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Masonicare resident dies of COVID-19, reps say case unrelated to other reported case

Masonicare resident dies of COVID-19, reps say case unrelated to other reported case

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WALLINGFORD — Masonicare reported its first COVID-19 death Friday, hours after announcing the Ashlar Village resident was ill.

Spokeswoman Ann Collette said in a statement that the resident, a woman who lived in the Pond Ridge community, was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, where she was treated for symptoms of the coronavirus, and died Thursday.

“As we watch the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, the passing of one of our own is a devastating blow,” Collette said, “as we are working diligently to protect our employee team members and the residents in our care.”

The woman was the second Ashlar Village resident to test positive for the virus. The first case was announced Saturday.

The first resident has returned from the hospital, Collette said. The resident is in stable condition and recovering in a private isolation room while monitoring continues.

The two cases are not related.

“They are separate and isolated occurrences, as the two residents who tested positive have no connection to one another, and live in separate areas of our residential community,” according to a statement on Masonicare’s website. “There was no crossover of staff or complementary services.”

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.

“With our residents and employees’ health and well-being remaining as our primary focus, we have asked our residents and families to comply with all the restrictions and directions being put forth,” she said. “We are working to keep our community safe, but it will take all of us, working together to make that happen.”

According to state Department of Public Health data released Friday, there have been 4,914 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 909 hospitalizations and 131 deaths statewide.

Among nursing homes, 48 facilities have had at least one confirmed case, according to DPH data. A total of 150 nursing home residents testing positive for COVID-19, with 80 hospitalizations and 23 deaths.

In Wallingford, 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The first reported death of a town resident from COVID-19 complications occurred Monday.

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