COVID-19 Update

January 8, 2021

Turning the Page to 2021

2020 has been a long difficult road. As we look back at the past year, we think about the special moments that brought us together (while safely distanced, of course), such as the many car parades that brought the Residents and families so much joy. Thanks to an updated technology infrastructure; birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries connected at high speeds and united families through telecommunications. And in case anyone missed it, St. Mark Village proudly celebrated 40 years of excellence. All of this was capped off with our biggest highlight of the year - the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Never did we think Covid-19 would overstay its welcome into 2021, yet here we are a week into January still talking about it. As the Florida Department of Health reports a record high in positive cases since July, we make note of the silver lining and are so very thankful that our community has been recognized as a priority in the Covid-19 vaccine distribution process.

On Tuesday, January 5th, the Department of Health, Army National Guard, and Sunstar EMTs were back onsite to administer the second shot or "booster" to those Skilled Nursing Residents and Team Members that received the first vaccine dose on December 18th. Completing our first vaccine clinic with much success, we have begun our second clinic and we are hoping to schedule a third clinic for our Residents and Team Members in the near future.

We have come together to do the next right thing and we are now one step closer to putting our Covid days behind us. We will continue to celebrate those who have worked so hard to ensure the safety of the ones we hold dear.

For questions about the Covid-19 vaccine as related to our Care Center Residents, families may call our Care Centers directly. For our Nebraska Avenue Care Centers, please contact Randall Rees, Care Centers Administrator at: (727) 785-2577 ext. 1744 or by email at: rrees@stmarkvillage.org. For Highland Lakes Assisted Living, please contact Sheila Kynion, Administrator at: (727) 785-2580 ext. 3003 or by email at: skynion@stmarkvillage.org. For all other questions please call (727) 785-2580. As always, families and friends may stay up-to-date with all things St. Mark Village with our in-house newsletter, the Lively Mark, which is available to view online at: www.stmarkvillage.org/lively-mark

December 18, 2020

V-Day at St. Mark Village

Today is the day we have long waited for as our fight against Covid-19 reaches the next phase. Our most vulnerable population as well as many of our frontline workers received their Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday, Thursday, December 17th.

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The Department of Health along with the Army National Guard and Sunstar EMTs were onsite to administer the vaccine to our Skilled Nursing Residents and Team Members. Our own CEO, Doug Fresh, was in line to show his support and confidence in the process, hoping to set an example of what he calls, “the next right thing to do.” Doug strongly encouraged St. Mark Village Team Members to stand in line with him and get the vaccine. As Doug reminds the team, “we are not doing this for ourselves, we are truly doing it for others; other people we live with, other people we work with, people we come in contact with. We all need to do the next right thing.”

We are excited about this truly historic event in the history of St. Mark Village. It has been a long road to get here. Together we look forward to the day when we can all put Covid-19 in our rear-view mirror. We will honor the ones we lost and celebrate those who have worked so hard to ensure the safety of the ones we hold dear.

For questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and our Residents, families may call our Care Centers directly. For our Nebraska Avenue Care Centers, please contact Randall Rees, Care Centers Administrator at: (727) 785-2577 ext. 1744 or by email at: rrees@stmarkvillage.org. For Highland Lakes Assisted Living, please contact Sheila Kynion, Administrator at: (727) 785-2580 ext. 3003 or by email at: skynion@stmarkvillage.org. General questions may be directed to our operator at (727) 785-2580. As always, families and friends may stay up-to-date with all things St. Mark Village with our in-house newsletter, the Lively Mark, which is available to view online at: www.StMarkVillage.org/Lively-Mark.

December 4, 2020

Deck the Halls and Don Your Masks

Well, it’s December 2020 and as we begin to deck the halls at St. Mark Village, we find it difficult to believe that we will be doing so in our face masks. Back in March, who would have thought that we’d still be wearing masks at Christmas? Yet here we are. We continue to keep a close eye on updates of Coronavirus infection rates in our area. At the writing of this article, we are seeing a spike in the “Daily Positive Cases” in Pinellas County. While we are not seeing the numbers we saw in June and July of this year, we are seeing an increase in cases in our county. This should serve as a clear reminder that we all need to remain vigilant during the holiday season.

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At the Village, we continue to practice all of the safety measures we have learned over the past several months to include; wearing face masks, social distancing, and consistent hand sanitizing and washing. We have masks available to Residents in the Nebraska Avenue Administration Office, if new masks are needed. We ask that all Residents and Team Members continue to wear their face masks properly at all times while outside of their apartments except while seated in the Village Cafe and Bakery or the Dining Room. It is up to us all to keep our Community safe.

We have and will continue to test Care Center Team Members and those Team Members who routinely access our Care Center. We have worked tremendously hard to keep Covid at bay and encourage everyone to take all necessary precautions to keep yourselves and each other safe and healthy this holiday season.

For more information, visit us online for the most recent updates at: www.StMarkVillage.org/Lively-Mark to see the latest information from our in house newsletter or give our offices a call anytime at (727) 785-2580.