Blue Skies of Texas COVID 19 Update #4 – March 29, 2020

The United States surpassed China for the highest number of confirmed COVID 19 cases in the world and U.S. COVID 19 deaths now exceed the number of people lost as a result of the 9/11 attacks.  We must take this pandemic seriously.  Recent federal, state and local declarations and executive orders enforce the need for all Americans to practice social distancing, a critical preventative measure when we consider the staggering number of infected people.

As of April 1, the United States reported 188,547 confirmed cases with 3,899 deaths. In San Antonio (actually Bexar County), there have been 207 confirmed cases with 9 deaths as a result of COVID 19. The situation is serious and that is why Blue Skies of Texas has implemented significant changes in operations to protect our residents and staff. These aggressive measures are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID 19. As a reminder:

How COVID 19 Spreads:

COVID 19 spreads from person to person contact through respiratory droplets that are expelled from an infected person. Therefore, it is important to maintain social distancing in the event the infected person does not realize they are contagious. It is also possible the virus can be transmitted from objects or hard surfaces when the virus lands on the object or surface and you have contact with the item afterward. If you touch your nose, mouth or eyes after encountering an infected surface or object, you increase your risk of becoming infected with the virus.

In addition to social distancing, attention to hand hygiene is extremely important. Washing your hands with soap and water is preferred but hand sanitizer can be effective if soap and water are not readily available. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and high touch areas is another preventative measure all should take.

COVID 19 Signs and Symptoms:

Fever, new or changed cough, shortness of breath and sore throat are signs of COVID 19 and can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. In addition, loss of the sense of smell or taste have been reported by some as an early sign. Anyone exhibiting signs should contact their health care provider immediately. Emergency warning signs should be addressed instantly with a call to 911: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new onset of confusion and or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face. Remember: older people and people with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, immunocompromised people, severe obesity and diabetes, are at greater risk of severe illness. Statistics tell us 81% of people infected will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover at home. The remaining 19% will experience severe illness and complications requiring hospitalization. 19% are older people and people with underlying medical conditions.

 

Blue Skies of Texas West Changes

Based on the proclamation from the Governor of Texas and the Mayor of San Antonio:

  • No visitors on Campus
  • Front Gate manned 24 hours was amended to closed from 12a – 4a. CO must report to the Front Gate to allow access during closure hours.
  • All Private Caregivers have been approved through Wellness. Additions will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • Broadway Bank services on Campus suspended until further notice (UFN). Pre-paid envelopes available at the Front Desk.
  • No one staying in Guest Rooms and reservations suspended UFN.
  • Swimming Pool and Fitness Center activities suspended UFN, in accordance with Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff’s emergency decree.
  • All resident-run and BST sponsored activities have been suspended UFN. BST Fitness Classes are available via Zoom or via videos on the in house channel.
  • Community Rooms, Conference Rooms, etc. are closed to comply with the emergency declaration which says, “…no public/private gatherings consisting of anyone other than immediate household/family members.”
  • Urging residents to call (don’t come to) Staff offices.
  • Meds from Wellness are delivered to resident homes.
  • Housekeeping in resident homes suspended UFN. Housekeepers are tasked w/ deep cleaning of public areas. We are currently working on sharing procedures for an at-home disinfectant. Other issues will be handled on a case by case basis-contact Larissa in Environmental Services.
  • Beauty Shop operations suspended UFN.
  • Deliveries (UPS, Fed Ex, News Papers, etc.) are delivered door to door for outside homes and delivered to Front Desk for Tower apartments. Delivery persons are advised “no resident contact.” Food deliveries from off Campus are handled in the same manor.
  • Transportation: Medical transportation is on a case by case basis (no “regular” schedule). BST Trips to grocery stores are suspended UFN. We urge residents to utilize curbside pickup or at-home delivery from grocery store, ordering meals from BST (we’re currently revamping the daily menu), and we are also revamping items that’ll be available for Advanced Sales.
  • Resident meals are delivered to resident homes for lunch and dinner. Additional items that can be charged to Resident Meal Plans have been added to the Village Store. We are revamping how we execute deliveries and this info will be advertised later this week.

 

Blue Skies of Texas East Changes

Based on the proclamation from the Governor of Texas and the Mayor of San Antonio:

  • No visitors on Campus
  • The East Front Gate is manned from 06:00 am-10:00 pm. The CO will allow access during closure hours
  • All Private Caregivers have been approved through Wellness. Additions will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • Broadway Bank services on Campus suspended. Pre-paid mailing envelopes are available at the Front Desk.
  • Guest Rooms are closed, and reservations have been suspended
  • Fitness Center and Swimming Pool are suspended until further notice (UFN) in accordance with Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff’s emergency decree.
  • All regular activities and monthly meetings are suspended until further notice. This includes worship services, outside vendors (alterations and jewelers), Hobby Shop, and the White Elephant.
  • Fitness & Wellness classes are suspended UFN, see flyer for on-line classes using the Zoom.us website or available via videos on the In-House Channel.
  • Medications from Wellness are being delivered to resident homes
  • Housekeeping services are suspended. If you have an emergency or a life safety issue, please call Delia at Housekeeping at 568-5101 or the Front Desk. We are currently working on sharing procedures for an at-home disinfectant.
  • Beauty Shop operations suspended UFN.
  • Deliveries (UPS, Fed Ex, News Papers, etc.) are delivered door to door for outside homes and delivered to Front Desk for High/Mid Rise apartments. Delivery persons are advised “no resident contact.” Food deliveries from off Campus are handled in the same manner.
  • TRANSPORTATION – Regular service suspended. If you need transportation to a medical appointment, please see the Front Desk as we will work those case by case.  BST trips to grocery stores are suspended.  We urge residents to utilize curbside pick-up or at-home delivery from grocery stores, ordering meals from BST, and we are looking to offer additional items on the Advanced Sales program.
  • DINING SERVICES: Resident meals are being delivered to your apartments.  We are revamping how we execute deliveries and this info will be advertised later.  If you have any food questions, please call 568-5173 and leave a message.  Additional items such as salads, sandwiches, and breakfast items that can be charged to Resident Meal Plans have been added to the Village Store.
  • MAINTENANCE: Services are suspended. If you have an emergency or a life safety issue, please call the Maintenance Department at 568-3261
  • Need to talk with a staff member? Due to various staffing schedules, it is recommended that you call a staff member instead of visiting their office.
  • Stay informed: Stay tuned to the In-House Channel 1890 on Spectrum. If you do not receive the channel, please notify the Front Desk and we will have Spectrum work on that when they resume customer service visits once the Shelter in Place order is lifted.


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