COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Archive

Below are previous updates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation. If you would like to receive updates via email, please contact Emily at emilyc@klinegalland.org to be added to our email distribution list.

UPDATE: 5/22/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/22/2020

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

The remaining results from our Community Based Services staff testing have been received. Of the last 10 staff members, all 10 tests came back negative. This completes the testing of all CBS staff members and all 129 tests that were processed 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 their work shift. 

MEMORIAL DAY WISHES

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th and this year’s holiday weekend will need to be quite different than years past. While Seattle continues to slowly open up, Kline Galland facilities remain vigilant in our protection of residents and staff and our facilities will continue to be closed to outside visitors with exceptions made on a case by case basis for hospice patients. We remain grateful for your continued support of our safety measures and we wish you a meaningful Memorial Day Weekend. 

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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. 

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.

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

UPDATE: 5/18/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/18/2020

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

Results from testing of our Community Based Services staff members have been received. Out of the 119 tests that were processed, all 119 came back negative. We have 10 staff members receiving testing at an exterior site (Harborview Mobile Unit) and we expect these remaining results early next week. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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.

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

UPDATE: 5/11/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/11/2020

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

As reported last week, we were able to retest all patients who were in close contact with the two staff members who tested positive at The Summit at First Hill. All previous tests were negative and we have received the last remaining test and it also came back negative. We were able to test three additional residents at The Summit at First Hill who are closely connected to patients in the affected unit at The Summit at First Hill, and all three tests came back negative. We will continue to administer additional monitoring of all patients in the affected areas. Our clinical team will be testing staff of our Community Based Services this week. With a sample size of staff this large we anticipate having some asymptomatic positive results coming from this testing. We expect results of this testing next week. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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.

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

UPDATE: 5/08/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/08/2020

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

Results from the remaining staff tests at The Summit at First Hill have been received. Out of the approximate 30 test results received back, all tests came back negative for COVID-19. We were able to retest all patients that were in close contact with the two staff members that tested positive as reported earlier this week and all results we have received have been negative. We have one patient who was tested today, and we expect the result to be available next week. We will continue to administer additional monitoring of all patients in the affected areas. 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.

MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. In order to keep our loved ones safe, this year’s celebration will need to be quite different than years past. We ask that you please not circumvent our visitation restrictions. Our safety protocols are not only in place for the protection of your loved one, but for all residents and staff in our facilities. If outside visitors have contact with residents, we will treat it as an exposure to COVID-19 and defer to our infection control policy. Under this policy, we will need to quarantine the resident in their living space for 14 days with no access to common areas until the risk of exposure has passed. For the safety of our community, we encourage all virtual connections through FaceTime, Skype calls, or phone calls. To celebrate the holiday, the Activities & Social Services teams at both the Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill will be delivering dessert as well as a gift to honor our mothers. Thank you for abiding by our safety measures and we wish you a peaceful and healthy Mother’s Day. 

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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

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

UPDATE: 5/07/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/07/2020

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

Results from additional staff tests at The Summit at First Hill have been received.  Out of the approximate 70 test results received back, we have one positive result from a staff member. This is in addition to the positive staff member reported yesterday. Both positive staff members are no longer in our facilities and will remain at home for at least two weeks, until a negative test result is secured and the risk of infection is nullified. The patients who have had contact with these two staff members have been notified. All the tests that were processed for residents at The Summit at First Hill came back negative, as reported over the weekend. In addition we will be administering additional monitoring of all patients in the affected areas. We are awaiting results for approximately 30 tests and will continue to keep you updated. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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.

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

 

UPDATE: 5/06/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/06/2020

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

Our clinical team tested staff at The Summit at First Hill this week. Out of the 96 tests that have returned as of this afternoon, we have 1 asymptomatic positive result from a staff member. We are still awaiting results from approximately 70 tests. The asymptomatic positive staff member is no longer in our facilities and will remain at home for at least two weeks, until a negative test result is secured and the risk of infection is nullified. The staff member is a culinary employee assigned to the Memory Care unit. All the tests that were processed for residents at The Summit at First Hill came back negative, as reported over the weekend. In addition we will be administering additional monitoring of all patients on the affected unit. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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. 

