Maine retirement community moves to normalcy after all residents get COVID-19 vaccine – WMTW Portland

Residents of OceanView at Falmouth, a retirement and assisted living facility, are beginning to return to normal after all residents were vaccinated against COVID-19.”It was pretty scary as it was for everybody,” said OceanView resident Carolyn, who did not give her last name. Friends Mable Gerquest, Cindy Estes and Carolyn caught up Tuesday inside the gazebo at Ocean View. Because they are all vaccinated, they no longer need masks.“Everyone was hugging each other, more or less,” Gerquest said.OceanView was one of the first retirement and assisted living facilities in the state to experience a COVID-19 outbreak last year.“We lost some people at the beginning. The very beginning, everything was clamped down even more,” Gerquest said. Life changed for residents and staff overnight.“Just asking residents to please stay in their apartments except for getting outside for exercise until we could get a better handle on the cases within the building,” director of operations Diane Kibbin said.Kibbin said all residents chose to be vaccinated, and workers were required to get a COVID-19 vaccine. She said visitors are being asked to show their vaccine cards when visiting.“That is why we feel very comfortable and confident going mask-free. It’s because we knew all of our residents were vaccinated,” Kibbin said.

FALMOUTH, Maine —

Residents of OceanView at Falmouth, a retirement and assisted living facility, are beginning to return to normal after all residents were vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It was pretty scary as it was for everybody,” said OceanView resident Carolyn, who did not give her last name.

Friends Mable Gerquest, Cindy Estes and Carolyn caught up Tuesday inside the gazebo at Ocean View. Because they are all vaccinated, they no longer need masks.

“Everyone was hugging each other, more or less,” Gerquest said.

OceanView was one of the first retirement and assisted living facilities in the state to experience a COVID-19 outbreak last year.

“We lost some people at the beginning. The very beginning, everything was clamped down even more,” Gerquest said.

Life changed for residents and staff overnight.

“Just asking residents to please stay in their apartments except for getting outside for exercise until we could get a better handle on the cases within the building,” director of operations Diane Kibbin said.

Kibbin said all residents chose to be vaccinated, and workers were required to get a COVID-19 vaccine. She said visitors are being asked to show their vaccine cards when visiting.

“That is why we feel very comfortable and confident going mask-free. It’s because we knew all of our residents were vaccinated,” Kibbin said.