This is the third edition of a temporary, weekly COVID-19 update. Our goal with this newsletter is to inform our community with whatever we know about the vaccination, conditions in the County and cases at Imagine.
We still don’t have an appointment for our vaccine clinic at Imagine and we do not expect to be able to sign anybody up until we have that appointment. We will let you know as soon as we have that news. As mentioned before, we do not expect to have control over the date and time of the vaccines, but we are planning to work with those staff and clients who want the vaccine, so that they can be available at the proper time.
Thank you to everyone who has gotten in touch with Patty to let them know of your interest in getting the vaccine. If you have not gotten in touch with Patty, please do. Click here.
We want everyone considering the vaccine to have the best information possible when making their decision. Here are this week’s resources:
Attached is the Consent form for unconsidered persons. This is for information only at this point as there may be a different form when our clinic comes up. This is the form for conserved people, subject to the same uncertainty.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me, Julie or Patty, and please remember we are not doctors, nurses or scientists. Well, Julie’s an anthropologist, technically but the point is we are reading a lot but not experts.
Cases at Imagine
Since last week, we have added two new cases of COVID-19 among staff at Imagine. We currently have had ten confirmed cases, nine staff and one client. Several employees are currently quarantined waiting for results. Six employees who have had the illness have now recovered and can return to work safely. Although these employees are presumed immune, we are asking them and those working with them to continue taking the now usual precautions.
There is something to learn, too. Three of the currently confirmed cases, including the client, likely caught the virus at Imagine. But except on that team, we have not seen the disease spread at work. This demonstrates that the precautions we have all been taking in the workplace are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. It also shows how important it is to take these precautions both at work and outside of work. The virus is very prevalent now in our community and we need to watch out for ourselves and each other.
Finally, it demonstrates how important it is to take even mild symptoms seriously. We are getting through because the disease is spreading slowly. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has a wide variety of symptoms that can look like any number of other illnesses and it is important to call out and get tested whenever you feel one of the symptoms, even in a mild form. The list of symptoms are here. We don’t know exactly when the vaccines will arrive but we think they are close. If we’re careful and sensible, we can make it.
We believe all the infected staff were taking the recommended steps to prevent infecting one another and our clients. Once again, we are hopeful that other cases have not spread. Another team is, at this point, three days from completing their quarantine with no new cases.
I am very glad, relieved and hopeful to report that none of the Imagine family have reported severe symptoms from their infections and we deeply hope that continues. You are all family to us.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
With warm regards and sincere wishes for your health, safety and happy holidays,