COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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UPDATED: 07/29/2021

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 our Community Based Services. We remain committed to providing you updated information as regulations and protocols change.

COVID-19

A Culinary staff member at The Summit at First Hill has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member last worked on 7/18, is fully vaccinated and is at home under the supervision of their personal physician.

COVID-19: CORE INFECTION PREVENTION UPDATE

Many of our residents and clients are in the high-risk group for COVID-19 and may have medical conditions putting them at a very high risk of becoming sick, or even severely ill, from COVID-19. For the safety of your loved one and our community, visitors must adhere to core infection prevention while inside the facility. Visiting outdoors is safer and preferred over indoor visitation.

Core Infection Prevention:

  • Visitors must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and close contact with someone with COVID-19 within previous 14 days.
  • Visitors and residents must use alcohol-based hand rub or wash hands with soap and water before and after each visit.
  • While alone in the patient/resident’s room or the designated visitation room, fully vaccinated patients/residents and their fully vaccinated visitor(s) can choose to have close contact (including touch) and to not wear source control (PPE such as masks).
  • Visitors should wear source control and physically distance from other healthcare personnel and other residents/visitors that are not part of their group at all other times while in the facility.
  • The safest approach is for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear source control. However, if the patient/resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their unvaccinated visitor(s) while both continue to wear well-fitting source control.
  • Visitors should go directly to the visiting area and directly out of the facility when the visit has ended.

Facilities must have a policy in place to manage visitation and visitor flow so that these core infection prevention principles are maintained. This may include limiting the number of visitors per resident at one time or limiting the total number of visitors in the facility at one time. The facility may schedule visits for specified length of time to help ensure all residents are able to receive visitors.

Thank you for helping us keep our community and residents safe.

VISITATION POLICY

Please note that visitation at the Kline Galland Home, with the exception of Compassionate Visits, are on hold at this time.

For Compassionate Visits at the Kline Galland Home, please contact your social worker, who will help facilitate your visit. Our Social Services department will be happy to schedule your visit and explain the conditions for the visitation to ensure your safety, along with the safety of residents and staff.

At The Summit at First Hill, please communicate your planned visits with the Concierge. If you have questions regarding the visitation policy at The Summit at First Hill, please contact the Concierge.

You are not required to validate your vaccination status, but will be required to acknowledge your understanding of the Governor’s rule regarding the current Visitation Policy. Thank you for your adherence.

GIVING AT KLINE GALLAND

Kline Galland remains deeply grateful for the philanthropic support that our community has shown us. As we continue navigating a course through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, please know your ongoing generosity remains important to sustain our operations. For more information on how you can help, please contact Nate Nusbaum, Chief Development Officer at NateN@klinegalland.org or by phone at (206) 456-9702.

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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