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COVID-19 Updates

The Blake at Bossier City

8/4/21 COVID-19 Update from our CEO

8/4/21 COVID-19 Update from our CEO

Dear Residents and Families, I would like to take a moment and share with you how we are responding to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around the country.  As you are aware, the new delta variant of COVID-19 is a highly contagious mutation of the COVID-19 virus....

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1/5/21 Vaccination Update from our CEO

1/5/21 Vaccination Update from our CEO

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come together as Blake residents, family members, and team members to protect our community, ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors. With the imminent delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine, we now have the...

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01/03/21 Update from Executive Director Renee’ Matheny

01/03/21 Update from Executive Director Renee’ Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff: We were informed today that one of our residents has tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with state regulations,  we will have to pause resident visitation until we have been COVID-19 free for 14 days. We’re pleased to...

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12/22/20 Update from our CEO

12/22/20 Update from our CEO

Dear Blake Residents and Families, We are excited to provide an update on vaccinations for residents and team members at The Blake in the coming weeks. The FDA has approved both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for emergency use and senior living communities across the...

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12/22/20 Update from our CEO

12/8/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff: As Bossier Parish and the State of Louisiana cope with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. We previously shared that on November 24 several...

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11/30/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

As Bossier Parish and the State of Louisiana cope with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. Today, one additional resident tested positive for COVID-19. We currently have 15 memory...

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11/26/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

11/26/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

As Bossier Parish and the State of Louisiana cope with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. Today, three additional staff members tested positive for COVID-19. We also regret to inform...

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11/26/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

11/25/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

As Bossier Parish and the State of Louisiana cope with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. On November 24, two additional residents in our memory care community tested positive for...

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11/24/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

11/24/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

As Bossier Parish and the State of Louisiana cope with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. We previously shared that on November 22, two residents in our memory care community tested...

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11/23/20  Thanksgiving Update from CEO Glenn Barclay

11/23/20 Thanksgiving Update from CEO Glenn Barclay

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...

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11/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

11/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff: As our nation, state, and local community cope with the coronavirus pandemic, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. Today, November 22, 2020, two of our residents tested positive for...

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11/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

11/11/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff: As our nation, state and local community cope with the coronavirus pandemic, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. Today, November 11, 2020, one of our employees tested positive for...

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11/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

10/16/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:  We understand the importance of being with family, friends and loved ones.  We are pleased to share that as of Sunday, October 18,  we expect to reopen vistiation at our community.    It is imperative that everyone adhere to the...

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01/03/21 Update from Executive Director Renee’ Matheny

10/3/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff: Earlier this month we shared that in the event that a resident or staff member tests positive or the positivity rate in our parish exceeds a certain threshold, senior living facilities must discontinue general visitation. We were...

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11/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

9/21/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:  We understand the importance of being with family, friends and loved ones.  We are pleased to share that The State of Louisiana announced that visitation to residents of senior living facilities like The Blake will now be allowed...

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11/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

6/29/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

We can’t thank you enough for the love and support you’ve shown for our community during these challenging times. We’re pleased to report that we do not have any residents or employees with COVID-19. Because our residents are most vulnerable to experience more severe symptoms from the COVID-19 virus, continuing to keep our community healthy and safe while remaining true to our core values of compassion and joy is our priority.

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6/5/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

6/5/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

As our nation, state and local community continue to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, we wish to provide you with this important update regarding The Blake at Bossier City. We are glad to report that we do not have an active positive cases of Covid-19 with any of our residents.

We were notified today that one of our part-time staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member has not been in the community since May 30th and we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely.

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5/28/20 Update from our CEO

5/28/20 Update from our CEO

I understand that you are eager to understand our plans for moving forward. Because our residents represent the most vulnerable population, senior living will be slower to ease restrictions than many other industries. At the same time, we are prepared to implement a step-by-step approach that promotes both safety and optimism in our community.

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11/24/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

5/15/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

First, I’d like to thank you for your cooperation and support during the COVID-19 crisis and the related restrictions that were implemented in an effort to maintain a healthy and safe home for our residents and our team members. I’m very pleased to report the two residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in early April have both now fully recovered and each tested negative twice for COVID-19. We thank you for your unending support of our efforts to keep all of our residents safe through this crisis.

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4/29/20  Update from Glenn Barclay

4/29/20 Update from Glenn Barclay

Throughout the evolving challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, I have been amazed at how much our teams, families and partners have shown their love and support for our residents and our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy community.

We’re pleased to report that we have no new positive test results for residents or staff since our last update. As previously shared, we continue to care for 2 COVID-19 positive patients who are sheltering in place under quarantine in their apartments at The Blake. Both residents are doing very well.

We are actively reviewing our current visitation protocols to determine a safe plan for a phased re-opening of our doors to families and guests. We understand that the general public will begin to see a softening of restrictions and stay-at-home mandates as government officials begin the process of re-opening our economy. 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.

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4/22/20  Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

4/22/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

We are committed to transparency and sharing our most recent updates with you because we believe it is beneficial for everyone’s health and well-being to keep our residents, families and staff fully informed.

