MONTVILLE, NJ – Chelsea Senior Living confirmed March 31 that an 84-year old resident of The Chelsea at Montville, who was hospitalized for an underlying medical condition Friday, tested positive for COVID-19 and died March 30 at Morristown Medical Center.
Two employees have also tested positive but are not hospitalized and are quarantined at home.
“We are profoundly saddened by the death of our resident,” said Roger Bernier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chelsea Senior Living. “We are closely monitoring all residents' health and well-being. They are being quarantined in their apartments. Meals are being delivered to them; no communal dining [is occurring]. We are complying with strict screening of staff as they come to work. We require them all to wear appropriate protective gear. We have also eliminated communal activities and no visitors are allowed in the building. We are following all guidelines of the NJ Department of Health and the CDC.”
No visitors have been allowed at any of Chelsea's 18 operational communities since March 12. Managers company-wide are monitoring residents and staff almost hourly for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Montville resident Barbara Campbell, whose mother was a resident for 12 years at the center, joined many residents in praying for the residents and employees at the facilities, when the daughter of a resident shared the announcement of the first employee’s positive test result on social media.
“Sending positive thoughts to The Chelsea and all who live and work there,” she said. “We couldn’t have asked for kinder or more caring staff. I got to know and love many residents and staff there. Be safe.”
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