Coronavirus Update

March 02, 2020  |  by WesleyLife

shutterstock_1628325577On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the Novel (New) Coronavirus, a “public health emergency of international concern," and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar II declared a public health emergency for the United States. 

WesleyLife and WellSpire are working with local and state health agencies to help ensure that residents, clients, participants, and team members remain healthy, and that risk continues to be minimized. (Read a coronavirus update from Genesis Health System, WesleyLife's partner in Wellspire, here.)  

Through those agencies as well as independently, we are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enact appropriate plans for WesleyLife communities and services, should the situation warrant immediate action. We will inform you of those plans here, as well as through local leadership, social media, and other communication outlets.

As of March 1, here is the CDC's assessment of risk associated with the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

  • For members of the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low, risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

Again, doing everything we can to ensure the safety of those we serve – and of those who serve – is our primary concern, and we will continue to share information as warranted. If you are a WesleyLife resident or client and have concerns, your Executive Director or care coordinator will be happy to assist you. If you are a team member with a concern, please speak with your leader.  

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