The COVID-19 vaccines have brought an air of excitement to 2021. We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and the start of a recovery period.
CLV was one of the first communities, nationwide, to schedule vaccination clinics. I am pleased to share the majority of our team members and residents are fully vaccinated, specifically:
CLV’s first vaccination clinic was held as early as Jan. 11 and has had three additional vaccination clinics since then. Priority was given to residents and team members in assisted living and the Health Care Center, in accordance to regulations.
As additional vaccine clinics were scheduled, opportunities opened to vaccinate independent living residents and non-assisted living and health care teams. I had the joy of participating in these clinics, as a receiver of the vaccine and an observer. Thanks to the combined efforts of our team members and Walgreens, the clinics were conducted safely and smoothly, providing some peace of mind and excitement to those who were vaccinated. The coordination and professionalism have been inspiring.
Additionally, rostered clergy from the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland is a member, were invited to be vaccinated at later clinics.
Throughout the pandemic, we have sought ways to support our Lutheran brethren. Opening our vaccination clinics to Westminster Conference churches and the DE/MD Synod of the ELCA churches' clergy enables them to more readily be available to safely visit their congregant residents living at CLV and older church members. Additionally, we offered disinfecting starter boxes to the Westminster Conference pastors in support of the churches’ efforts to reopen so congregations can worship together.
As we are seeing more individuals become vaccinated and less positive cases, restrictions are easing. Indoor visits are occurring, dining areas are opening and in-person activities and programming are expanding. To maintain this operating mode, Carroll County’s COVID-19 positivity rate needs to remain under 5%, and all policies related to in-person visits must be followed. The Executive Director regularly provides updates on CLV's current status.
Though we may not be back to where we were pre-COVID, progress is being made and recovery is on the horizon.
CLV had its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Jan. 11, resulting in 272 residents and team members being vaccinated.