Freedom Square ALF announces 9 deaths from coronavirus following outbreak at facility


TAMPA (WFLA) – The Freedom Square assisted living facility has announced nine residents have passed away from the coronavirus following an outbreak at the facility.

The Florida National Guard was on site on Friday following last week’s evacuation of all 95 patients at Freedom Square’s Seminole Pavilion were evacuated after more than 30 patients within the building contracted COVID-19.

As of Friday, 11 new residents have tested positive while 35 employees of the facility have tested positive.

Michael Jansma’s mother is a resident of Freedom Square. She worked as a registered nurse and served two hospitals as a quality control supervisor before retiring.

“So she’s very familiar with the way things should be handled with infectious disease and bacteria,” said Jansma.

He is extremely worried about his mother’s health now.

“She has COPD and diabetes, so she’s a high-risk group to say the least,” said Jansma.

As a result of her professional background, his mother is more aware than most people about safe practices to prevent the spread of disease and Jansma says he’s worried about what his mother has seen.

“They’ve cut out the basic cleaning of her apartment for which she pays for. What’s worse than that is they have a cart and they have bags of sheets and towels and they knock on doors and they touch door handles and they touch the bag and then they go on to the next room,” said Jansma.

He’s also worried about the food his mother is eating there and her ability to keep herself and her apartment clean without the help of staff.

“My ongoing concern is, she has no way to do her laundry because there is a community laundry room. She’s supposed to walk down a hallway and use an elevator and touch a door handle and use a washing machine that the entire building has been using,” said Jansma.

He’s asking Governor DeSantis to send in state experts to supervise the facility to help stop the spread of the virus before more people become infected.

“The procedures just seem to be broken, non-existent or not understood,” said Jansma.


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