Update: 12/31/2020

Josephine Caring Community received it’s first round of the COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, December 27th  ; 88% of the Skilled Nursing residents received the vaccine. 83% of the Suites Assisted Living residents received the vaccine. All of Josephine Caring Community Employees; Skilled Nursing/Saratoga, Josephine At Home, The Suites, and Josie’s Learning Center, were all offered the vaccine. We receive our second vaccine on January 17th.

On the Skilled Nursing side of the facility, no new positive test results for staff or residents, we have several staff members that we are monitoring with symptoms, and still have test results waiting to come back from weekly testing, for staff and residents.

Update: 12/22/2020

We had new tests come back positive this week. We need to have no new positive residents or staff in order to be considered, outbreak resolved. The Skilled Nursing side of the facility is continuing to test staff and residents weekly.

The Suites Assisted Living and Josephine At Home have had 4 consecutive weeks of negative test results for all residents and staff. The negative test results have allowed the Suites and Josephine At Home to move to monthly testing.

Update: 12/21/2020

We are working closely with CVS pharmacy to receive the Vaccine and to start administrating the Vaccine in January.

Please click the below link for some frequently asked questions with answers from the CDC website. If you have any additional questions or concerns in regards to the vaccine, please call our Director of Nursing Alisha Hanson or our Nursing Home Administrator George Friou at 360.629.2126

healthcare-professionals-vaccine-quick-answers

Update: 12/17/2020

The Skilled Nursing side of the facility is continuing to test staff and residents weekly. We had new tests come back positive this week. We need to have no new positive residents or staff in order to be considered, outbreak resolved.

The Suites assisted living and Josephine At Home have had 4 consecutive weeks of negative test results for all residents and staff. The negative test results have allowed the Suites and Josephine At Home to move to monthly testing.

Update: 12/14/2020

The Skilled Nursing side of the facility is continuing to test staff and residents weekly. We had one new test come back positive this week. We need to have no new positive residents or staff in order to be considered, outbreak resolved.

The Suites assisted living and Josephine At Home have had 4 consecutive weeks of negative test results for all residents and staff. The negative test results have allowed the Suites and Josephine At Home to move to monthly testing.

Update: 12/10/2020

The Skilled Nursing Facility is testing all patients and staff weekly; This week we had two new positive staff members and no new positive residents. We need to have no new positive residents or staff in order to be considered, outbreak resolved.

The Suites assisted living and Josephine At Home have had 3 consecutive weeks of negative test results for all residents and staff. The negative test results have allowed the Suites and Josephine At Home to move to monthly testing.

Each area of service at Josephine Caring Community continues to be vigilant in all COVID precaution measures.

We appreciation the continued support of our community members, and dedication from our staff in caring for our residents and children.

Josephine Caring Community is anticipating being one of the first in line to receive the COVID vaccination when it becomes FDA approved and delivered locally. We will keep patients, residents and their families updated when the vaccine becomes available to Josephine Caring Community.

Update: 12/4/2020

We are continuing to test all staff and residents weekly. More staff and residents have tested positive for COVID 19. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call and speak with your loved one’s case manager or nurse.

Update: 11/30/2020

More staff and residents have tested positive for COVID 19. We are continuing to test all staff and residents weekly.  Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call and speak with your loved one’s case manager or nurse.

Update: 11/23/2020

More staff and residents have tested positive for COVID 19. We are continuing to test all staff and residents weekly.  Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call and speak with your loved one’s case manager or nurse.

Update: 11/19/2020

There are additional positive cases of COVID-19 within the building. We are continuing to take every precaution to limit the transmission of the COVID virus. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call and speak with your loved one’s case manager or nurse.

Update: 11/17/2020

As symptom mitigation and weekly testing proceed, we are continuing to work to stop the outbreak of CoVID-19 here at Josephine.  Case numbers are increasing.  Thanks are due to the broader community and to the Snohomish Health District for strong support — we could not do it without you.

Current Update: 11/14/2020

We have been working diligently on testing every resident and staff every week for the last three weeks due to the spike in community cases in Snohomish County. We have thirty-three new positive cases this week.  There has been a total of fifty-three positive residents since October 28th  There are 2 residents in the hospital.  Seven residents have recovered.  We are hoping that another ten residents will have recovered in the next few days.  Most residents are showing mild symptoms or no symptoms.  Very few residents have presented with significant illness.  There have been thirty-nine positive staff members. Those staff members have been asked to quarantine at home.   Eleven staff members have returned to work.   We are on track for another ten staff to return to work by Monday the 16th.

There are two residents in the Suites and one staff member who have tested positive.  All Suites staff were tested last week.  All residents were tested last week and we are still waiting on results.

We do not have any staff or clients in Josephine At Home, home health care, who have symptoms or tested positive.

We are working closely with the Department of Health, our medical director and have consulted with an infectious disease doctor to review and revise infection control protocols.   We continue to be diligent with use of personal protective equipment, hand washing and masking.  Unfortunately, we are not accepting visitors at this time.   There are no resident group activities or dining.

