Human Interest Staff Members Shelter-in-Place at Senior Living Community to Keep Residents Safe Staff members at an assisted-living facility outside Atlanta are staying there 24/7 to help residents By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a former Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He started at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter in 2017 and interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 6, 2020 08:31 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Staff at a Georgia assisted-living facility are sheltering in place with 500 residents to help keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Since the end of March, employees at Park Springs assisted-living facility, located outside of Atlanta, have been living at the on its 61-acre campus, according to the Associated Press via the Washington Post. One of the staff members, Nadia Williams, missed her sister's wedding to stay on-site with residents. She instead watched the event over a Zoom call. “I wish I was there, definitely,” she told the AP. “I wish I was able to help her get ready.” The shelter-in-place started when four employees and a resident tested positive for the deadly disease, which has proven especially dangerous for older adults and people with underlying conditions. While nursing homes can limit visitors and screen them for fevers before entering the building, Park Springs officials felt like they had to do more to protect residents. “We knew we had to do something drastic," Donna Moore, the chief operating officer of the company that operates the facility, explained to the AP. Retired Kansas Farmer Who Mailed N95 Mask to Andrew Cuomo Is Awarded Honorary College Degree Courtesy Park Springs The 70 workers currently staying on the campus only make up just over 20 percent of Park Springs' typical workforce, which normally has 300 people on staff. Most of them have placed on furlough or are now working from home, according to the AP. But the staff is adjusting to life at the facility. Justin Craft, who is in charge of food service, has dinner with his family by eating with them on opposite sides of a fence. “It’s our new normal, but we’re used to it by now,” his partner, Crystal Craft, told the outlet. Quarantine Cat Film Fest Will Raise Money to Help Movie Theaters Closed Due to COVID-19 Their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed by residents. “I expect my family to jump in and help me out when something is somewhat of a crisis in my life. I don’t expect that from the people who are providing services for me,” an emotional resident said. According to the New York Times, Georgia has seen at least 29,709 cases and 1,295 deaths attributed to coronavirus as of Thursday afternoon. The United States as a whole has seen more than 1.2 million cases and at least 72,618 deaths. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.