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Duluth assisted living facility responds after confirmed COVID-19 case

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Duluth, MN-- After living in Superior View Apartments in Duluth's Chester Park neighborhood for the past 10 years, one resident says "its been tough" given the current COVID-19 circumstances.

Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Davies is immuno-compromised and gets sick easily.

She said she's used to protecting herself from other people, even before coronavirus hit our area.

"I would wear a mask anyway, just for my own protection," said Davies.

She's not used to the loneliness she's been feeling lately.

"It's terrifying to just kind of be stuck in one place and not really feel you can go anywhere or do anything," said Davies.

Additionally, her apartment complex had a confirmed COVID-19 case back in early April, to which the resident later died at a local hospital.

"We weren't super close, but she was a very good person," said Davies.

The COVID-19 patient and Davies were neighbors.

Director of Human Resources of Superior View Apartments, Loriann Grenados said they're doing the best they can to make sure residents stay safe.

"We worked really hard to have a comprehensive policy, but a policy that is achievable," said Granados.

When the confirmed coronavirus patient first showed symptoms, Grenados said the staff was required to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when helping residents who need it.

Now they wear masks when they are within six feet of people.

"All of our staff have fabric masks and they are instructed and required to wear those masks anytime they can't be six feet away from a person," said Granados.

As for Davies, she hopes people in the community also do their part in an effort to reach a resolution to the pandemic soon.

"I don't think it's too much to ask for somebody else to try and protect some of us that cant do it ourselves," said Davies.

Lyanne Valdez

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