The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Epworth family in a significant and heartbreaking way. Our beloved Chaplain, Rev. Marsha Purtell, passed away on November 16th, after over a year of dedicated service at Epworth. Our hearts go out to her family and our prayers are lifted on their behalf.

In the face of this tragic loss of a loved one, friend, and colleague, we persist in our efforts to slow the spread of this virulent disease.

The magnitude of the battle is evident in the growing COVID-19 positivity rate of 17.7 % in Oklahoma County, which currently is in the highest positivity classification, or the “red zone”.

In keeping with regulatory requirements at “red zone” level of positivity, Epworth has continued its rigorous testing protocols. As a result, in recent rounds of testing we have identified the following:

  • Six staff members in assisted living with positive COVID-19 tests. These staff are recovering away from Epworth Villa.
  • Five residents in assisted living with positive COVID-19 tests
  • No additional positive tests or active cases of COVID in Health Services

In assisted living and health services, we continue with restrictions of in-person visitation and the practice of COVID protocols as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We appreciate the determination of our residents and staff to follow these protocols.

In independent living,

  • Two residents recovering from COVID-19, one remains in isolation.
  • Several residents with past exposure to COVID-19 are completing quarantines this week.
  • One employee has tested positive.

There is a great deal of sadness that this pandemic has brought to families across the globe. Touched by the loss of a beloved staff member in addition to the beloved resident from early in the pandemic, at Epworth we will continue for as long as it takes to overcome this disease. Thank you for joining us in that effort.