On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, a resident living in Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward, Wisconsin, tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As of Monday, June 1, 2020, we have completed 121 additional tests in the Care Center,” said Heather Sheehan, Vice President of Senior Services. “We are happy to report that we have not had any additional positive test results.”
The resident who tested positive has continued to remain asymptomatic and will remain in isolation until they have cleared the potentially infectious time period.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services is developing a plan to continue testing all nursing home residents and staff. Water’s Edge will continue to work closely with Sawyer County Public Health until the state’s plan is defined and released. Water’s Edge Senior Apartments will begin testing their tenants and staff this week.
Water’s Edge 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 guidance from Sawyer County Public Health, as well as state and federal agencies.
“Even though we are unable to allow visitors into Water’s Edge, we understand that window visits are important to our residents, tenants and families,” says Sheehan. “In order to keep our residents and tenants safe during these visits, it is essential to keep six feet apart and to wear a mask when visiting. In an effort to help maintain social distance, there are now lines in the lawn marking six feet from the windows and patios. By following the necessary safe guards we can continue to allow this meaningful family connection.”
“The health and safety of those who live with us in Water’s Edge is our top priority. We would like to thank our residents, tenants and their families for their understanding and support during this difficult time,” says Sheehan. “We would also like to thank the community for your concern and words of encouragement,” says Sheehan.