decisions. You are responsible for yourself and the support personnel that you bring into Cedar Lane, whether they are family members or professional service providers. Insist that they go directly to your apartment, wash their hands upon entering your apartment, wear a mask at all times, and keep a safe distance of six feet or more from you and your neighbors unless they are administering personal care.

Keep an Eye on Your Own Health:

This virus can be deadly for the senior population and for those with underlying conditions. Routinely self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including coughing, shortness of breath, fever, chills and shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms, stay home and away from others, and call your personal healthcare provider to discuss COVID-19 testing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT leave your apartment except to get tested or seek medical care.  Anyone who is experiencing a medical emergency should call 9-1-1.

All of this news reinforces the critical need to continue practicing infection prevention measures, including the use of face coverings, handwashing and social distancing. I am sure you join me in hoping that this service provider experiences a full recovery from this devastating illness.

 

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO