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Spanish Cove's response -COVID-19

May 1, 2020- A message from Don Blose

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April 3, 2020- A message from Don Blose

Updated March 27, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

 

Spanish Cove continues to report no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is now reporting eleven (11) COVID-19 cases in Canadian County. In compliance with Governor Stitt’s “Safer at Home” Executive Order (2020-06), we are strongly discouraging Independent Living Residents from leaving the Spanish Cove Campus, as well as limiting visitors on the campus and continuing the closure of The Pavilion, The Plaza, The Fiesta Room and Indoor Pool. Please note anyone entering the Spanish Cove Campus will be screened and Spanish Cove is strongly discouraging all visitors at this time in order to keep residents safe. 

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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Updated March 26, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Spanish Cove continues to report no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is now reporting seven (7) COVID-19 cases in Canadian County. As you are probably aware, Governor Stitt has declared an emergency caused by the impending threat of COVID-19 to the people in all 77 Oklahoma Counties of this State and the public’s peace, health, and safety. 

By Order of the Governor of Oklahoma:

Adults over the age of sixty-five (65) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, collectively referred to as “vulnerable individuals,” shall stay in their home or place of residence except for working in a critical infrastructure sector, as more particularly described herein, and the conduct of essential errands.  Essential errands shall mean those errands which are critical to everyday life and includes obtaining medication, groceries, gasoline, and visiting medical providers. The vulnerable population is encouraged to use delivery and/or curbside services whenever available.

We cannot emphasize to you enough the importance of discouraging visitors to the Independent Living Campus! We understand that these limitations may be challenging and inconvenient, but please know the health and safety of our residents and staff is our main priority. We do not know how long the closure of The Pavilion, The Plaza, The Fiesta Room and Indoor Pool will be in place, as well as the strong discouragement of visitors to the Independent Living Campus and multiple screening/temperature checkpoints will last or if further changes and limitations will be implemented.

Governor Stitt has declared today a “statewide day of prayer.” The event, “Let Hope Rise: Together In Prayer for Oklahoma,” can be viewed at 6:30 p.m. tonight on KWTV-News 9 and may also be streamed online at transformchurch.us

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Updated March 25, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Spanish Cove continues to report no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is now reporting five (5) COVID-19 cases in Canadian County. We cannot emphasize to you enough the importance of discouraging visitors to the Independent Living Campus! We understand that these limitations may be challenging and inconvenient, but please know the health and safety of our residents and staff is our main priority. We do not know how long the closure of The Pavilion, The Plaza, The Fiesta Room and Indoor Pool will be in place, as well as the strong discouragement of visitors to the Independent Living Campus and multiple screening/temperature checkpoints will last or if further changes and limitations will be implemented.

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Updated March 24, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Spanish Cove continues to report no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is still only reporting two (2) COVID-19 cases in Canadian County: one (1) in Mustang and one (1) in El Reno. We are hopeful and prayerful that the extra precautions and limitations that we have in place in accordance with CDC and other governmental guidelines will help to keep residents and employees safe and healthy. We do not know how long the closure of The Pavilion, The Plaza, The Fiesta Room and Indoor Pool will be in place, as well as the strong discouragement of visitors to the Independent Living Campus and multiple screening/temperature checkpoints.

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I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. – Psalm 18: 2

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Updated March 23, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Spanish Cove continues to report no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports two (2) COVID-19 cases in Canadian County: one (1) in Mustang and one (1) in El Reno. We are hopeful and prayerful that the extra precautions and limitations that we have in place in accordance with CDC and other governmental guidelines will help to keep residents and employees safe and healthy. We do not know how long the closure of The Pavilion, The Plaza, The Fiesta Room and Indoor Pool will be in place, as well as the strong discouragement of visitors to the Independent Living Campus and multiple screening/temperature checkpoints.

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LET US KNOW

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Updated March 20, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Spanish Cove continues to report no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. We are hopeful and prayerful that the extra precautions and limitations that we have in place in accordance with CDC and other governmental guidelines will help to keep residents and employees safe and healthy. We do not know how long the closure of The Pavilion, The Plaza, The Fiesta Room and Indoor Pool will be in place, as well as the strong discouragement of visitors to the Independent Living Campus and multiple screening/temperature checkpoints. This is a “temporary, new – normal” and will be in place for the foreseeable future. We are grateful for the leadership of Don Blose, Spanish Cove CEO, with his added expertise as a former Oklahoma Public Health Official. We continue to meet daily to keep you up to date on the current state of the COVID-19. We appreciate your continued support as the situation evolves and other changes may occur as Don Blose stays on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Since the last Spanish Cove COVID-19 update, which included announcements about the closure of visitors to the main independent living campus and to The Plaza Concourse, multiple screening checkpoints and the closure of The Pavilion Health Center, Assisted Living and the Independent Living Pavilion Dining to residents, visitors and non-medical persons; other developments are occurring in other areas of Spanish Cove Retirement Village for the safety and health of all our residents and employees.

