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The Good Shepherd Nursing Home in West Virginia lifted its coronavirus lockdown in February.
For months, residents had been confined to their rooms, unable to mix. But with everybody now vaccinated, it was time to see one another again, albeit with rules on social distancing and mask wearing still in place.
There was Mass in the chapel, lunch in the dining room (decked out in Valentine’s Day decorations) and a favorite activity: the penny auction. Top prize? A tub of cheese puffs.
We share some of the relief and joy about the tiptoe back to normalcy and hear from staff members and residents about the travails of the past year.
On today’s episode
The Good Shepherd Nursing Home, where vaccinations have finished, offers a glimpse at what the other side of the pandemic might look like.
Nursing homes, once hot spots of the coronavirus, are far outpacing the rest of the United States in Covid declines.
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