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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.