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Morningside Ministries' Response to COVID-19: July 1, 2020 Update

July 1, 2020 by Alina Kesl

July 1, 2020

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

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, a Morningside staff member in the Assisted Living facility at our Meadows San Antonio campus tested positive for COVID-19. Residents, family members, and staff were immediately contacted regarding the positive case. Our isolation procedures have been implemented in accordance with local and state health official guidelines, and the staff member is self-isolating at home. Upon the presumptive exposure by this employee, we immediately put into action our pre-planned, enhanced COVID-19 safety, infection control, and cleaning protocols. We have begun coordinating COVID-19 testing with our local and state health agencies for our Meadows Assisted Living residents and staff.

Morningside has been diligent and has taken precautions to help our communities minimize the risk of exposure to the virus by restricting gatherings such as communal dining and all group activities where residents are not able to physically-distance. In addition, we have restricted visitors and continue to monitor essential caregivers who might visit our communities. Our team continues to be proactive in mitigating the risk of further exposure, and all those in Assisted Living at The Meadows are practicing heightened infection control measures. Staff members are wearing approved COVID-19 personal protective equipment. Residents are being asked to wear face masks whenever they are outside of their personal living quarters. Staff and residents alike are being encouraged to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer frequently, and avoid touching their face. We are continuing to assess residents and conducting temperature checks when necessary. Before their shift, staff members have their temperatures checked and complete a full COVID-19 screening. Please rest assured that we are taking all necessary precautions, going above and beyond, and will continue to vigilantly enforce these best-practice processes as we await the test results.

We understand that you have concerns about COVID-19 and the current situation in our community. Please know that we remain committed to being open and transparent, while respecting the privacy of those involved as we deal with this unprecedented situation. We will continue to provide you with periodic updates with as much information as we can on our efforts to combat COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience, continued support, and prayers while we cautiously navigate through this constantly evolving and challenging situation. Should you have any questions, please contact your respective Executive Director or Administrator.

Sincerely,

Patrick Crump

President and CEO