Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

New COVID Activity: Data as of Midnight 01/25/21

  • Residents
    • New resident positive cases: 0
    • New resident deaths: 0
  • Staff
    • New staff positive cases: 01

Totals Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Residents
    • Total resident positive cases: 81
    • Total resident deaths: 11
  • Staff
    • Total staff positive cases: 87

January 26, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting NO NEW positive COVID-19 cases again today!! We could not be more pleased for another Covid free day! We do NOT take this for granted, nor do we assume this is the new normal. As we all know, these results are 100% conditional. Conditional on everything we have been saying for over a year now-masks-hand washing-social distancing and now we add-get your vaccine as quickly as you are able.

Of the many things we are hearing, we are most pleased with Moderna publicly confirming what we knew to be true, and that is their vaccine is safe and effective against the new variants we are aware of today in our country. As more variants present themselves, we will keep you informed.

As we mentioned yesterday, there are many unknowns and moving parts, but rest assured we are on top of changing conditions or news which could or would directly impact Hubbard and YOU! The news cycle is such that what we hear in the morning could likely change by dinner time. We do not want to get into situations where we must back track or constantly update changes.

PODCAST UP!! New! Season 2; Episode 2 podcast featuring CEO, Patrick Pingel as he discusses vaccines and other COVID-19 topics of interest! Hubbardhill.org/podcast.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37

January 25, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting NO NEW positive COVID-19 cases today!! No one recuperating in isolation or working through the virus!

We continue to receive volumes of sound bites on the COVID-19 virus, vaccines, new-what experts are now calling, ‘’variants” (previously known as strains or mutations) and vaccine effectiveness. When new information comes along as “thoughts” or “beliefs” we choose to wait until they are substantiated until we report on them.

There are many unknowns and moving parts, but we continue our optimism as things rapidly evolve. The good news is things are moving along! Not as fast as any of us would like…but progress!

PODCAST UP!! New! Season 2; Episode 2 podcast featuring CEO, Patrick Pingel as he discusses vaccines and other COVID-19 topics of interest! Hubbardhill.org/podcast.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37

January 22, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting NO NEW positive COVID-19 cases today!! The positive staff case reported earlier this week ended up being a false positive after further testing. Have a great weekend!

We are hearing more and more coming down the road to recovery. We wait for confirmation on many things, but we are hopeful for the future as we are called to do. We will update you next week when we know more.

PODCAST UP!! New! Season 2; Episode 2 podcast featuring CEO, Patrick Pingel as he discusses vaccines and other COVID-19 topics of interest! hubbardhill.org/podcast.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:18

January 21, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting NO NEW positive COVID-19 cases today!!

HOW ARE YOU? 🤔

What a question!How are YOU?!👌 A question we’ve asked, been asked and pondered from time to time.But not a question we’ve asked of you a lot during the past YEAR!Yes, the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed a year ago this week.Whew.Seems like yesterday and yet ages ago. We’ve been all caught up in data, vaccines, positive cases, talking heads, doctors, negative tests, mitigation, containment…on and on.

I thought now was a good time to stop and ask, “how are YOU?”-because it’s important you know we care deeply how you are doing.Some answer “ok”, “pretty good”, “ok, given what’s going on”, or simply a shoulder shrug-because you may truly don’t know?Not many, “I’m GREAT!!’”.Gratitude, yes.Thankful they have not been touched by COVID personally.But by now, there is hardly anyone who has not been directly affected or does not know someone who has been touched by COVID-19.

One of our biggest concerns for everyone in the Pandemic is ISOLATION. It impacts each of us and It is not simply being physically alone.Cut off, solitary, detached, confined, secluded, lacking social contact, restricted, separate from, pulled apart, segregated, and of course…by oneself.But we also know, you can be in the middle of a crowded room and still feel isolated, it all hurts and makes us feel empty from time to time.

Along with that, what we know from experience is isolation can present itself physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, environmentally, or the worst, relational isolation.We want you to know we are here for you-We understand.As you navigate the waters of isolation you may be experiencing, know that we care.It is our calling and honorto support you through the fear, despair, and sadness of isolation.Sometimes, the best medicine to treat isolation is simply to hear “I am here for you,and you are not alone.”

