Coronavirus Updates

May 14, 2021

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 King County, the Washington Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

On May 13th,, Governor Inslee announced a statewide move to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery plan, effective May 18th, and full re-opening for the state on June 30th. In addition the Governor also adopted the CDC’s guidelines that fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks or physical distance with certain exceptions.  Individual businesses may continue to require masks at their discretion.  Specific to Independent Living we’re pleased to share good news with those announcements:

  • Visitors are allowed on campus between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    • Visitors no longer need pre-approval, and if fully vaccinated, do not need to wear a mask.
    • Visits may occur throughout independent living spaces or outdoors without restriction.
  • All employees, residents, vendors, and visitors will continue to be screened with Washington Department of Health recommended health questions at the front entry.
  • All employees, vendors, and visitors 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.
  • Masks, effectively covering ones nose and mouth, are still required in all common areas for unvaccinated individuals, and for staff.
  • 6 foot social distancing is still required in all common areas for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Outdoor gatherings and amenities (putting green, croquet court, lawn bowling and garden plots) are open to up to residents and their guests.
  • Residents continue to participate in other programs and events spanning the 7-elements of Wellness through creative on-line videos, webinars, and virtual meetings.
  • The Arts and Crafts Room and Library are open to up to 6 residents socially distanced
  • Emerald Market is able to welcome up to 4 shoppers at a time(socially distanced)
  • The Coffee Shop is open to up to 10 customers (other patrons may also wait in line distanced 6’ apart with the line extending into the hallway) .
    • At this time, the Coffee Shop is available to resident only for eating and drinking in the Coffee Shop
    • Residents who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask.
  • Transportation for grocery and other shopping remains 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 encouraged to use telehealth options with their medical providers.
  • Dining services in Copper and Hook and Madronna are currently open at 25% capacity and allow for 6 foot distancing between tables. Emerald heights will work toward 50% capacity over time. The following dining procedures will be in place during Phase 3:
    • Venues open 11a—7p
    • Residents only. No non-resident guests at this time.
    • By reservation only
    • Pre-orders at time of reservation recommended
    • 1 hour seating limits to ensure dining opportunities for others
    • Unvaccinated residents are to remain masked when not sitting at the table.
  • To-go dining and paid delivery services remain available for residents. We continue to offer grab-and-go items and individually portioned meals through Embers dining.
  • Elements Day Spa has re-opened and may serve at 50% capacity at a time.
  • The fitness center is available to up to 6 individuals at a time, for a 45 minute sessions, by appointment only.
  • Group exercise is available by sign-up only.
  • Individual training is available by sign-up only.
  • The swimming pool remains open with a limit of 10 persons maximum for aqua aerobics classes, and a 3 person maximum for free swim hours.
  • Increased frequency of disinfection of high-touch surfaces in common areas and in the health center continues.
  • Corwin Center skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care are in Phase 1 of the Governor’s Safe Start for LTC plan.
  • Visits with a Corwin Center resident continue to require pre-approval
  • 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.
  • Corwin Center residents 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) 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, Department of Health, or King County websites.  We have also established a COVID-19 message hotline at 425.556.8187; this hotline is monitored Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 5 pm.  Messages left on the hotline after hours and on weekends will be picked up the next business day.