December 30, 2020
Dear Residents, Family Members, and Friends of Morningside Ministries,
Since last week’s COVID-19 update, we are reporting one Assisted Living employee and one Independent Living employee at our Menger Springs community who have tested positive for COVID-19. For those with loved ones at Menger Springs, these two “new” cases are the same cases you likely received a call/letter about from your administrator late last week. As part of our ongoing efforts to combat this virus and per state requirements, we continue to provide weekly/monthly COVID-19 testing for Skilled Nursing staff. In addition, Morningside remains vigilant in practicing COVID-19 safety precautions and protocols to maintain the well-being of our residents and staff.
We are excited to officially announce that COVID-19 vaccinations have started being administered at both of our communities, to residents and staff members. Morningside is partnering with CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens to provide vaccinations for residents and staff at both communities in the coming weeks. Vaccine prioritization amongst our residents and staff will be determined by the recommendations of the CDC. We are not currently mandating the vaccine for residents and staff members, though we highly encourage it for the health and safety of all at Morningside.
We continue to abide by visitation guidelines for senior living facilities set forth by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission to ensure the best chances for you to see your loved ones. However, rules and regulations are subject to change as the situation evolves. Current visitation opportunities are as follows:
- The Menger Springs community will continue to host visitations in Independent Living buildings. Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing will resume visitations once cleared from the state. Please continue to follow the guidelines provided to you by the Executive Director.
- The Meadows community is hosting limited visitations at the Independent Living facilities. Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing are limited to closed window and Essential Caregiver visits by appointment only, especially with the holiday season upon us. To schedule your appointments in advance, please contact your administrator.
With a vaccine in our midst, it is tempting to let our guards down but, we must remain steadfast in our efforts to practice COVID-19 safety measures. San Antonio and the surrounding areas are currently experiencing dangerously high COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations. Please only celebrate this holiday season with those in your immediate household to help slow the spread of this virus, it is up to each of us to protect our loved ones.
Morningside remains committed to transparency surrounding COVID-19 at our communities, while also respecting the privacy of those involved. We will continue to provide you with weekly updates on our efforts surrounding 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 administrator.
Morningside Ministries Staff