WE all need a caring voice, or an elbow bump, a smile, a wink, a laugh, love, or reassurance you are ok, and it is going to be ok…we are here for you.For my staff.Our residents. Our families. Our caregivers. Our friends.We have ALL been touched by isolation.This has been an incredibly long and challenging year.But here we are.Still standing.Asking, “How are YOU?” and we sincerely want to know.Sometimes just knowing and believing that can get you through the day, or a moment.Don’t be afraid.We are family and we are right here… ❤

  • PODCAST UP!!New! Season 2; Episode 2 podcast featuring CEO, Patrick Pingel as he discusses vaccines and other COVID-19 topics of interest! Visit hubbardhill.org/podcast.

“So now these three will last forever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 

January 18, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting one positive staff COVID-19 case today. The staff member has been sent home for 10 days quarantine. The staff member works as an AL night nurse, meaning little resident contact.

GENERAL FACT UPDATES

  • What we know about vaccine distribution moving forward will become clear in the next few weeks as the new leadership assumes management of vaccine distribution. We will keep you posted.
  • As anticipated, the new fast spreading mutation of COVID-19 is moving rapidly, and some experts believe will ultimately overtake the current strain as the most widely spread.
    • Mutations in viruses — including the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic — are neither new nor unexpected. “All viruses mutate over time, some more than others. For example, flu viruses change often, which is why doctors recommend that you get a flu shot every year.”
    • What we are hearing is the new strain is 50%+ more contagious. What that means to you is you could catch it faster than the current strain. It gets into your body faster and enters your host cells easier, thereby transmitting faster.
    • So far, the news is good. Although the mutated coronavirus may spread faster from person to person, it does not appear any more likely to cause severe disease or death: “We are not seeing any indication that the new strain is more virulent or dangerous in terms of causing more severe COVID-19 disease.”
    • The good news is the experts at Moderna have told us that generally speaking, as the core virus is unchanged, the current Moderna vaccine will be safe and effective for the new fast-moving strain. “There is no demonstration yet that these strains are biologically different in ways that would require any change in current recommendations meant to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
    • People who receive a COVID-19 vaccine are 20X less likely to become infected with COVID-19 and thus less likely to experience potential hospitalizations related to the virus.
  • Folks, we are doing our absolute best to keep you informed as knowledge empowers! There is

A LOT out there and we want you armed with every new factual piece of information that is relevant and understand the potential impact on everyone at Hubbard. Choices are personal and we want you to have all the tools to make choices that are best for you!

  • PODCAST UP!! New! Season 2; Episode 2 podcast featuring CEO, Patrick Pingel as he discusses vaccines and other COVID-19 topics of interest!
  • Hubbardhill.org/podcasts.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

January 15, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting no positive COVID-19 cases today! We cannot underscore what a significant accomplishment this week has been with NO POSITIVE COVID-19 cases to report! We are in the post-holiday window of virus spread and we have remained COVID free this week. We do not take it for granted as unfortunately Elkhart County has once again been reclassified as a red zone in the state due to an increase in the incidence. Vigilance is a must to keep everyone safe. We are not through this and the vaccine is not going to have a positive impact on these numbers in the near term.

We want to remind you again: vaccines=immunity; masks=environmental protection. Together, you have the best chance of mitigating your risk of contracting COVID-19 along with social distancing and washing your hands. Each by themselves is not enough.

VACCINES
We have been fortunate to have had access to the product team at Moderna to answer questions about the vaccine which have arisen over the past few months. We again have spoken to them again this week to answer some of your most recent questions. Rather than take them down, we are leaving them up one more day as there are people who have not had the opportunity to review these questions and answers.

STAY TUNED TONIGHT
New! Season 2; Episode 2 podcast featuring CEO, Patrick Pingel as he discusses vaccines and other COVID-19 topics of interest! hubbardhill.org/podcast

January 14, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting no positive COVID-19 cases today!

VACCINES

We have been fortunate to have had access to the product team at Moderna to answer questions about the vaccine which have arisen over the past few months. We again have spoken with them this week to answer some of your most recent questions.

HUBBARD HILL
MODERNA VACCINE Q&A

01.12.21

QUESTION: I have had a shot (and/or 2nd shot). When will it start to take effect and provide me immunity from COVID-19? When does that translate to freedom?

ANSWER: The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is still in ongoing clinical trials. The vaccine which is being administered is under Health and Human Services and FDA EUA and as such, have insufficient data in this emergency distribution to predict such things as when one might not have to wear a mask and get back to some semblance of “freedom”. The ongoing clinical trial which was already in place will deliver data that will provide more predictability. We want to remind you the COVID 19 vaccine has not yet received FDA approval only EUA approval.

