CEO Updates November 2022

Updated November 30, 2022

This Hotline message will be updated as changes occur to the information.  If the hotline date mentioned has not been changed, this means there have been no changes to the information as previously presented in the recording. 

Our counties are experiencing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  In early November 2022, Omicron sub variants BQ.1 and BQ1.1 surpassed BA.5 as the dominant strains of the coronavirus in the United States.  BA.5 accounts for roughly 25% of new Covid-19 cases, and BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 account for an equal proportion of around 48% of cases.    

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, we have two COVID-19 positive residents and two COVID-19 positive staff members at Shirley Chapman Sholom Home East. We also have one positive resident and one positive staff member at Bentson’s Phillips Center for Memory Care.

On our Ackerberg Campus in St. Louis Park, we have twenty COVID-19 positive residents and nine COVID-19 positive staff members at Sholom Home West.  Additionally, we have one COVID-19 positive staff member at:

Roitenberg’s Hodroff Pavilion for Memory Care

Knollwood Place Apartments, and

Menorah Plaza  

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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