Hebrew SeniorLife Confirms Two Residents Test Positive for COVID-19
Two Residents at Jack Satter House in Revere Diagnosed and Being Treated at a Local Hospital
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife confirmed today notification from the City of Revere Public Health that two Jack Satter House residents tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized. We send our best wishes to these residents for their full recovery. To protect the residents’ confidential health information, no more details about the residents will be provided.
As we’ve shared with the HSL community continuously since the COVID-19 outbreak began, we are completely focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at all of our communities and protecting the health and safety of all. In many cases, the strong levels of precaution that we’ve put in place go well beyond guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control, because we know the swifter and more aggressive our response, the better the outcome for our community. However, we also knew that with the extreme aggressiveness of this virus, even if we all tried our very hardest, it was likely that we would see COVID-19 in the HSL community.
Until adequate testing is available, we know that social distancing is absolutely the most effective weapon each individual has to protect themselves and their community. The only way to stay safe is to avoid contact with others. We have been educating and encouraging all independent living residents, as well as patients and staff throughout our campuses, to practice social distancing as well as other measures like practicing good hand hygiene, avoiding groups of any size, and much more.
HSL is working in sync with the Massachusetts Department of Health, along with the Governor’s Office, and Health and Human Services. It is widely known that COVID-19 is a significant health threat to people over 60 and others with underlying health conditions. HSL’s proactive response to COVID-19 to date includes (but is not limited to):
- Aggressive no visitor policy across all campuses, per Governor Baker’s State of Emergency orders, and CDC/CMS guidance.
- Mandatory screenings including a temperature check for all employees, private aides, and visitors who are allowed on an exception basis (e.g., end of life).
- Suspension of programs and services, such as volunteer and multigenerational programming, outpatient and adult day health programs, group fitness programs, and communal dining.
- For emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, replacement of in-person gatherings with video and live streaming programming.
The health and well-being of our patients, residents, and employees remain our top priority.
More information on HSL’s response to COVID-19 can be found on our website.
About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife is a national senior services leader dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. As New England’s largest nonprofit provider of senior health care and living communities, and the only one affiliated with Harvard Medical School, HSL cares for more than 3000 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Our locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston and Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; and Jack Satter House, Revere. Founded in 1903, HSL also conducts influential research into aging and trains more than 1,000 students in geriatric care each year. Visit https://www.hebrewseniorlife.org, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook, or read our blog.