We are continuing to closely monitor the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The health, security and safety of our residents and team members is our highest priority and HumanGood healthcare teams are continuing to track the latest news and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health department directives.
As reported and confirmed by the CDC, there is a potential outbreak in a long-term care facility in Kirkland, Washington. Our team at Judson Park, our life plan community in Des Moines, Washington, is addressing this situation to remain vigilant and ready to take prompt and effective action as needed.
Some steps we are taking to stay prepared:
We are in close communication with local public health officials, physicians (including our medical directors) and nurse practitioners, and we are screening all new admissions to Judson Park. With respect to the residents in our care, we are monitoring evaluation times, focusing on symptom screening, infection surveillance, reviewing procedures and continuously adapting our contingency plans to stay prepared. The key symptoms we are looking for are fever, coughing, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.
We are also screening all vendors, contractors and team members to investigate any potential travel and to confirm to the best of our ability that they are symptom-free. Team members experiencing symptoms are required to report their symptoms and/or diagnoses to their supervisor and are strictly prohibited from coming to work.
Our teams are working to keep all communities stocked with medical supplies and sanitizing agents/products. We are strictly enforcing frequent hand washing procedures.
More information can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Please keep the following steps recommended by the CDC in mind to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95 percent alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, then immediately discard tissues
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one
Again, the health, security and safety of our residents and team members is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor local, state and federal reports, and share information as it becomes available.