Morningside Ministries' Response to COVID-19: March 13 Update

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, and Friends of Morningside Ministries,

We want to share with you an update to the communication we put out on March 5, 2020 on how Morningside Ministries is handling concerns about the respiratory illness known as Coronavirus.  Morningside Ministries is keeping track of the situation through proven and trustworthy sources: San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We also benefit greatly from the guidance of our Medical Directors and other physicians who provide oversight and guidance to our community.

Below are the processes and guidelines effective Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • Visiting hours to all our communities are now: Monday thru Friday during normal business hours, with no visits permitted on the weekends.
  • Visitors are limited to essential care providers and one responsible party per resident. To better serve our residents and staff, this will include no children accompanying the one responsible party.  The responsible party must be listed on file at the front desk of the respective building that the resident lives in.
  • All staff, residents and visitors will be required to receive a temperature check at the time of entry, with no exceptions. If one does not allow their temperature to be checked, they will not be permitted to enter.  This is also in full effect for Oasis and Jefferson Outreach staff and visitors.
  • All buildings will be limited in access to the main entrance of the respective building.
  • There will be no Morningside sponsored outings, events or transportation, with the exception of doctors’ visits or appointments.
  • All staff and visitors will be required to notify Morningside of any international or state travel. Restrictions will be in place if one has traveled to a level 3 State designation by the CDC, to international locations or have traveled on a cruise; meaning entry will not be permitted into the building unless the individual has abided by the two week mandatory quarantine as guided by the CDC.

Please note, these processes and guidelines are subject to change at any time and could become stricter as more information develops.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your respective campus’ Executive Director or Administrator.

We all have the same common goal: to enhance the dignity and quality of life for those we serve and share life with.

Below are resources that may be helpful:


Patrick Crump
President and CEO,
Morningside Ministries