Dear residents, staff, families and supporters,

The community positivity rate is slowly dropping and the number of positive tests we are seeing at Bartels is also dropping. Our testing results this week showed one resident who was exposed by a family member in Aspen Cottage and three positive staff members. All have fairly light symptoms. No other residents in Woodland Terrace have tested positive. By the end of next week I am hoping everyone, residents and staff alike, will be coming off of quarantine and recovered. All other tests for Eichhorn Haus, Linden Place and Aspen Cottage are negative. There have been no additional reports of positivity at Eisenach Village.

As a reminder, the symptoms for this variant are mild so please do not visit if you have a stuffy nose or a sore or scratchy throat.

The vaccine mandate requirement deadline for staff is Monday, Feb. 14. This means the first dose of a two-dose series, one-dose series or exemptions must be filed and approved. The second dose of a two-dose series needs to be completed by March 15.

We are decorated for Valentine’s Day and have special food, music and treats throughout the campus this weekend and next week, which is always fun and uplifting!

Valentine’s Day is also a good time to think about the values of the organization as our values spell out the word HEART – Honesty, Empathy, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork. I challenge you to take one value a day next week and apply it at work or at home and see what a difference it can make.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thanks for your continued support.


Paula Geise, RN, MSN, CEO

Categorised in: