Coronavirus Delta variant and assisted living facilities

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Wesley Place Assisted Living Facility currently sits around a ninety-percent vaccination rate for its residents.

With mask mandates and other social distancing restrictions being lifted, residents were beginning to be able to get visitors from their families again without wearing masks if everyone was vaccinated.

But now, with the Delta variant, restrictions are now tightening.

“We have gone back to a stricter rule to mask-wearing now where everyone in the room even if they have all been vaccinated have to wear a mask,” Executive Director of Wesley Place Dan March said.

The staff at Wesley Place are also doing their part to help the fight against the coronavirus by offering their own vaccination clinics to staff, residents, and even the general population.

“We continue to vaccinate people yesterday we vaccinated 23 people, 12 staff,” said March. “A step in the right direction.”

March says he doesn’t want to have to continue social distancing and stop these people from seeing their loved ones, but if he has to, that’s just what he plans to do.

“CMS has recognized that although restricting visitation is important to control infection, it is damaging from an emotional perspective,” said March. “We will still try to keep the people safe through vaccination, through infection prevention control measures, the masks, the handwashing, the social distancing.”

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