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Another Masonicare resident tests positive for COVID-19

Another Masonicare resident tests positive for COVID-19

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WALLINGFORD — Another resident from Masonicare at Ashlar Village has tested positive for COVID-19.

The resident, a woman who lives in the Pond Ridge assisted living community, was admitted to a local hospital with mild symptoms and tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement from Masonicare spokeswoman Ann Collette.

Masonicare was notified of the results Monday.

The resident remains in the hospital in stable condition. She is being monitored for symptoms of the virus and treated for conditions unrelated to COVID-19, the statement said.

Masonicare reported its first COVID-19 death late last week. The resident, who also lived in the Pond Ridge community, died April 2 and was the second Ashlar Village resident to test positive for the virus. 

A third Ashlar Village resident, the first to test positive for COVID-19, returned from the hospital last week and was in stable condition and recovering in a private isolation unit.

Masonicare has created an isolation unit for residents, “in an effort to provide a safe place for residents recovering from COVID -19 … where they can rehabilitate after their hospital stay.”

The unit is in the Sturges Building, which is part of Masonicare Health Center but separate from the general population.

“This unit will allow residents time to fully recover...while mitigating the risk of exposure to other residents,” the statement said. “The unit is fully equipped with supplies and a team of dedicated caregivers who volunteered...”

In a separate statement, Masonicare administrators “strongly advised” family members of residents to shelter in place and avoid holiday visits during the Passover and Easter holidays.

“This is a critical time in the social distancing effort and with the number of positive COVID-19 cases growing, we are urging families to restrain from home visits and outings during this time and until further notice,” the statement said.

Visitation had already been restricted under an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont prohibiting the general public from entering nursing homes and residential facilities. Masonicare also had implemented daily screenings of all employees and vendors and daily monitoring of patients. 

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