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Virginia Skilled Nursing Week Recognition

05/09/2021

WHEREAS, the staff of Virginia’s skilled nursing facilities have shown remarkable dedication and sacrifice amid unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s skilled nursing facilities provide vital care for our elders and residents of any age with physical or intellectual disabilities; and

WHEREAS, over the past year, skilled nursing staff have worked diligently to limit the spread of COVID-19 among their residents, protecting this very vulnerable population in the face of challenging circumstances and the heavy emotional toll of the pandemic; and

WHEREAS, staff also provided support to nursing facility residents and their families during this incredibly difficult time, especially for those that could not leave their rooms or see visitors in-person; and

WHEREAS, as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, our skilled nursing facilities are taking steps to maintain access to quality care while ensuring residents and staff stay safe with access to vaccinations and regular testing; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is thankful for the dedicated workers in these facilities for the heroic contributions they make every day to the wellbeing of the residents and families they serve; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Skilled Nursing Care Week is a time to honor both our vulnerable residents who receive care and the dedicated ones who give care;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 9-15, 2021, as VIRGINIA SKILLED NURSING CARE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.