February 4 Update

Good morning, everyone,

Well, about 24 hours after the update yesterday, I have to report that things have changed, unfortunately.

Last night, one of our health care staff was notified that they have tested positive. Also, one resident was notified just an hour ago that they have also tested positive. Both are feeling well and have not shown symptoms, but we must take this seriously and are right back to the necessary protocols and procedures.

A large part of our concern this morning is that the staff member worked a shift right before they were notified of the positive test result. So, we have 28 residents who need to be under precautionary isolation right away.

To be clear, PPE was used properly by the staff member throughout the shift, and we have to trust that those measures are effective. However, we also need to act out of an abundance of caution as we sort this out. This has all been developing over the last few hours, and there are many questions about what qualifies as a direct exposure, including even if an interaction was only for a couple of minutes and while PPE is worn properly, and therefore requires a 14 day isolation.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we sort this out. There is a lot of work to do this morning, including organizing staff teams, seeking clarification on the protocols, and communicating the changes. We are also going to plan on testing the residents who were potentially exposed again on Saturday, to keep in front of it all. We will certainly communicate any updates as needed.

Now, I know there is a lot of frustration and discouragement. We are all feeling it. Please understand that we are communicating the guidelines and expectations that are laid out for us by Public Health, and no one is looking to create any more work than absolutely necessary. All of the great things about a place like Emmanuel Home, including health care, support, supervision, and fellowship, also come with a communal responsibility to keep ourselves healthy & safe. We are all feeling the burden of this, and I’m asking that we try to lean on the motto of ‘space & grace’ as we take on these challenges individually and collectively.

We continue to rely on the Lord for strength throughout this all!

Please give me a call or send me an email if you would like to discuss this further.

In His grip,


Darren Sinke