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COVID-19 Update – June 26, 2020

A note from Tom Freitag, executive director, from Hearthstone at Murrayhill.

The Serenity Prayer

Several years ago, I was given a plaque that has the Serenity Prayer on it. It simply says:

“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”

Although this prayer is usually associated with the Alcoholic Anonymous organization and other 12 step programs, I find it very valuable in adjusting my mental attitude and helping me work through challenging times.

The COVID-19 crisis is a good example of how all of us can benefit from this prayer and others like it.


It would be easy to be anxious or upset and fixate on the COVID-19 virus. It has certainly disrupted all of our lives. But we cannot change the fact that there is a COVID-19 epidemic happening in the world. We CAN help protect ourselves and those around us by wearing our masks, keeping our social distance, and practicing good personal hygiene. If we ALL do this, we can have an impact in stopping the spread of COVID-19.


Other words that I use often are Strength and Perseverance. It has taken courage to leave behind our comfort zone of what was and adapt to the new environment around us. It takes strength and discipline to do the uncomfortable things such as wear our facemasks in public and adjust our routines. Each day we get up and persevere through the challenges of the day. We all have them.


It’s tempting to be discouraged with COVID-19, especially when there appears to be no end in sight and there are new challenges facing us each day. Wisdom is being able to discern between the things you cannot change and work on changing the things that you can. When you are able to do that, you will find calm and peace from within.

We have seen the results when the public has failed to adapt and adjust to the new COVID-19 environment. In Oregon, since entering Phase 1 there has been a spike in COVID-19 related cases. The daily count of positive cases is higher than it was in March. A lot of these cases have been traced back to family and social gatherings where someone was asymptomatic and unintentionally infected other people at the gathering. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to protect yourself and those around you when you are at a family or social gathering. A couple of helpful hints: If you do go out, wash your hands and face as soon as you return home, and change your clothes. These steps can help reduce your risk of being infected with the virus.

In July, the State is mandating that all residents and staff who work in retirement communities be tested for COVID-19. Residents will be tested just once to establish a baseline and to ensure that no one is asymptomatic. Staff members will need to be tested monthly. Although our community is and has been COVID-19 free, the thought behind monthly staff testing is because our employees are out in the public more than residents. This means a higher likelihood of staff being infected with COVID-19 than our residents. We will update you on testing as we receive more information.

In the meantime, stay well and keep up the good fight!

Tom Freitag, Executive Director

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