The Happenings at AVIA! Week of December 20, 2021
AVIA is gearing up for Christmas! Last week, we made Upcycled Mittens from Cashmere Sweaters! It was fun to get our creative juices flowing and make something by hand to share with friends and family! We had a great time gathering together as a group making mittens! Here is an example of our handiwork…
We will work on matching tote bags this week!
Health and Wellness!
I want to talk about Covid-19 and the Omicron Variant. It seems to be spreading in the U.S. now, and I have done some research on the variant. This variant has been found in Ohio, so I feel this is relevant to us at this time. Please see excerpts below from an article found on the CDC website.
Emergence of Omicron
On November 24, 2021, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). This new variant was first detected in specimens collected on November 11, 2021 in Botswana and on November 14, 2021 in South Africa.
On November 26, 2021, WHO named the B.1.1.529 Omicron and classified it as a Variant of Concern (VOC). On November 30, 2021, the United States designated Omicron as a Variant of Concern, and on December 1, 2021 the first confirmed U.S. case of Omicron was identified.
CDC has been collaborating with global public health and industry partners to learn about Omicron, as we continue to monitor its course. CDC has been using genomic surveillance throughout the course of the pandemic to track variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and inform public health practice. We don’t yet know how easily it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, or how well available vaccines and medications work against it.
What We Know about Omicron
Infection and Spread
- How easily does Omicron spread? The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.
- Will Omicron cause more severe illness? More data are needed to know if Omicron infections, and especially reinfections and breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated, cause more severe illness or death than infection with other variants.
- Will vaccines work against Omicron? Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.
- Will treatments work against Omicron? Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Based on the changed genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments are likely to remain effective while others may be less effective.
We have the Tools to Fight Omicron
Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death. CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated. CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster shot at least two months after their initial J&J/Janssen vaccine or six months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
Masks offer protection against all variants. CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status. CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more about what type of mask is right for them depending on their circumstances.
Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Two types of tests are used to test for current infection: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAAT and antigen tests can only tell you if you have a current infection. Individuals can use the COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool to help determine what kind of test to seek. Additional tests would be needed to determine if your infection was caused by Omicron. Visit your state, tribal, local, or territorial health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
Self-tests can be used at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results. If your self-test has a positive result, stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you have contact with others, and call your healthcare provider. If you have any questions about your self-test result, call your healthcare provider or public health department.
Until we know more about the risk of Omicron, it is important to use all tools available to protect yourself and others.
Despite the increased attention of Omicron, Delta continues to be the main variant circulating in the United States.
Where has Omicron been Detected in the United States
CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. This map shows the states that have detected at least one case of COVID-19 illness caused by the Omicron variant. More Omicron variant surveillance data on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.
Let’s all do our part to stay safe, protect others, and be healthy this winter!!!
Let’s Talk Soup!
It’s soup season!!! This week, I will share my favorite recipe for soup. This recipe was shared with me by my good friend Katie!
Katie’s Loaded Potato Soup
8 russet potatoes (peeled, rinsed, cut into bite size pieces)
1 medium onion (chopped)
4 C whole milk
½ C whole milk
2 chicken bouillon cubes (or equivalent stock powder) (dissolved in ½ C warm whole milk)
2 bunches green onions (chopped for topping)
2 C finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 C for cooking and 1 C for topping)
4 t butter
1 C crumbled bacon (bacon pieces are better than bits) (1/2 C for cooking and remaining amount for topping)
2 T flour
Salt and Pepper (to taste during cooking)
Melt butter in large pot, then cook onions until soft. Add flour and whisk for one minute. Add 4 C whole milk and bring to a simmering boil. Add potatoes and bring to a boil. Add 1 C finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir to melt. Add the bouillon, which has been melted in ½ C warm whole milk. Bring back to simmering boil. Add ¼ to ½ C crumbled bacon. Let boil gently for about 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Serve with crusty buttered bread, and top with finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions to taste.
Such a satisfying and delicious soup for winter! Quick and easy to make! Enjoy and stay warm this winter!
This Wednesday, December 22nd we will celebrate our AVIA Christmas Party for Residents and Staff! We look forward to a delicious steak dinner, live entertainment from Music that Swings, fun and games!
We will also host a New Year’s Eve Party on December 31st with Wade Jones entertaining us!
Love, Laughter, fun, food, family and friends! That is what the holidays mean to me! As always, AVIA welcomes guests for our Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Eve and Day dinners! Please notify us 72 hours in advance if you wish to attend!
Merry Christmas to all! Many wishes for a wonderful holiday season!