COVID-19 UPDATE: National Guard Tests All Residents & Staff At Windsor Place As Multiple Residents Test Positive

WILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse offered updates on the town’s nursing homes and assisted living facility– Windsor Place, CareOne, and AdviniaCare — as they battle COVID-19.

Windsor Place of Wilmington

Windsor Place has seen an uptick in symptomatic patients, according to Newhouse. As of Thursday morning, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that at least two residents have tested positive at the 101-bed facility.

“It was only a matter of time before they started this [virus] infiltrate their community,” Newhouse told Selectmen.

National Guard visited Windsor Place on Thursday to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. Newhouse also facilitated a epidemiological from the state to assist the facility during this crisis.

“Windsor Place and CareOne will be the next two in our community to forge this battle,” warned Newhouse. “I feel for the community members that have families there.”

CareOne at Wilmington

According to Newhouse, 20 residents at CareOne have passed away from COVID-19 complications. As of Thursday evening, the facility still has 42 active COVID-19 positive cases, and has seen 39 recoveries.

“CareOne is up against it right now,” Newhouse told the Selectmen. “Their numbers keep going up and up and up.”

Newhouse has said offered the facility assistance, but they have declined. Their staffing levels remain “pretty good.”

AdviniaCare at Wilminigton

Newhouse noted she is no longer reporting out cases from AdviniaCare, which has become a COVID-19 recovery state. She is, however, still in contact with staff daily to keep abreast about what’s going on and to offer any help.

A total of 32 of its residents had passed away due to complications from COVID-19 as of April 20, the last time Newhouse released numbers for AdviniaCare.

Town Manager Jeff Hull noted that the facility’s staffing situation has been stabilized after a shaky few weeks, noting supplemental staff was received through a recruiting agency, MEMA, DPH, and Partners Healthcare. Most importantly, many of the staff who were infected with COVID-19 have since fully recovered and returned to work.

“For the moment, the situation seems more in control. We’ll continue to monitor that,” reported Hull.

Outside The Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities 

Newhouse told Selectmen she thought Wilmington may now be in a plateau.

“The number changes everyday… but our [active positive] numbers in the community are hovering around 34 to 50,” said Newhouse.

On Monday night, Wilmington’s active positives were at 34. As of Thursday night, the number was back up to 38.

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