Assisted living center administrator and owner Tama Bagley has plenty of reasons to smile despite coronavirus-related restrictions. Anna’s Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay has not reported any positive COVID-19 tests among her residents or employees. They are taking the necessary precautions to keep people safe such as appointments for visitors, monitoring symptoms, masking, and spending some time outdoors. Bagley says it takes a lot of time to organize the schedules and to make sure residents are getting the care and the socialization the need. She believes it has been worth it.
Nursing homes across the country have been getting new rapid-testing machines for their facilities as a part of a Trump administration initiative to have regular testing for staff. Bagley says there may be a time when they need that, but they are making do with the two to three day wait for test results for staff members and residents who may be showing symptoms. She adds they are currently looking into what visits in the fall and winter when the flu season complicates the COVID-19 picture.
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