We strongly encourage everyone to mask up when near other people.   Always follow good safe distancing practice.  Wash your hands or use sanitizer often and refrain from meeting in groups, especially inside.  And don’t touch your face.  The less of this COVID 19 we have in our community the better chance we have of keeping it away from our vulnerable residents.

Current Update: 11/12/2020

As a result of testing this week, we are aware of several new CoViD-19 cases presenting in residents and staff.  We continue testing everyone in the building and working to prevent the spread of the virus.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through this current outbreak. People are displaying great flexibility and strength and that makes an important difference.

Current Update: 11/10/2020

Today, we have continued CoViD-19 cases presenting in residents and staff.  We are testing all residents and staff again today and tomorrow.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through this current outbreak. We are doing all we can to stop the spread and reduce the impact on our community.

Update: Governor Inslee has announced a Safe Start 4-phase program for long-term care facilities to offer restricted visitation and other activities.  You may read the announcement here:  https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-guidance-long-term-care-facilities

Josephine Caring Community is now preparing for Phase 1, which allows for supervised outdoor visits.  We will follow a strict protocol of screening and sanitation measures to ensure the safety of our residents, families and staff.

While, we look forward to your visit, there are some restrictions you need to be aware of:

  • Outdoor visits must be scheduled ahead of time through the Activities Department. Please call (360) 629-2126 and ask to speak to activities regarding an outdoor visit.
  • All visits must take place outdoors, in the specific location determined ahead of time by the Activity Department. (No window visits, no front lobby visits, etc.…)
  • To reduce exposure, we are limited to; 2 visitors, per resident, per visit, per day.
  • To help us accommodate everyone eager to visit their loved one, please restrict your visit to one hour, maximum.
  • We ask that all visitors sign-in, provide contact information, and be screened for symptoms of illness prior to the visit. (Visitors with symptoms of illness will be asked to postpone their visit.)
  • Visitors must wash their hands-on arrival, wear a mask, and remain a minimum of 6 feet apart – physical contact is not permitted at this time.
  • Residents who are ill or who are on quarantine precautions are not eligible for visits until they are no longer infectious or off precautions.
  • All visits must be supervised by Josephine Staff.

We understand these restrictions are challenging. Please be patient with us as we ease into this Safe Start, 4-phase program. We are counting on everyone to help make the outdoor visitation program a success!

If you are unable to visit in person, we encourage you to stay in touch in other ways.  Phone calls, Zoom, cards and small individually wrapped gifts really lift spirits during this time of quarantine.

The residents, families and staff of Josephine Caring Community grieve for those lost to COVID 19 and look to the days ahead as a time to heal together. We are so grateful to the many families and friends whose love and support has been a bright spot during this challenging time.

COVID-19 Updates

Help Keep our Residents Safe from COVID-19. We are committed to keeping our residents safe and we need your help. The virus causing Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause outbreaks in nursing homes. Many of our residents are elderly and may have medical conditions placing them at very high risk of becoming sick or even severely ill with COVID-19. Visitors and healthcare personnel are the most likely sources of introduction of the COVID-19 virus into a facility
To protect our vulnerable residents, we are immediately taking the following aggressive actions to reduce the risk of COVID-I9 for residents and staff:
1. Visitation is restricted

All visitation is restricted except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life situations. These visitors will first be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. We know that your presence is important for your loved one but per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this is a necessary action to protect their health. We are introducing alternate methods of visitation (such as Skype and FaceTime) so that you can continue to communicate with your loved ones. Visitors who are permitted to enter the building will be required to frequently clean their hands, limit the visit to a designated area within the building and wear a facemask. As the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, we will continue to keep you updated.

Please see above paragraph for Phase 1. We are allowing supervised, scheduled, outdoor visits, for residents that are not on quarantine precautions.

2. We are monitoring healthcare personnel and residents for symptoms of respiratory illness.

Non-essential healthcare personnel and volunteers are now restricted from entering the facility.

Healthcare personnel will be actively monitored for fever and symptoms of respiratory infection. Healthcare personnel will be asked to stay home, if they have signs or symptoms. You may see healthcare personnel wearing facemasks, eye protection, gowns and gloves in order to prevent germs from spreading and helping to keep residents safe. Healthcare personnel will clean their hands frequently.
We are assessing residents daily for fever and symptoms of respiratory infection in order to quickly identify ill residents and implement additional infection control activities. When ill residents are identified they will be monitored closely and asked to remain in their rooms or wear a mask.

3. We are limiting activities within the facility.

We are modifying group activities within the building and cancelling all community outings. We will be helping residents practice social distancing including during meals and frequently clean their hands.

We encourage you to review the CDC website for information about COVID-19 including its symptoms, how it spreads, and actions you can take to protect your health:

https: //www. cdc. gov/coronavirusl2Al9-ncov/index. htm I

Thank you very much for everything you are doing to keep our residents and facility staff safe and healthy. We continue to monitor the situation in our community, and we will keep you informed about any new precautions we think are necessary to keep your loved one safe.

Please contact us should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
George Friou Administrator
Alisha Hanson Director of Nursing