Dear Guild Community:
We have all heard much about the post-Thanksgiving surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide. “Positivity-rates” in Massachusetts are as high as nine percent in some areas and across the country, we’ve seen rates as high as 17 percent. Fortunately, the post-Thanksgiving COVID-positive rate at The Guild is at “only” one percent. But, we know that the virus incubation period is not over; so we are continuing to test and adhere to our safety protocols.
 
Visitation
As we move into the next phase of the holiday season (Happy Chanuka!), The Guild is reviewing visitation protocols. The Guild continues to allow offsite and onsite visitation as outlined in previous emails; however, beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020, such visits will be restricted to guardians and immediate household members and only once per week
 
Guardians must complete the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ attestation form no later than four days prior to visitation and submit the form to adult residential associate directors or youth residential associate directors as appropriate for your resident.
 
We recognize that additional steps may be frustrating for some; however, these are necessary measures to ensure that safety and communication protocols are being followed to protect all members of The Guild’s community.
 
Vaccinations
In the last few weeks, news media reports about vaccination development and approvals have been abundant; but, specific information about availability has been limited. The Guild’s leaders are attending a stakeholder call with Secretary Mary Lou Sudders about the Commonwealth’s plan for distribution of a vaccine or multiple vaccines on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:30pm. The following is an invitation to that information session:
We will keep you abreast of any developments from the Secretary’s presentation and encourage you to attend, if you desire. As always, if you have questions or thoughts you’d like to share, please contact The Guild’s leadership team or me directly.
Take care,
 
Amy Sousa, Chief Executive Officer
Email: [email protected] / Cell: (781) 330-5189