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COVID-19 Update

As of today, we do not have any probable or confirmed cases at our Browning Masonic Community or our Springfield Masonic Community. Please see the latest update from Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC):

“Greetings WRMC Community Member, Families, and Staff,

As of today, it has been 20 days since our last positive community member COVID-19 case in our Memory Care Center and 23 days since our last positive community member case in Traditional Assisted Living. There have been no other community members showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in any of our care areas.

It saddens me to inform you, we have lost our sixth community member who was from our Memory Care Center to COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

Our COVID-19 positive community member that has remained in Traditional Assisted Living has been symptom free now for more than seven days and is now considered to be fully recovered.

At this time we have zero active community member COVID-19 cases on our campus OR at the hospital.

We have one staff member who tested positive during the second week of April who is self-isolating at home and remains off work. Last week, I reported two new staff members were showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and were self-isolating at home and off work as well. I am happy to report we were able to get tests for both team members and they have both tested negative for COVID-19. This changes our previously reported number to five total cases. However, four of those team members have recovered and returned to work.

I know that everyone is anxious for WRMC to start opening back up. At this time we are still required to follow the guidelines set by the State of Ohio in regards to Senior Living. Even though we will be stepping down our quarantine protocols in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living, we will be doing so with caution. We will start or continue the following protocols on Monday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. We will be going room to room in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living to explain these changes to each community member on a one-on-one basis this Friday, May 1.

  • Family and friend visitation is prohibited with the exception for medically necessary visits and end of life care with the permission of the campus administrator.
  • Community members are unable to cross over into other residential areas of the building. This means that Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing community members must remain in their specific area. They may practice appropriate social distancing and leave their room/apartment. However, they may not enter another care area or Independent Living. This also means that the front desk area is restricted for our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing community members.
  • Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing community members are able to go outside through the Primrose Path doors at the two/three knuckle. Six feet of social distancing will be required.
  • Independent Living community members are prohibited from entering any care area.
  • We will be providing a surgical mask for any community member who needs or would like one by Monday, May 4. We are also currently working to secure three washable masks for every community member on campus.
  • We will continue with no communal dining. All meals will continue to be delivered to all community member rooms.
  • Life Enrichment in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living will be able to start having appropriately social distanced hallway programming and more robust one-on-one visits.
  • We will continue to have no organized group activities for all areas of WRMC.
  • Ancillary services such as Podiatry, Psychology, and Psychiatry will start to resume in a manner that allows for proper sanitation and social distancing.
  • The first floor of building two will remain off limits for ALL community members.
  • Staff working in the care areas will discontinue the use of isolation gowns, N95, and KN95 masks and start using traditional surgical masks.
  • Direct care staff will continue to wear face shields in the care areas. We will continue with our clean scrub protocol where all Nurses, Caregivers, Housekeeping, and Life Enrichment change into facility provided scrubs when arriving to the campus.
  • The Governor’s “Stay At Home” order has only been modified. WRMC is strongly encouraging all Independent Living community members to continue to only leave the campus for NECESSARY purposes such as medical appointments. Along with wearing a facemask, practicing good hand hygiene, along with cleaning and sanitizing your living space as much as possible are also recommended.

It has taken a heroic effort by our team members and our community members to get us to where we are today. This does not mean we will be letting our guard down. Our primary focus will continue to be the safety and wellness of the community members who we are so privileged to serve and our amazing team members. We still need everyone’s cooperation, support, and understanding to keep on our current track.

I know this is a challenging situation, but this is what we have worked so hard to prepare for. We will get through this together and we will persevere.”