December 30, 2021
Dear Carillon at Belleview Station Community,
We are writing to inform you of some recent developments which, unfortunately, reflect the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the Denver area. Because we had one associate who was mildly symptomatic and tested positive for COVID, we were required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to test all residents and associates which we did earlier this week. We have received the results of that testing today and found that 5 additional associates and one resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is currently asymptomatic and resting in their apartment in isolation. Our positive associates are resting at home. All COVID positive residents and associates have been vaccinated which will hopefully prevent serious illness.
We have greatly appreciated everyone’s kind cooperation with COVID testing. We will continue to test every three to four days until we have three rounds of testing in which all residents and associates are negative.
With our current status, unvaccinated residents may not participate in group activities or eat in the dining room. For all residents, visitation should occur in the resident’s apartment and avoid common areas.
In light of the high number of COVID cases in the area as well as those here at the Carillon, we strongly encourage all residents and family members to carefully consider visiting loved ones. Although visitation in the resident’s apartment is still allowed for vaccinated residents, there is a risk to our residents and their visitors to contract COVID and to spread it during visits. The Omicron variant, which is now almost 90% of new COVID cases in Colorado, is thought to be highly transmissible, much more than previous variants.
Families and friends who plan on visiting must ensure that they have not been exposed within the last 14 days to anyone with COVID. Anyone with even very mild symptoms such as a runny nose should reschedule their visit until they are fully recovered. Please be aware that many people may have COVID and be contagious and not even know it. For this reason, please do not visit after being exposed to large crowds and always wear a mask in public.
For residents, now is a time to be extra vigilant in following recommendations:
- Always wear a mask when indoors except when you are in your own apartment.
- Avoid large family groups.
- Maintain 6’ social distance with others whenever possible.
- Frequently sanitize your hands.
- Receive your booster if you have not done so already. We will be hosting another booster clinic on January 5th and will be sending out details soon.
We will continue to stay in close communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and specialists at Denver County and follow their direction and protocols. We will notify you as any changes are made.
If you have any further questions, please reach out to Carillon at Belleview Station’s new Executive Director, Shannon Arwood-Dionese at 720-440-8200.
Tom Finley and Susie Finley, Founders and Principals