Latest update on Coronavirus

hg_infinity_full color-320x240-3March 11, 2020

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.

The health, security and safety of our residents and team members is our highest priority.

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic and as the number of cases rise across the country, our teams are working closely together to address this situation on a daily basis.

Per the CDC, older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. In an effort to limit potential exposure, we are temporarily discontinuing community-sponsored resident outings, group activities, events, meetings and limiting outside individuals or groups from providing non-essential services or holding gatherings on our campuses. This includes entertainment and marketing events. We are also encouraging residents to avoid crowds, large gatherings and to practice social distancing as much as possible.

We are screening visitors, vendors, contractors, team members and residents to investigate any travel exposures and to confirm to the best of our ability that they are symptom-free. Non-critical work travel is discouraged for team members, and team members are restricted from traveling to communities for non-essential business purposes. Any team members experiencing symptoms are required to report their symptoms and/or diagnoses to their supervisor and are strictly prohibited from coming to work.

With respect to the residents in our care, we are monitoring and 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.

Our team at Judson Park, our life plan community in Des Moines, Washington, is beginning to accept hospital admissions who test negative for COVID-19. At Terraces of Phoenix, our life plan community in Phoenix, Arizona, our teams are in close communication with the local department of health, public health officials, physicians and hospitals, and are closely monitoring and screening new admissions.

Our teams are continuing efforts 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.

                                                                     

 

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