Keeping COVID out: how Havelock Manor has worked tirelessly to keep residents safe

The elderly are the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19, that's why assisted living facilities are on high alert for keeping them safe.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –Since march, assisted living facilities have been on lock down, working to keep residents safe from COVID–19.

For 36 weeks, Havelock Manor in Lincoln was coronavirus free.

“We’re not required  by CMS to do testing but we wanted to be proactive and hop on the train and start testing staff to make sure none of us are bringing it in,” Director of Operations, Janine Petracek said.

Recently, they  had a staff member test positive. Janine says that regular testing allowed them to catch a positive case of someone who was asymptomatic. They’ve been doing testing on the residents since and have had zero additional positive cases. She said it’s a blessing they were able to catch the one case before it spread and a testament to being proactive.

“It’s been a saving grace for us that this could have played out so much differently. With her not having any symptoms, she would have continued to work, we wouldn’t have known. Our numbers would have been effected one way or another,” Petracek said.

On top of testing, they are constantly cleaning, wearing mask and washing their hands. They even invested in an ultraviolet light to sanitize heavily trafficked areas while residents are in the their rooms.

All of this because Janine and her team know how vulnerable their residents are to this virus.

“We’ve been entrusted with the greatest commodity and that’s the human life,” Petracek said.

The assisted living facility has not had a resident test positive, something they take great pride in.

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