WhiteStone is committed to the health and safety of our residents. Throughout the pandemic, we have adopted and enforced all the CDC recommendations to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, and have been following enhanced internal processes and protocols listed below to protect our community as best we can by:
- Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas,
- Restricting visitors to campus,
- Cancelling on-site group social events and recreational activities,
- Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available,
- Screening all those that enter campus daily, including taking temperatures each time they exit and re-enter the community, and
- Requiring the use of masks.
We are continuing to adhere to these protocols as we navigate through this intersection of an increase in positive cases across the country and within our own community, and the arrival of a vaccine to help us battle the disease.
Similar to what is happening nationally, we are experiencing a surge in positive cases following the holidays. Sadly, we have lost members of our community to the virus. As we move closer to a widely availability vaccine, it is critical to be more diligent than ever to help protect our residents.
The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is beginning, and our skilled nursing residents and team members have been the first to receive the vaccine per North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services rollout plan. Given the challenges a distribution of this size and scope presents, the process, at least initially, may not be as efficient and swift as we all would like.
Rest assured we will continue to pursue all avenues to make the vaccine available to our residents and are confident we will be successful.
In the meantime, it is critical to remain more diligent than ever to help protect the residents and team members we value so greatly.
There are several ways residents can receive up-to-date information, including:
- Regularly distributed communications
- COVID-19 Hotline (336) 547-2900
- Touch Town (Channel 1390 or 1391)
Residents are always welcome to contact the Executive Director for updates, as well.