Very early in the COVID-19 pandemic, we instituted careful infection prevention measures to keep residents and team members safe. So far, those measures have served us well. As of this writing, we have still not seen a single confirmed case of COVID-19 among our community of approximately 550 residents.
Last week, Governor Ralph Northam began to ease restrictions on nonessential businesses in the Shenandoah Valley and other regions across the state. We are proceeding cautiously, sticking with our current protocols, and following the best clinical guidance as we continue our operations. The stakes are too high, our residents too precious, to take undue risks.
While many aspects of daily life on our campus have changed drastically, we’ve fortunately been able to keep our community connected, supported, and engaged through Wellzesta—the campus engagement app we rolled out to all independent living households in 2018.
And we have continued to create solutions for healthy, happy living in the midst of the pandemic. Be on the lookout soon for the latest issue of The Bridge, which explores many of the ways we’ve adapted.
Fortunately, with strict measures in place, the Marketing Department has been able to maintain basic operations—including safely moving new residents into their homes at BRC’s newest independent living apartment complex, the Grove. While we are not offering exploratory tours right now, we are able to begin offering single-property tours exclusively to members of our advance waitlist who are seriously interested in a specific property.
With several of our existing residents moving into the Grove, there will soon be a wide variety of properties available. So, if you find yourself contemplating a move in the near future, this is a good time to consider joining our waitlist or even Bridgewater Advance, our priority waitlist.
Finally, we continue to be so grateful for the outpouring of love and support. The letters of encouragement, donations to our spring campaign, and responses to our prevention efforts have been overwhelming. Just last week, the youth group at Bridgewater United Methodist decorated our campus entrance with homemade yard signs offering messages of support.
Plus, a multitude of local businesses and organizations helped chip in to send every team member home with a family-size meal from Dayton Tavern last week.
Thank you for all of the ways you are continuing to support and uplift our community during this time.