COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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UPDATED: 01/22/2021

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.

The CDC has created a fact sheet regarding the vaccines. To review this information, please click here.

COVID-19 POSITIVES

A Homecare staff member at The Summit at First Hill has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member supported an Independent Living resident who has tested negative via rapid antigen test, and will remain in quarantine protocol until the risk of infection has passed. The staff member is at home under the supervision of their personal physician.

We are currently testing direct care staff members of all units before every shift via rapid antigen test. Residents who agree to be tested are currently receiving once daily antigen tests. All residents who agree to be tested are also being tested twice a week via PCR (lab) testing.

VACCINE UPDATE

The Emergency Use Authorization has been issued for the Pfizer vaccine, as well as the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines are a two-shot modality. Moderna’s second shot occurs 28 days after the first shot, and Pfizer’s occurs 21 days after the first shot.

We have received confirmation of our second vaccine clinic dates at the Kline Galland Home for Sunday 1/24 and Thursday 1/28. At this time we are awaiting the second vaccine clinic date for The Summit at First Hill and will keep you informed when they have been issued.

We will keep you apprised as we receive more information from both the State of Washington and the Federal Government.

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.

GIVING IN 2021

Your support has made a critical difference with helping our organization fight through the pandemic, helping to increase the safety of all those under our care. While we continue our work into 2021, many of our friends and supporters are looking for new ways to support Kline Galland. In response to the COVID-19 situation, Congress has extended some of the COVID relief tax changes to 2021.

2021 Giving Incentives: The CARES Act included several charitable tax provisions encouraging giving that have been extended into 2021. These include a deduction for charitable donors who do not itemize their tax returns. Additionally, we will see an increase in the deduction limit up to 100% of a donor’s annual income for cash gifts (previously capped at 60% of annual income).

IRA: When you revisit your estate plan, consider funding a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust with your IRA balance. This plan can provide lifetime payments to your heirs and spread out the taxes on their inheritance due to tax changes.

Charitable Gift Annuities: If you are concerned about your financial security given the ups and down of the stock market, you may want to consider making a gift to fund a charitable gift annuity. With a CGA you can exchange stock, CD’s or cash for lifetime (tax free) fixed payments and possibly avoid most of your capital gains.

Charitable Bequests: We have a free estate planning guide if you would like to support our cause with a charitable bequest. We can provide you with a copy of our bequest language and complimentary gift illustrations.

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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