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Updated March 19, 2020 – Share Facts, Not Fear

Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Approximately three (3) weeks ago, Don Blose, Spanish Cove CEO, implemented an Incident Management Team consisting of your Executive Team, Managers and Supervisors.  Don holds a required meeting every morning to discuss and organize Spanish Cove’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  COVID-19 has not been identified here, but we appreciate your kindness, and understanding, as we continue taking steps to help limit exposure to our residents and employees.  We understand that these limitations may be challenging and inconvenient, but please understand that not adhering to these guidelines puts the lives of you and your neighbors at risk. 

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Since the last Spanish Cove COVID-19 update, which included announcements about the closure of visitors to the main independent living campus and to The Plaza Concourse, multiple screening checkpoints and the closure of The Pavilion Health Center, Assisted Living and the Independent Living Pavilion Dining to residents, visitors and non-medical persons; other developments are occurring in other areas of Spanish Cove Retirement Village for the safety and health of all our residents and employees.

LET US KNOW

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4: 8(ESV)

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Updated MEMORANDUM: Date: March 18, 2020
Spanish Cove Retirement Village Response To COVID-19 Daily Update

Many many thanks to the Spanish Cove Auxiliary for their very generous donation of the 4 iPads to The Pavilion Health Center and Assisted Living.  Your gifts will allow the residents to now connect with their families and loved ones through remote video visits.  Your kindness is appreciated!  We love our Spanish Cove Auxiliary!

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Since the last Spanish Cove COVID-19 update, which included announcements about the closure of visitors to the main independent living campus, multiple screening checkpoints and the closure of The Pavilion Health Center, Assisted Living and the independent living Pavilion Dining to residents, visitors and non-medical persons; other developments are occurring in other areas of Spanish Cove Retirement Village for the safety and health of all our residents and employees.

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Updated MEMORANDUM: Date: March 18, 2020

Share Facts, Not Fear – “As Chair of the Trustees, Velta Johnston, wants to take this opportunity to thank the administration and ALL employees for what we are doing to keep the residents safe and healthy”.

Things have been changing rapidly in our country – and at Spanish Cove Retirement Village – as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to evolve.  Please note there are no suspected cases of the COVID–19 at Spanish Cove.  Here is the latest about what Spanish Cove is doing to respond to this health crisis.

Probably the most significant announcements that we all need to be aware of right now are these:

Both our Federal and Oklahoma State Governments have declared states of emergency due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Therefore, we are taking necessary steps to FURTHER ensure the safety and well – being of all of our residents and employees, especially those in our long – term care, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7, NIV).

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Updated MEMORANDUM: Date: March 16, 2020

To: Independent Living Residents
From: Don Blose, CEO, Spanish Cove Retirement Village
Subject:New  COVID-19 Measures

As you may be aware, a state of emergency has been declared in Oklahoma for all 77 counties concerning Coronavirus. Additionally, several communities including Yukon have declared local emergencies. As a result, Spanish Cove is implementing preventive measures in addition to previous actions taken in order to minimize risks to residents. At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Spanish Cove. However, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed of one case in Canadian County and has verified community spread occurring in the metropolitan area. New Measures for Social Distancing:
Social distancing is essentially the practice of keeping at least six feet of spacing between yourself and others and avoiding groups. Spanish Cove residents are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid group congregation while on campus. In order to reduce congregating opportunities, the following measures are being implemented:

Independent Living services which will continue for time being include:

It is imperative that cleaning and sanitizing practices remain in full operation to help reduce the spread of the virus. However, any resident who does not wish for housekeeping to be in their home may decline the service. Please call Darla Parks at 350-5148 if you choose to cancel.

Food Service:
The main dining room in the Pavilion will remain closed until further notice. Any resident wishing to receive a meal may do so by calling 350-5150 for a delivery. Delivery service will be available daily from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The daily buffet menu will be the menu available for food selections. A house salad, fruit, and a drink will be the additional items available with delivery. All residents may order a meal daily without being charged extra if they surpass their meal plan allotment. On Wednesday, March 18, foodservice will be delivering a care package to each residence in an effort to help reduce your need to leave campus for supplies. These packages will obviously not provide for every need but hopefully will at least provide some relief.

