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Seven coronavirus cases linked to senior housing facility in Revere – WCVB Boston

Seven coronavirus cases linked to senior housing facility in Revere


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>> IN RESPONSE TO THE NUMBER OF CASES, THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH JACK SATTER HOUSE OFFICIALS WITH THE STATE, WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND WE DID ISSUE AN ORDER TO THE JACK SATTER HOUSE ASKING OR DIRECTING THAT THEY TAKE A NUMBER OF ACTIONS, THE REAL INTENTION OF THE ORDER IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROTOCOL THAT THEY PUT IN PLACE AND HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS NOW HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE EMPHASIS AND THEY’RE COMING FROM THE CITY AND THAT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THOSE ACTIONS BE CLEAR TO THE RESIDENTS THAT THE CITY IS BEHIND THE ACTIONS THAT THE JACK SATTER HOUSE ADMINISTRATION IS TAKEN. >> YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T BEEN INSIDE RECENTLY, IS THERE A SENSE OF WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN THERE, A SENSE OF CALM IN THERE? MAYOR ARRIGO: I KNOW AND THE JACK SATTER HAS BEEN A STAPLE OF REVERE FOR 50 YEARS NOW. THE RESIDENTS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE. WE HAVE 9,000 SENIORS IN OUR CITY, RIGHT, AND SEVERAL HUNDRED IN THE JACK SATTER HOUSE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT RESIDENTS KNOW THAT THE CITY IS BEING PROACTIVE AND WE ARE WORKING WITH EVERYONE AVAILABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE CAN FEEL A SENSE OF CALM, BUT I CAN IMAGINE THAT ANYBODY WHO HAS A LOVED ONE IN THIS BUILDING IS VERY, VERY CONCERNED. ANYONE WHO IS IN THIS BUILDING IS VERY CONCERNED. WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THE CITY IS HERE TO PROTECT THEM, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE SAFE, THAT THEY’RE WORKING WITH THE JACK SATTER HOUSE AND THAT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ALL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. REPORTER: MAYOR, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS CLUSTER, YOU HEAR 33 IN THIS TOWN, IN THIS CITY, OK, THEY’RE SPREAD OUT. SEVEN IN ONE BUILDING. TALK ABOUT THE CONCERN OVER THAT AND HOW IT CAN POSSIBLY SPREAD OR WHERE IT CAN BE, DISINFECTING, ALL OF THAT. MAYOR ARRIGO: OF COURSE, THERE IS A CONCERN. BEFORE WE HAD ONE CASE IN THE CITY OF REVERE, WE HAVE BEEN IN THE TOUCH WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AT JACK SATTER HOUSE AND WITH OUR REVERE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND OTHER NURSING HOMES AND SENIOR FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY. WE MADE SURE THERE WERE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AND FOLKS WERE DOING WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THOSE BUILDINGS. BUT TO SEE OVER THE LAST NOW TWO DAYS, REALLY, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH, DIRECTLY WITH THE SENIOR LIFE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE CITY IS HERE TO COLLABORATE AND SUPPORT THEM AND THAT WHEN WE SEE A CLUSTER, YOU KNOW, EVERY DAY I’M GETTING BRIEFINGS AND DAILY UPDATES ON THE NUMBERS AND WHERE THEY’RE COMING FROM AND WHETHER OR NOT WE’RE SEEING ANY TRENDS. WHEN YOU SEE A CLUSTER LIKE THAT, THAT REALLY RACES A RED FLAG FOR US. THAT’S WHY WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM. WE MAKE SURE WE PUT THAT ORDER TOGETHER. WE HAVE EXTENDED AN ADVISORY TO ALL SENIOR BUILDINGS AND ALL NURSING HOMES IN THE CITY WITH A SIMILAR ADVISORY TO THE ORDERS THAT WE PUT OUT TO THE SATTER HOUSE JUST TO PUT THEM KIND OF ON NOTICE THAT THE CITY IS HERE TO COLLABORATE. IF THERE ARE WAYS FOR US TO HELP ENFORCE SOME OF THE PROTOCOL THAT THESE BUILDINGS ARE PUTTING IN PLACE, WE WANT TO SUPPORT THAT. REPORTER: ALSO, I’M SORRY, YOU LOOK AROUND HERE, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL AREA, YOU DO SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT. I KNOW IT’S OK WHEN YOU HAVE A STAY AT HOME ORDER FOR PEOPLE TO WALK, BUT DOES IT FEEL LIKE THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE STAY AT HOME ORDER? MAYOR ARRIGO: ABSOLUTELY. SO THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE THAN REVERE BEACH TO TAKE A WALK. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL VIEW. I STRONGLY ENERGY EVERYBODY TO STAY HOME AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THAT EVEN THOUGH IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, THEY SHOULD NOT BE OUT ACTING LIKE IT’S A VACATION DAY OR A SNOW DAY. THESE ARE LIVES AT RISK. THERE ARE SEVERAL HUNDRED LIVES AT RISK ACROSS THE STREET HERE AND WE WANT THEM TO KNOW AND WE WANT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT THE CITY IS BEING PROACTIVE IN DOING WHATEVER WE CAN TO PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS. REPORTER: WITHOUT GIVING DETAILS, WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THE FOLKS HOSPITALIZED ARE IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. MAYOR ARRIGO: THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING AS WELL. