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COVID-19 Update: October 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update: October 21, 2020

Franklin and Keller Lake Residents and Families

As stated below, Kent County is seeing an increase in COVID positive cases. Over the past two weeks we’ve provided updates on positive cases. We have a total of nine residents in Assisted Living/Memory Care and two positive employees at Clark at Franklin.

Today, we received an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 from the Michigan
Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The order updates and further
expands requirements for residential care facilities. The order applies to Clark at
Franklin and Keller Lake residents who reside in our main Franklin campus building and at Windsor and Oxford Manors at Keller Lake.

In today’s MDHHS news release, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, shares, “This is a delicate balance of trying to prevent the further spread of the virus while still allowing for family members and friends to visit their loved ones in residential care facilities. I remain concerned about the increase in case levels across the state, so it will be vitally important that the order be followed closely in order to keep the facilities safe and prevent the spread of the virus.”

Clark remains concerned as well and will continue to adhere to the requirements of
MDHHS, Kent County Health Department, MIOSHA, CDC, and CMS.

The October 21, 2020 MDHHS Resident Care Visitation Order provides a safe plan for visitation based on Michigan County Risk Levels. Kent County is now a level E which means there is an elevated incidence growth rate with average daily cases/million greater than 150 or a positivity rate greater than 20%. Here is a summary of the visitation order:

  • No indoor visits are allowed at Clark at Franklin and Keller Lake (this does not apply to Towne Homes and Sherman Court residents).
  • Outdoor visits are not allowed at Clark at Franklin due to the current positive COVID case status. We are seeking further clarification from MDHHS to determine if this holds true for Clark Terrace and Sherman Street residents. We hope to share more
    information by the end of the week.
  • Outdoor visits are allowed at Clark at Keller Lake.
  • Compassionate care visits are allowed at both campuses. Visitor testing is required unless for end of life visits. We will share more information about visitor testing in a future communication.

The road has been long, and it appears we will be on this course for several weeks. We are committed to keeping our residents physically and emotionally well and safe. Our dedicated staff will continue to create ways to inspire meaningful living. We encourage families to reach out to their loved ones now more than ever.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have questions or suggestions.

We offer our sincere gratitude for your support, encouragement, and prayers.

We are Community.
We are Clark.

Brian Pangle
President and CEO