Shillman House Holding at 4 Positive COVID-19 Cases

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FRAMINGHAM – In late March, a resident of the Morton and Etta Shillman House in Framingham tested positive for COVID-19.

In a couple of weeks, Shillman had announced three residents total tested positive, and one of the three died from the coronavirus on April 10.

Almost a month later, and the independent senior living facility in Nobscot, owned and operated by 2Life Communities, said it has had a total of four residents test positive since the pandemic began.

There are 148 apartments at Shillman House in Framingham.

“At 2 Life Communities, we are continuing to do all we can to keep our residents safe while adhering to social distancing guidelines,” said 2Life Communities CEO & President Amy Schectman.

“We have increased the range of services we are providing that make it easy for residents to stay in their apartments and engaged.  These services are offered free to our residents and include 7 dinners each week, additional food & personal care items, laundry, trash and mail delivery, as well as virtual meetings & programming including fitness classes,” said the 2Life Communities CEO.

2Life Communities operates three other facilities in Massachusetts.

  • The Brighton campus, which has 761 apartments, has had 6 residents test positive and 3 residents have died from the coronavirus or complication of COVID-19.
  • At the Coleman House in Newtown, none of the residents in the 144 apartments have tested positive for the virus, as of May 6.
  • At the Auburndale Golda Meir House, with 197 apartments, 4 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, as of May 6.

The Massachusetts National Guard has not visited Shillman House in Framingham to test, as the rapid testing program has been limited to nursing homes, long-term care, and assisted living facilities. Shillman House is an independent living facility.

2Life Communities keeps an updated overview of cases on its website, to be as transparent as possible for residents and families (and reporters), said a 2Life Communities spokesperson, who added the website is updated each Wednesday morning.

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