Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Latest News from Here

The news from here, The Residences of Vantage Point a continuing care retirement community in Columbia, MD is not good.

One of the residents of the memory care floor in the health center wing developed severe symptoms of coronavirus, was taken to the hospital where they died from Covid-19 early Sunday morning.

This is the first case here.  Surprisingly enough it wasn't someone in independent living who has more contact though limited by social distancing with the outside world.

It means a staff person nursing on that floor was asymptomatic for Covid -19.  Precautions are being taken though we haven't been told what but would assume that anyone in contact with the resident is now in quarantine for 14 days.  That could mean quite a number of staff people.

It could mean that staff working on that floor were also on the nursing floor and the assisted living floor exposing residents who live there.  They may have even been staffing the Wellness Center and the garage check in desk where we've stopped to have our temperatures taken upon returning from the grocery store and walks.

With this news we will be even more vigilant. No more trips to the grocery store. No more hanging out in the common areas here.  

Our daughters are concerned for us. Emily is making us masks to wear when we go out of the apartment.  She's been making them for the local hospital in NH.

Today is our 46th anniversary.  No special celebration.  No dinner out in a nice restaurant.  We are both ordering the pomegranate salad with grilled shrimp for dinner.  It will be delivered by 4 o'clock. When it arrives in the brown bag, I'll remove the containers, transfer the contents to another plate and wash my hands thoroughly.

Pictures were from a walk we took on Thursday along the Patuxent River.