FANWOOD, NJ -- Chelsea Senior Living at Fanwood learned Monday that a 99-year-old resident of its assisted living residence tested positive for COVID-19 after he was transported to Overlook Medical Center for an unrelated issue. Chelsea was later informed that the resident died.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our resident," said Annette Watson, executive director of the Chelsea at Fanwood. "We continue to take proactive measures which include increasing the frequency of cleaning, screening all staff members at the start of shifts, monitoring residents for any health changes twice a shift, and we have identified and quarantined anyone who was in close contact of the resident who tested positive."
"Additionally, we are still restricting visitors, have discontinued group activities and discontinued communal meals," Watson added. "We will remain in daily contact with the Westfield Regional Health Department and continue to follow guidance from them, the state health department and the CDC."
Ms. Watson added that families of all Chelsea residents have been informed of the situation.
No visitors have been allowed at any of Chelsea's 18 operational communities since March 12th and managers have been monitoring their residents and staff members almost hourly.
At this time, it is unclear what role COVID-19 played in this outcome. TAPintoSPF has reached out to the Westfield Regional Health Department for further information and will continue to monitor this story.
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