As part of our continuing efforts to test Health Center residents for COVID-19, we want to provide an additional update on exposures to the virus within our Beacon Hill community. We learned late Monday, May 18, that one additional resident tested positive for COVID-19 and is being cared for in the hospital. We now have a total of 19 active Health Care resident cases of the virus. Sixteen residents are being cared for in our Health Center while three are being cared for in the hospital. Most of these residents are showing little to no symptoms.
In addition, we have a total of 15 active cases of COVID-19 among individuals who provide care and services in our Health Center. Given the number of cases involving individuals that provide care, Lifespace Communities is providing additional nursing support from other Lifespace communities and agency partners until it is safe for these individuals to return to Beacon Hill.
We continue to work closely with the DuPage County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health. We realize that this situation is concerning to you, and we are committed to being open and transparent while respecting the privacy of those involved. We have implemented our pre-planned infection control protocols and continue to follow recommended COVID-19 protocols at our community under the guidance of the health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We will continue to screen and monitor our residents, team members, and essential visitors for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Additional information regarding COVID-19 in our community will be provided to you when available, as appropriate. To support our efforts to control the spread of the virus in our community, we ask that you continue to be vigilant in following heightened infection control guidelines. Therefore, please continue to stay in your homes, practice social distancing, and if you must venture out for essential items, follow all recommended protocols including washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer.
We appreciate your support and continued adherence to the protocols we have implemented to protect our residents and team members.
You are always welcome to contact us directly with questions and concerns. Please contact your Beacon Hill management team. We will continue to share updates with you as available. If no communication is issued, please know it means there is no status change since the previous day’s communication.
The Illinois Department of Public Health offers additional information about COVID-19 in our state.