Eleven people test positive for COVID-19 at Oakwood Village nursing home on Madison’s west side

Those who tested positive are isolating in a designated wing on campus

MADISON, Wis. — Four residents in the skilled nursing program and seven staff members who work in the skilled nursing program have tested positive for COVID-19 at Oakwood Village’s University Woods campus on Madison’s west side.

Vice President of Marketing Kevin VanLanduyt said there is a designated isolation wing in the skilled nursing program for those who test positive for COVID-19.

“We have deployed all measures according to the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Government/CDC,” VanLanduyt wrote in an email to News 3 Now. “Entrance is limited to one location on each campus, all entrants (primarily only employees are entering our campuses at this time) are screened including temperature, additional sanitation is being conducted throughout the campuses, regular reminders to all employees and residents to wash hands regularly, avoid touching face, requesting residents remain in their apartment home, sanitizers are widely distributed, staff wear protective equipment in direct care/direct contact areas. All group programming has been cancelled and dining options are delivery only.”

Oakwood Village serves nearly 1,000 older adults on two Madison campuses — Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge and Oakwood Village University Woods. VanLanduyt said the confirmed cases are at the University Woods location. Both campuses offer a range of services including independent living apartment homes, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation.

VanLanduyt said residents are not allowed to have visitors at this time.

“We are allowing our end-of-life/ hospice residents to have family visitation on a controlled basis only. Packages/ groceries must be dropped off at our entrances and staff are delivering items on campus.”

VanLanduyt also said staff are wearing proper equipment to carry out essential services for residents and residents should also take proper safety precautions while on campus.

“We are asking any residents that have come to the campus from travel destinations where there is significant COVID case numbers to self-isolate/quarantine in their apartment homes for 14 days.”

Public Health Madison & Dane County spokesperson Sarah Mattes declined to answer if there are any other known outbreaks at other nursing homes in Madison at this time.