FRAMINGHAM – Mary Ann Morse at Heritage in Framingham notified its community and families of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on Sunday, March 29, said Executive Director Bethany Mercer.
This is the second senior living facility in Framingham to have a positive case of the coronavirus in less than a week. Last week, Shillman House announced one of its residents tested positive for the virus.
Both facilities are located in the Nobscot section of the City of Framingham.
“All Residents, families, and other parties requiring notification have been contacted,” said the Mary Ann Morse at Heritage Executive Director.
“The resident is classified in the ‘mild-to-moderate’ category with symptoms and remains isolated in their home here at Heritage, with strict infectious disease protocols in place,” said Mercer to SOURCE.
“Prior to the onset of symptoms, this resident had been on isolation precautions, greatly reducing the possibility of exposure to other residents,” added Mercer.
This COVID-19 positive case has been “vigorously investigated; we have and will continue to work with Public Health officials,’ said the executive director.
” Because this Resident was recently outside of the community before the confinement period began, the exact source of exposure cannot be ascertained,” said Mercer to SOURCE. “At this time, it is considered ‘community acquired,’ again, reducing the risk that other residents have been exposed.”
Mary Ann Morse at Heritage continues to take every possible precaution. We are following, and in most cases exceeding, all mandates from the CDC, DPH, EOEA, and Local Board of Health,” said the executive director.
Precautions taken at Mary Ann Morse at Heritage include:
- Medical screenings of all staff at the beginning of every shift
- Allowing only the most essential direct care employees/service providers into the community
- Constantly disinfecting with EPA registered products to kill COVID-19
- Taking Resident temperatures twice each day and monitoring for symptoms
- Testing when Residents display any symptoms
“There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our Residents. We will continue to actively monitor the situation and strictly enforce every possible protocol to prevent the spread,” said Mercer.
City of Framingham is not releasing any information on cases of COVID-19 beyond numbers.
The City of Framingham has refused to release information on public locations, where there have been individuals, who tested positive on COVID-19, like Nordstrom Rack and Dunkin’ in Saxonville. SOURCE has been requesting this information since March 13.
The Centers for Disease Control has said one effective way to curb the virus outbreak is through “contact tracing,” in which public health officials trace the whereabouts a positive individual has been in the last 14 days.
In 2014, The Town of Framingham’s public health director and its health department released information on Measles exposure, a highly-contagious disease that can remain in the air for hours after an individual has been in a location, to the public.