Life Care Facilities Prepare For Coronavirus In The Wake Of Concerns After Seattle Failure

Glenmeadow is one of Longmeadow’s Life Care facilities. In the wake of the spread of the coronavirus in Washington state, which left 21 residents of a nursing facility testing positive and some dead, Life Care facilities in Longmeadow have responded by instituting new policies. GLENMEADOW

After a spread went undetected for weeks at a Life Care facility outside Seattle, and 21 out of the current 49 residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have become a major concern for officials as places that are uniquely vulnerable. Both Glenmeadow and JGS Lifecare, lifecare facilities located in Longmeadow, have been preparing for the outbreak. Glenmeadow has been informing residents how to protect themselves from airborne diseases including the coronavirus. Linda Edwards, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives at Glenmeadow, says that the facility has “reviewed our cleaning protocols and have increased their frequency.” JGS Lifecare’s Vice President of Development and Communications, Susan Kimball Halpern, has said “we are screening all visitors, family members, and staff for their travel history and signs of respiratory illness before permitting them to enter our buildings.”

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