Dear Residents and Families:
As we enter the season of gratitude, we are reminded to pause and reflect on our blessings. This year, I have heard many stories of the dedication and compassionate service of our Blake team members and their steadfast commitment to our values. I am proud to work alongside these amazing people who make The Blake a very special place.
As we approach the end of 2020, I’m thankful for our team members and community leaders on the front lines. I’m thankful for the residents who have chosen to make their home at The Blake. I’m thankful and hopeful about the potential for a safe and effective vaccine on the near horizon. Most of all, I’m thankful for our families and partners who have shown their love and support for our residents and have embraced our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy community.
With the holiday season upon us, we understand that residents and their families will want to spend more time together. We also know that some residents may want to leave The Blake to visit family and friends for the holidays or other gatherings. We ask that you also consider not leaving The Blake during this extended public health emergency. Our local areas are all experiencing a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases.
Because our residents are most vulnerable to experience more severe symptoms from the COVID-19 virus, continuing to keep our community healthy and safe remains our priority. Residents who choose to leave The Blake to attend family gatherings are at a greatly increased risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19 within our community.
If you do choose to leave The Blake please follow the following recommendations published by the CDC:
- Limit close contact (maintain physical distancing of six feet or more), keep gatherings as small as possible, and use technology to engage with others remotely.
- Wear face masks at all times (including in cars, homes, restaurants, etc.).
- Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items.
- Avoid communal serving utensils, passing of food, buffet style food service, and instead opt for individually prepared plates by a single server.
- Perform hand hygiene often (e.g., wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
- Avoid large gatherings, crowded areas, and high-risk activities.
- For those attending a gathering, avoid contact with individuals outside of their household for 14 days prior to the gathering.
- Ask anyone who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, to not attend the gathering.
- If possible, conduct gatherings outdoors. Indoor gatherings should have good ventilation, open windows and doors if possible.
- Verbally greet others instead of shaking hands or giving hugs. Think ahead about how you will manage to prevent physical interactions with loved ones of different ages such as young children.
- Check local conditions and state requirements for precautions and restrictions, including positivity rates and quarantine requirements, before crossing state lines.
We are taking several additional precautions to reduce risk to our residents and team members during the holidays. We will be testing team members for COVID-19 in the days following Thanksgiving and will offer the same testing to residents on December 1, 2020.
If you have questions related to The Blake’s holiday procedures related to COVID-19, please contact your community’s Executive Director. Our mission of serving others is more important now than ever. We appreciate your continued understanding and wish you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Co-Founder and CEO