February is usually a hopeful month –this year especially so. After winter, we’re looking forward to one of the brightest springs you’ve ever seen.
I believe we’re finally coming out on the other side of COVID. As I mentioned last month, vaccinations were already well underway at Copley at Stoughton (https://copleystoughton.com/vaccinations-well-underway/ . Not only are those immunized much less likely to get COVID, but they are also much less likely to pass it along as well. Copley completed its third and final CVS vaccination clinic on February 14th. Our residents and staff who wanted to receive the vaccination have done so, which provides us with a huge sense of relief.
But as our health leaders have repeatedly told us, vaccination is just one weapon in the fight. (Even if it’s a big one.) We still need to use every precaution to ensure our residents are protected from COVID. We took swift and decisive action when the second surge began by asking visitors to stay at home and temporarily halting new residents’ admission. It was a difficult decision, to be sure, but a necessary one. The goal was to make sure we stop both symptomatic and asymptomatic spread. It’s clear we’ve been successful in that regard too since these measures are working. Copley currently has NO active cases of COVID for residents or staff. We continue to test numerous times each week.
I’m aware that inevitably every decision we make involving visitation affects our residents in other ways – as well as you, their families. We want to be at a point where we can comfortably invite visitors back into Copley to see their loved ones, and we do see this soon, but for the moment, we need to continue working together in the fight against COVID. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of your support and patience in protecting our loved ones. Together, we are making a difference.
We are so close! Vaccinations are going up, and the number of cases is going down. I genuinely believe we are almost through to the other side, and we’ll be able to get back to somewhat normal very soon. We’re riding a wave of optimism, thanks to our staff’s hard work and the support you’ve shown.
Stay warm and safe!
– Steven Tyer