COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Testing Results

May 2, 2020 — We have great news to share! All residents at The Cove and The Willows have tested negative for COVID-19. As you know, on Tuesday we completed onsite state-mandated testing of all our residents and staff.  All staff at The Willows have tested negative.  On Monday, our screening process revealed that an employee with no direct... Read More

Do Your Part to Stem Covid-19: An Intergenerational Call to Action

May 1, 2020 — Older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions, are the most vulnerable to experiencing severe complications from COVID-19. But it is everyone’s responsibility to slow the outbreak and protect ourselves and our older loved ones, neighbors, and friends. Here are 5 ways you can help. Health first! The most important first step is to protect... Read More

Family Caregiver Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 1, 2020 — Now that most of us have been practicing social distancing for more than a month, it’s becoming apparent that our experience depends in part on our life circumstances. People who still must work around others—healthcare workers, grocery workers, mail carriers, bus drivers—are all heroes, and let’s not forget to honor and thank them! Parents are... Read More

COVID-19 Testing Program Update: April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020 — As of today, all residents and staff at The Cove and The Willows have been swabbed and screened for COVID-19.  Results of this onsite testing mandate, per the Rhode Island Department of Heath (DOH), are expected to be returned to us on or before May 1, 2020. No one in either building is exhibiting symptoms... Read More

COVID-19 Testing Program: April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 — We have learned that the Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) will be conducting coronavirus testing of all nursing home and assisted living residents and staff.   To date, no resident or staff member of The Cove has tested positive for COVID-19, nor has exhibited any symptoms that have resulted in a positive test... Read More


April 6, 2020 — Dear Staff, Family and Friends of Grace Barker Health: As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our world, we are pleased to report that, to date, there are no cases of the coronavirus at The Cove or The Willows at Grace Barker. As you know, we implemented Level 3 visitor restrictions at The Cove a... Read More

Skype Video-Calling begins this week

March 18, 2020 — This week begins the implementation of our Resident-to-family Skype program. Please do not call Grace Barker to request a Skype Video Chat   To inquire about a Skype Video Call, please email        

Important Message re: Non-Essential Phone Calls

March 17, 2020 — March 17, 2020 As all visitation to The Cove at Grace Barker has been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have received a higher volume of phone calls from family members inquiring about their loved one’s health and well-being. We have also received a fair amount of non-essential phone calls. Our priority is to... Read More


March 10, 2020 — March 10, 2020 As of yesterday, The Cove at Grace Barker Health is now operating voluntarily at the Level 3 visitor restrictions as outlined by the Rhode Island Department of Health. This level of restriction allows for no visitation to our residents other than those essential to resident care and who are free of any... Read More