January 17, 2022
Today is a day of mixed emotion and reflection. This letter is intended to be a COVID-19 update, although I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few other things on our minds.
The tragic incident that transpired Saturday at a synagogue in Texas thankfully ended with the safe release of all four hostages. One can only imagine the fear they encountered, and the healing they will need after experiencing such a traumatic event. I know you join me in sending prayers to all the heroes involved in this senseless act of antisemitism, which sadly and pathetically, is on the rise.
In this letter, it’s also important to acknowledge that today we reflect on the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who fought from a young age for the unity of all humankind and stood up against hate and violence. We would certainly be blessed if there were more people like him in our world today.
Today we also observe Tu B’Shevat, one of the four New Years in the Jewish calendar and the festival where we celebrate the annual agricultural rebirth of the Land of Israel. This holiday not only sees the resilience of the land as it comes alive again but reminds us of the resilience of the Jewish people and other minorities who continue in our fight for justice.
And lastly, I want to report that we learned today of three additional employees who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One employee works in Assisted Living and last worked on January 16th, another is an employee of Seacrest at Home who last worked on the Seacrest Village campus January 12th, and the third is an employee who works in administration whose last day of work was January 14th. Contact tracing has occurred and all those exposed will be notified. All cases have been reported to our mandated agencies. And we continue to follow the CDC guidelines regarding the return-to-work protocols. Unfortunately, all three the employees are symptomatic, and we know you join us in wishing them a speedy recovery.
I want to close by thanking all of you for your own resiliency in coping with this unpredictable virus. With your help and all of us working together, we are getting through this challenging time.
Please stay safe everyone.
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair