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A Season of Hope

I love this time of year. I always know that Spring is just around the corner when I hear the first tree frog awakening from hibernation. It sounds like the frog is calling out, asking, “Is anyone out there?” Soon there is a response and before you know it, there is a chorus of tree frogs welcoming the spring weather.

Same thing with the flowers and the trees. Each day as I walk past them, they seem to awaken a little bit more and soon they will be in full bloom. We have also welcomed our baby ducks to our courtyard, they bring such joy to everyone.

This winter has been particularly difficult for everyone as the Covid-19 virus descended on the world like a thief in the night. It is an unwelcome guest and all of us have been impacted by it one way or another.

As with winter, this virus, too, has a beginning, middle, and end, but when you are in the middle of the “Dark Days,” you wonder if it will ever end. The fact that it will have an end is hopeful.

I have been tracking the data for Washington County for the past month. Even though they are doing more testing of suspected COVID cases, it appears the number of reported positive COVID cases in Washington County has plateaued. We are still in the grips of the Dark Days but the efforts that we make today will help bring an end to the Dark Days that much sooner.

I would also like to address the issue that we have an active COVID case among one of Hearthstone’s staff members. A part-time employee of Hearthstone did have the virus; however, the employee has not worked at Hearthstone since March 20. Since the employee has not been in the community for 21 days and no other staff members or residents have tested positive for Covid-19, the Washington County Health Department deemed us “virus-free.” Should we have an active case of Covid-19 in the community, we will immediately notify all residents, families, and staff members.

I thank you all for your continued efforts to combat this virus by Staying Home, practicing social distancing, wearing face masks and gloves, and sanitizing and disinfecting regularly. We are not done with the Dark Days yet but each day I hear more tree frogs, more songbirds, and more flowers starting to bloom, and that gives me hope.

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Hearthstone at Murrayhill is an ideal choice for seniors who want to live in a social environment with few responsibilities, while having access to quality care and a little “extra help” when it’s needed.

You’re invited to take a personal tour, enjoy a meal, and see all that Hearthstone at Murrayhill has to offer. Call (503) 521-3000, or click below to set up your visit.

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