Coronavirus Information and Precautions
August 5, 2020
Dear Residents, Families, and Friends:
King County is now in Phase 2 of reopening under the “Safe Start Washington” plan. Part of the Phase 2 plan includes the reopening of professional services such as dental and medical services, as well as hair and nail salons. Restaurants will also be allowed to reopen with partial capacity. Under resident rights laws and rules, residents are able to participate in activities away from the facility if desired or needed. A recent update to the four-phase approach for the re-opening of Washington also allows for those in “high-risk populations”, such as long term care residents, to engage in activities that are deemed permissible at each phase of the plan (https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-safe-start-proclamationcounty-approach-re-opening).
Park Place remains fully committed to keeping our residents safe and we need your help. The virus causing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) can cause outbreaks in long-term care facilities and residential homes. Many of our residents and clients are in the high-risk group for COVID- 19 and may have medical conditions putting them at a very high risk of becoming sick, or even severely ill, with COVID-19. For the safety of your loved one and our community, we encourage you to consult with facility staff before taking trips into the community.
When taking trips into the community, residents should:
- Wear a face covering or face mask at all times, if possible.
- Clean hands frequently, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Instruct family members and friends to pick them up at the front door and do not come inside.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others as much as possible while in the community.
While we welcome the process of getting back to a post-COVID-19 “normal,” the continued health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. We are continuing to monitor information and guidance from the CDC, CMS, our state and local public health departments, emergency preparedness officials, along with RHF Corporate in our ongoing effort to prevent the COVID-19 illness from entering our great community.
The visitation restrictions for all WA Long Term Care facilities are still in effect, which means family member visitations cannot resume at this time. We know this is very difficult for you, as we understand that communication with your loved one is incredibly important. To help enable this vital interaction, Park Place has taken steps to allow for such communications to occur by way of telephone, video chat, e-mail, and social media. If you would like to schedule an individual Face Time, Skype, or Zoom session with your loved one, please contact Princess Franada, Activities Director, via phone at 206-686-5518 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can help coordinate a virtual meeting/interaction between you and your loved one.
The health and well-being of our residents, family members, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. For this reason, we are closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition to our prevention measures, we are also actively preparing our communities to provide care and support for our residents and team members for an extended period of time should a quarantine become necessary.
Many standard infection control and safety protocols are already in place as a part of our standard flu prevention plan. However, because of the risks associated with COVID-19, we are proceeding with an abundance of caution to protect our communities.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our residents and community healthy and safe.
Links to CDC resource pages:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary
- What you need to know about 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Prevention & Treatment
Link to state health department page: