Resident Safety – COVID-19

Oct 4, 2021 Update on staff member with COVID-19 diagnosis while off-duty
Gary Blair, Superintendent, Texas Masonic Retirement Community

We want residents and staff to know all developments related to our battle to keep COVID-19 off our campus. We will also report any and all positive cases for residents or staff.  

As of this date, we continue to have ZERO COVID-19 positive tests among our residents. We know this to be a fact because every resident and staff member on duty was tested today.

The decision to test was due to notice from a nurse’s aide in the Nursing Care Area of a positive COVID-19 result from her use of a home test kit. She has not been on duty since Sept. 25 and will not be allowed to return until all quarantine and testing timelines are met.  

Immediately upon learning of the situation, we took quick and decisive actions to protect all residents and staff. Here is a list of all actions:

  • All residents and employees on duty were tested.
  • All residents were quarantined until test results were received. 
  • Residents will continue to be screened three times per day for signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • All staff members will be tested before reporting for duty.  
  • Non-vaccinated staff are tested twice a week. 
  • Staff physician, director of nurses, and the administrator were notified of the situation 
  • Families will be notified of the situation by the end of the day today. 
  • We continue to screen everyone prior to entering the building

Please be assured that we take these matters seriously and will do everything possible to protect the health and well-being of our staff and residents.

Sept. 30, 2021 UPDATED POLICY – COVID-19 Protections – Immediately Effective 
Gary Blair, Superintendent, Texas Masonic Retirement Community

For now, visitation is discouraged at to the TMRC campus at any time

We are proud to report ZERO COVID positive cases on our TMRC campus as of today!

A few weeks ago, we had twelve fully-vaccinated residents of our independent living areas with positive COVID-19 tests.  

We have had zero COVID-19 cases  in the Nursing Care Area at any time.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 on our campus is a direct result of quick moves and full cooperation from residents. 

We restricted visitation, enforced mask usage, and converted our dining room to take-out only. The net results cannot be argued. 

PLUS, within four days of FDA approval for booster shots, we had medical personnel on campus getting shots in arms. With a 14-day period for boosters to become effective, we will not be making any changes to our health and safety plan at this time. 

As we have stated in the past, we are proud of our 100% vaccination rate among residents at TMRC.

However, the vaccine is NOT 100% effective. No vaccine can protect completely–even with booster shots.

The fight continues against this potentially fatal illness!  We’ve done it before, and we can do it again if we all work together!

Please read our extensive protections for highly vulnerable residents of our Nursing Care Area

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program – Texas Health and Human Services Commission
A long-term care ombudsman helps residents of a nursing facility and residents of an assisted living facility resolve complaints. Help provided by an ombudsman is confidential and free of charge. To speak with an ombudsman, a person may call the toll-free number 1-800-252-2412.

REQUIRED PRECAUTIONS – Independent Living Areas

  • Masks are required at all times for all residents and visitors.  Masks must be worn properly over the nose and mouth.
  • Visitors who fail to adhere to our policy will be barred from the campus until the pandemic is resolved.  
  • Activities are limited to those that can be performed while all participants are properly masked.
  • Residents and visitors should not gather in groups where masks are not or cannot be properly worn.
  • Meal service will be take-out only until further notice.  Masks must be correctly worn at all times while in the meal lines.

RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS – Independent Living Areas

  • As we saw with the recent outbreak, it only takes one person to leave our campus, pick up the virus, and bring serious illness to friends and neighbors. Do you want to be that person? Carefully consider your decision to gather indoors with folks with no masks and/or no social distancing. 
  • Be mindful of those around you — stay back at least 6 feet!
  • Insist that those around you wear their masks (properly), not just for your protection, but for theirs as well. 
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Keep your distance.
  • Limit the number of people you interact with.
  • Protect yourselves if you are off campus! Not just at TMRC–but, everywhere you go!