Shenandoah Senior Living Puts Residents First with Mandatory Vaccinations for Associates
Shenandoah Senior Living is an assisted living and memory care community located in Front Royal, Virginia. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting residents and associates from the virus has been the top priority.
What is the state of the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide?
There is good news to report! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 cases as a whole are on the decline in the United States of America. There have been more than 33 million reported cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic kicked off on American soil in January of 2020. The highest daily count of new cases was 306,441 just six months ago in January of 2021.
Fortunately, as of writing this article in June of 2021, the seven-day moving average of new cases is down to approximately 12,000. Trend forecasters expect the decline to continue.
What is the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in senior living communities?
In keeping with the national trend, COVID-19 cases are down in senior living communities as well. The CDC is reporting that the week ending May 30, 2021, there was less than one new reported case per 1,000 residents. The highest number of new senior living community cases was 30 new cases per 1,000 residents back in January 2021.
The same is true for those who work in senior living communities. Reported cases among caregivers and medical associates were down to 0.87 cases per 1,000 for the week ending May 30, 2021. This is down from the peak of 26.03 per 1,000 cases reported the week ending December 13, 2020.
Why are COVID-19 numbers dropping?
A big contributing factor to the drop in COVID-19 cases is that enough people in the United States are approaching immunity. Research shows that those who have been infected with COVID-19 and recovered have built up antibodies, creating a natural immune response to the virus. This is further increased by the use of the vaccine. According to the CDC, 63.5% of all American adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, because we are in uncharted territory with the COVID-19 virus, only time will tell just how long this immunity from either the virus or the vaccine will last.
What is Shenandoah Senior Living doing to protect seniors from COVID-19?
At Shenandoah Senior Living, being proactive is the most important thing. From the beginning, we have had a COVID-19 policy in place to protect our residents as well as associates. We have been following all recommended CDC and state guidelines.
The most basic of all preventive measures is social distancing. We have been careful to remain at least six feet apart from each other whenever possible.
Even when social distancing is possible, we also implement the use of face coverings as an extra precaution against COVID-19 transmission.
Our housekeeping associates have been working extra hard to ensure that all surfaces are disinfected as often as possible.
We have been monitoring the health of everyone who comes through our doors. Visitors are required to submit to having their temperature taken and disclose any COVID-19 diagnoses or contacts.
Now we are taking it one step further. We are requiring vaccinations for associates in an effort to increase immunity in our community.
Safety is our top priority.
The safety of our residents and associates is very important to us at Shenandoah Senior Living. It is our duty to protect our seniors and provide them with the best possible care.