The Scoop on COVID-19 at Masonic Village
Updated May 18, 2020
I am so very thankful for and proud of all of our dedicated staff, who have risen to new heights during this pandemic, providing around-the-clock care to our residents with compassion and professionalism. We will continue to adapt to the quickly changing procedures and practices to protect our community while providing safe recreational and spiritual services and creative ways for residents to connect with their loved ones during this challenging time.
Dr. Guda, our Medical Director, is currently living on campus and is seeing patients as frequently as needed. Our nursing team monitors our skilled nursing and assisted living residents’ vital signs on every shift and assesses them for symptoms. Any symptoms are reported to the physician or nurse practitioner, and the resident is immediately placed on isolation. Our team members are screened daily prior to entering work for fever other symptoms. We are following all procedures recommended by the CDC and maintain contact with public health officials.
The state reports COVID-19 statistics on its website, https://covid19.nj.gov/#live-updates and our local media report these numbers. The 59 cases reported for our community is a combined total of all of our staff and residents who have tested positive; it does not adjust for residents or team members who have recovered due to early detection and the great care provided by our staff and our physician teams. Thanks to our clinical teams and commitment to our mission, we are more aggressive than other communities in testing for the virus, in hopes that early detection increases recovery rates. The state site does not show how many tests have been completed at each facility, nor does it report negative test results. Currently, we have 28 out of 425 residents with active cases of the virus, and 26 out of 450 team members with active cases of the virus.
The five deaths reported for our community on the state site include when a resident had a respiratory issue, whether or not they were tested for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with our residents and staff who are suffering from this virus, as well as with the families of those who have succumbed to it.
For many years in a row, Masonic Village at Burlington has been named the Best of Burlington in several categories and was named to the lists of Best Nursing Homes and Best Short-term Rehab by U.S. News & World Report for 2019-2020. I believe our team continues to earn our reputation as a premier service provider during this national healthcare crisis.
Through it all, Masonic Village at Burlington remains a caring and loving place to call “home.”