COVID-19 Community Updates
On August 18th, President Biden passed a COVID vaccination mandate for all skilled nursing facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid/ALTCS. Christian Care Health Center is governed by this mandate.
All staff who work in the Nursing Center, or whose scope of duties requires them to be called to work in the Nursing Center, will be required to get the COVID vaccine unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. Our Corporate HR Team is currently drafting policy in accordance with the government rules which are expected to be out in September.
To get ahead of this new mandate, Christian Care is offering free COVID vaccinations to any staff who have not yet been vaccinated, including those who are not currently working in the Nursing Center. Employees should speak with their supervisor or the campus Human Resources Director for more information and to schedule an appointment.
COVID updates specific to different buildings or levels of care on the Phoenix campus.
On Monday, May 24, 2021, face masks became optional for fully vaccinated individuals at Christian Care and Fellowship Square Phoenix. This update only applies to our independent living buildings, whether gathering inside or outside, or in large or small groups.
Masks are still required in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities, regardless of vaccination status. When visiting either one of these settings, masks must be worn at all times.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Safety Precautions Still in Place
We will continue to adhere to the best practices and safety protocols developed according to the CDC, Arizona Department of Health, and the Maricopa County Department of Health to help prevent any future spread of COVID-19.
Health officials are still learning how effective the vaccine is against spreading COVID-19. Even if you or a loved one have been fully vaccinated, the CDC continues to recommend following basic prevention steps.