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A Memo from Linda Givens, Executive director: Update and Holy Week

Posted on April 10, 2020

This is an incredibly difficult time as we all navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of LVL residents who have passed away during this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, our policy is to provide up-to-date and ongoing communication. What follows is additional information on what is being done to keep everyone safe and healthy.

If you have been tested, you know you report your test results to LVL voluntarily. Otherwise, we do not learn of the result until they are released as totals by the Department of Health. So you very well could hear updates on the news before hearing it from us.

There have been no new cases reported in the healthcare center – either residents or staff. In our healthcare center, many of our residents are frail and in poor health. Since we are a life plan community, we regularly assist people and care for them at the end of their lives with choices and care in our nursing facility. The recent deaths reported were all residents that were being treated for various underlying health issues and they tested positive for COVID-19.

As unfortunate as it may be and given the declining health of our healthcare residents, we will likely have more deaths in our community in the coming weeks. Some will test negatively, and some will test positively for COVID-19. Please remember that all the deaths reported have been people living in our skilled nursing section. There have been no deaths in our independent and assisted living areas.

The Office of the Attorney General has contacted us and requested copies of the communications provided to residents regarding Covid-19, and copies of all the have been sent. The same information is posted publicly on Facebook and our website.

Please remember to follow the Governor’s stay at home orders. When going anywhere outside your apartment, wear a face mask. Wash your hands frequently, and be responsible. What you do now will save lives, including those who are your friends, relatives and neighbors.

Just as importantly, we want to thank our hard-working staff that is so dedicated to caring for our residents. And thank you to the residents for taking the tough steps to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember the Governor’s recommendation to self-isolate.

Clear your mind and spirit by getting outside in the sunshine!

The following message is from the Rev. Mark Goodman

During this time, when life around us has changed so dramatically, it’s important to recall that we are in the midst of two holy seasons: Passover and Holy Week. For those whose faith tradition observes these days, these are seasons when our attention is focused on God’s blessing and presence with us, even in the darkest of circumstances. Today, Good Friday is a day to remember that hope and love cannot be extinguished.

On Sunday, if it is your tradition to celebrate Easter, the overwhelming message is that death and darkness don’t have the last word. Life and light, hope and love, are stronger still.