Westfield outing during lockdown questioned

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Dear Editor:
This letter is written in response to several past articles concerning Westfield Quality Care of Aurora. We as a community have been led to believe that Westfield is taking proper precautions in order to protect its residents from another resurgence of COVID-19, so as to avoid any more deaths in the facility from the virus. Is this really the case?
I am a court-appointed legal guardian for 11 residents who reside in long-term care facilities. One resident resides at Westfield. She was one of many residents who contracted COVID-19 and she was ill with the virus for five weeks during April and May. She was one of the lucky ones who recovered. Recent events have led me to believe that Westfield is not acting in the best interest of my resident.
In September I was notified by the facility that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, and the facility would be going back to “lockdown” where the residents were confined to their rooms for meals and 1-on-1 activities and no visitors were allowed. On Oct. 2, on Westfield’s website, a note from the administrator stated the first staff member had recovered, but now a second staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, so the facility would remain on lockdown and no guests would be allowed to visit. All staff would be tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 6 and residents would be tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 7 or 8.
On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, on Westfield’s Facebook page, a post was shared stating some residents had gone out to visit local farmers. Along with the post were several pictures, one specifically showing a resident in a wheelchair visiting with two gentlemen sitting at a table. I commented on the post that I thought the facility was in lockdown and why were residents allowed to be out visiting people?
Shortly thereafter, my comment was deleted from the Facebook post. Within a few hours, the entire post had been removed from Facebook.
I contacted the administrator for Westfield, and he stated staff told him that the residents did go to visit local farmers. Why were residents allowed to leave a facility on lockdown?
Westfield should protect its’ residents. Westfield needs to prove to me and all caregivers (and the public) that it is a facility that is truly doing everything it can to show they are following proper guidelines for COVID-19.
Beth Johnson,
Aurora

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