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.

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

UPDATE: 5/04/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/04/2020

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

University of Washington clinical staff were on site testing staff members at the Kline Galland Home last week. Out of the 269 tests that were processed, all 269 came back negative. Our clinical team will be testing staff at The Summit at First Hill today, May 4th and tomorrow, May 5th. This will include Home Care staff and private caregivers that come into The Summit at First Hill. With a sample size of staff this large we anticipate having some asymptomatic positive results coming from this testing. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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. 

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.

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

UPDATE 5/02/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 05/02/2020

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 results from our COVID-19 testing for assisted and independent residents at The Summit at First Hill who gave us consent to be tested. Out of 114 tests, all 114 have come back negative. In addition, University of Washington clinical staff tested 266 staff members at the Kline Galland Home this week. We expect the results to be available early next week. UW protocols are to alert each staff member individually of their results. Staff has been instructed to alert us immediately of positive results. We have added a question regarding testing results and notification to our staff intake questionnaire which every staff member completes before the beginning of every shift. With a sample size of staff this large we anticipate having some asymptomatic positive results coming from this testing.

Our clinical team will also test staff at The Summit at First Hill next week on Monday, May 4th and Tuesday, May 5th. This will include Home Care staff and private caregivers that come into The Summit at First Hill. We will also be testing CBS staff, tentatively scheduled for next week. With a sample size of staff this large we anticipate having some asymptomatic positive results coming from this testing. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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

UPDATE 4/28/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/28/2020

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

Our clinical staff is testing all memory care patients at The Summit at First Hill today, Tuesday April 28th. Additionally all assisted living patients at The Summit will be tested tomorrow, Wednesday April 29th provided the appropriate consents are obtained. University of Washington clinical staff will be on site tomorrow, Wednesday April 29th and Thursday April 30th at the Kline Galland Home overseeing testing of staff members of the Kline Galland Home. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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

UPDATE 4/27/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/27/2020

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

University of Washington clinical staff was on site Saturday, April 25th at the Kline Galland Home to test all patients at that facility. Results have been received and all patient tests came back negative. Further testing of all Kline Galland Home staff will be conducted by University of Washington later this week. With a sample size of staff this large we would anticipate having some asymptomatic positives coming from this test. We expect to receive results from this testing approximately 3-4 days from the time of this additional testing. 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.

NOTICE PROTOCOL

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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. 

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

UPDATE 4/24/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/24/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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 received an update today that a staff member at the Kline Galland Home tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed by a family member. The staff member has not been at work since April 15th and is at home under the guidance of their personal physician. Other staff members on that unit were tested this week as a result of a prior exposure from a previously reported staff member from another unit and all tests were negative. We are still on schedule for University of Washington clinical staff to be on-site tomorrow (Saturday, April 25th) at the Kline Galland Home to test all patients. Further testing of Kline Galland Home staff will be conducted by the University of Washington next week. We anticipate receiving results from this testing approximately 3-4 days from the time of testing. As of Friday, 4/17/2020, it has been reported that there is a minimum of 204 long-term care facilities in Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. 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

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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. 

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

UPDATE 4/23/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/23/2020

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.

COVID-19 TESTING

University of Washington clinical staff will be on site on Saturday at the Kline Galland Home testing all of our patients as part of their COVID-19 study project. This will be a benefit to allow us to identify any positive patients that are asymptomatic and possibly help prevent the risk of potential outbreaks. Our social workers are in the process of obtaining consent from patients and/or responsible parties. If any patients test positive we will default to our notice protocol by first notifying the patient and/or responsible parties, the affected unit, and then the rest of the facility via email, Facebook, and website. We anticipate receiving results from this testing approximately 3-4 days from the time of testing. As of Friday, 4/17/2020, it has been reported that there is a minimum of 204 long-term care facilities in Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. 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

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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. 

