Assisted Living Centers Wrestle With COVID-19 | KBIA

Assisted Living Centers Wrestle With COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020

Assisted living centers around Columbia have begun taking steps to ensure the safety of some of the city’s most vulnerable residents as the COVID-19 response escalates rapidly nationwide.

A number of homes in Columbia are stopping or limiting visitation, enhancing health screening of staff and guests and taking other steps to deal with COVID-19, which is particularly deadly to older populations.

The Bluffs is only allowing caregivers to have access to residents, said Donna Bowers, executive director of the facility.

“We are looking at it every day and staying abreast of what they’re (the CDC) telling us to do,” Bowers said. “But we, you know, we really don’t know. ... I would hope that within a week or two, things would semi go back to normal, but I have no idea, and I don’t think they do, either.”

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