COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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UPDATED: 3/30/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 3/30/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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

As of today, there are no current COVID-19 positive patients or staff at either The Summit at First Hill or Kline Galland Home. We currently have one Home Health patient who has tested positive for COVID-19, and one Home Health staff member who was exposed to this patient that also tested positive. All patients and staff who had exposure to the Home Health patient or the staff member have been notified. 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. We are following King County Department of Health rules on who can get tested and are advocating for broadening the scope of testing.

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 – MORE INFORMATION

At the Kline Galland Home, in the event of a patient’s positive COVID-19 test result, we will call the responsible parties of the patients in the affected unit. Once the responsible parties are notified, we will issue updates via email, on our website, and on Facebook. At The Summit at First Hill, in the event of a patient’s positive COVID-19 test result, we will call the residents and family members of the person affected, and will then provide updates via email, on our website, and on Facebook. For Community Based Services, in the event of a patient’s positive COVID-19 test result, we will notify all patients and staff in the affected areas of who would have had contact. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. As a reminder our healthcare association has reported to us that there are at least 108 senior care facilities across Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. Overall, we expect positive cases to rise as testing capacity increases. 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. 

HOSPITAL PROTOCOL

Hospitals in our region are issuing direction that stable COVID-19 positive patients will need to receive care in our facilities. This is an anticipated development as the hospitals in our region are near or at capacity. We are doing our part to help the larger regional COVID-19 response by sending only those patients in crisis to the hospital. Our utmost priority is to provide the best care possible, and that commitment will not change. 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS

Thank you to everyone who has answered our call for donations of personal protective equipment. If you are local to the Seattle area and have unopened boxes or cases of germicidal wipes or hand sanitizer that you are willing to donate to our facilities, we would graciously accept them at this time. We recommend calling the Kline Galland Home at (206) 725-8800 to notify them that you are dropping off supplies. The address of the Kline Galland Home is 7500 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle WA 98118.

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

 


Previous Updates

UPDATE: 3/27/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 3/27/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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

Our healthcare association has reported to us that there are now 108 senior care facilities across Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. Overall, we expect positive cases to rise as testing capacity increases. 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. We are administering extra monitoring of patients and staff in affected units. We are following King County Department of Health rules on who can get tested and are advocating for broadening the scope of testing. 

ADMISSIONS & VISITS

Admissions at the Kline Galland Home are currently on hold with the exception of hospice patients with negative COVID-19 tests, or our own Kline Galland Home patients who are being re-admitted and The Summit at First Hill patients who need Kline Galland Home services. This decision will be revisited next week. 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.

HOSPITAL PROTOCOL

Hospitals in our region are issuing direction that stable COVID-19 positive patients will need to receive care in our facilities. This is an anticipated development as the hospitals in our region are near or at capacity. We are doing our part to help the larger regional COVID-19 response by sending only those patients in crisis to the hospital. Our utmost priority is to provide the best care possible, and that commitment will not change.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS

Thank you to everyone who has answered our call for donations of personal protective equipment. We would also like to extend our most sincere gratitude to our friends and colleagues at Jewish Family Services, who dropped off 1,100 bottles of hand sanitizer at The Summit at First Hill yesterday. If you are local to the Seattle area and have unopened boxes or cases of germicidal wipes or hand sanitizer that you are willing to donate to our facilities, we would graciously accept them at this time. We recommend calling the Kline Galland Home at (206) 725-8800 to notify them that you are dropping off supplies. The address of the Kline Galland Home is 7500 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle WA 98118.

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

UPDATE: 3/25/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 3/25/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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

Our healthcare association has reported to us that there are now 108 senior care facilities across Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. Overall we expect positive cases to rise as testing capacity increases. 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. We are administering extra monitoring of patients and staff in affected units. We are following King County Department of Health rules on who can get tested and are advocating for broadening the scope of testing. 

ADMISSIONS & VISITS

All admissions are currently on hold with the exception of hospice patients with negative COVID-19 tests, or our own patients who are being re-admitted. This decision will be revisited at the end of this week. 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.

