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Senior living facilities remain vigilant during pandemic

A sign in the Anchorage Pioneer Home reminds those entering the premise that visitors and family are not allowed.
A sign in the Anchorage Pioneer Home reminds those entering the premise that visitors and family are not allowed.(Samie Solina/KTUU)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:46 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Anchorage Pioneer Home is just one of the senior living facilities keeping up with their own set of rules and regulations.

Visitors won’t make it past the lobby.

“No visitors of family allowed,” a sign reads.

That has been the rule for about four months to protect those inside.

“We’ve shutdown for all visitors,” Richard Saville said, the administrator. No friends, no families. No one has been coming in except people who work here or essential medical personnel. So it’s definitely been a difficult task. Our elders are so resilient, though. They're fighters.

According to Saville, the virus isn’t known to have come inside the home. He is pleading with the public to help keep it that way.

“You never know when you’re not going to know it and come in contact with someone who is a family member of a staff member, and then it transmits and transmits,” Saville said. “And then the staff member brings it in here and you don’t know. And through no fault of your own, it happens. So it’s really part of the large community, taking care of each other.”

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