August 14, 2020

A total of seven (7) employees have now tested positive for Covid-19 since testing began in March. The last employee to test positive has not worked onsite since July 18. To date, no residents at The Moorings have tested positive for Covid-19.

Covid testing for Moorings employees began yesterday and will continue today. The Cook County Health Department has directed The Moorings to test all employees twice within a 7-day period. The second round of tests will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21. As always, we will notify you as soon as possible if you or a loved one may have had contact with a potential Covid-19 resident or employee.

We are pleased that so many residents and staff are following our daily broadcasts. We also appreciate that family members and resident representatives are reading and responding to these weekly updates. Below is an excerpt from a memo I recently received from Carol Silver Elliott, LeadingAge Board Chair. LeadingAge is part of the Global Aging Network whose mission is to be the trusted voice for aging. The memo was addressed to organizations and members of the LeadingAge network and speaks to endurance during the pandemic. I think her words will resonate with everyone reading this.

“….we will win this war through endurance, we will win it with our longgame and being as alert and vigilant now as we were at the beginning. And that’s not easy. I know that many of us are just plain tired. We are tired of being anxious about the impact of this virus.  We are tired of struggling to do everything we need to do to help our elders. We are tired of keeping our elders isolated and away from friends and family. We are tired of worrying about the future. It’s not one thing, it is everything. Endurance is key to our success, both as it applies to our emotional stamina as well as our physical endurance. We don’t have to be pillars of strength at every moment and we must give ourselves some breathing room when we need it. We have to remember that we are in this for the long-haul and that we are in it together.”

The City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order, which has been adopted by Cook County, directs travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days. The list now includes 19 states and Puerto Rico. Three states: Iowa, Kansas, Utah were removed this week. The list is updated every Tuesday. If you are considering visiting The Moorings, we encourage you to check this site before making travel plans: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergencytravel-order.html  

For international travel restrictions, please check the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html 

When scheduling a visit or package delivery, please provide the full name of the Moorings resident.

  • To schedule a visit in a villa or Midrise apartment, please call 847-956-4449.
  • To schedule a visit in The Highlands, please call 847-956-4300.
  • To schedule a visit in The Moorings Health Center, please call 847-364-2435.

Follow future updates: www.presbyterianhomes.org and/or watch the daily broadcasts, Monday-Friday at 10:30 am on Ch. 951.

For more Moorings updates, please visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/themooringsofarlingtonheights

Questions? Please contact Muriel Brunger at 847-956-4450 (ext. 4450)

The success and safety of our community depends on you.

Together let’s remain Moorings Strong!

Lisa Vandermark, Executive Director

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