Welcome to the Friendship Villages’ September 28, 2021 COVID-19 update.

We have been very blessed during recent months at Friendship Village with regard to COVID-19.  Since January 2021, when virtually all of our residents completed their vaccination process, only a handful across both Villages have contracted COVID-19.  Each of these residents had been fully vaccinated.  All contracted the virus from friends, family or attending events off campus.  All have recovered.

On Monday, September 27, 2021, St. Louis County issued a new mandate that requires all persons over the age of 5 to wear masks when in public spaces.  For Friendship Villages, this includes residents, employees, and visitors.

To accommodate this new County requirement, the new policy in effect at Friendship Villages is as follows:

MASK POLICY:

As of Monday, September 27, 2021, St. Louis County issued a new Mask Mandate in regard to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, the following conditions apply:

All Residents, Staff and Visitors (over the age of 5) must wear a mask when in public spaces.

This means for Friendship Villages, masks are required in the following places:

  • Any space outside of your living unit
  • Hallways and corridors
  • Buses and shuttles
  • Lobbies, classrooms, meeting rooms, exercise rooms
  • Dining rooms (unless sitting at a table eating your meal)

Masks are recommended but not required when:

  • Outdoors (try to maintain social distancing)
  • Exercising outdoors
  • Swimming
  • Inside living units
  • Inside offices and office suites

We understand the inconvenience and discomfort this may cause some, but we are committed to doing our part to continue to keep everyone safe from the potential spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

As most know, the government has also encouraged the administration of booster vaccines for seniors who have previously received the Pfizer COVID Vaccine.

BOOSTER VACCINATIONS:

Booster vaccinations have been approved for seniors who had previously received the Pfizer vaccine at least six (6) months ago.  Right now, this pertains only to those who received the Pfizer vaccine prior to April 1st, 2021.  Not after April 1st, 2021.  As time goes on, residents and employees can receive the booster when they have crossed that 6-month mark.

Booster vaccines have not yet been approved for those who have received the Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

While most of those on our campuses received the Moderna vaccine, there are a small number of residents and employees who did receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Those desiring a Pfizer booster vaccination have two options:

  1. Find an off campus location to receive the booster shot on your own.
  2. Participate in one of our on-campus vaccination clinics on a Thursday that is most convenient.  On alternating Thursdays, the clinics are available in the Care Centers on either campus.  If one chooses this option, please inform the Care Center receptionist no later than the Tuesday before the desired date.

We praise God for the mercies He has shown to Friendship Villages, and we thank all of our friends and family for your prayers and support during all of this time.

Friendship Villages’ August 27, 2021 COVID-19 update.

We have been very blessed during recent months at Friendship Village with regard to COVID-19. Since January 2021, when virtually all of our residents completed their vaccination process, only a handful across both Villages have contracted COVID-19. Each of these residents had been fully vaccinated. All have recovered.

Contract-tracing each of them to determine the source of their infection showed that each of these residents contracted the virus from off campus, either through visiting family, being out in the community, or having visitors from off campus who may have spread it to them. One resident has no idea where they got it. As of this time, no residents, since the January vaccinations, have contracted the virus from an employee.

In support of our efforts to keep our residents safe, we are in the midst of a strong campaign to get our employees at all levels of care to voluntarily get vaccinated. Education, encouragement, incentives, and other programs have increased our employee vaccination rates significantly in recent weeks, and they continue to increase. In particular, our Skilled Nursing Facility employee vaccination rates are well ahead of State and National averages, as are our Assisted Living and Independent Living employee rates.

Many are aware of a recent announcement that there will be a government mandate that all employees in skilled nursing facilities that receive federal funds be vaccinated. While we await the details of that mandate, which have yet to be published, we continue to work with our employees very closely to educate and encourage them to make the decision on their own. In the meantime, all precautions that have proven successful so far are still in place and practiced every day. It is important that we are able to maintain the appropriate levels of staff to care for all of our residents properly at the same time that we work to get them vaccinated, even ahead of a potential mandate.

We praise God for the mercies He has shown to Friendship Villages, and we thank all of our friends and family for your prayers and support during all of this time.

Friendship Villages’ July 26, 2021 COVID-19 update.

This update is to announce that Friendship Villages will be complying with a new St. Louis County mask requirement beginning today, Monday, July 26, 2021.

Effective at 7 pm and onward, until further notice, all residents, visitors and staff everywhere on campus and while in public spaces inside buildings are required to wear masks once again. Masks will not be required outdoors but will, instead, be optional. When seated in a dining venue, masks can be removed.

We fully understand that, while virtually all residents have been vaccinated, as have most of our staff, there is still a growing risk in the surrounding community of contracting COVID-19 (particularly the Delta-variant). For this reason, we are complying with this new County mandate until it is lifted.

There is no reduction of activities or programs due to this new requirement. All activities and programs and freedom of movement are in full swing. Visitor policies have not changed. All are welcome!

Our residents are having a great time on excursions, having patio cookouts, State-Fair activities, Cardinals baseball games, joy rides, restaurant outings , fitness classes and all of the activities they can possibly wish to fit onto their days.

We praise God for the mercies He has shown to the Friendship Villages, and we thank all of our friends and families for the prayers and support during this time.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine
On-Going Vaccine Clinic for Future Residents and Employees

March 8th, 2021

Friendship Village is pleased to announce that we are offering a continuous, ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program for all new residents and staff at all levels of care beginning in April, 2021. With vaccination clinics alternating between the two campuses every Thursday, all new residents and all new employees and their friends and family who meet criteria set by the State of Missouri (currently those over the age of 65) will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations on campus. Please contact either Village for details.

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