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 Kingsport.
We were informed today that a staff member of The Blake at Kingsport has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member has not been in the community since July 7, 2020. No residents or other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.
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.
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 are pleased to report that we have had no positive test results for residents or staff at The Blake at Kingsport.
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’re 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, we celebrated Team Spirit Week. Team members dressed up to a different theme each day including Tacky Tourist, Favorite Decades, Crazy Socks and Pajama Day! We encourage you to visit our Facebook Page for photos.
We are also pleased to report that we have had no positive test results for residents or staff at The Blake at Kingsport.
We understand the importance of sharing current and vital information with our residents, family members, partners and team members. We wish to inform you that we do not have any residents or team members at this time with COVID-19.
Providing for the safety and well-being of our residents and staff is our paramount priority. Here are some of the steps we have taken thus far:
4/2/20 Gov. Lee Requires Tennesseans to Remain at Home as Data Shows Increased Activity Among Citizens
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will sign Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state.
“Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said Gov. Lee. “However, in recent days we have seen data indicating that movement may be increasing and we must get these numbers trending back down. I have updated my previous executive order to clearly require that Tennesseans stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities.”
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.
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).