How The Wesley Communities Are Dealing With Coronavirus

How The Wesley Communities are responding to COVID-19

At The Wesley Communities, the health and safety of our residents, staff, and families are our top priorities. As a result, we are taking necessary steps to try and mitigate viral infections, including COVID-19. As an organization, we are diligently following the guidance and requirements of the City of Columbus and Ohio Health Departments as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We continue to do updates regularly through text message notifications, email, and on our website here. If you have a preference for how you would like to be contacted, please email Allie DeBor at adebor@thewesleyway.org. In addition, we are also utilizing phone lines that can be called for daily update recordings. Please see the numbers below.

  • The Wesley Woods COVID-19 Update line – 888-212-9746
  • The Wesley Glen COVID-19 Update line – 614-396-4816

During this time, we will continue to do our best to communicate all updated information as we learn of it to keep our communities connected. Thank you to every member of The Wesley Communities for your compassion and understanding during this difficult time. Our entire organization is dedicated to our mission of providing welcoming communities of kindness and grace where residents and staff thrive, and we will continue this mission while putting our residents’ health needs first.

Recent Updates by Community

Wesley Woods at New Albany Update on 9/21/2021

Today, we unfortunately have one fully vaccinated employee and four residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our skilled area. Three out of the four residents who tested positive were fully vaccinated. These residents and employee were compliant with mask-wearing and all safety protocols. This employee is now off campus and will remain off campus until cleared by the proper authorities. These residents are now in isolation and will remain in isolation until cleared by our clinical staff.

Due to these positive cases, visitation in our Skilled Nursing Facility remains postponed currently until further notice. Compassionate care visits are available however, they must be scheduled through the front desk and approved by our Director of Nursing. We apologize for this news and will use all best efforts to return to visitation as quickly and as safely as we can. Visitation in all other areas remains open.

Wesley Woods at New Albany Update on 9/19/2021

Based upon our most recent testing of residents and staff (finding no additional positive COVID-19 cases), visitation for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care will reopen effective tomorrow, Monday, September 20th.

Visitation for our Skilled Nursing Facility remains postponed currently until further notice. We will do our best to reopen as quickly and as safely as possible.

Wesley Ridge Update on 9/16/2021

Today, we unfortunately have one unvaccinated employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was compliant with mask-wearing and all safety protocols and is now off campus and will remain off campus until cleared by the proper authorities.

Per state of Ohio requirements, because of this positive case, visitation in certain areas must be postponed effective immediately until further notice. You will be contacted if your visit is affected.

We continue to test residents and staff and will use all best efforts to return to visitation as quickly and as safely as possible.

The Wesley Communities Update on 9/15/2021

Late last night we were informed that the FDA is reviewing data and will not authorize Covid boosters to be given at this time. We understand that the FDA will be deciding this issue (whether they approve boosters), perhaps as soon as this week, and they will make a recommendation to the CDC.

We have the booster doses ordered and properly stored. We will give you new dates as quickly as possible, which we hope will be during the first week of October. But in the meantime, the booster/flu clinics scheduled for Wesley Woods at New Albany and Wesley Ridge next week are cancelled. For residents, we anticipate that flu shots will be administered at the same time as the Covid booster. For staff, further dates for your flu vaccine will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your patience during this time of changing governmental regulations.

Wesley Glen Update on 9/13/2021

Today, we unfortunately have one unvaccinated employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was compliant with mask-wearing and all safety protocols and is now off campus and will remain off campus until cleared by the proper authorities.

Per State of Ohio protocol, due to this positive case, visitation in Independent Living must be postponed effective immediately and visitation in Assisted Living must remain postponed until further notice. This positive case does not affect the planned reopening of visitation in Memory Care, which is scheduled for Monday, September 20th, pending no positive cases in that area. Visitation is unaffected currently for our Health Center.

We will be doing testing of residents and staff where necessary and will use all best efforts to return to visitation as quickly and safely as possible. We apologize for this news and thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

Wesley Ridge Update on 9/12/2021

Today, we unfortunately have one fully vaccinated employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was compliant with mask-wearing and all safety protocols and is now off campus and will remain off campus until cleared by the proper authorities.

Per state of Ohio requirements, because of this positive case, visitation in certain areas must be postponed effective immediately until further notice. You will be contacted if your visit is affected.

We continue to test residents and staff and will use all best efforts to return to visitation as quickly and as safely as possible.

Additional Resources

Recent Memorandums from The Wesley Communities’ CEO, Peg Carmany:

Questions and Concerns:

  • For all questions and concerns, please call our hotline at (614) 867-1300.

What We Are Currently Doing:

  • Updated information is being regularly communicated to residents, families, and staff seven days a week.
  • Residents and employees are being regularly screened for signs and symptoms.
  • Hotline is being utilized for real-time answers to questions and concerns.
  • Health screening/temperature of all essential employees is completed daily upon entry into our communities from a single entrance.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, we have closed our Adult Daycare Centers until further direction has been given.
    • If your circumstances require that your loved one needs a respite stay in our Memory Care, please call the front desk staff at our communities.
  • Employees are being re-educated on proper handwashing and sanitization practices according to CDC guidelines.
  • Residents and staff are being asked to practice social distancing in their daily interactions and activities.
  • All employees are required to wear a mask while in our communities.
  • Any employee who has tested positive has not been allowed back to work and will not be until released per Dept of Health protocol.
  • Families of residents who test positive are being notified immediately.
  • Additional updated policies and procedures are being shared by management to all residents, families and staff.
  • Residents and employees continue to be tested based on state guidelines.