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO EVERYONE WHO IS AFFECTED BY COVID-19, EVERYONE WHO HAS GOT A LOVED ONE THAT IS FIGHTING. EVERYBODY IS FIGHTING THIS VIRUS. THIS IS HEARTBREAKING TO KNOW THAT A BUILDING LIKE THIS THAT HAS SUCH DEEP COMMUNITY TIES IS BEING AFFECTED THE WAY IT IS AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE’RE WORKING ON THE SOLUTIONS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RESIDENTS ARE SAFE. REPORTER: I WOULD ASSUME THIS PROBABLY COMES WITH THE TERRITORY OF HAVING ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN YOUR PROPERTIES? >> IT SURE DOES. AS SOON AS IT START INDEED CHINA AND THEN STARTED IN WASHINGTON STATE, IT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN VERY CONCERNED ABOUT, WE HAVE BEEN VERY VIGILANT ABOUT. WE STARTED ACROSS OUR ORGANIZATION, WE STARTED IMPLEMENTING SOCIAL DISTANCING, VISITATION RESTRICTIONS OVER THREE WEEKS AGO. IT’S ABSOLUTELY A CONCERN, SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN VERY FOCUSED ON. REPORTER: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT BEST CASE, WORST CASE IN A CLUSTER LIKE THIS? LOU: THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF — HONESTLY I DON’T THINK YOU CAN. BEST CASE IS IT WILL BE HARDLY ANYTHING ELSE AND IT WAS A VERY ISOLATED SITUATION. SOME OF THE NATIONAL PROJECTIONS FOR WORSE CASE GET INTO THINGS LIKE 20%, 30% OF THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES POPULATION, SO I THINK IT’S VERY CHALLENGING TO — WHEN YOU LOOK ACROSS AT THE CUBS COUNTRIES, CHINA, ITALY, NONE OF THOSE COUNTRIES HAVE REACHED THE KIND OF WORSE CASE SCENARIO THAT SOME PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT, SO WE’RE VERY MUCH HOPING IT WILL BE A VERY, VERY LIMITED BEYOND THAT. REPORTER: NOW THAT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY QUARANTINED THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE IN THEIR APARTMENTS, THEY CAN’T GO INTO THE COMMON AREAS OR THE GARAGE, TALK ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS, BEING A SENIOR AS IT IS, SOMEWHAT LONESOME, APPEAR TO BE IN A COMMUNITY SETTING, CARING FOR THESE RESIDENTS? LOU: THE FIRST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, WE HAVE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE TO REALLY ISOLATE AND NOT BE TOO ACTIVE FOR TWO WEEKS NOW. THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH THAT PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, CAN DO THAT. THERE ARE MANY, MANY WAYS THAT THIS VIRUS CAN REACH PEOPLE. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALK ABOUT IS THAT PEOPLE SHOULDN’T GO OUT TO RESTAURANTS. THEY SHOULD GET DELIVERY. SO THE VIRUS CARRIES ITSELF ON PAPER BAGS AND ON CONTAINERS, SO ALL OF THE ISOLATION ISN’T 100% GOING TO PROTECT EVERYBODY ALL THE TIME. IT IS ABSOLUTELY WHAT PEOPLE HOULD BE DOING. I FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS HAVE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT AN ESSENTIAL REASON TO LEAVE YOUR HOME, THINK ABOUT THERE BEING AN ANGRY RATTLESNAKE OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR AND PERHAPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU THINK, IS THIS REALLY SOMETHING I NEED TO GO OUT AND DO BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THIS IS. SO WITH SENIORS, CERTAINLY SOCIAL ISOLATION IS AN ISSUE AND WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION THAT IN NORMAL TIMES DO A TON OF – PROGRAMMING AND A TON OF – OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO ESTABLISH NEW GOALS AND THINK ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD LIKE TO LIVE THE REST OF THEIR LIFE AND GO TO THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER’S WEDDING IN ITALY AND MAYBE DANCE AT IT. FOR US, IT’S A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOCUS TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE STILL GETTING A LOT OF STIMULATION. SO WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION-WIDE EFFORT TO COME UP WITH VIRTUAL VISITS AND HAVING PEOPLE DO PHONE CALLS AND SENDING THEM CARDS. MY FAVORITE EXAMPLE AT THE END OF LAST WEEK, TWO OF OUR EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE TOTALLY DIFFERENT JOBS PERFORMED A CONCERT, ONE OF THEM IS A CONCERT PIANIST AND THE OTHER IS AN AMAZING SINGER. THEY DID A BROADWAY PRODUCTION ONLINE THAT WE BROADCAST TO TV CHANNELS, THROUGH TV CHANNELS TO ALL SENIORS AT ALL OF OUR HOUSING SITES TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED. WE’RE PUTTING A LOT OF EFFORT INTO VIRTUAL ENTERTAINMENT AND ENGAGEMENT. REPORTER: BEFORE THE CITY STEPPED IN, WHAT RULES WERE ALREADY IN PLACE HERE? LOU: SO I MUST SAY IT WAS GREAT THAT THE CITY HAS STEPPED IN. THEY HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL PARTNERS WITH US. ONCE THE CITY STEPPED IN, WE WERE ALREADY DOING, MORE SO THAN MOST. THE LACK OF VISITATION, THE EXTRA SANITIZING, MUCH OF IT WE WERE ALREADY DOING. THEY’RE ALL THE RIGHT THINGS THAT THE CITY SHOULD BE TELLING US TO DO. REPORTER: WHAT ABOUT QUARANTINING? LOU: THAT IS ONE THING WHICH THE CITY GIVES US A LOT MORE GRAVITAS. SOMEONE WAS ASKING THEY REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WANT TO LEAVE THEIR APARTMENT AND DO SOMETHING. WE WERE ABLE TO SAY PER THE CITY’S ORDER, WE COULD NOT. WE WERE FIRST STRONGLY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO STAY IN THEIR APARTMENTS IN THE BUILDING. EVEN AS RECENT AS YESTERDAY, THERE WERE FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT WERE TELLING US THAT YOU COULD NOT LIMIT THE VISITORS TO AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF H.U.D. BECAUSE YOU WERE NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS OF HAVING VISITORS. WE WERE ALREADY DOING A LOT OF THINGS, BUT THERE IS MORE GRAVITAS

