March 27, 2020
Message from CEO Bruce Jones
Dear Vicar’s Landing Member,
We are now three weeks into our new procedures related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. I appreciate your adherence to the procedures and the cheerful way you are approaching our current circumstance. I know many of us are itching to get back to our old routines, to be able to have lunch in the Blue Heron Café, to play Bridge or spend time in the fitness center but please recognize that the better we are about social isolation, the better off we will be. I have numerous colleagues across the country who have active cases of the virus on their campuses. These are high-end, lovely communities like ours that are now on complete lock-down and quarantine. Unfortunately, multiple residents have died at one of these communities. I am hopeful our efforts will continue to be successful so that our outcome is excellent.
The reason we are isolating is that this virus spreads so easily and does not necessarily manifest quickly or severely in many cases. We need to remain ever vigilant to be sure we keep the virus at bay. This means to stay on campus as much as possible, please don’t invite others to come visit, and wash hands frequently.
During this time, we are continuing to work to be sure we have the supplies we may need, staying informed about any changes in the virus or guidance form the government, and keeping the campus as clean and sanitized as we can. I know this is hard on many of you, but please recognize that it is just as hard for our staff. They have the same anxieties about catching this virus and we all fear being the person that brings it to Vicar’s Landing or home to our own families. The staff, though, have approached all the changes with grace and professionalism because they care so much about your health and safety. Please consider this when a request takes a little longer or when a staff member doesn’t have the time to stop and talk.
Janice and Josh are also working hard on creative diversions. You will see regular messages from Janice outlining interesting things to find online or giving suggestions of ways to pass the time. I know many have stopped us and mentioned how they appreciated having exercise classes on the in-house channel! Josh is working on some fun video projects that we will put out to you very soon.
Again, I thank you for your patience as we work through this unprecedented time together. We are doing the right thing by continuing to isolate and keep a social distance from others. Following this protocol will protect you, your friends and loved ones, our staff, and the health care professionals on the front lines of this pandemic.