CEO Updates January 2023

Updated January 28, 2023

We are here for all your senior care needs. Currently, we have openings at our various properties. Please contact us at info@sholom.com for assistance.

A new version of Omicron has taken hold in the United States, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The subvariant of Omicron, named XBB.1.5 accounts for about 40% of the US COVID cases.  There is no indication that it causes more severe illness and it appears to be spreading quickly.     

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus. Some variants emerge and disappear while others persist. They also have different abilities to spread or evade immunity from vaccination or infection.  New variants will continue to emerge.  CDC and other public health organizations monitor all variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the United States and globally.

Currently, at our Shaller campus in St. Paul, there are two staff members at Chapman Sholom Home East that are COVID-19 positive. There are two residents at Bentson Family Assisted Living and one resident at Weinberg Apartments that are COVID-19 positive.

On our Ackerberg campus in St. Louis Park, we have one COVID-19 positive staff member at Sholom Home West and one positive staff member at Roitenberg’s Hodroff Pavilion for Memory Care.

With the continued threat of COVID-19 Omicron and the latest sub variants, Sholom remains vigilant.  The fight against COVID-19 is not over yet, and we need to be watchful and mindful that COVID and COVID variants still pose a threat to our communities.

 Please note the following regarding visitation, which is open for all Sholom locations:

  • It is a requirement that you wear a face covering and safety goggles or a face shield at all times, regardless of vaccination status, maintain six feet of physical distance with others and wash your hands frequently.
  • Visitors will be required to sign in at the front desk.
  • If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive viral test for COVID-19 or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, you should not enter Sholom. 
  • Visitor testing and vaccinations are not required; however, we encourage visitors to be tested on their own before coming to a Sholom location.
  • If you are visiting a resident who is on quarantine or transmission based precautions, you will be made aware of the potential exposure risk to yourself and asked to adhere to the core principles of infection prevention.  

Senior care organizations like Sholom need to continue to follow these guidelines for everyone’s safety.

For the most up to date information, please refer to www.sholom.com and click on the COVID link at the top of the page.

Our main priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we are making Sholom a safe place to live, work and visit.

We are here to take your referrals for short or long-term care, assisted living, memory care, home care or hospice. We would be honored to assist you and your loved ones.

Barbara Klick, RN, MBA, Sholom CEO

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