Covid 19 Updates

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions and Patient/Resident Monitoring Measures

June 21, 2020 update

Now more than ever, our number one priority is the safety of our residents, patients and caregivers. We are committed to being transparent and letting the community know if we have any cases of COVID-19 in our facility. Family members can call our 24/7 ministry alert line at 425-687-4038 to hear a recorded message with the most recent information on the status of COVID-19 at Providence St. Joseph Care Center. In the event a resident or patient tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify their family members directly as soon as we get the results.

We closely monitor and follow all public health and CDC guidelines for testing residents/patients and caregivers and have implemented a plan for ongoing testing. If a resident/patient or caregiver experiences symptoms of illness, they will be tested immediately.

We remain closed to visitors but exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for people who are coming to visit someone at the end of life.

Thank you for entrusting us to care for your loved one. If you have specific questions about their care, please call 509-474-5678 and ask to speak with the supervisor.

April 3, 2020 update

Effective today, we are accepting new admissions on a limited basis. Patients who pass epidemic screening criteria based on CDC guidance will be admitted to our new observation unit. The unit is staffed by a dedicated care team and these caregivers will not enter any other areas of the facility. New patients will remain under observation in this separate unit for at least 15 days until we deem it is safe to transfer them to another location in our ministry so we can continue admitting patients to this new dedicated space. Visits remain restricted in accordance with CDC guidelines, exceptions will be made for end of life situations.

March 18, 2020 update

Effective today, we are temporarily halting new admissions. We also continue to restricts visitors to our facility in accordance with the CDC's March 14 guidelines. Visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for people who are coming to visit a loved one at the end of life.

March 15, 2020 update

On March 14, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for all skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across the U.S. to further slow the spread of the virus. Visits remain restricted. Exceptions will be made for visitors deemed essential as indicated below. We will screen essential visitors for signs of illness or potential COVID-19 exposure before allowing them to come inside using the same screening process that’s been in place since March 10.

Updated visitor restrictions:

  • Only essential visitors are allowed in our facility. Essential individuals include:
    • Our caregivers
    • Outside medical professionals (i.e. paramedics, hospice caregivers)
    • Adult protective services staff
    • Licensing/Survey staff
    • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Friends or family members visiting during end-of-life stages

Essential visitors who answer ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions we implemented on March 10 or who are running a fever will be turned away. Exceptions will be made if the visitor is here to see or provide care for an individual at the end of life. Under those limited circumstances the visitor must:

  • Use appropriate personal protection equipment (gown, gloves and mask), contingent on supply
  • Limit their visit to the patient’s or resident’s room
  • Limit surfaces touched
  • Observe proper hand hygiene
  • The CDC’s new recommendations are based on the urgency of the situation facing our community.
March 13, 2020 update

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in western Washington to further slow the spread of the virus and especially to protect vulnerable older adults in long-term care facilities. Out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing many of those recommendations at our facility. Effective immediately, we are closed to all visitors. Visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for people who are coming to visit a loved one at the end of life. We made this decision based on the seriousness of the situation facing our community.

We strongly encourage you to keep in touch with our patients and residents by phone or video chat such as FaceTime, Skype or Zoom calls. Caregivers will help if your loved one needs some tech support to use these tools. It’s important our patients and residents maintain social connections to friends and family during this difficult time.

As we shared in our last update, we continue daily monitoring our caregivers’ health and our patients’ and residents’ health in accordance with the enhanced WA guidelines and the CDC’s recommendations issued on March 10. We are vigilant about watching for any signs of illness and especially for fevers and respiratory symptoms.

Your continued understanding and cooperation with the changing situation is greatly appreciated. We cannot stress it enough, all of these measures and precautions are focused on keeping everyone in our facility safe.

Don’t hesitate to reach out is you have questions or concerns that we haven’t already addressed.

March 11, 2020 update

We continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and want to reiterate the safety of our patients, residents, their families and our caregivers remains our top priority.

On March 10, Gov. Jay Inslee and the State Department of Health each announced new requirements for skilled nursing facilities to help contain the virus and reduce the risk of spread. We immediately implemented these requirements, in addition to the ones we proactively put in place last week and our existing infection control protocols.

Please read the new visitor restrictions and additional monitoring measures we’ve put into place to keep our community safe.

Updated visitor restrictions 
  • Unnecessary visits are strongly discouraged; in the event of an outbreak, no visitors will be allowed
  • Patients/residents are allowed one visitor a day* and visit must take place in the individuals’ room (no visits allowed in patient/resident gathering areas)
  • Visitors must be over the age of 18* and must show identification
  • All must sign the visitor log and provide name, phone number, email address, name of person they are visiting, date, time in/out
  • We will keep visitor logs for 30 days
  • Visitors will continue to be screened for any current symptoms of illness or a fever, or if someone in their home is sick or has a fever
  • Visitors will continue to be screened for known exposure to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Visitors will continue to be screened for recent travel, including visits to any local facilities associated with known cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Visitors who answer ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions or who are running a fever will be turned away

*Exceptions will be made in end-of-life situations
We’ve also stepped up the monitoring of our caregivers’ health and our patients’ and residents’ health, in accordance with the new guidelines issued on March 10 and the CDC’s recommendations.

Caregiver monitoring and restrictions

  • All caregivers are screened at the start and end of shift for any symptoms of illness or a fever
    • If a caregiver is sick, they must immediately put on a face mask, leave the facility and quarantine themselves at home
  • We will prioritize sick caregivers for COVID-19 testing
  • We are keeping records of any other facilities where our caregivers may work

Patient and resident monitoring and restrictions

  • Every patient and resident will be monitored daily for symptoms of respiratory infection or a fever
  • If a patient or resident has a fever and shows symptoms of a respiratory infection, they will be isolated in their room and enhanced infection control droplet precautions will be implemented until COVID-19 is ruled out
  • We will continue social distancing among patients and residents, this includes staying 6 feet away from others
  • Large group events and activities are canceled, including religious services
  • Large group dining is reduced and we’ve implemented interventions so smaller groups dine at a time and individuals are seated farther apart.
  • Patients and residents must perform hand hygiene and put on a mask (contingent on supply) when they leave their room

Our cleaning staff is vigilant about disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of germs. In addition to our routine cleaning procedures, we’re wiping down high touch areas such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, remote controls, wheelchairs and bathrooms several times throughout the day.

We will keep you updated as the situation changes and we encourage you to visit the CDC’s and the DOH’s websites for the latest developments on COVID-19 in our community.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and for following these new guidelines to help us protect those who rely on us for care.

March 7, 2020 update

The health and safety of our residents, patients and our caregivers is our top priority. Effective March 5, 2020, we are restricting unnecessary visits to Providence St. Joseph Care Center until further notice. In addition, we are screening every person who comes to our facility for potential COVID-19 exposure by asking a series of questions. We’re asking if people have any symptoms of illness, if they’ve been potentially exposed or had known contact with an individual under investigation for or confirmed with COVID-19 infection, and their recent travel history. We are taking every visitor’s temperature. Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to the questions or who is running a temperature won’t be allowed in.

In addition to following our infection control protocols and procedures, we are vigilant about disinfecting our facility daily. Special emphasis is placed on sanitizing high touch areas in patient/resident rooms, common areas and restrooms. We have also implemented ‘social distancing’ in our facility to minimize excessive person-to-person contact around activities such as special events that might involve large groups.

We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and will implement further safety precautions as needed to protect our residents, patients their loved ones and our caregivers.