Tia Lynn Ivey
Jill Law was one of six residents of the Madison House, a senior living community, to test positive for COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal coronavirus currently sweeping the globe.
Law, 62, was hospitalized on May 1 at Athens Piedmont Regional, after experiencing severe symptoms that doctors feared could lead to a heart attack. After being taken to the hospital, she was tested for COVID-19, and her sister was faced with the decision on whether or not to put her on a ventilator.
“She was at death’s door,” said sister Kathy Williamson, of Rutledge. “I couldn’t believe it that she bounced back and recovered from this. I prepared myself for the worst. I didn’t think she was going to make, but she did, and I am so happy that she is better and back at the Madison House. They take such good care of her.”
After two weeks in the hospital, Law has returned to her home at the Madison House and is quarantined to her room, as are the other residents, 18 in all, to prevent any further spread of the coronavirus. .
Williamson praised the Madison House for the love and care they have shown for her sister.
“You know, they were all in tears when they found out she had it,” said Williamson. “They have done everything they could for her, and all their residents. But this thing spreads so darn easy.”
Owner of the Madison House Adys Perera is thrilled to have Law back at the facility.
“She is better than ever,” said Perera, who noted the Madison House was on lockdown weeks before any of the residents tested positive.
Perera was dismayed that despite following all procedures to keep residents safe, that an outbreak of the coronavirus still occurred.
“After taking every precaution, for this to happen, it’s just horrible,” said Perera. “Our number one priority is always the health and safety of our residents.”
According to Perera, a couple of the infected Madison House residents were hospitalized. Perera said she was not at liberty to say if all the infected patients have recovered. All residents are quarantined within their rooms and the Madison House is following all the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Public Health Department.