Covid-19 Update for Residents

It’s April Fools’ Day and our sixth day in lockdown. Wouldn’t it be nice if Jacinda said “it’s all been a joke and you can go back to normal!” However, this is our new normal and we are sure you are coping with patience and good humour.

BASIC FOOD NEEDS CATERED FOR ON SITE
We now have supplies of daily staples on site. Milk, soy milk, eggs, bread and fruit are now available in the main lobby. We ask that you arrive singly to collect what you need, only enter if the lobby is empty and use the hand sanitizer supplied. From tomorrow we will be able to deliver these to you at your homes, if you need it, taking special precautions for sanitizing containers and contents. NB: The lobby and mailroom are regularly and scrupulously cleaned and sanitized for your protection.

GETTING YOUR GROCERIES DELIVERED
As our residents are all over 70, and deemed the most vulnerable age group, we aim to avoid you risking your health by going to the local supermarket or grocery store. Deborah has been working on the supply of groceries, initially with the supply and stocking of our fridges. She is establishing a relationship with Bethlehem Countdown and there has been discussion with Gilmours and with local vegetable and fruit suppliers. More information to come.

KEEPING IN TOUCH
Knowing we always have someone to talk to is important as we all self-isolate. Emma is spearheading a call system to stay in touch with residents and will be assisted by two happy helpers.

FLU INJECTIONS
You won’t need to leave the estate for your flu injection. Kevin has been working to organise on-site flu injections. The government has promised more supplies of vaccine which should be available after April 6. Kevin will keep you updated via this newsletter. Meanwhile self-isolation will help you avoid the flu as well!

ISOLATION CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS
Current changes to the OCE website have been made to accommodate updates and important notices. This will be available for residents, family and friends. Those without access will receive notes in their letterboxes. These updates are going to be laced with reminders that SELF ISOLATION MEANS ‘ACT AS THOUGH YOU ALREADY HAVE THE VIRUS’. It does concern me from our calls that some residents seem to be taking a soft approach.

GOOD NEWS CORNER!
A big shout out to Owen Lattimore. He and his wife, Yolande moved into the Village 23 years ago. We understand that he is very perky but misses his daily routine. Today, 1 April, he celebrates his 95th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY OWEN!

Thanks to all residents for pulling together (while keeping apart) to fight COVID-19. We can do this! And we can still all enjoy this beautiful autumn weather and appreciate the changing seasonal colours.

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