HOSPITAL PROTOCOL

Hospitals in our region are issuing direction that stable COVID-19 positive patients will need to receive care in our facilities. This is an anticipated development as the hospitals in our region are near or at capacity. We are doing our part to help the larger regional COVID-19 response by sending only those patients in crisis to the hospital. Our utmost priority is to provide the best care possible, and that commitment will not change.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS

An additional challenge we are facing right now is limited access to critical supplies to help us ensure that our residents, patients and staff are as safe as possible. If you are local to the Seattle area and have unopened boxes or cases of germicidal wipes or hand sanitizer that you are willing to donate to our facilities, we would graciously accept them at this time. We recommend calling the Kline Galland Home at (206) 725-8000 to notify them that you are dropping off supplies. The address of the Kline Galland Home is 7500 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle WA 98118.

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

UPDATE: 3/24/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 3/24/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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.

POSITIVE TESTS

The Seattle Times has reported that at least 23 senior care facilities statewide have reported at least one patient who has tested positive for COVID-19. Currently the reporting suggests at least 147 facilities nationwide. We expect this to rise as testing capacity increases. As we’ve shared previously, on 3/18/2020 we had one confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Transitional Care Unit of the Kline Galland Home, who is currently stable at a hospital. The lab retested the previously reported Summit employee after the inconclusive result amendment, and it came back negative. In addition to the 30 people who were tested last week where all 30 tests came back negative, a King County Department of Health nurse was able to administer 13 additional tests yesterday evening. Of the 13 tests, we’re happy to report that 6 tests at the Kline Galland Home and 7 tests from The Summit all came back negative. Kline Galland’s Infection Control Team continues to actively monitor the developing COVID-19 situation, including daily screening of our staff prior to beginning work. We are administering extra monitoring of patients and staff in affected units. We are following King County Department of Health rules on who can get tested and are advocating for broadening the scope of testing.

ADMISSIONS & VISITS

All admissions are currently on hold with the exception of hospice patients with negative COVID-19 tests, or our own patients who are being re-admitted. This decision will be revisited at the end of this week. 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.

HOSPITAL PROTOCOL

Hospitals in our region are issuing direction that stable COVID-19 positive patients will need to receive care in our facilities. This is an anticipated development as the hospitals in our region are near or at capacity. We are doing our part to help the larger regional COVID-19 response by sending only those patients in crisis to the hospital. Our utmost priority is to provide the best care possible, and that commitment will not change.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS

An additional challenge we are facing right now is limited access to critical supplies to help us ensure that our residents, patients and staff are as safe as possible. If you are local to the Seattle area and have unopened boxes or cases of germicidal wipes or hand sanitizer that you are willing to donate to our facilities, we would graciously accept them at this time. We recommend calling the Kline Galland Home at (206) 725-8000 to notify them that you are dropping off supplies. The address of the Kline Galland Home is 7500 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle WA 98118.

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 unwavering support at this time.

Jeff Cohen
CEO

UPDATE: 3/23/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 3/23/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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.

POSITIVE TESTS

As we’ve shared previously, on 3/18/2020 we had one confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Transitional Care Unit of the Kline Galland Home. The patient was transferred to a hospital and is now in stable condition. On Friday we shared that a staff member at The Summit had tested positive for COVID-19. This test was later amended by the lab as inconclusive, however we are treating it as a positive. We would also like to share that we were able to test 30 patients and staff and all tests came back negative. This is a bit of good news but does not change our strict protocols in place. We remain vigilant. Kline Galland’s Infection Control Team continues to actively monitor the developing COVID-19 situation, including daily screening of our staff prior to beginning work. We are administering extra monitoring of patients and staff in affected units. We are following King County Department of Health rules on who can get tested and are advocating for broadening the scope of testing.

ADMISSIONS & VISITS

All admissions are currently on hold. This decision will be revisited at the end of this week. 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 – ADDENDUM

To save valuable staff time during this crisis, we have amended our alert protocol. In the event of a patient’s positive COVID-19 test result, we will call the responsible parties of the patients in the affected unit, not facility wide. Once the responsible parties are notified, we will issue updates via email, on our website, and on Facebook. If any staff member tests positive, we will provide updates via email, website, and Facebook. Our utmost priority is taking care of residents and patients, and this will allow our staff to focus on the wellbeing of our residents.

