State now tracking COVID-19 outbreaks at longterm care facilities

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PITTSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The state is working to track COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

The Department of Health and Human Services said containing the outbreaks at those facilities can be exceptionally challenging. 

“We’re getting used to something different,” Carol Licht, a senior said.

Licht and 26 others call Twin Rivers, an independent senior living community, in Pittsboro home. 

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Twin Rivers, an independent senior living community, in Pittsboro

“They’re a wildly social bunch. They love to socialize, go out and do things and sadly all of that has come to a screeching halt,” Michelle Andrcejewski, the Twin Rivers manager said.

“We’re six feet apart. We are washing hands all the time. People are wiping down elevators, we’re all being very careful,” Licht said.

The state is keeping data on outbreaks in long-term care facilities on its website. It shows there have been four in nursing homes and three at residential care facilities. 

Twin Rivers hasn’t had an outbreak, but remain on lockdown, like many other facilities. No visitors are allowed in. 

Twin Rivers taking action to prevent spread of COVID-19 in its facility

Residents and staff have found a way around it. 

“I wave, we shout, and once in awhile they’ll drop off some goodies,” Licht said.

There’s also FaceTime and Skype chats. Still, some prefer it the old-fashioned way. 

“It’s by phone. We’re big phone enthusiasts,” Virginia Myers, a resident said. “We’re going to stay healthy as long as we can,” she explained. 

Residents are also finding a way to thank people for their service since they can no longer do it in person. 

“Our deliveries are dropped at the door and dropped off individually, unwrapped, sanitized, outside before they even come in the building,” Andrcejewski said.

The mailman, the healthcare workers, the people that deliver their food — all of them –getting a sign of appreciation. 

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