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Morningside Ministries' COVID-19 Update: August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020 by Alina Kesl

August 27, 2020

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

We are currently reporting four positive COVID-19 staff members at our Menger Springs community. Three of those staff members work in Assisted Living and the fourth works in Skilled Nursing. Residents, family members, and staff have been contacted about the positive cases. Our isolation procedures remain in place and the COVID-positive employees are following local and state health guidelines to help contain the spread of the virus at our community. We have begun coordinatingCOVID-19 testing with local and state health agencies for our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing residents, and staff at Menger Springs.

The Meadows community in San Antonio applied for Phase 1 visitations and has been granted permission to begin outdoor visitations at our Assisted Living facilities as soon as next week. Our first visitation opportunities are on Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3. To schedule a visit with your loved one at The Meadows Assisted Living, please email MeadowsVisitations@mmliving.org. Staff at The Meadows have asked that you please not call to schedule your visit due to the number of anticipated requests, emailing will ensure we maintain organization with scheduling visits. Unfortunately, the positive cases at Menger Springs have now eliminated the possibility of implementing visitations, as our Boerne community no longer meets the criteria of being COVID-19 free for 14 days.

Morningside leadership continues to work with local and state health officials to find a way to allow visitations for our Skilled Nursing residents. As a reminder, the challenge we currently face with Skilled Nursing visitations lies in our ability to test staff on a weekly basis – as is required by Texas Health & Human Services. Visitation with Independent Living residents continues to be designated to outside visits only. Please keep in mind that visitations at all levels of living at both communities will only be available if our residents and staff remain COVID-19 free.

We understand that you have concerns about COVID-19, and specifically the current situation at our Menger Springs community. Please know that we remain committed to being open and transparent, while respecting the privacy of those involved as we implement all necessary health and safety protocols to keep our residents and staff out of harms way. We will continue to provide you with weekly updates on our efforts to combat COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and continued support while we navigate through this challenging situation. Should you have any questions, please contact your respective Executive Director or Administrator.

Sincerely,

Patrick Crump

President & CEO