Category: Announcements

State of the Campus, Oct. 23

State of the Campus, Oct. 23

The expanded visitation and staged re-openings we have had in the past few weeks are going well for all areas of our campus. We continuously monitor the coronavirus metrics in our community, so that we can pivot if we need to in order to keep our Beatitudes community of residents, staff and families safe. In the next week or two, we will present our guidelines for holiday celebrations.

State of the Campus | Oct. 16

State of the Campus | Oct. 16

Starting Tuesday, October 20, we are re-opening the Bistro for dining for Independent Living residents only for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations must be made. The dining room will be laid out in compliance with the CDC and state guidelines. Dining staff will be temperature checking all residents who are eating in the Bistro. Residents will be social distanced, two per table and we will accommodate a maximum of 40 residents. Outdoor seating will also be available.

State of the Campus | Oct. 2

State of the Campus | Oct. 2

Late last night, the country was in disbelief as we heard the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Last Tuesday, September 29, we tested 233 staff for COVID-19. Tuesday night, we were informed that a caregiver from Beatitudes at Home tested positive for COVID-19 according to their antigen test. Guidelines state that all positive antigen results require confirmation by a PCR test and we received the PCR confirmation today.

State of the Campus | Sept. 21

State of the Campus | Sept. 21

While we are looking forward to affording more social opportunities to residents off-campus, it will be more important than ever for Independent Living residents to communicate with one another and take responsibility for knowing the social patterns of the residents they choose to commune with.

State of the Campus – Sept. 4

State of the Campus – Sept. 4

Visitations for the Health Care Center and Assisted Living areas will begin on Wednesday, September 9. Please note that visitations are by appointment only in these areas of campus. For Independent Living, visitations will begin on Thursday, September 10; appointments are not necessary for families and friends of residents in Independent Living.

State of the Campus – Aug. 18

State of the Campus – Aug. 18

For our Independent Living residents, we are phasing in some openings within campus. As you already know, the salons in Independent Living opened on Monday and three fitness classes are now being offered this week. And, starting this week, we have expanded our list of “approved” trips off campus to include salons, in-store grocery shopping, indoor bank and postal services, vehicle service shops and the Motor Vehicle Department.

State of the Campus – August 14

State of the Campus – August 14

We have completed many COVID-19 tests this week. Of the 223 staff who were tested with the PCR (nasal swab) test, 221 came back negative, and 2 are still pending results. Also, the Arizona Department of Health Services tested residents and staff in Plaza View Assisted Living and Early Memory Support.

State of the Campus – August 7

State of the Campus – August 7

Beatitudes Campus is continuing to test staff and residents. All residents in the Sierra Springs (3rd floor) and Vermilion Cliffs (4th floor) neighborhoods will be re-tested for COVID-19 today, August 7. The next all-staff testing at the campus is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 in the Life Center.

State of the Campus – July 31

State of the Campus – July 31

On Thursday, Beatitudes Campus did another mass testing of all Beatitudes Campus staff. As I have said in many letters, we feel that this is one of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be getting the staff results starting this evening. We did receive the results of Tuesday’s retesting of residents on the third and fourth floors in the Health Care Center. There were two positive asymptomatic residents and 26 negative results. We have moved the two residents from the fourth floor to our Isolation Unit on the third floor.

State of the Campus – July 28th

State of the Campus – July 28th

Out of 245 tests, four came back positive (1.6%) and all are asymptomatic and in quarantine at their homes. Today, residents on the third and fourth floors in the Health Care Center will be retested. We are now getting the results from retesting 13 Early Memory Support residents from last week – two residents tested positive; both are asymptomatic and are moving to the Isolation Unit in the Health Care Center. Nine residents tested negative and two results are still pending.

State of the Campus – July 24

State of the Campus – July 24

346 staff tested negative and nine tested positive. Eight of those nine staff remain asymptomatic and show no symptoms of COVID-19; however, because they carried the disease, they could spread it. These staff are currently in quarantine at their homes and monitored daily. Yesterday, July 23, we continued our weekly testing of approximately 245 direct care staff and support personnel, and plan to do that weekly at least for the next few weeks. We will continue to do biweekly mass testing for all campus staff and the next testing date is next Thursday, July 30.

State of the Campus – July 21

State of the Campus – July 21

338 staff tested negative and eight staff tested positive; all eight staff are asymptomatic and are in quarantine at home; nine results are still pending. This situation highlights why testing and quick turnaround of testing results are so important. With the screening that we instituted four months ago, before anyone steps foot on campus – temperature checks and symptom checks – we are never able to catch the asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals without routine testing and a 24-hour turnaround of results.

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