Coronavirus Updates

January 21, 2021

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

With our second vaccination clinic less than a week away, our focus continues to be on responsible mitigation efforts and encouraging all members of The Buckingham family to roll up their sleeves.

In addition to residents and team members, Tuesday’s clinic will be open to caregivers and security staff. We hope those who didn’t participate in our first clinic earlier this month will register this time around. As a reminder, a third clinic is scheduled for mid-February to ensure everyone can receive the two required doses.

We’re grateful this week has brought some reprieve to our current cases on campus. We welcomed 5 staff and 2 resident recoveries, which means we have 8 team members and 2 residents (both from independent living) who remain COVID-positive.

Team members are self-isolating at their respective homes. One resident, in accordance with our protocols, is quarantined in our dedicated COVID unit, while the other remains hospitalized with a non COVID-related ailment. We’re optimistic that person will be discharged back to The Buckingham tomorrow, to transfer immediately to our COVID unit for care and observation.

As we mentioned last week, reopening is understandably a popular topic for residents and families alike. Our discussions are ongoing, but right now we’re targeting sometime after our third clinic. By then, a significant portion of our community will be fully vaccinated, and the level of risk should be much lower, absent a COVID-19 surge.

Our preliminary conversations remain focused on easing restrictions in more resident-centric locations such as the fitness center or Rosewood Grill. Large group gatherings will likely still be some way off as we seek further guidance from authorities and health partners. Although overused, the analogy of turning a dial versus flipping a switch is appropriate for our approach.

For now, we ask for continued patience as we complete our vaccination clinics, and strongly encourage those eligible for the vaccine to register. As always, please continue to adhere to basic mitigation efforts to protect yourself and your loved ones – use masks in any public space, wash hands frequently, and maintain social distance from others.

Take care and stay well.

James Kneen

Executive Director