At Deutsches Altenheim, our top priority is the safety and well-being of residents and staff on our campus. Since this pandemic first arrived in Boston, we have been in contact with, and followed guidance from, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to maintain effective infection control. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, COVID-19 is present on our campus. We are working diligently to care for all those who are currently battling the virus and to protect from infection those who are not.
Because COVID-19 is highly contagious and many are asymptomatic while testing positive, testing continues among residents and staff across our campus to contain the spread of the virus. Below is the status of testing results as of May 14, 2020:
German Centre (skilled nursing)
1 confirmed case of COVID-19 among our residents
13 employees are on medical leave after testing positive for COVID-19
Edelweiss Village (assisted living)
0 cases of COVID-19 among our residents
1 employee is on medical leave after testing positive for COVID-19
The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been an ongoing issue on our campus – as it has been in many other facilities. We were fortunate to receive donations of PPE from several individuals, as well as organizations large and small. We are truly grateful for this outpouring of support. PPE supply and usage are monitored daily and our procurement team continues its relentless search for additional resources to keep our inventory stable. Our current supply of PPE, including facemasks, gowns, gloves and eye protection, is sufficient to meet our needs for two weeks with stringent conservation efforts.
Since the first positive test result in late March, there have been 20 deaths among test-positive residents and patients at German Centre. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and friends.
Please refer to previous posts and to Frequently Asked Questions for more background information about how Deutsches Altenheim is responding to the pandemic.