The Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Willowbrook recently confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19, bringing their total count of infections up to 46. 33 Residents and 13 staff members have tested positive and confirmed they have the virus. This sudden uprise in infected residents is unnerving as the number basically doubled in a matter of days.

Most of the patients are not in serious condition, however, it is confirmed that 6 of them were hospitalized. The nursing home has shut its doors and will not allow anyone to enter or leave. Hopefully, these extreme measures will prevent the spread of the virus and keep it contained.

All those who are confirmed to have the virus are in complete isolation as well. The family members of the nursing home residents are very concerned, and one resident’s daughter, Doreen Hall, even climbed up to the window to meet her mother and make sure she was okay.  She claimed she needed to see her mother, even if it was just from outside and at a distance. Hall stated she was glad to see her mother doing well and being taken care of by the staff. However, the fact that they could not meet each other up close and regularly was devastating to her. She stated her mother was not good at using a phone so the lockdown was really making it hard for her to communicate effectively.

In 2019, this particular nursing home was rated poorly by Medicare because they did not meet the standard of care senior residents require. They were given 5 health citations and 16 complaints regarding the lifestyle and level of care the residents received. The facility had even been fined twice in 2017 for failing to meet federal regulations and once in 2018 for not monitoring their high-risk residents properly.

Residents are having their meals brought to their rooms and are having all other services such as physical therapy done in their rooms as well. The hope is that residents who are healthy and have not contracted the virus will be released back to their homes in a few weeks to a couple of months, especially those who were just living in the facility for a temporary period of time.

Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus?

For now, there is no approved vaccination that can protect against the virus. It will probably take quite some time, perhaps even a year to have a safe vaccine approved and produced for the masses. All experts agree that the current best remedy is to practice social distancing, and self-isolation for those who are experiencing symptoms. Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should avoid meeting others at all costs and should do their best to stay at home.

There is no guarantee of how long this call for self-isolation will continue, but the hope is that the curve will begin to flatten sooner than later and life will continue normally once again. The medical, social, and economic repercussions of this sudden global pandemic have been dire and experts are unsure of how long it will take for society to get back on its feet again, even after the virus begins to finally die out.

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