COVID-19 UPDATE | JUNE 5, 2020


June 5, 2020

Friends and Family of Santa Marta,

Thank you for your patience this week as we conducted widespread testing of team members communitywide and residents in assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care. We’re thrilled to report that we’ve received results for nearly 90 percent of the 300-plus tests – all of which are negative for COVID-19. We anticipate the remaining results will be returned by early next week.

We also retested several residents and team members identified through contact tracing. These tests too all returned negative for the virus. To continue our pursuit of any potential asymptomatic carriers, beginning June 15, we will conduct bi-weekly testing for all healthcare staff. This will complement ongoing resident testing, as needed, and any potential testing due to contact tracing.

At this time, Santa Marta has no resident cases of COVID-19. We currently have five COVID-positive team members, all of whom are self-quarantined in their respective homes, per our protocols. One team member has recovered, and we were pleased to welcome them back to campus recently.

While parts of Kansas, Missouri, and the metro begin to gradually reopen, our protocols – including a complete restriction on visitors – remain in effect. Direction and guidance on when we can ease these policies will come from medical experts at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, but we anticipate communities like ours will be near the end of any phased reopening.

However, we have taken initial steps internally to get back to a more normal sense of operation. Some services and amenities, such as our salon and fitness center, are open to independent living residents only, per State regulations. These services are by appointment only to ensure we maintain social distancing and have time to clean/disinfect areas appropriately between use.

We also continue to offer small group activities like flex and stretch, aerobics and trivial pursuit, again, while strictly adhering to social distancing. In health services, our team supports one-on-one engagement with residents and facilitates door-to-door delivery on our treat trolley.

I’m incredibly proud to lead such a fine group of professionals. Their compassion, flexibility and ingenuity are a constant reminder of our mission of service and faith-inspired values.

Please know we continue to provide detailed and timely updates to residents on all related matters through weekly broadcasts on our internal TV channel. We also share updates with the larger Santa Marta family on our website and Facebook page. As always, if you have a particular question or inquiry, I or our leadership team can be reached at

Stay safe, and God bless.


Chet Surmaczewicz

Executive Director