Published: February 22, 2021
February 19, 2021
Dear Bridgewell family members and guardians,
I am pleased to let you know that as of today, 97% of the individuals residing in our residential programs and 45% of our residential staff have received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Additionally, we have seen a drop in the “red zone” cities across the state of Massachusetts. While this is hopeful news, we remain vigilant in our COVID-19 protocols and continue to operate with an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of those we serve and the staff who work with them.
For our residential programs, the positivity rate in Essex and Middlesex counties is now under 5%, so we have adjusted our visitation guidelines to reflect this new data. We will now allow two off site day visits per month in our non-red zone cities and towns. However, we still encourage you to visit at the program to ensure the highest level of safety at this time.
Bridgewell’s visitation guideline are as follows:
We are encouraged by the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and continued decline in overall COVID-19 infection rates across the state. Our efforts to keep Bridgewell programs as free from COVID-19 risk as possible must continue. We will continue following strict protocols around wearing masks, hand washing, social distancing, and cleaning of our homes.
Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation in ensuring the health and safety of all at Bridgewell.
Elaine M. White
Chief Operating Officer
Cc: Kelly Lawless, Jennifer Killeen, Bonnie Hungler, Tom Marshall, Michelle Vercellone, LynnLee Jordan