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

UPDATE 4/20/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/20/2020

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 we would like to share.

COVID-19 TESTING

Testing was completed of patients and staff who had substantial exposure to the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19, which we reported on 4/13/2020. We tested 80 individuals – 40 residents closest to the affected staff member and 40 additional staff members. Of the 40 residents who were tested, all 40 came back negative. Of the 40 staff members who were tested, two tested positive. Both staff members are recovering at home under supervision of their personal physicians. As of Friday, 4/17/2020, it has been reported that there is a minimum of 204 long-term care facilities in Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. 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

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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.

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

UPDATE: 4/13/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/13/2020

We have been working to keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 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, we have three staff members at the Kline Galland Home who have been exposed to COVID-19 by someone living in their home. One staff member has tested positive, and the two other staff members have tested negative. The positive staff member is recovering at home under the supervision of their personal physician. All three staff members will remain at home until risk of infection is nullified. Out of caution we are testing patients and staff who had substantial exposure to the staff member who tested positive. In addition we will be administering additional monitoring of all patients in the affected units. We have contacted all responsible parties of the residents in the affected areas. It has been reported that there is a minimum of 169 long-term care facilities in Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. This number increases when including independent and assisted living facilities but we do not have exact reporting numbers. 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. 

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

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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

UPDATE: 4/8/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/8/2020

PASSOVER WISHES & THANKS

I would like to thank our culinary staff at the Kline Galland Home, The Summit at First Hill and the VAAD for working incredibly hard to convert our kitchens for Passover in the midst of this pandemic. Thank you for making this important holiday happen for our residents and patients. While we can’t be together in person with our friends, families or community and can’t follow many of the traditions of our mothers and fathers, we can still fulfill the teachings of Passover as we tell the story of our freedom from slavery. We can think as if each of us has personally left Egypt. We’ve always been a people that “make it work” – through many struggles over the past thousands of years. Passover during this pandemic is another historical moment for us to innovate ways to observe the holiday without gathering. We’ll use streaming services for our residents and patients who choose to participate in holiday traditions. We’ll remember that we were once slaves and just as we were freed to create our meaningful lives, legacies and traditions, our current isolation will also end and things will get better. Wishing you all a meaningful and safe Passover.

COVID-19 TESTING

As of today, we have no new positive cases of COVID-19 to report. It has been reported that there are at least 108 long term care facilities across Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. This number increases when including independent and assisted living facilities but we do not have exact reporting numbers. 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 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.

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

UPDATE: 4/6/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/6/2020

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, we have a staff member of Home Health who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have notified any patient who may have been in contact with the staff member. The staff member is recovering at home under the supervision of their personal physician. Our healthcare association continues to report that there are at least 108 long term care facilities across Washington state that have at least one positive COVID-19 test. The number is increased when including independent and assisted living facilities but we do not have exact reporting numbers. 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 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

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 other patients and staff who may have been in contact with the patient. We will then provide updates via email, our website, and on Facebook. 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

UPDATE: 4/1/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 Update for 4/1/2020

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 yesterday, we have a staff member at the Kline Galland Home who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have called the responsible parties of any resident who might have had contact with the staff member. The staff member is recovering at home under the supervision of their personal physician. 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

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 other patients and staff who could have had contact with the patient. 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

UPDATE: 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

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

UPDATE: 3/19/2020

A Message from Jeff Cohen: Positive COVID-19 Case

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. 

As of the end of day yesterday, we have one confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Transitional Care Unit of the Kline Galland Home. The patient was in isolation protocol as of 3/16/2020 while awaiting test results and has been transferred to a hospital. 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 that unit. 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 non-symptomatic patients and staff.

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. Our clinical team is making personal calls to family members to share information on the status of our residents and developments in the facilities. For updates regarding your loved one, please continue to contact their primary social worker. Facility updates can be found at our website: https://www.klinegalland.org/covid-19/ or connect with us on Facebook. If you would like to arrange a FaceTime or Skype Call with your resident currently in our care, please contact your social worker and we will assist in ensuring this is set up.

