COVID-19 Community Update and Visit Restriction
We know many of you like us are very concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us in our community. Ensuring our tenants and residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19 and keeping the virus out of our community. The information below is what we asking each of you to do to help protect our tenants as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.
At this time, we request that family and friends do not visit the community. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our community unless absolutely necessary such as a critical or time sensitive reason such as hospice-related visits. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy and actively screening individuals, including staff, who need to come into the building. Tenants, residents and family members are our greatest resource to help prevent COVID-19 from entering our community.
We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the center is necessary, we request that you contact the Executive Director prior to scheduling a visit.
Please make sure we have your most current, emergency contact information. We want to ensure we efficiently communicate with you should there be any new developments. Please reach out to the Executive Director with your updated contact information.
Tenants and residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.
Our community is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and will wear gowns and gloves when interacting with tenants who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, we are in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.
We will notify you if any tenant resident or staff is diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.
Reason We are Restricting Individuals from Entering our Building
The current COVID-19 outbreak situation means that it is critical that we take every precaution possible. We must prevent this virus from entering our center. Protecting our residents’ health and safety is our top priority.
The CDC has done a careful review of the death rate in the elderly, especially those with dementia or chronic diseases. Experts are recommending we take action to limit individuals from entering our building and to ensure sick employees stay home.
Early data shows that:
- The mortality rate for people over 80 in the general population is 15% in China.
- The World Health Organization report estimates the mortality rate at 21.9% for those over 80.
- At the nursing home in Washington state, there have been 50 residents who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As of March 9, 2020, 19 of those have died. This is a high death rate.
There is a risk that people who appear healthy will enter nursing homes and infect residents. Studies of past viral epidemics where recommending prevention was delayed were not effective. These studies show that the sooner we limit interactions with each other and wash your hands frequently virus spreads more slowly.
These facts have led many to recommend severe limitations on visitors. This describes why we have taken this action now.
We hope this explains to you why we are asking people to limit their visits. This may prevent you from physically seeing your family member or friend. Our residents’ health and safety are our top concern. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect them.
Please feel free to contact the community Executive Director with any questions. Please make sure we have your latest contact information. Thank you for supporting these efforts.