A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown

A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown 1

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.


Sarah Mervosh, a national reporter for The New York Times.

The penny auction was finally back at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in West Virginia last month. “We have really missed this,” one resident said.
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Sarah Mervosh contributed reporting.

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