It is with profound sadness that I share that four German Centre residents have passed away after testing positive for COVID-19. We offer our sincerest condolences to their families and we share in their grief.
These losses are reflective of the impact of this terrible virus; it attacks the frailest among us. Of the four residents, two had been hospitalized due to pre-existing health conditions. Two others had been receiving hospice care prior to exposure to the virus and were cared for here at German Centre. All will be missed.
It may be difficult for those outside the long-term care community to fully understand the impact residents make when they are admitted into our care. From the first moment, they become a part of our family. They place their faith and trust in us to safely provide care and comfort every hour of every day. Caregiver interactions are of the most intimate nature and irrevocable bonds are formed. Thus, with these losses, our staff grieves.
Across our campus, we remain relentless in our efforts to keep the virus contained. We continue to aggressively test German Centre residents and the number of positive results confirms that we are deep in this fight. It’s important to keep in mind that most of our residents who have tested positive are in stable condition, many are asymptomatic, and some are already showing signs of recovery. In fact, this week we had our first negative result of a resident who previously tested positive for COVID-19!
We appreciate the support the community has provided us during these challenging days. We understand how incredibly difficult this crisis has been for our families. Since the day we implemented the no visitor policy, we have felt the void. We’re working diligently to provide video interactions, whenever possible.
In spite of the pain and worry we all feel, please be assured that our staff continue to care for our residents day and night to fight this virus. When this crisis has passed, we look forward to reuniting with families and friends. At that time, we will allow ourselves some time to grieve and remember.
Be well and stay safe,
Michael B. Lincoln
Chief Executive Officer
Download the update: April 14 Update