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Coronavirus Update

For Emerald Heights, providing the best possible care, and protecting the health and wellness of residents and employees is of highest priority.  We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures to protect our community and are working closely with the Washington Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

There are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Emerald Heights.  We will update this information should that change, and when there are changes to the practices below.

While this is excellent news, we continue to stay vigilant.  Our infection control measures are still in place to mitigate the risk of transmission, including all of the measures listed below.  And while we celebrate the recovery of those in our community who have overcome a COVID-19 diagnosis, we do not forget the tragic loss of life of 2 residents and 1 staff member from this COVID-19 pandemic.

Acting upon the guidance of, and in consultation with the CDC and the Department of Health, in conjunction with the Governor’s emergency proclamations, CMS’s Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance), and CMS’s Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes, the following practices are in place to help prevent the spread of this virus:

  • NO visitors to campus are allowed at this time.
  • Family and friends may deliver items for residents between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for staff to deliver to individual residents.
  • Independent living residents are expected to safe-guard their health by complying with the Stay at Home directive issued by the Governor which has been extended to the end of May. The Governor has also introduced a phased plan to begin re-opening of business and services.  While the Governor’s plan is broad and addresses a number of industry sectors, it is not specific to Senior Living.  Emerald Heights will continue to follow the guidance of local health jurisdictions, the CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Governor Inslee’s directives to develop a cautious, phased re-opening plan for re-introduction of services on campus.
  • All in-person, group activities on campus have been cancelled; residents continue to participate in programs and events spanning the 7-elements of Wellness through creative on-line videos, webinars and virtual meetings.
  • All non-essential maintenance requests in Independent Living have been suspended.
  • Transportation for grocery and other shopping has been suspended; residents are encouraged to order groceries online for delivery, or pick-up and delivery by Emerald Heights’ staff.
  • Transportation to individual medical appointments is limited to medically necessary office visits; residents are greatly encouraged to use telehealth options with their medical providers.
  • Dining rooms throughout campus are also closed; all meals are being delivered or provided by carry-out.
  • Elements Day Spa has suspended services.
  • The fitness center has been closed.
  • Frequency of disinfection of high-touch surfaces in common areas and in the health center has been increased.
  • Housekeeping Services in Independent Living Apartments have been suspended.
  • All employees, residents, and vendors are being screened with Washington Department of Health recommended health questions at the front entry.
    • All employees and vendors who do not pass the screening questions are not being allowed on campus.
    • Every person arriving on campus is required to have their temperature taken upon arrival. Should a fever be exhibited they will be asked to leave campus, or to self-isolate in their home on campus.
    • All essential health care personnel working within the Corwin Center assisted living and skilled nursing are being screened for signs and symptoms and temperature taken before and after their shifts.
  • All personnel working on campus are required to wear masks; all residents, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not, are requested to cover their noses and mouths when staff are in their room. Residents throughout campus are asked to wear masks when out in public spaces.
  • Every resident in Corwin Center is assessed for symptoms and has their temperature checked at each staff shift change.
  • Corwin Center who receive, or are showing signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 diagnosis, are placed on isolation measures and treated using isolation protocols.
  • IL residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or who are exhibiting any symptoms, are required to self-isolate; additional services are available to support residents in self-isolation.

As we continue efforts to contain the spread of this virus, staff and residents are asked to self-monitor their health closely.  Staff who note any flu like signs or symptoms are required to notify their supervisor immediately and will be sent home.  Both staff and residents experiencing symptoms should contact their primary health care provider, and isolate themselves immediately while they await diagnosis.

Residents and staff are urged to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for prevention of any viral respiratory illness, including frequent hand washing, practice of good cough etiquette, advising those exhibiting any symptoms of the virus, or in direct contact with those exhibiting symptoms (sore throat, cough, fever) to remain at home until symptom free for 72 hours.  Thank you for your support and understanding as we work diligently to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of residents and staff.   As this is a rapidly changing situation we recommend for the most current information about COVID-19, visit the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, Department of Health https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus, or King County https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx websites.  We have also established a COVID-19 message hotline at 425.556.8187.

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