COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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UPDATED: 8/13/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 08/13/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at the Kline Galland Home, The Summit at First Hill and within Community Based Services. We remain committed to providing you factual information during this time and have a few updates we would like to share.

COVID-19 TESTING

We have received word that a Kline Galland Homecare employee who works at The Summit has tested positive for Covid.   The employee believes they were likely exposed by a personal friend who also recently tested positive.  This employee worked with 6 different residents at The Summit including one memory care patient.  We are placing those patients/residents in quarantine and the families will be notified. We will be testing all memory care patients and staff today and tomorrow as well as the other exposed residents.  We will update you with the results when they are received.

Kline Galland’s Infection Control Team continues to actively monitor the developing COVID-19 situation, including daily screening of our staff prior to beginning their work shift. 

ADMISSIONS & VISITS

Admissions at the Kline Galland Home are being allowed with a provided negative COVID-19 test. We are also admitting hospice patients with negative COVID-19 tests, our own Kline Galland Home patients who are being re-admitted with negative COVID-19 tests and The Summit at First Hill patients who need Kline Galland Home services and have a negative COVID-19 test. We understand that family members would like to visit at this time, but unfortunately for the safety of our residents and staff we are unable to allow this. FaceTime or Skype calls with your loved ones are encouraged, and your social worker can assist in setting this up.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

In the event of a patient’s positive COVID-19 test result at the Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill, we will contact the responsible parties of the positive-testing patient, and defer to email, website and Facebook updates for the rest of the affected unit and facility. We will no longer be calling the entire affected unit’s responsible parties. This will provide more timely communication and save staff resources. Our utmost priority is taking care of residents and patients, and this streamlined protocol will allow our staff to focus on the wellbeing of our residents.

JOIN OUR HEROES CAMPAIGN

Could we please call upon your help? As we respond to this pandemic, Kline Galland’s role is extremely important especially as our needs change daily. Today, we are asking all individuals, companies, foundations and social organizations to help support this urgent work as we prepare for another possible spike. If you are in a position to make a pledge of cash, or an in-kind contribution, we are in need of the following:

  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – Face Shields, Gowns, N95 masks, KN95 masks
  • Funding to maintain ongoing health screens for our hero front line employees
  • Medical supplies
  • Support for Best Practice skills and resiliency training
  • Funding for additional nurses and caregivers

If you have already made a gift, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your generous support. Please know that your friendship makes a world of difference for our residents and the Kline Galland staff. If you are interested in partnering with us or making personal introductions to those that might have an interest in supporting our organization, please contact Nate Nusbaum, Chief Development Officer at NateN@Klinegalland.org or call Nate directly at (206) 353-2263.

RESOURCES

If you have specific questions regarding your loved one, please contact your social worker. If you have general questions, please do not hesitate to call our Resource Line.

Resource Line: (206) 723-INFO

Kline Galland Home: (206) 725-8800
The Summit at First Hill: (206) 652-4444

Kline Galland Home Health & Community Based Services: (206) 805-1930

CDC Resource Page can be found here

WA State Department of Health Resource Page can be found here

We are continuing to follow the guidelines set forth by the King County Health Department, the Washington State Department of Public Health and the CDC. If there are any changes in situation or updates, know that we are committed to keeping you informed. Thank you to our community for your support at this time.

Jeff Cohen
CEO


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