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"Her apartment was being used to do. These drug transactions in some way when people say the wrong house they may mean that they should not have gone there but technically speaking they went to the place they said they were going to. That's Amina Alawi. She is reporter with W. F. P. L. and mobile. Thank you so much thank you. It's here now and we've been wondering house. Tyson belongs you're doing. You may have heard of what he's doing. It's pretty incredible. He went to Yale then. Harvard his PhD in between he served three tours in Iraq as a Marine. Which in itself is pretty interesting but then in two thousand sixteen he bought and moved next door to the family run nursing home in. Bristol Connecticut okay. Then on March twenty second early on in the pandemic. He moved his entire staff onto the grounds of the nursing home to live in. Rv's so they wouldn't bring the krona virus into the facility and so far they haven't there's not one case in a state where autumn ninety four out of two hundred and sixteen facilities have had covert cases accounting for nearly half the deaths in that state. Would this has come at a personal cost about a half? A million of Tyson's own money. Tyson boulanger joins us now from the Shady Oaks home in Beautiful Bristol Connecticut Tyson. You pledged two months. I think you're over two months at this point not a single case not a single case not so far when you came up with this. What did you see for me? It was all about. Kirkman was just a nightmare. My heart is broken. Even just thinking about what had happened out there. The the Life Care Center of Washington the Corona virus that got in there and the dozens of people who passed and the struggle they went through was an alert. It was an alert all across the country. Everyone knew it was coming our way. It was coming to senior homes and we all begin to mobilize and one of the things that we did in early. March was we shut down for visitors. And that was heartbreaking enough. Just to tell family members that they wouldn't be able to come back to speak with their wives their mothers their aunts and it was just really rough and then our next step was to have a checkpoint screen the staff medically as they arrived for work. I stood that checkpoint and it reminded me a bit of my time in the Marines and it was really frustrating and very difficult. I didn't know exactly what to be looking for. We kept hearing about asymptomatic issues and how cove it might be able to transmit any signs. They'll health and even if that was just five percent ten percent and now we know it's so much more so he was this moment of like we've got to stop we've got to rethink all this. We've got something better and so we jumped. We jumped as quick as we could to bubble. No kidding you brought. Rv's into the parking lot. Your family had been in this business for forty four years when you bought it. Both of your grandparents had been in the home. This this sounds like it became personal for you. It is and each day here even now. I walk the home and I look in the eyes of my residents and I and tears come to me and I I just. I can't imagine a month from now. Two months from now three months from now and cove still going to be here in the senior homes. It's still going to be a threat what it's going to be like if they get it and I got to do everything I've got to do everything I can to save them and to find a safe way forward for our residents and caregivers well but this is pretty extreme. You ask your staff to move into these. Rv's have families of their own. They agree. There's no doubt at this is hardship in a volunteer assignment. We had forty eight staff members and I asked seventeen to come in and of course the first thing is their mothers their daughters their sisters there. They have all these relationships at home and they're going to miss out on so much by being away for the two months that's the first and then the next is low the number of hours of work to cover an entire week so they're doing sixty to eighty hours a week of work. It's really hard. And then as we've learned that easy to move in with her co workers for two months and it's just not an easy project but we all feel so good about the decision we feel like we've really made a difference and in our hometown. Four out of five nursing homes have covered and one of them has over twenty eight deaths and we just know that we've made the right decision for our home for our residents and our caregivers and to make it worthwhile and and to to show appreciation. I paid them large bonuses to our CNA's tore nurses. I pay our CNA's and General Staff fifteen thousand a month. And I pay our license nurses Twenty thousand dollars a month when we first got started with. This guy really didn't know that we'd have any assistance. We didn't know that we'd be able to to you. Know I was just drawing from my own savings and it looked pretty bleak but I. I just kept believing that there might be something up ahead. I wouldn't be able to see. And the immediate thing is is to save lives. I had to save lives head to save our home and tried to reach time a better testing and try to reach a better time a better equipment show as the time went by the payroll protection program opened up to us. And that's been a big help. Imagine that three hundred thousand dollars in P P protections enables you to pay some of those people donald core coming in but who said they couldn't yes. All of our furloughed staff were paying full. According to their average hours before we bubbled up able to take care of our community and the idea behind. That is it sooner or later. We're going to have to open back up. And when we do we WANNA make sure everybody was well taken care of and then beyond the payroll protection program. My mom helped that she made a large donation. And we've had very kind souls Go to our website and make small donations. And we're I think we're going to be okay. I I'm still sure a couple of hundred thousand but for for the feeling of knowing that we saved lives. We saved a residence. We saved our caregivers some caregivers. I've learned about them. Having health troubles eight had no idea before if they get corona virus they'll be susceptible to a serious illness so I have no regrets the thing that I've been trying for it and I've been struggling for. I really want to share this idea and this is why. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to speak with you today. Just can't be just about my home. It's gotta be all caregivers about all senior homes. We really need to see this public. Good well you say. Also it's something. The government should contribute to. You've suggested that if Connecticut for instance pays twenty five thousand per week in matching payroll funds to all of its three hundred sixty five nursing homes and assisted living centers for just six weeks. It would cost taxpayers fifty five million. Now a lot of people are gonNA say what fifty five million. That's a lot of money you say. What well at the federal level they're talking about trillions and then if it's compared to what happens when corona virus comes into a home homes ended up paying quite a bit anyways as hazard pay and the human costs of such suffering and the amount of personal protective equipment that they go through. There's not that much of a difference in cost between what we've done here. And what some of the homes have had to do but of course. There's a human advantage to what we've done is we don't have any sick people here. The other huge costs are if residents go from the nursing home to the hospital. And then we're talking about ventilators and I see us and now suddenly it would cost concern lots of an ICU. Visit like what is that. If it was a drug that we could pay for that. We could save sixty percent on the fatality rate from Kovin. We would have done it. Why not do the human solution if we had done that? Oh Wow what a savings of human life we would have had and if they wanted to they could just boil it all the way down to just calling it a pilot project. Let's have ten homes but see what like enticing. We know that there's a nurse there that can possibly break away from this incredibly hard work to speak with us. Faith hold on one point high. It's face faith for thank you so much. I hearing how overwhelmed. You guys aren't how much work you're doing there. But I just what's been like to live on the side of the nursing home. It hasn't always been easy Were here twenty four seven And just being unable to go home and be with family. I think that's everyone's biggest obstacle kids or oh. Yeah they're grown. I do have an elderly mom that I do help. Take care of that home. So that's my biggest concern but my husband's there so he helps out what a sacrifice on your part and I thank you on behalf but in a funny way. Maybe you're protecting your mom to buy really isolating yourself that is correct because otherwise who knows what I'd be bringing home. Yeah Yeah How can? How would you describe? I mean? We've heard it's tough. How what's the what's the toughest the hardest obstacle? It's just everybody's personality. You're you're with.