We were informed on the evening of April 21st that another one of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. We had previously shared that we had three members of our team who tested positive for COVID-19 one on March 31st, one on April 3rd and one on April 13th. Three of them are being quarantined at their respective homes and one has returned to work after being cleared based on criteria set forth by the CDC.

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4/20/20  Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

4/20/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

We’re pleased to report that we have no new positive test results for residents or staff since our last update. As previously shared, we continue to care for 2 COVID-19 positive patients who are sheltering in place under quarantine in their apartments at The Blake. This information is unchanged since our last update and both residents are doing well.

We’re also happy to report that while we are practicing physical distancing and expanded infection control protocols, engagement and joy are still a part of life at The Blake. Last week, with the help of our friend Rick Simpson, we hosted a parade of over 60 cars, police and fire escort around the perimeter of the community and a special performance by our very own Chillbillie Twins.

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4/16/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

4/16/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

We understand the importance of sharing current and vital information with our residents, family members, partners and team members.

As previously shared, we had a resident test positive for COVID-19 last week at a local hospital. We have since had another resident test positive for COVID-19. The first resident has been discharged from the hospital and both residents are now sheltering in place in our community under quarantine in their respective apartments.

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4/11/20  Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

4/11/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

As we continue to keep you updated on our response to the novel COVID-19 virus, we want to advise you that we were informed on the evening of April 10th that a resident has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in the hospital receiving care.

Coronavirus is a particularly dangerous virus for older adults. While our Blake Community, like so many others, implemented all safety protocols and restrictions recommended by the Centers for Disease control and our local and state health departments, it was not possible to eliminate all risk of it finding its way inside our doors. Now that it has done so, we will continue to closely coordinate our efforts with the local health department, physicians and physician network.

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Blake Hero Pay Initiative

Blake Hero Pay Initiative

As the global effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Blake is firmly committed to supporting our team members through this challenging situation. We sincerely admire and appreciate the commitment and dedication that is being demonstrated on a daily basis as our team works together to serve and care for our residents. Effective today at 2:00 pm CST, all non-salaried/hourly team members will be paid an additional $2 per hour for time worked. We are calling this “Blake Hero Pay”.

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4/9/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

4/9/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

To our Blake Community,

We are saddened to announce that we were notified this week of the unexpected death of one of our team members. We have been told that the team member had tested positive for COVID-19. The team member has not been in The Blake at Bossier City since March 26th.

We continue to follow CDC and Louisiana Department of Health guidelines by restricting visitors and non-essential personnel, practicing social distancing, practicing handwashing, and daily monitoring of staff for fever or illness.

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3/31/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

3/31/20 Update from Executive Director Renee Matheny

We were notified today that one of our team members has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member has not been in the community since March 26th and we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely. We are sending this letter to keep you informed and to...

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3/20/20 Update from Our CEO

3/20/20 Update from Our CEO

While these are unprecedented times, I have been amazed at how much our teams, families and partners have shown their love and support for our residents and our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy community. Thank you for your understanding as we move through a situation that is both uncharted territory and evolving every day. I want to assure you that our teams continue to be proactive, focused, compassionate and diligent in their approach to safety, care and service delivery. I am proud to say that our teams have offered calm and steady leadership during this crisis.

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3/15/20 Update from our CEO

3/15/20 Update from our CEO

First, I would like to extend my most sincere appreciation to our residents, families, and healthcare partners for being tremendously understanding and supportive during this time. I’ve heard from many families and team members and understand that this is a very difficult time. I want to assure you that we’re working daily to stay true to our core values of Safety and Joy. These enduring values guide us as we face the challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on Wednesday. We are consistently following the recommendations and mandates issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Governor’s Office and Louisiana Department of Health. Information is changing daily, and in some cases, hour by hour. Our priority is to do our duty to reduce the risk of the virus entering our community. To date, we do not have any confirmed or presumptive positive cases of this coronavirus (COVID-19).

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3/13/20  Message from The Blake Senior Leadership Team

3/13/20 Message from The Blake Senior Leadership Team

We know many community members are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may impact The Blake. Ensuring residents, guests and our team members at all Blake communities are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our priority. We employ a team of world-class healthcare professionals who are experienced at handling and preventing outbreaks and are in close contact with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our local and state Departments of Health.

Based on the CDC’s recommendations, we are implementing several steps to reduce the potential for the virus to enter our buildings. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all social visits and are screening anyone, including staff, who needs to enter the building. In addition, we have enhanced our cleaning procedures, increased the availability of hand sanitizer and continue to educate residents and team members on effective hand washing and infection control protocols.

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3/7/20  A Message from The Blake

3/7/20 A Message from The Blake

The Blake takes the health and safety of our residents and team members very seriously. In response to the national health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we worked with state and local health agencies in developing protocols to reduce the risk of a potential COVID-19 outbreak. We have implemented screening protocols for all visitors. Visitors who have experienced fever, cough or shortness of breath or been exposed to individuals with these symptoms within the last 14 days will be asked to reschedule their visit for a later date. Additionally, visitors who have been out of the country or exposed to individuals who have been out of the country within the last 14 days will be asked to reschedule their visit.

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