HOSPITAL PROTOCOL

Hospitals in our region are issuing direction that stable COVID-19 positive patients will need to receive care in our facilities. This is an anticipated development as the hospitals in our region are near or at capacity. We are doing our part to help the larger regional COVID-19 response by sending only those patients in crisis to the hospital. Our utmost priority is to provide the best care possible, and that commitment will not change.

DOING YOUR PART

Getting through this difficult time takes the work of our full community, so we are actively asking for your help in slowing the spread of this virus. We ask that you do everything you can including practicing good infection control in your own home and in your community. As we have been guided by the State of Washington, please shelter in place as much as possible. Just as importantly, please take care of yourselves and take care of others around you. In this unprecedented time it is easy to let fear in, but know that we are all in this together and will get through this by sticking together as a community.

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.

Jeff Cohen
CEO

UPDATE: 3/20/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 3/20/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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 and realities we would like to share.

POSITIVE TESTS

Yesterday, we shared that on 3/18/2020 we had one confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Transitional Care Unit of the Kline Galland Home. The patient was in isolation protocol as of 3/14/2020 while awaiting test results and was transferred to a hospital. Today, we learned that a staff member at The Summit has received an inconclusive test for COVID-19 but we are treating it as a positive. This staff member had limited direct contact with our residents and has not been in the building in over a week (since 3/12/2020). As the amount of testing increases in our area and as the virus continues to spread, we are anticipating that more employees will have positive tests, mirroring an anticipated increase of positive tests in the general population. Kline Galland’s Infection Control Team continues to actively monitor and address the developing COVID-19 situation, including daily screening of our staff prior to beginning work. We are administering extra monitoring of patients and staff in affected units. We are following King County Department of Health rules on who can get tested and are advocating for broadening the scope of testing to include asymptomatic patients and staff.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

The COVID-19 outbreak has put pressure on our regions’ healthcare supplies. There is a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used by our healthcare professionals, which includes gowns, gloves, eye shields and masks. We, along with all other healthcare entities, are in short supply at this time, and are in the process of trying to secure more supplies from a number of vendors including government agencies. This remains a concern for us in the coming weeks and months, and we are actively seeking a number of solutions.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY

Our current protocol for any resident who tests positive for COVID-19 is to transfer them to the hospital. A reality we must prepare for is hospitals not accepting non-emergent COVID-19 positive cases due to a shortage of beds and an influx of patients. In this event, patients in stable condition will remain in our facilities and receive care.  Only patients in crisis will be sent to the hospital. As part of our network of healthcare facilities in the area, we’re all working together to absorb the stress this has put on our broader healthcare system.

HOSPICE

We have amended our protocol to allow hospice patients that test positive for COVID-19 to remain in our facility. There are currently no patients in our care that fit this description, but we are prepared for this situation and have our infection control protocol in place. Family members of loved ones on hospice will be allowed to visit at pre-designated times with approval from our clinical team leadership. All family visiting hospice patients will be required to wear personal protective equipment at all times inside our facilities.

ADMISSIONS & VISITS

All admissions are currently on hold. This decision will be revisited on a week to week basis. We understand that family members would like to visit at this time, but unfortunately for the safety of our residents and our staff we are unable to allow visitors. FaceTime or Skype calls with your loved one are encouraged, and your social worker can assist in setting this up.

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.

Lastly, our staff has been demonstrating their commitment to the highest standard of infection control, and their overall dedication to our residents, patients, and each other on a daily basis. We are grateful to have such a committed team, as we could not do this without them. As always, our utmost priority is to provide the best care possible, and that commitment will not change regardless of our situation. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Kline Galland Home: (206) 725-8800
The Summit at First Hill: (206) 652-4444
Kline Galland Home Health & Community Based Services: (206) 805-1930

Jeff Cohen
CEO

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