Water’s Edge Identifies Positive COVID-19 Case
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, it was confirmed that a resident living in Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward, Wisconsin, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the facility’s first case and a direct result of proactive facility wide testing that was performed last week as part of a statewide goal to test all nursing home residents and staff in the month of May.
The health and safety of those who live with us in Water’s Edge is our top priority. We are working closely with Sawyer County Public Health and following all public health guidance. Staff and residents continue to follow all recommended preventative actions including actively screening all individuals in the facility. All precautions remain up to date and consistent with current local, state, and federal recommendations.
“The positive resident is currently asymptomatic and is isolated to avoid contact with others,” says Heather Sheehan, Vice President of Senior Services. “The resident is comfortable and being monitored closely by staff.”
While we cannot allow visitors in our facility, we understand that window visits are important to our residents and tenants. We would like to stress the importance of safe guards during window visits. Keep a distance of six feet from the window, avoid direct contact like touching hands or kissing through the screen and window visitors should wear masks even while outside.
“We ask for your continued support to keep our community healthy. Although our Safer At Home Order has been lifted it is still recommended that we take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our most vulnerable population,” says Julia Lyons, Sawyer County Public Health Officer. “We encourage people to stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wear a mask when in public and wash your hands often.”
“We know this is a difficult time for everyone,” says Sheehan. “Please be assured we are doing everything we can to contain and prevent spread within our facility. We are strictly adhering to all direction from local, state and federal governments.”