Please note that we are still unable to accept visitors at this time.

We will continue to keep our community informed of changes in the situation. Our utmost priority is offering care for our patients and residents, and supporting their families at this time. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all who have been affected by this situation and we grieve with the families who have lost loved ones in our community. 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

UPDATE: 3/16/2020

A message from Jeff Cohen: Kline Galland COVID-19 Update

Kline Galland continues to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Washington state. We remain in close contact with the King County Health Department, the Washington State Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our utmost priority is protecting our residents, staff and their families.

Kline Galland and The Summit at First Hill put stringent practices into place at the beginning of this outbreak in Seattle to lessen the risk of exposure or community transfer of COVID-19. These precautions include:

  • No group activities, restricting visitors, temporarily closing the Polack Adult Day Center, no meals in public areas as well as increased sanitation and disinfecting practices.
  • All patients are being monitored for symptoms on a daily basis. We are testing any patient with respiratory symptoms that are indicative of COVID-19.
  • All staff continue to be screened for any symptoms, including their temperature prior to the start of their shift. We are also gathering information from staff regarding anyone showing symptoms in their household or if anyone is working at an affected facility in the area.
  • Anyone who is symptomatic is immediately placed on droplet and/or contact isolation protocol with guidance from the CDC. Isolation protocols include staff wearing personal protective equipment which can include gowns, gloves, eye shields and masks.
  • Effective today, Home Health and Hospice will be making essential visits only. During essential visits, our caregivers will wear protective masks and gloves to avoid exposure to droplets.

Currently in the Seattle area, we are aware of 16 senior care facilities that have had positive tests for COVID-19. At this point, all of the tests that we’ve administered have come back negative for the presence of COVID-19. In the event of a positive test, Kline Galland will follow these steps:

  1. Patient will be sent to the hospital.
  2. Family will be notified.
  3. All other responsible parties will be attempted to be notified by phone.
  4. The patient’s unit will be placed in quarantine and we will closely monitor their symptoms, as well as the symptoms of any staff assigned to the unit. If any symptoms are identified, the patient or staff member will be tested and we will follow all protocols as directed by the CDC and DSHS.
  5. E-mail will be distributed to our community and information will be posted on our website and Facebook page. This will be done after calls are made to prevent our staff from being inundated with high volumes of calls, which would prevent them from providing necessary care.

Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time. As in all our communications, we want to recognize our skilled and compassionate staff who are dedicated to caring for our residents and patients.

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

UPDATE: 3/12/2020

Message from Jeff Cohen: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Kline Galland continues to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Washington state. Our hearts are with those families who have lost loved ones as our community faces this challenging time.

We remain in close contact with the King County Health Department, the Washington State Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are continuing to allow only emergent resident visits that have been screened by clinical leadership at the Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill until further notice. We have also implemented additional phone and health screenings for all incoming and current Hospice, Home Health & Home Care patients. Our goal is to protect the safety of our residents, their families, as well as our staff and their families. This restriction will remain in place as the situation in our region continues to develop. We welcome requests to arrange FaceTime or Skype calls with residents and our social workers can implement these.

Additional measures continue to be in place at our facilities, as follows:

  • Postponing all group and outside activities at Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill.
  • Restricting visitors. Guests are not permitted to visit residents or patients at Kline Galland Home or The Summit at First Hill at this time.
  • Curtailing meals in public areas. No meals are being served in any of our dining rooms or cafes at this time. The Café at The Summit is closed to outside visitors at this time.
  • Postponing volunteer activities. No volunteer activities are being held at either facility until further notice.
  • Screening staff. All staff are being screened for health (including temperature check) before the start of every shift.
  • Screening vendors. Only vendors deemed medically necessary are being permitted onsite. They are being screened for health (including temperature check), for travel and any active case exposure before they enter our premises.
  • Telephone screening by our Home Health & Community Based Services clinicians and prioritizing only essential services to the community.

