An Important Message from Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge
We are Committed to Ensuring a Safe Environment for All Who Live and Work in this Community.
In these unprecedented times, our focus here at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge (WCBR) remains exactly the same. We are committed to ensuring a safe environment for all who live and work in this community. What is different are the steps we have taken to achieve an environment where residents receive the highest level of protection while still enjoying many of the comforts they deserve and expect.
Since the early days of March, we’ve adjusted many of our customary practices at WCBR, from encouraging physical distancing and frequent hand washing, to restricting visitors and monitoring travel activities of residents and staff. These measures quickly expanded to the closing of numerous amenities such as the Fitness Center and congregate Dining areas, to the cancellation of nearly all activities and meetings, as well as a ban on all visitors. Following confirmation of the COVID virus, all residents have been observing a quarantine, staying in their homes at WCBR except for walks outside, wearing masks and observing proper distancing from others. Fortunately, the virus has so far been contained.
Through it all, the spirit of this remarkable community has not only remained strong, it has grown and deepened in ways none could have foretold. Staff members have shifted gears and found new ways to bring comfort and safety to residents, and residents, in turn, have reached out to one another with phone calls of reassurance and emails to entertain. Others devote their time and skill to using technology to share vital information. WCBR’s leaders appear on the in-house television network regularly with updates and details of how to navigate the changes upon us. A typical day at WCBR lately will include nimble staff making their way around campus delivering meals, mail and newspapers, while residents have plied their sewing skills to make cloth masks for every single staff member and resident.
We are all working together to stay safe and strong, and the spirit of caring and compassion, a cornerstone of this community, will carry us through.
Coronavirus Leading Expert Dr. William Petri
We had a rare opportunity on Thursday, July 16th to learn about the coronavirus from a leading expert – Dr. William Petri, the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Virginia Department of Medicine.
Dr. Petri spoke for about 30 minutes and then took questions by phone and email for another half-hour.
Dr. Petri talked about the care and treatment of people with COVID-19 and advances in research, including a grant proposal he has submitted to the National Institutes of Health on a COVID vaccine that is under development. His research interests include immune mechanisms of defense against COVID-19 and enteric infections, covering the realms of biotechnology, immunology and infectious diseases/biodefense.
How, and when, will we know that a covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective?
Dr. William Petri, the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Virginia Department of Medicine, spoke to Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge residents recently about the care and treatment of people with COVID-19.
Now, he’s written an article about future COVID-19 vaccines. The article first appeared in The Conversation and was then published by UVA Today.
Dr. Petri breaks down the several Phase 3 studies that are currently under way, how the vaccines work, side effects observed, and most importantly—how we’ll know a vaccine is safe.
DR. PETRI COVERS:
- The status of COVID-19 vaccines in human clinical trials
- Animal tests show the vaccines provides protection from coronavirus infection
- What the early Phase 1 and 2 studies in humans have shown
- Side effects that have been observed
- How the FDA is ensuring that a vaccine will be safe yet quickly produced
- How protective does a vaccine need to be to receive FDA approval
- How many people need to be vaccinated to know if a vaccine works in Phase 3
- Emergency use authorization for fast-tracking vaccines
- What to expect in terms of approvals
He mentions it may not be life back to normal next year, but all signs point to a healthier 2021.
Messages from Gary Selmeczi, President and CEO
Here’s a series of livestream messages from President and CEO, Gary Selmeczi to our residents. Guest speakers providing additional information appear as well.
To view previous messages you can scroll through the black box in the upper left-hand corner.