COVID Room Capacity Restrictions Lifted on Campus

Please be advised that all audience capacity restrictions have been lifted for events taking place at Charlestown.  This means the audience capacity for Auditorium events is now 207, and capacity for Chapel and Conference Center events are 275 and 300, respectively, and classroom/meeting room capacities have returned to pre-COVID.

Masks are still required to attend any performance or gathering at Charlestown with more than 30 attendees.

Updated BCPL Bookmobile Service

Photo Credit: NCLINC

BCPL Bookmobile Service will deliver books to Charlestown on the second Friday each month, but they will not be available until the following Monday or Tuesday due to Covid-19 protection. 
 
Call 410-887-7586 to request books, or do so online at https://catalog.bcpl.lib.md.us
 
Please keep in mind also that there is a “no-touch” safety policy with BCPL among library branches so your requests may be delayed a few days. Books may be picked up and dropped off at the Community Resources offices in Brookside.

Using Outside Personnel for Home Services

Coronavirus

I write this as a friendly but serious reminder of the importance of taking precautions when we hire any outside provider of personnel services, so you and I can remain COVID-19 free. Nothing new, but very important for us since it relates to our unique population’s health vulnerability. Dr. Fauci of the CDC has indicated several times that “40-45% of COVID-19 infections are caused by those who are asymptomatic”. So, why is this important to know? Or why should you care?

Those of us who live in Charlestown’s independent living apartments have been extremely ‘lucky’ in that we have had only 6 residents who have contracted the coronavirus, one of whom unfortunately died. This deceased was infected by someone from the outside providing private services and though vetted at the main gate, the carrier was asymptomatic and unknowingly infected the resident. The other residents were infected when visiting family, friends or using outside service persons while relaxing their guard to avoid infection.

Charlestown encourages us to take all precautions necessary when we bring anyone into our homes for whatever reason, be they family, friends or various service personnel (for example, pet-walkers, maids, beauticians, etc.), since any one of those visitors may be infected by the coronavirus, yet be asymptomatic. Both you and the visitor should be wearing masks properly, stay at least 6 feet apart, and frequently wash your hands. However, since visiting rules at Charlestown have been relaxed, many residents are not being as careful as they should be.

This week alone, I have nudged about fifteen residents/service personnel to “Please cover your nose” who were wearing their masks improperly. And to ask: Where is your mask? of those neighbors who were not wearing one. I’m afraid that mask fatigue is creeping on campus and people are letting their guard down, especially since red signs went to blue, giving a sense of it’s okay now to be less cautious.

This becomes most important when using home care personnel because it is your responsibility to ensure that these providers have been vetted, have had background checks, have liability insurance, etc. The aides may have been visiting a client outside of Charlestown and may have been infected. Ask, if they have been tested for COVID-19. I have seen a couple of private home health aides coming out of apartments without using masks and/or the resident not wearing theirs. I have reminded those persons to do so; nicely, of course. For peace of mind, I encourage you to make use of the Charlestown’s Home Care personnel who are vetted and tested and are your best bet to staying healthy.

Please, let’s help each other live another year!

Merci Izquierdo-Whitaker
Chair, Residents’ Council Health Services Committee

Groups Meeting During Coronavirus

Groups Meeting During Coronavirus

Clubs and Groups

Here is a list of the groups and clubs who are meeting by Zoom or other technologies during this time of self-quarantine.

Contact information for leaders can be found in the Resident Directory in MyErickson.

See the list of the Council monthly meeting and Council Committee meetings here.

Group Leader Date/Day of Week Time
Alanon Anna Marie Ciarrocchi Thursdays 9:00 AM
Apple (CHUG) Users Group Ann MacKay 3rd Thursday of the month 1:00 PM
Bingo Mimi O'Donnell Wednesdays and Saturdays 11:00 AM
Conservative Values Study Group Diana Mood Thursdays 7 PM
Gamers Wayne Smith irregular
Genelaogy Club Hope Tillman and Walt Howe 2nd Friday 1:00 PM
(Virtual) Happy Hour Ann MacKay Fridays 4:00 PM
Journal Club Tony Hansen Monday-Friday 11:00 AM
Nature Trail Club Bonnie Kawecki/ Donna Ferrara 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:00 AM
Photography Interest Group (PHIG) Betty Caldwell 3rd Thursday of the month 2:00 PM
Progressives Bonnie Kawecki 1st Monday of the month 4:00 PM
Unitarian-Universalists Planning Group Bonnie Kawecki 1st Wednesday of the month 2:30 PM

Groups meeting in classrooms can be found by looking at Activities in MyErickson. All in-person groups require reservations for attendance. 

Instructions for Learning Zoom

There are lots of Youtube tutorials at Zoom.us. I have picked a couple to get started.

Zoom 101 Sign Up & Download Meeting Client
How to join a Zoom Meeting Video if you get an invitation.

Connector Tips – Keeping You Engaged & Informed