  • QUESTION: What are the implications of EUA approval only?
  • ANSWER: The EUA mandatory hurdle to receive approval is to be proven safe and effective for the prevention of COVID 19. However, in an emergency as we are currently experiencing, where there is NO OTHER solution and significant deaths may/are occurring, the following additional benchmark is established: a) the data and known benefits of the vaccine significantly outweigh known potential risks of the vaccine. The long-term safety and duration of immunity to COVID is yet unknown for any of the vaccines available to date. There are currently NO FDA approved vaccines today.
  • QUESTION: Were any clinical trial short cuts or steps omitted for Operation Warp Speed?
  • ANSWER: None. The government solicited companies with vaccines in the pipeline to make the COVID-19 vaccine “priority 1” in the organizations and dedicate appropriate resources. There was no suggestion that short cuts or omissions be made to accomplish this. The same clinical protocol of number of subjects, time, and quantitative measure were in place. Under the EUA, HHS funded additional personnel, PPE’s, and any other necessary resources to field the EUA clinical trial and ready it for launch asap. Unlike traditional clinical trials, there was no shortage or difficulty in enrolling and populating the clinical trial sample size given the broadscale spread across the country. Populating an appropriate trial sample can take months normally. Once we had the sample, the clinical trial was fielded, and results obtained.  It is the same clinical trial methodology.  We normally have no need to accelerate it in this way.
  • QUESTION: What happened after the trial was completed?
  • ANSWER: Once the clinical trials were completed, they were thoroughly reviewed at Moderna. At that point they were submitted to the FDA for consideration for EUA purposes. As no other alternatives of FDA approved vaccines are available and the criterion was met, they moved forward.
  • QUESTION: Why do I have to still wear a mask after 2 shots?
  • ANSWER: As mentioned, until the ongoing clinical trials are completed, we are unable to predict the prevention or immunity duration of the vaccine, e.g., how long will it keep you protected. We currently have no projections as to what exactly that time frame is (e.g., will you have to have an annual vaccine in the future?)  As the protection window of the vaccine is unknown, a mask is still required as you could transmit or contract the virus. The duration period is being aggressively studied at this time.
  • QUESTION: Will you be studying the impact of the general population who have received vaccines under the EUA?
  • ANSWER: No, we are not. But the FDA and CDC will be monitoring for adverse effects and protection duration.
  • QUESTION: I don’t understand the EUA process?
  • ANSWER: The simplest way to look at it is without the COVID-19 pandemic and how it ravaged the country, there would be no need for the EUA. Typically, a clinical trial window would have been sufficient. The pandemic CAUSED the EUA to be activated. Given the spread and gravity of the situation, and potential loss of lives-the HHS put whatever tools they need in play to save lives.
  • QUESTION: If I still must wear a mask and there are still unknowns, why bother getting a shot?
  • ANSWER: Vaccines have been and continue to be a critically important part of our public health care system. For years throughout our history, vaccines have saved lives just as we will be doing today. Vaccines for polio, smallpox and many, many other diseases have saved lives. Simply stated: vaccines=immunity; masks=additional protection. Without immunity, the impact of this virus would present a high risk.
  • QUESTION: Are there any major differences between the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna, and if so, what are they/
  • ANSWER: We (Moderna) do not comment on any other manufacturer’s product in any way.  If people would like to understand the differences such as ingredients, how administered, time between doses, efficacy, safety, etc. We suggest you contact your vaccine or healthcare provider for that information.

NOTE: The general consensus in the literature search among healthcare professionals, scientists, and government experts are that Pfizer and Moderna are widely considered to be very similar.

  • QUESTION: What happens if I miss my second injection?
  • ANSWER: You should have made an appointment one month to the day from your first injection.  If you cannot make one month, then 4 weeks. If you missed it and can get it in 5 or more days, go ahead and get the vaccine. Each day you miss beyond your scheduled date compromises the efficacy a little bit-and you want the full benefit of the vaccine.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
James 1:6

January 12, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting no positive COVID-19 cases today! Our thoughts? Stay the course!!

VACCINES

We are pleased to report we have vaccinated the following Hubbard Hill staff and residents on 1/7/21:

  • We vaccinated 93% of all residents! We will finish all eligible and those desiring the vaccine on 2/4/21
  • As we mentioned when we began, we are staggering our staff vaccines per CDC guidance. So, we have vaccinated 41% of our staff and the balance will be vaccinated on 2/4/21.

