March 12, 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.
We received notice that an individual who may have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) had contact with a mobile food bank which provided service to Salishan Gardens, our affordable housing community in Tacoma, Washington.
At this point, we do not have confirmation that the individual who had contact with the mobile food bank has tested positive for COVID-19. We notified the local public health department and we are following their guidelines as we enforce visitor and team member screening at the community. We will share more information on this situation as it becomes available.
Per the CDC and as we have all heard and read, 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. We also know that large group interactions increase likelihood of transmission risk. With that understanding, and in an effort to limit potential exposure, we are taking the following actions: 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 asking residents to limit outside visitors, especially children under the age of 18. We are also encouraging residents to avoid crowds and large gatherings and to practice social distancing as much as possible.
We are screening visitors, vendors, contractors, team members and residents upon entry into our communities 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 teams are continuing efforts to keep all communities stocked with medical supplies and sanitizing agents/products. We are strictly enforcing frequent hand washing procedures.
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.