The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered on December 14, 2020. Now more than two months later, only 13.3% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated. Although new daily cases are decreasing, new variants of the virus are emerging around the world, creating a dire need for faster distribution. Fortunately, at the ARC, over 95% of residents have received both doses; 98% of Health Care Center Residents and 95% of Independent Living residents have been fully inoculated. Our efforts to provide immunity for our community also involve protecting our staff; currently, 75% of ARC employees were administered both vaccines. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our Community has made safety the #1 priority. All employees and residents are frequently updated on the health guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Bexar Metro Health Authority. The ARC has provided ongoing safeguards: masks are required, social distancing is practiced, and travel restrictions are in effect. A characteristic that has always set our community apart from others is our strong relationship between ARC residents and ARC staff. This is the same relationship that has ensured a safe environment throughout this crisis. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 through these unprecedented times is a task that can only be achieved through the efforts of both residents and staff.
One might ask themselves if living in a community is safe during these unprecedented times. We asked the same question to our residents; this is what they had to say.
Being here during the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the blessings of being at the ARC. Leadership and staff have worked overtime to keep us informed about the disease and instituted multiple procedures to keep us safer than we would probably have been on our own in our previous community. We highly recommend the Army Residence Community for the next phase of your life.
LTC Wil and Whyllys Byrd
“We were delighted to be able to get both doses of the COVID vaccine with no problems at all. We have also established a relationship with the ARC’s doctors, making it easy to obtain health care.”
LTC Rodger and Debra Todd
“You can say that living at the ARC during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a particular blessing. Not only has our CEO and senior staff ensured that all residents and staff were able to receive the Pfizer vaccine but we have our 3 dining venues opened with safety measures in place, have meal pickups available daily with multiple choices for breakfast and lunch/dinner, and a multitude of activities from which to choose. No reason to feel lonely or isolated. I’m glad to have made the decision to move to this beautiful vibrant CCRC.”
RADM Mariann Stratton