Other:
The Independent Living campus will continue to be open to residents and guests. However, unnecessary guests are strongly discouraged. All campus visitors are required to enter the Cypress gate along Redbud Avenue. We will have someone monitoring this gate around the clock. All other gates will be closed. All persons entering the gate will be required to be screened upon entry. Residents who go off-site and return will also be screened upon reentry. Other Persons Authorized to be on Campus: For the time being, we are allowing essential service delivery personnel to be on campus. This includes mail, food, pharmacy and other critical service providers. We are also authorizing Boldt and other construction workers access to the campus to complete necessary renovations so long as they are working in isolated areas. We are anticipating Boldt will have all work completed within the next 2-3 weeks. It is important to us at this juncture to have all rooms in the Pavilion available to us in the coming weeks.

Staffing:
Please be aware we have instituted measures for monitoring all staff. All staff are screened and checked for fever prior to their shifts and upon reentry to the Pavilion and Plaza. We are preparing contingencies in the event staff become sick and/or limited.

What Can You Do?
Your understanding and cooperation in this matter is extremely important in protecting the health of all Spanish Cove residents and staff. Although some of these decisions may be unpopular, they are quite essential and necessary for now. COVID-19 is highly transmissible disease and the number of infected persons is expected to climb in our area. Your best protection in the coming weeks is to continue good
hygiene/handwashing practices, be cognizant of social distancing, limit off-campus excursions and follow recommendations of health authorities.

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Memo from our CEO, Don Blose, dated March 14, 2020:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued revised guidance for the control and prevention of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to ensure the health and safety of those living in nursing homes.  Spanish Cove will follow the revised guidance and any further guidance issued by DHHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Spanish Cove.

Effective immediately, Spanish Cove is restricting all visitation by visitors and non-essential health care personnel in the Pavilion health center and assisted living areas except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. Effective Sunday, March 15, 2020, access to the entire Pavilion building will be restricted to only authorized personnel.  This closure includes the main dining room for Independent Living residents.

End-of-Life Care Exception:

Decisions about visitation during an end-of-life situation will be made on a case by case basis. All visitors (including family members, clergy, bereavement counselors, etc…) will be screened for fever or respiratory symptoms.  Visitors that are permitted, must wear a facemask while in the building and restrict their visit to the resident’s room and follow all designated guidelines.

Independent Living Dining Services & Activities:

DHHS is recommending canceling all communal dining and all group activities.   Therefore the  main dining room will be closed until further notice.  A meal per day will continue to be provided to you and your guest by delivery only.  As occurs in inclement weather situations, meals hours for independent living ordering are from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily.  The Bistro will be closed until further notice.  Orders may be placed by calling 350-5150.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Plaza will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday.   However, all classes and activities are being canceled.  You may continue to access the building and the available amenities including the fitness center but at your own risk.  All entrances with exception to the main South entrance will be locked.  All residents must use the South entrance and be screened prior to entry.

The swimming pool, Fiesta room and laundries will continue to be open.  Spanish Cove Fiesta room group activities are canceled including Koffee Klatch.  The swimming pool may continue to be used.  There are no identified swimming-related risks of catching COVID-19 with exception to the rails.

Shuttle Services and Transportation:

Do to the closing of the main dining room, shuttle services are being suspended.  Transportation will continue to be provided for essential medical appointments only. Transportation for local shopping or other activities is also suspended.   

Guests, Home Services and Delivery Services:

Although guests to Independent Living are permitted, we are strongly discouraging visitation from non-residents. 

All other visitors, including health service other professionals, other home service professionals,  delivery services, and mail/shipping services are permitted.  We encourage the use of delivery services for groceries, pharmacy and other needs.  Please contact Kathleen Garrett if you are unfamiliar with available online services.

Campus Gate Entrances:

Effective Monday morning, March 16, 2020, all main campus gates for entry/exit will be closed with exception of the Redbud entrance on Cypress.  Residents may continue to come and go as you please but we will have a checkpoint at this entrance.  All residents and persons entering this gate will be screened for signs, symptoms and fever.

Home Health Access:

Visitation to the Home Health office is closed for Independent Living residents.  Routine home health services will continue to be provided in your apartment/cottage only.  Please call the Home Health office if services are needed, 354-1956.

Housekeeping Services:

Independent Living housekeeping services will continue for the time-being as scheduled. 

Beauty Shop:

The beauty/barber shops will continue to be open for business with the exception of the Pavilion beauty shop.

Your patience, understanding and cooperation regarding these measures is critical to your health and safety as well as all others living at Spanish Cove.  We greatly appreciate your assistance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We will continue to follow federal and state guidance.  Other additional actions may become necessary should community transmission begin to occur. 

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