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K-9 units pay a visit to Covington

The guests of Covington Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and The Meadows at Covington were greeted outside their windows with a surprise visit from the East Palestine Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol K-9 Units. TJ Dobbins, Matt Boyer, K-9 Rexo and K-9 Titus from the Ohio State Highway Patrol joined East Palestine Lt. Don Johnson and K-9 Toney to visit with the residents through their windows. In early March, with the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that visitors would be restricted at skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. As a result, many residents and their families have only had contact via telephone, virtually or visitations through windows. This restriction has been especially difficult on residents who have been accustom to regular family visits. The staff at Covington and Meadows continue to call on the community for window visits and support to provide alternative stimulation and socialization. Animal visits can be very therapeutic for seniors and those with dementia. “Our guests and staff are so thankful for our visit from the East Palestine Police Department, Ohio Highway State Patrol and their K-9 Units,” Campus Administrator Rocco Parro said. “The isolation caused by the coronavirus has been difficult on our guests that have not been able to enjoy in-person visits from family and friends. It was so wonderful to see everyone’s faces light up when the beautiful dogs came up to their windows. The support of our community has been amazing!” — Scott Lendak (Photos by Small Wonders Photography)

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