REVERE, MASS. (WHDH) - Seven residents at a senior living facility in Revere have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, including one person who has died from undisclosed causes, city officials announced Thursday.
Out of the 33 Revere residents infected with the coronavirus, seven of them resided at the Jack Satter House on Revere Beach Boulevard. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified the Revere Board of Health on Wednesday.
Five of the infected Jack Satter House residents were hospitalized and one is dead, though the cause of death has not been confirmed, according to the Office of Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo.
“My heart goes out to the family that has lost their loved one, and to the others who continue to fight the virus,” Arrigo said. “As part of our continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents, we are directing further restrictions at Jack Satter House and issuing additional guidance to senior housing facilities across the city. COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. It is imperative that everyone take measures to stem the spread within our community by staying at home.”
The Revere Board of Health has directed Jack Satter House management to quarantine all of its residents for their health as well as that of the staff, first responders, healthcare providers, and the broader community.
“Its frightening,” resident Marlene Bloom said. “You pray you’re gonna be healthy and well for a long time and continue. Then to get faced with something like this and you wonder what’s happening?”
There are many changes to these independent seniors’ way of life.
Since March 13, the senior living facility has not allowed any visitors, including family, into the facility.
“Its not a community where we’re sitting on top of each other. It’s hard to understand this germ,” Bloom said.
Until everything is safe again, the residents will receive virtual entertainment and check-up calls.
Arrigo is urging all residents to abide by the state’s stay-at-home advisory to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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