COVID-19 Daily Impact

As of May 4, 2020, there are 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at German Centre. Since the first positive test result in late March, there have been 20 deaths among test-positive residents and patients. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and friends, and we are working diligently to care for all those who are battling the virus.

Because we know this virus is highly contagious and individuals can test positive before they show symptoms, testing asymptomatic individuals is critical to stopping the spread. Currently, no residents of Edelweiss Village, our assisted living residence, are symptomatic or test-positive for COVID-19. As a precautionary measure, coronavirus tests were performed on all Edelweiss Village residents and staff. We are awaiting the test results.

Members of the staff at both German Centre and Edelweiss Village are certainly not immune to the virus. To date, 15 members of our staff tested positive for COVID-19 and were placed on medical leave. Some of those individuals have been cleared by their physician and have returned to work. Governor Baker has mandated that all nursing home staff be tested for the virus. German Centre has begun the paperwork to begin that process.

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. We continue our relentless search for additional resources to keep our inventory stable. Our current supply of PPE is sufficient to meet our needs for the upcoming week.

Please refer to previous posts and to Frequently Asked Questions for more background information about how Deutsches Altenheim is responding to the pandemic.

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