HAVING THE EAR

We are pleased to share that Patrick was selected along with 9 other business leaders in Elkhart to participate on a Zoom call with Indiana Senator Todd Young yesterday. The purpose of the call was for business leaders to share the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and for Senator Young to share plans regarding COVID-19 moving forward.

We will be sharing detail this week, but it’s always good to have a voice and the ear of key decision makers!

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
James 1:6

January 12, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting no positive COVID-19 cases today. The previously reported cases from last week remain in quarantine. This is particularly good news as the larger community is beginning to feel the post-holiday spread. Positive cases are creeping back up so please remain vigilant and compliant. And as a reminder, the fast-spreading mutation of the original COVID-19 virus has now hit Indiana.

Said State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kris Box, “It’s common for viruses to mutate, and we are seeing that occur with COVID-19. Because this strain of the virus can be transmitted more easily, it’s more important than ever that Hoosiers continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing, maintain good hygiene and get vaccinated when they are eligible.”

For Independent Living residents, below is information for persons 80 and older to get their COVID-19 vaccine:

  • ELIGIBLE PERSONS: Age: 80+
    • YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE AT ourshot.in.gov AFTER 9:00 A.M. OR YOU WILL NOT BE VACCINATED
      • If you have any difficulty registering on-line, call 211 on your phone and they will assist you.
    • Vaccines Starting: Monday, January 11, 2021
    • Location: Elkhart County Health Department
      • 608 Oakland Avenue
      • Elkhart, IN 46514
      • 574-523-2283

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you”
Isaiah 41:9-10, 1

January 11, 2021

COVID UPDATE

We are reporting no positive COVID-19 cases today. The previously reported cases from last week remain quarantine.

COVID & VACCINES

The COVID-19 virus rages on across the country. It is difficult to watch the crises across the country with dwindling resources and vaccines not keeping up. Vaccine distribution and administration levels vary widely across states as each state institutes their own administration protocols.

We are fortunate Indiana is counted as one of the states doing a reasonably good job both in receiving sufficient vaccines and getting them into the arms of eligible persons. Indiana has complied with the federal mandate of vaccinating front line workers and LTC facilities first and is still in process. People age 80+ began vaccines today. Progress!

As a reminder for Independent Living residents, below is the information for persons 80 and older to get their COVID-19 vaccine:

ELIGIBLE PERSONS: Age: 80+

  • YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE AT ourshot.in.gov AFTER 9:00 A.M. OR YOU WILL NOT BE VACCINATEDIf you have any difficulty registering online, call 211 on your phone and they will assist you.
    • Vaccines Starting: Monday, January 11, 2021
    • Location: Elkhart County Health Department
      • 608 Oakland Avenue
      • Elkhart, IN 46514
      • 574-523-2283
    • Currently, believe it will be the MODERNA vaccine (that we are administering at Hubbard)

PODCASTS:

Tune in Friday as CEO Patrick Pingel chats about the future, vaccines, myths, facts, and other information surrounding COVID-19!

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you”
Isaiah 41:9-10, 13

January 8, 2021

COVID

We are reporting one positive staff member today who has already been quarantined at home due to family exposure.

VACCINES

As mentioned yesterday, our initial vaccine administration event went off without a hitch and we have just a couple of people with minor side effects that are resolving.

Friends, for those of you who are weighing the risks of having the vaccine versus getting COVID-19, let me share some new facts we have gathered.

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, we are now observing first-hand the longer-term impact of the virus on the overall health of our residents, staff, and their families who have contracted COVID. For some, it has been several months since they had the virus, and are now experiencing significant health issues. Some are pretty serious.

Across the country, this trend has become so widespread people who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 are now called “Long-Haulers”. Named appropriately by physicians who are treating this phenomenon daily. In fact, it has become so widespread specialized clinics are opening called “Long-Hauler Clinics/Care” to accommodate these growing numbers. The belief that getting the virus and walking away seemingly unscathed is proving to be untrue. This is happening to patients young and old, healthy, and persons with previous conditions. Physicians are saying these people may never be the same again.

They are suffering anything from eyesight loss, chronic ringing ears, headaches, kidney issues, cardiovascular issues, pulmonary issues, rashes, chronic fatigue, brain fog, compromised cognition, and lack of ability to have significant activity.

