Bridgewater Retirement Community Adapting to COVID-19

Zero Covid Cases Reported Across Facility

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Facility-Wide Testing at Bridgewater Retirement Community Comes Back 100% Negative.

Diamond Huskey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – On Aug. 19, Bridgewater Retirement Community conducted Covid-19 testing throughout the entire facility. Out of the 370 residents, all test results came back negative.

BRC is very proud of this accomplishment and of those on the frontline helping the community stay safe. They are also thankful for the family and friends who have been there from the very beginning and have been supportive of BRC policies throughout the pandemic.

“Me and my coworkers are screened everyday before coming into work to ensure the safety of our residents and our staff members,” said Erika Nettles, a junior volunteer worker from Bridgewater College.

BRC has been closed off to outside visitors since the pandemic hit its peak. However, as of August 24, 2020 they developed a plan to schedule window visits for residents with loved ones. Each resident will be allowed to schedule one visit per week.

Bridgewater Retirement Community has implemented numerous safety precautions in order to keep residents and employees healthy during this pandemic. As the number of Covid-19 cases begin to rise and level out again, BRC hopes to soon connect residents with their loved ones.

Nettles, who works in the dining area serving residents, mentioned that since the facility has been shut down to visitors, the residents get more irritated sometimes with not being able to see their loved ones.

“Residents already have limited visitation, and with visitation being completely cut off it’s harder for them to cooperate with staff,” said Nettles.