I've been very fortunate that no one in my family or close circle of friends has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus – until now.

We know all the statistics and how the elderly are at higher risk. The horror stories of nursing homes that have had difficulty managing the spread within their communities have been all over the news.

My grandfather has been doing pretty well until he had a spill last week and had to go to the emergency room to make sure he was ok. He was cleared by the doctors and sent back to the nursing home.

That was the first time he had left the nursing premises since this pandemic began.

I'm pretty sure it's protocol at the nursing home he is at in New Bedford to test residents pretty regularly, but absolutely after they have left the facility and returned. He was asymptotic and still showing no symptoms.

Well, just days after his visit to the hospital he was tested and got a positive result, leaving me with a lot of questions. What does this mean? So far, the nursing home has moved him to the COVID unit to isolate him and prevent the spread. They will check his vitals four times a day and keep us posted.

Now we wait, feeling helpless, and just hoping his immune system can fight this off while waiting by the phone.

Do you know anyone, or have you had a loved one in a nursing home that tested positive? I'm at a loss. What do I do?

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