Dear Century Park Family,
As you are aware, U.S. health officials urged caution this past Sunday about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Preliminary evidence suggests Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, but it remains uncertain whether its symptoms are worse, or if vaccines can prevent it. Experts say collecting more information about the variant will take several weeks.
Meanwhile, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said Omicron's spread to the United States is inevitable. He said it is better to err on the side of caution and that the best defense is still getting vaccinated and getting boosters.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins concurred, saying vaccines will "most likely" protect against Omicron. He went on to say, "and especially the boosters will give that additional layer of protection because there's something about the booster that causes your immune system to really expand its capacity against all kinds of different spike proteins, even ones it hasn't seen before."
Collins added that masking and social distancing should continue to be practiced, given the development of Omicron and the virus' constant shapeshifting. Century Park Associates is following the progress of this new variant closely. As a company, we are seeing positive outcomes for residents and associates who are vaccinated, receive the booster and continue to wear masks and social distance.
We strongly urge all our residents and associates to do the same. Our communities are committed to following our disinfecting protocol and remain unwavering in their commitment to serve. Now more than ever, it is critical that we continue our commitment to each other so that we can all enjoy a safe and joyous holiday season.
Chief Operating Officer/EVP