COVID-19

Alerts

How We’re Responding to COVID-19 

UMC’s frontline associates are real life superheroes, going above and beyond during this COVID-19 pandemic to serve with the creativity, compassion, and dedication our seniors deserve. The United Methodist Communities Foundation is focused on doing all we can to support these heroes, and we need your help. Click here to read a special letter from Larry Carlson and Dr. Grant Karsner with more information.

 

Calling All People Who Sew: You Can Help Make Masks For United Methodist Communities Healthcare Workers

Our seniors and the workers that care for them need your help! Rally is probably not the right word. A significant movement, perhaps even a revolution of epic noble intentions is underway in individual homes, in maker-spaces and sewing groups to come together and solve a problem to save lives at risk from the Coronavirus.

You can help. Today. Right now. If you sew, you can do something to help others. Check out the simple instructions in this video or use your own pattern:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FB–BOyTiU

Contact the United Methodist Communities Foundation for further instructions if you can help! or call/text 856-298-6350.

You can donate to the effort to support our residents and associates here:  https://foundation.umcommunities.org/united-against-covid-19/ or  https://foundation.umcommunities.org/donate/

Promote Health. Value Elders. Remain Hopeful. UNITEDagainstCOVID19

 

*For the safety of all residents, and to reduce the chance of exposure to COVID-19, as of 5pm on Monday, March 16, 2020 any resident who leaves UMC at Bristol Glen, UMC at Collingswood, UMC at Pitman, or UMC at The Shores, unless it’s an emergency, will not be able to return. Thank you for your cooperation. Please click here to learn more.*

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH)

 

Below are hotline numbers to call for more information about the corresponding community:

UMC at Bristol Glen: 201-695-8904

UMC at Collingswood: 201-701-2072

UMC at Pitman: 201-695-8950

UMC at The Shores: 201-696-3858 

 

Click here to read the protocols and precautions UMC HomeWorks is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

We are encouraging anyone who wants to send notes, cards, and drawings to our residents to do so! We want to keep spirits high and this is also a great way to stay in contact with loved ones. Learn more here!

Any questions can be sent to Covid19@UMCommunities.org

 

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

Since the first confirmed reports of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, UMC has been working to ensure that we are prepared. Our number one priority is the health and safety of residents, clients, associates, and volunteers.

Please click here to read the latest update from the NJ Department of Health.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

In support of our associates’ devotion to the organization’s mission and values, UMC  has implemented the #UNITEDagainstCOVID-19 Appreciation Fund. Learn more here.

Since the first confirmed reports of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, UMC has been working to ensure that we are prepared. Our number one priority is the health and safety of residents, clients, associates, and volunteers.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020

Since the first confirmed reports of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, UMC has been working to ensure that we are prepared. Our number one priority is the health and safety of residents, clients, associates, and volunteers.

We know life under this pandemic means staying at home as much as possible, but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. We wanted to share this tip sheet with you to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home if you do have to leave.

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

United Methodist Communities continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19. Our leadership team continues their regularly scheduled conference calls so the team across our system is updated and in communication. Things are status quo at United Methodist Communities. We are grateful for the engagement on Facebook as we share what is happening inside our communities. Please continue to send good wishes to your loved one through social media or the mail.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

Please be aware of scams related to COVID-19. The FTC has put together a great guide. Click on the link below to access this:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

Updated Statement – Great News

At United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, the health and well-being of our residents, associates, and volunteers remains paramount. We have received the results of the COVID-19 test our resident was given on March 18 and it was Negative! Our resident is still resting comfortably in the hospital. Thank you all for your good thoughts. As a faith-based organization, we continue to mobilize every resource, courtesy and consideration to care for our community. We will keep our community informed as more information becomes available.