Additionally, the new super spreader mutation of COVID (from the UK) is now in even more states and is certain to reach Indiana. It is 50-70% more contagious than the original strain. So, without running the risk of sounding “preachy” or “over the top”, I urge you to consider all the facts when weighing the risks of a vaccine versus contracting COVID-19. We had people who changed their minds and opted into receiving the vaccine yesterday.

It is my goal that all clearly understand the growing pool of knowledge so you are fully informed as you each weigh the perceived risks of the vaccine vs contracting COVID– It remains your personal choice.

PODCASTS

 Our podcast is up on our website! Please check out this episode; “COVID-19 impacts to date.”

Debbie Carriveau speaks about all things COVID and what people should know about evolutionary changes that have occurred over time. Visit hubbardhill.org/podcast.

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you”
Isaiah 41:9-10, 13

January 7, 2021

COVID

We are reporting one positive staff member today who is now quarantined at home. 

VACCINES

Hallelujah! We completed the first phase of vaccinations! We successfully administered all residents and staff who were eligible today. All went very well, orderly, and uneventful. A lot of happy people! Staff, residents, and volunteers left with smiles on their faces! Happy and relieved! Thanks to the great staff from CVS who were consummate professionals and were instrumental to our success! Thank you, CVS!

We look forward to the second shot on February 4TH along with those who missed today!  We are blessed!

We have information on the next group of vaccinations available to our village residents and the general public in Elkhart County:

  • COVID-19 VACCINE DETAILS:
    • ELIGIBLE PERSONS: Age:  80+
  • YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE STARTING TOMORROW, FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 AT ourshot.in.gov AFTER 9:00 A.M. OR YOU WILL NOT BE VACCINATEDIf you have any difficulty registering online, call 211 on your phone and they will assist you.
  • Vaccines Starting:  Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Location:  Elkhart County Health Department608 Oakland AvenueElkhart, IN  46514574-523-2283
  • Currently, believe it will be the MODERNA vaccine (that we are administering at Hubbard)

PODCASTS: 

 Our podcast is up on our website!  Please check out this episode; “COVID-19 impacts to date”

Debbie Carriveau speaks about all things COVID and what people should know about evolutionary changes which have occurred over time.  Hubbardhill.org/podcasts

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have died; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 

January 6, 2021

COVID

There are no new positive cases reported today.

VACCINES

It’s here! Let’s lift our hearts in thanks that we are beginning administration of COVID-19 vaccines tomorrow, January 7 at 11:00 a.m. We are so grateful for this step in our journey which is such a positive and tangible step forward! I’d like to share the details of the day and how it will unfold for both residents and staff members. We are ready! We have all hands on deck and will continue until all vaccines are administered in Wave 1 of the vaccine!!  

Again, the second vaccine will be administered on February 4th as well as initial vaccine for those who missed this wave.

COVID VACINATION DAY #1

  • CVS TEAM OF 8-10 staffers will around at approximately 10:00 a.m.
  • Up to 6 of this team are trained “vaccinators”. (to give the shots)

Hubbard Staff procedure:

  1. Staff members and volunteers are requested to check in at the Front Desk to have temperatures taken. They will then move to complete their Consent Forms in the designated area of the Courtyard Dining Room.
  2. Final paperwork review with insurance cards prior to entering the Chapel for vaccination. Screened individuals will then take their completed consent form to an open vaccination station. Consent forms will then be fully completed by the “vaccinator”. Consent forms are returned to make duplicate copy prior submitting to CVS online registration.
  3. 3 CVS vaccination stations with tables will be available to recipients inside the Chapel.
  • There will be a 15-minute Post Vaccine Observation Oversite 11 a.m.-5 p.m. before you allowed to leave.

Assisted Living Residents

  • We will escort Assisted Living Residents to the vaccination area. Approximate times:
    • 11:00 a.m. – Angel Garden Residents
    • 1:00 p.m. – 300-500 Halls Residents
    • 2:30 p.m. – 900-1000 Halls Residents
  • Healthcare resident will be visited by vaccinators accompanied by Hubbard staff
  • Living wisdom residents will be visited by vaccinators accompanied by Hubbard staff

PODCASTS:

 Our podcast is up on our website! Please check out this episode; “COVID-19 impacts to date”

Debbie Carriveau speaks about all things COVID and what people should know about evolutionary changes which have occurred over time. Hubbardhill.org/podcasts

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have died; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 

January 5, 2021

COVID

Yesterday, we reported one positive resident case in Healthcare. That resident is in the hospital and being treated there. We still have 1 positive COVID case in quarantine on LWC.