Seven coronavirus cases linked to senior housing facility in Revere

Seven cases of coronavirus in Revere are linked to a single senior living community, city officials announced Thursday.Of the seven cases linked to the Jack Satter House, five patients are hospitalized and one has died, although the cause of death has not been confirmed, according to the office of Mayor Brian Arrigo. The Jack Satter House, which is located along Revere Beach Boulevard, is operated by Hebrew SeniorLife. About 285 people live in the building, officials said. Revere has a total of 33 positive cases as of Thursday morning, officials said. “As part of our continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents, we are directing further restrictions at Jack Satter House and issuing additional guidance to senior housing facilities across the city,” Arrigo wrote in a statement. The Revere Board of Health has directed the Jack Satter House to quarantine all residents within their individual units. Arrigo declared a state of emergency in the city because of the pandemic on March 19. City buildings, parks and playgrounds are closed to the public. Additional information about the city response in Revere is available by calling 311, emailing Revere311@revere.org or subscribing to notifications at revere.org/coronavirus. PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+Cg==For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death. The vast majority of people recover.

REVERE, Mass. —

Seven cases of coronavirus in Revere are linked to a single senior living community, city officials announced Thursday.

Of the seven cases linked to the Jack Satter House, five patients are hospitalized and one has died, although the cause of death has not been confirmed, according to the office of Mayor Brian Arrigo.

    The Jack Satter House, which is located along Revere Beach Boulevard, is operated by Hebrew SeniorLife. About 285 people live in the building, officials said.

    Revere has a total of 33 positive cases as of Thursday morning, officials said.

    “As part of our continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents, we are directing further restrictions at Jack Satter House and issuing additional guidance to senior housing facilities across the city,” Arrigo wrote in a statement.

    The Revere Board of Health has directed the Jack Satter House to quarantine all residents within their individual units.

    Arrigo declared a state of emergency in the city because of the pandemic on March 19. City buildings, parks and playgrounds are closed to the public.

    Additional information about the city response in Revere is available by calling 311, emailing Revere311@revere.org or subscribing to notifications at revere.org/coronavirus.

    For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death. The vast majority of people recover.

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