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

Updated Statement – No New News

At United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, the health and well-being of our residents, associates, and volunteers remains paramount. We are still awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test our resident was given on March 18. We have been told that the labs are backed up and we won’t have the results before Wednesday, March 25. Our resident is resting comfortably in the hospital. Thank you all for your good thoughts. As a faith-based organization, we continue to mobilize every resource, courtesy and consideration to care for our community. We will keep our community informed as more information becomes available.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

At United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, the health and well-being of our residents, associates, and volunteers remains paramount. Yesterday, one of our residents was transported to a local hospital for respiratory distress. The resident has been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and we should know the results in 2-3 days. While HIPAA regulations preclude us from sharing specific information about this resident, we have reached out to the individual’s family and remain in contact with them. At our community, we continue to follow the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) infection-control procedures and are in close communication with the New Jersey Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate actions. As a faith-based organization, we continue to mobilize every resource, courtesy and consideration to care for our community. We will keep our community informed as more information becomes available.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

At this time, we do not have any cases or known exposures of COVID-19 in our UMC communities. In an abundance of caution, we are now prohibiting visitors from entering our full-service communities.

Recognizing that Gov. Murphy has ordered the closure of salons and barbershops throughout the state, we have also closed our in-house salons until further notice.  Residents who need assistance with hair washing, shaving, etc., should speak with their caregivers for assistance.

Please click here to read our latest press release.

UMC at Bristol Glen’s Chaplain Sal has a brief pastoral message for all of our residents, associates, and their families.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020

At this time, we do not have any cases or known exposures of COVID-19 in our UMC communities. In an abundance of caution, we are now prohibiting visitors from entering our full-service communities.

Beauty Salons in the full service communities remain open. All hairdressers are screened upon entering the building before their shift.  They understand hand hygiene and wipe down equipment after each customer. We are implementing individual meal delivery to individual residents.

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

Since the first confirmed reports of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, UMC has been working to ensure that we are prepared. Our number one priority is the health and safety of residents, clients, associates, and volunteers.

At this time, we do not have any cases or known exposures of COVID-19 in our UMC communities. In an abundance of caution, we are now prohibiting visitors from entering our full-service communities.

Click here to read the newest letter from United Methodist Communities’ President & CEO, Larry Carlson.  

To slow the spread of COVID-19, we all need to engage in “social distancing.” Please read our latest update regarding “social distancing” here.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

At this time, we do not have any cases or known exposures of COVID-19 in our UMC communities. In an abundance of caution, we are now prohibiting visitors from entering our full-service communities. Please click here read our latest update. 

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

All of the Coronavirus discussion can be overwhelming. While UMC has a solid plan to protect our residents and associates, it can be reassuring to get a faith based perspective on the issue. UMC President & CEO Larry Carlson reached out to our community pastors to get their thoughts on how the communities are feeling and making sure that our residents and staff are feeling cared for at a spiritual level. Click here to read our pastors responses.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2020  

In response to the growing threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), UMC is following the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), and the county health departments.

UMC has formed a Coronavirus Response Team led by Elizabeth P. Andersen, Corporate Director of Compliance and Risk Management. Further, we are placing restrictions on entry into UMC communities.  Associates, visitors, vendors, and volunteers who have recently returned from travel to countries/locations with Level 2 and Level 3 active virus spread per the CDC are not to enter any UMC community for fourteen (14) days following their return; these individuals must also be symptom free prior to entering the UMC community. We will update the travel restrictions as the global threat develops. In addition, we are reviewing our preparedness procedures, which include steps for necessary supplies and plans for staffing.

Associates, visitors, vendors, and volunteers who have had contact within the past fourteen (14) days with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 also may not enter any UMC community.  Associates must also notify their supervisors and their community’s Staff Development Coordinator (if applicable) of their recent travel exposure or exposure to an infected individual.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our residents, clients, associates, and volunteers.  We will post coronavirus updates to this page. Please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Andersen at EAndersen@umcommunities.org or your community’s Executive Director or Housing Administrator with further questions or concerns.  Thank you for your vigilance and cooperation in addressing this global health risk.