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Local senior living center is prepared for coronavirus spread

Posted at 8:55 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 23:09:19-05

CAPE CORAL, FLA — With almost 400 people over the age of 65 living at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, leaders with the senior center say they're prepared for the spread of COVID-19.

"We have infection prevention stations," said Infection Prevention Specialist, Calvin Reynek.

Those stations are located at every entrance of the facility and contain things like hand sanitizer, tissues, masks and more.

Reynek says one of their biggest precautionary changes is making sure visitors and staff who don't feel well, stay home.

"If your visitors are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever or cough or any sort of malaise they should really refrain from visiting," said Reynek.

But what if the virus does make its way on their campus?

Reynek said this is what their team is trained to do.

"We would then notify our medical professionals, local health department. We have medical precautions that we would put in place immediately to prevent that spread of infection."

Gulf Coast Village is also reminding everyone of some basic hygiene tips that could keep yourself and others healthy.

"Washing your hands, the alcohol based hand-rub. The coughing and sneezing etiquette. You know, coughing and sneezing into your elbow especially if you're in a population such as this," said Reynek.