Happy New Year! Like you, we were thrilled to see 2020 end and it was with extra exuberance that we welcomed 2021 with a New Year's Eve parade! Accompanied by mimosas, residents cheered as staff members scattered bubbles and commemorated the opportunity for new beginnings. We trust that you, too, were able to usher in hope and the possibility for better times ahead.
We're vaccinated! The holiday season brought an extra-special gift to Noble Horizons residents and staff who on December 23 received their first of two COVID vaccinations! Well over 100 vaccines were administered and nary a side effect was reported other than a few slightly sore arms.
The holiday season is in full swing and we hope that you are finding ways to enjoy your favorite traditions despite the unusual circumstances. Festive activities spreading holiday cheer throughout Noble Horizons include tree-trimming, shopping (online!), gift wrapping, decorating and lots of music.
While COVID continues to be the backdrop this fall, the season's pageantry of spectacular foliage has provided a magnificent counterpoint to the pandemic. Whether enjoying trails like the one pictured above or the mesmerizing views out every window, we are savoring the panoramic brilliance unfurling daily across the Noble campus.
Noble Horizons continues to be COVID-free despite the alarming increase in cases throughout the northwest corner. We salute our dedicated team members and their unrelenting diligence and commitment to keeping Noble residents safe and COVID out. You can learn more about their efforts by listening to Administrator Bill Pond's recent interview on WHDD, our region's local NPR station.
We hope you are well and enjoying this spectacular fall. The Noble campus is awash in neon yellow, crimson red and eye-popping orange and the views beyond are breathtaking. Thanks to the warm, sunny weather, activities continue throughout campus, including outdoor family visits. Indoor family visits are also taking place thanks to DPH policy changes.
As signs of fall emerge, we are happy to report that Noble Horizons remains 100% Covid-free. Every team member has twice tested negative for the virus and all living at Noble continue to be healthy. Like you, we had hoped that Covid challenges would not persist as they have but we are humbled by the sacrifices, commitment and hard work of so many who have kept Noble Horizons safe, vibrant and flourishing.
Salisbury temperatures will be dipping to 35 this weekend, a stark reminder that fall arrives on Tuesday. Fortunately, the days remain warm enough to enjoy weekly barbeques, outdoor family visits, golf cart rides, fishing, courtyard activities and bounteous harvests from the Noble gardens. In fact, most of our barbeques feature vegetables and herbs picked just moments before they are served.
Throughout the pandemic during which Noble Horizons has remained COVID-free, we have been committed to ensuring families remain close and in touch. One of the most meaningful initiatives we have undertaken is the design and construction by Noble team members of a visitation center which provides a cherished opportunity for families to spend time together.
Summer is in full swing and Noble is buzzing!nWe are enjoying lunch outside, revivifying walks amidst the spectacular flowers blooming across campus, worship services in our sheltered courtyards, birdwatching around the ponds, barbecues, family visits and much more.
Life at Noble continues to be busy. Not only has a daily schedule of Zoom classes kept people engaged but activities like croquet, gardening, fishing, trail walks, exercise sessions, Country Store, shopping and more are providing delightful ways to pass the lazy days of summer. Families are taking advantage of our carefully constructed family visit center which ensures time together under the safest possible conditions.
We hope you are enjoying the summer and staying safe and well. It is gratifying to report that Connecticut COVID cases continue to decline; in fact, on July 1, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut's positive test rate is the third lowest in the nation. You will be pleased to know that Noble Horizons remains COVID free.
Noble Horizons is proud to celebrate National Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) week, the theme for which is Kindness in Action. Every day, 24-hours a day, Noble's 55 CNAs give care with affection and compassion, dedication and commitment. Read this and other stories in our newsletter!
We hope you enjoyed National Donut Day yesterday! We celebrated with a delectable sampling of jelly, frosted, chocolate, and other assorted donuts from the Canaan Dunkin' where our server turned out to be the daughter-in-law of a Noble resident! We do love small-town life!
Noble Horizons hosted two ceremonies on Memorial Day against a backdrop of perfect weather. The Gettysburg Address was read and patriotic songs were sung. Though we dearly missed our small-town Memorial Day Parade and the opportunity to salute local veterans, our services were moving and meaningful for all.
As we close out another week of life during the pandemic, we remain profoundly grateful that COVID-19 has not touched a single resident at Noble Horizons. We are diligently working to keep it that way.