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Coronavirus Updates March 23, 2020

Over the past three decades, Calvert Hospice has provided compassionate care and support to members of our community who have needed us during some of the most personally difficult of times. Now, we continue to be here for you to do our best to respond to those same needs you still experience regardless of the current environment with which we are all learning to live.
We have adjusted our day-to-day operations based on guidelines and recommendations that are being set forth from the CDC and other federal, state and local authorities. Our staff are working remotely, however we are all digitally connected and communicate with each other daily. Our nurses and home health aides are still out in the community, in assisted living and nursing facilities as well as the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, providing quality care for our patients. Social workers and chaplains are supporting our patients and families by making visits in their homes and the Hospice House. Some facilities have restricted visits to non-medical staff, yet we are still making phone calls providing support whenever possible. Per the mandate cancelling all gatherings, our bereavement groups/classes have been stopped for the time being. We are continuing to make bereavement calls to family members of patients who have recently passed and individual phone counseling is available if needed. Our Palliative Care team is preparing to start telemedicine visits in the hospital and in the community at large. 
Although our main offices are closed, if you or a family member need us, please call us at 410-535-0892 and you will be connected to a staff member who can help. All of our frontline staff are taking the utmost precautions in order to keep our patients, families, themselves, and everyone in our community safe. We will continue to keep you informed and updated via our website at https://calverthospice.org/important-updates/.
Of course like so many, we are having to rethink all of our fundraising strategies for this year. We have put our Culinary Event scheduled for May on hold and our other planned events also remain tentative at this time. Restaurants and businesses that have graciously supported us in myriad ways are closed or have drastically reduced their services and our hearts are with them. As an independent nonprofit healthcare agency, losing these critical funds presents challenges for us, but we are our community’s hospice and we remain committed to all of our neighbors. We are Calvert County and everyone in this county supports each other no matter what. We want to thank all of you who already have reached out and expressed your support. If you are in a position to consider a donation, please visit https://calverthospice.org/make-a-gift/. We assure you Calvert Hospice will do all we can to provide the exceptional care and support we are privileged to provide.
Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by staying home unless absolutely necessary. Practice social distancing. Call, Facetime and Skype with friends and family, especially those who live alone. This is a perfect time to connect with those you may not get to talk to as often as you like and to reconnect with others with whom you may have lost touch. We live in a community where neighbors care about each other and, as always, we will get through this together.
Gratefully,
Jean Fleming, Executive Director
Claire Piason, Director of Development

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