We are gathering more information regarding vaccine availability for the village and frequently asked vaccine questions and will share more tomorrow.

PODCASTS

Our podcast is up on our website! Please check out this episode; “COVID-19 impacts to date”

Debbie Carriveau speaks about all things COVID and what people should know about evolutionary changes that have occurred over time. Hubbardhill.org/podcasts

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have died; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 

January 4, 2021

WHAT A GIFT—A BRAND NEW YEAR!

Well friends, here we are! The recipients of a brand-new year!! I, for one, feel good about this year and what potential awaits us! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and is ready to join us on the 2021 adventure!! We are ready to go!

COVID

We report one positive resident case in Healthcare with the resident now in the Covid Unit. No other cases reported.

CURRENT SITUATION

Entering this year, we want to begin on a positive note. And we have one: vaccines!! Whereas we had no “light” at the end of the tunnel for the longest time in 2020, we have one now! It’s anyone’s guess when that light will shine fully upon us all, but we have faith—it will!

A few words about COVID-19. I’m certain you saw plenty of news reports over the holiday which did not paint a very pretty picture of the situation relative to COVID. Nursing shortages, ICU beds at capacity, increasing deaths, and cases increasing daily. That is the reality. But there is another reality we have begun to experience over the past 3-4 months at Hubbard.

Perhaps some of you may feel if you contract the COVID-19 virus, it really isn’t that serious and you won’t die from it. And statistically speaking, you’re probably right. But I want to warn you all that this is a dangerous virus and may have a lasting impact on your health.

Over the past 3-4 months, we have seen and observed first-hand the emergence of the long-lasting impact and diminished health of residents, staff, and family of staff who has had COVID-19 in 2020. Many who have had the virus are simply not the same. They have not fully rebounded after these many months and their overall health and immune systems seem to have lasting effects. Not only residents but our staff members. We know from experience you simply do not “walk away” from COVID clean, unscathed. New, and previously undetected health complications have touched staff and family members of staff with more frequency. These are people who in the short term, appeared to have weathered the storm-but have not.

So, friends, I caution you. In this new year, recommit yourselves to compliance with the guidance we have been given. We are at least “in the game” toward recovery—don’t take an avoidable risk with the notion that perhaps it isn’t that big a deal- it is!!

NEW COVID MUTATION

No shortage of news regarding the newly discovered COVID strain first detected in the UK. Now, it has arrived in the US in California, Colorado, and Florida. It is safe to say it will likely arrive here at some point.

This one is different. It is highly contagious, more so than the initial strain. It doesn’t appear you will experience “a worse” case of COVID. But the likelihood you will contract it has increased. The best guidance we have now is to be compliant: wear your mask, wash your hands, avoid large groups, and continue social distancing-you will significantly reduce your risk versus those who do not.

A picture painted by a physician to illustrate the highly contagious nature of this strain is this: If you are in a large room standing on one side and someone on the other side is smoking and you smell it-that is the contagious nature of this strain. So, just stay compliant—that’s the best advice we have!

VACCINE UPDATE

This is our week!!! The first group of vaccines will be administered this Thursday, January 7th!! Praise the Lord! We will be vaccinating both staff and residents. We are adhering to suggested CDC guidance and staggering our staff member’s vaccines. We have two additional future dates: February 4th and March 4th. The second staff group will receive their first vaccine on February 4th. We are fortunate to have these 2 windows to stagger the vaccine!

Also, I would like to clarify the status of Independent Living residents who reside in our Village. As you know, Independent Living residents are not covered under our A/L, Healthcare, and LWC state licensure. As such, we are not licensed to administer healthcare to IL residents-and consequently, not a vaccine. We are in the process of gathering guidance for IL residents enabling you to understand when and where you may receive your vaccine. We hope to have this compiled for tomorrow’s post so you may plan accordingly. We are here for you if you have any questions!

PODCASTS

Our podcast is up on our website! Please check out this episode; “COVID-19 impacts to date”

Debbie Carriveau speaks about all things COVID and what people should know about evolutionary changes that have occurred over time. Hubbardhill.org/podcasts

And to kick off our new year!!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have died; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17