We had one staff member that was positive in our last testing cycle and, in the abundance of caution, we have tested all of our residents and have had no positive results. The positive staff member is quarantined at home for 14 days and has had no known exposure to any of our residents. We will test our residents again on Monday and, if no positive cases arise, we will open up our dining rooms for activities and meals.
Resumption of Indoor Visitation: Families and friends of residents can resume indoor visitation starting again on Monday, April 12th. Due to recent staff exposure to COVID, we were unable to allow visitors, per health department, for 28 days, but beginning on Monday, we will open our doors again to socially distanced visitation in our Great Room and TV room. We are limited to these rooms and no visitations in resident rooms will be allowed at this time unless it is a compassionate care visit. We will be providing visitor log with screening on recent exposure, vaccination status, and any symptoms before visitation. PPE will be provided and hand hygiene required. Residents who have not received the vaccine or are under 14 day quarantine precautions, will not be able to have indoor visitors at this time, unless it’s related to compassionate care. Outdoor visits are still available for unvaccinated residents. Due to limited space, we are asking that ONLY 2 PEOPLE FROM SAME HOUSEHOLD per indoor visit. Hugging is allowed, but discouraged, as it is recommended to keep socially distanced during the visit. Compassionate care visits still are able to occur at any time regardless of COVID activity in the building and resident vaccination status. The ESSENTIAL SUPPORT PERSON is no longer active now that residents are allowed indoor visits. If the facility enters “outbreak status” again, we will have to limit indoor visitation until the county deems it safe or after 28 days. Visitors of Woodland Care Center residents will be able to schedule times between 8am-8pm, this visits are limited to under an hour to allow all residents and families the opportunity to see their loved ones during hours of operation. More policy revisions and updates will occur, so please contact our facility at 360-225-9443 and ask for management for further clarification and visit our website where we update our status of infections and/or visitation restrictions. In the next couple of days we will begin taking appointments over the phone for Monday’s reopening. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience!
Washington State Residential Care Services received CDC Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination as well as CMS Updated Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations. We understand that residents and their families are all looking forward to a time when they can be together again and this will move us in that direction.
Washington State is in the process of updating the Safe Start for LTC Recommendations and Requirements in accordance with this guidance and the Governor will be issuing a proclamation shortly. We do not anticipate this will be a long process. In the interim, it is important that we continue to follow the current Safe Start Plan. Currently there is no change in visitation status. We will communicate with you again as soon as we receive additional guidance.
Last week it was discovered in our routine testing that one staff member
had tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member was tested again
with a lab PCR test that confirmed they had been positive. This person
is quarantined and all local and state agencies have been notified. We
have tested all residents and staff and there have been no positive
cases to report aside from this on isolated individual. We will continue
to test twice weekly (staff and residents) for the next several weeks
and report our findings.
We continue to test twice weekly based on number of cases in the community. Our assisted living residents and staff have received the second doses of the vaccine. We’ve had no community acquired cases of COVID in the last testing cycle. We have quarantined one staff member with symptoms that had exposure outside of work. We will continue to monitor staff and continue testing and report any changes.
All testing for Covid on 1/18/21 was negative. Our nursing home residents and staff received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and the staff and residents in our assisted living received their first dose.
Today is January 14th.
We will be giving second dose of vaccine to Woodland Care Center staff and residents on January 18th and first dose of vaccine to Woodland Assisted Living residents and staff on January 19th.
In our most recent testing cycle (Tuesday, January 12th) we’ve had no positive results.
To Families of Woodland Care Center:
In person outdoor visits have resumed:
We have launched a new online scheduler for family visits. Please visit https://woodlandfamilyvisit.as.me/ and sign up for a time slot using the RESIDENTS name. The link is also available on our FACEBOOK page, or you can call the facility and schedule with staff.
In our last testing cycle (Tuesday January 5th, we had 1 positive covid test result) and this person has not had patient contact or close contact with other staff. The health department is monitoring, but we are still considered outbreak-free.
Today is the last day of 2020,
The majority of our Skilled Nursing Facility staff and residents have been vaccinated. We received, from CVS/Walgreens, the Pfizer vaccine on Monday and will continue to vaccinate our Assisted Living facility and staff. CVS will complete the second step of vaccinations going into the month of February 2021.
Today is 12/14/20
It has been nearly a month since our first positive case and as of today we have only one staff positive case and no resident cases. In total, there have been 5 resident positives (3 resolved and 2 expired) and 3 staff, all resolved. We will test staff again tomorrow 12/15/20. If no positive cases arise, we will be considered out of outbreak status and able to rejoin Washington phased re-opening guidelines. We are hopeful that we will be able to resume the re-opening coinciding with vaccine distribution, which should arrive, at the earliest, next week. We will keep these updates going in the event of any new cases or new outbreaks. Thank you for you patience and trust in mitigating this challenge.
Updated 12/15/2020 9:30am: In our reporting of results, I made an error of addition. We had 3 total staff positive cases, not 4. The result of our residents is still 5 (3 resolved, 2 expired). All updates have been edited to reflect this change.