From the Desk of the Administrator

Jim Harkness



As we press through these difficult times, I cannot help but to think back at the way things were before COVID and wish we could go back.  In many ways we take things for granted in our lives and we never would have dreamt that life would be like it is now.  Our facility had done very well keeping the virus out of its walls prior to the Fourth of July.  After the fourth we found that we had four positive staff and two positive residents with COVID.  Fortunately, as I write this message all are doing well.  I suppose it was hard for some people to social distance and that did not happen very much in Bellevue over the Fourth of July.  For that matter it did not happen very much anywhere.  I wish people would mask up when “out and about”.  It does help reduce the spread of the virus.  This virus is spreading everywhere, and everyone’s lives have been disrupted by this pandemic.  It has certainly made mine and my staff’s lives much more difficult and stressful.  We continue to use all the precautions we can to keep our residents and staff safe.  We screen residents and staff multiple times a day and when staff show symptoms the are excused from work.  Staff are then required to be tested.  From there they are off a minimum of fourteen days before evaluated for a return to work.  Residents who are symptomatic are tested and placed into isolation.  Those residents testing positive are placed in a special COVID Unit we have established.  We would very much like to take a step forward and work on introducing a structured visitation plan, but we first must see it trending downward in our community and that is not happening.  All we can do is our very best and put the rest in God’s hands.  Please stay well and do not become a statistic.  Thank you.