COVID-19 Update for all WEL Main Line Residents and Staff– 4/28/2020

This past weekend was a very sad weekend in our Meadows unit.  We unfortunately experienced 5 deaths of residents who had tested positive with Covid19.  They were able to spend time at the end with family, either with visits at the windows, through facetime, or in a few cases, bedside, which was a comfort for both the resident and the family.  Please keep them in your prayers. Our total positive in the Meadows since the first case reported is now 17.  We have not had a new positive case in a week, but we continue to observe and are prepared to test when symptoms occur.  We have also seen 4 residents who have been able to improve sufficiently over the last 21 days that we are noting them as recovered. 

We have had no positive cases in the Pines with staff or residents to date.

In the Independent Living unit, we have sadly experienced our first death of a resident who had tested positive for Covid.  Please keep the family in your prayers.  Our other positive cases continue to recover, with one returning to their apartment today.  We continue to work to maintain tracking of residents who may have come in contact with these positive residents, but have not experienced any more complaints of symptoms from anyone in IL apartments to date.  We have requested those who came in contact with any of the positives, or anyone who had contact with a secondary contact to self quarantine for 14 days.  As always, please contact wellness with any concerns about your health.

We know there has been a small swell of residents and families who have asked about the names of those who have passed, and we believe that we need to allow the families of these residents grieve in their own personal way and when we feel as though this crisis is behind us as a community, we can find an appropriate way to come together as a community and share our sadness and loss and support our friends who have experienced the loss of a loved one to this terrible disease.  We are sure that the families have reached out to some of the friends that their loved one had in the community to let them know.  We would also point out that our staff has experienced a tremendous loss during this crisis.  The relationships that have been forged while caring for these residents is deep and the loss is profound.  Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 

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