Just like the seasonal flu, COVID-19 is spread person-to-person through droplets in the air. We are initiating all strategies known to reduce the spread of respiratory virus, which include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the flu or cold, and include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The severity of symptoms ranges significantly. Some cases will be very mild with symptoms similar to the common cold, and some cases are more like severe pneumonia that require hospitalization. Symptoms may appear as soon as two days after being exposed to the coronavirus or as long as 14 days.

We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and appreciate your help in keeping our residents and staff safe. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the front office of the Kline Galland Home, The Summit at First Hill, or Home Health & Community Based Services, and you will be directed to the appropriate unit manager or social worker.

We will continue keeping you updated on our situation via email, and you can also look for updates on Facebook, @KlineGalland. For additional email distribution requests, please contact Emily at emilyc@klinegalland.org.

Finally, thank you to our residents and family members for their cooperation and understanding during this time. We’d also like to thank our incredibly hard-working staff for their dedication to the wellbeing of our patients and residents. Their work in keeping our community safe over the past few weeks has been extraordinary. 

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

UPDATE: 3/10/2020

Kline Galland continues to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Washington State. Our hearts are with those families who have lost loved ones as our community faces this uncharted and challenging time.

We remain in close contact with the King County Health Department, the Washington State Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are continuing to allow only essential resident visits that have been screened by clinical leadership at the Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill until further notice. Our goal is to protect the safety of our residents, their families, as well as our staff and their families. This restriction will remain in place as the situation in our region continues to develop.

Essential visits will be allowed on a case by case basis, with careful consideration for families with a loved one on Hospice, as well as visits that are deemed medically necessary. Approved visitors will be screened for travel exposure, health, and assessed for fever via no-touch thermometers. We would be more than happy to arrange FaceTime or Skype calls with residents and our social workers can implement that as requested.

Additional measures continue to be in place at our facilities, as follows:

  • Postponing all group and outside activities at Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill
  • Restricting visitors. Guests are not permitted to visit residents or patients at Kline Galland Home or The Summit at First Hill at this time
  • Curtailing meals in public areas. No meals are being served in any of our dining rooms or cafes at this time. The Café at The Summit is closed to outside visitors at this time
  • Postponing volunteer activities. No volunteer activities are being held at either facility until further notice
  • Screening staff. All staff are being screened for health (including temperature check) before the start of every shift
  • Screening vendors. Only vendors deemed medically necessary are being permitted onsite. They are being screened for health (including temperature check), for travel and any active case exposure before they enter our premises

We continue to closely monitor the situation as it develops, and appreciate your help in keeping our residents and staff safe. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the front office of the either the Kline Galland Home or The Summit at First Hill depending on the residency of your loved one, and you will be directed to the appropriate unit manager or social worker. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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

UPDATE: 3/2/2020

Kline Galland is closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are in close contact with the Department of Health and Residential Care Services. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops in the Seattle area. We take this risk seriously for the well-being and safety of our community and are taking all necessary precautions. It is our utmost priority to take preemptive steps to protect our residents, their families, as well as our staff and their families.

These measures include:

  • Postponing all group and outside activities at Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill
  • Guests should refrain from visiting residents and patients at this time
  • Meals in public areas including our café and dining rooms will not be allowed
  • The Café at The Summit will not be open to outside visitors at this time
  • All volunteer activities will be postponed until further notice
  • All vendors (deemed medically necessary) will be screened for health, travel exposure, as well as assessed for fever via no-touch thermometer 

Just like the seasonal flu, COVID-19 is spread person-to-person through droplets in the air. We are initiating all strategies known to reduce the spread of respiratory virus which include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the flu or colds, and include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The severity of symptoms ranges significantly. Some cases will be very mild with symptoms similar to the common cold, and some cases are more like severe pneumonia that require hospitalization. Symptoms may appear as soon as two days after being exposed to the coronavirus or as long as 14 days.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely as well as keeping our community informed of changes in situation. Thank you to all for helping us keep our residents and community safe.