Senior living facility in south Fort Myers goes on lockdown due to COVID-19

The Brookdale Senior Living facility in the Cypress Lake area of south Fort Myers is on lockdown Thursday, and it’s not allowing visitors or accepting new residents because of the coronavirus.

The senior facility confirmed more than one member of the community tested positive for COVID-19.

We spoke to a woman who was visiting a loved one by looking through a window at the home. This is the only way families can visit Brookdale at this time.

The news served as a reminder of what happened when the pandemic first hit and families couldn’t make in-person visits to their loved ones at senior homes.

The lockdown comes as COVID-19 cases in Florida are surging and hospitals rooms are filing up.

A spokesperson for Brookdale sent us a statement regarding its lockdown:

“We have informed residents, their family members and associates of Brookdale Cypress Lake of this matter. We are diligently monitoring our residents and associates for signs and symptoms, and we continue to work directly with local health officials.”

The spokesperson would not confirm how long people at the senior home would remain on lockdown but did say the facility will closely follow the guidance from the Florida Department of Health in Lee County.

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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