Dear Regina Health Center Community,
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed and happy Thanksgiving! At Regina Health Center, we have so much to be thankful for: Our residents and staff have remained mostly healthy, and COVID symptoms have been mild, on the rare occurrence when there has been a positive case. Our wonderful employees have done a heroic job of caring for our residents throughout this pandemic, for which we are so very grateful. RHC employees are simply the best! For all of this, and so much more, we are incredibly blessed and eternally thankful. (But please remember that ODH rules prohibit gifts or gratuities to individual employees.) With the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holidays soon upon us, I want to remind everyone that there are still some pandemic-related restrictions in place. Despite the CDC’s recommendations earlier this year to the general public that COVID precautions can be relaxed, these recommendations do not apply to us. Healthcare institutions like ours operate under the auspices of CMS and the Ohio Department of Health, and their directives have still not changed. Regretfully, our chapel and our dining rooms are still not open to the public. Those planning to share a holiday meal with a loved one will need to do so in the resident’s room or off-site, if the resident is able to leave the facility. For general purposes, Mass remains a resident-only activity. Of course, all employees and visitors are still required to wear a mask at all times, and all are required to have their temperature taken and answer a wellness questionnaire each visit. We are happy to comply with this precautionary measure to ensure the health and well-being of our residents. This small, reasonable request of wearing a mask while in the facility is certainly worth the minor inconvenience, as it supports the wellness of our residents. Pray that soon, even this precaution will be unnecessary! May God continue to bless you and those you love. Stay well and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Deacon Mark Yantek