Simon C. Fireman Community is actively responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and proactively doing whatever it takes to keep our entire community as safe as possible. This includes relying on the expertise of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Infection Control team and following all guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
As of June 2, there were three confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents at Simon C. Fireman Community and sadly, two of these residents died. We send our deepest sympathies to the residents' families. We can also report that the third resident has recovered. There have been no new confirmed cases since April 21. We will update our case reporting every Tuesday.
All residents are self-sheltering in their apartments, with significant support and services being provided directly to them. This includes efforts to reduce the social isolation that they, like all Americans, are experiencing at this time. Programming and activities are being delivered to residents’ doors and via conference call, and a resident services staff member is calling each resident every week to check on their physical and emotional well-being and provide any resources necessary.
These difficult but necessary mitigation strategies give us the ability to quickly identify and contain any new individual infections, and prevent wider outbreaks.
Resident Services and Operations
Residents should not leave their apartment unless they have an essential offsite medical appointment (such as dialysis) or another critical reason that should be discussed with management prior to leaving the community.
The no visitor policy put into effect on March 13 continues. The only people allowed in resident homes are those who are providing direct, hands-on care.
While our strong preference is for residents to avoid going outside, we recognize how important this activity is. We ask residents who do go outside to:
- Walk alone
- Stay on the property
- Do not socialize within 10 feet of another person
- Upon returning, avoid touching any surfaces until they are back in their home and immediately wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds
- All mail is delivered to resident apartments regularly, and outgoing mail is picked up at the same time.
- Trash is being picked up at residents’ doors.
- All ordered meals are being delivered to residents.
- The store is closed. Residents may place a weekly grocery order from the community store, which is delivered to individual apartments.
- Groceries can also be ordered online or dropped off by friends or family to the front door. They are delivered directly to residents.
Residents should contact Fireman Community management immediately at 781-986-3420 if they have symptoms of illness. Residents should remain in their apartment and also call their primary care doctor. Any resident returning to the Fireman Community after a hospitalization must contact us before returning to review the appropriate protocols for their particular situation.