Here at Bayview, we want to share with you information, resources, and examples of proactive steps Bayview is taking to help safeguard and protect the health of our community. Below is the latest information and updates we have to share about COVID-19. Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation and information is changing quickly per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Seattle & King County Public Health.

Latest Updates and Protocols

May 22, 2020
Update on COVID-19

May 15, 2020 
Update on COVID-19

May 8, 2020
Update on COVID-19

May 1, 2020
Update on COVID-19

April 24, 2020
Update on COVID-19

April 17, 2020
Message from our CEO and COVID-19 Updates

April 10, 2020
Message from our CEO and COVID-19 Updates

April 6, 2020
Update on COVID-19

April 3, 2020
Message from our CEO and COVID-19 Updates

March 27, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 23, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 20, 2020 (pm)
Update on COVID-19

March 20, 2020 (am)
Message from our CEO and Update on COVID-19

March 16, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 13, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 10, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 9, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 4, 2020
Update on COVID-19

March 3,2020
Message to our Bayview Community on COVID-19

Highlighted actions we are taking (please refer to latest updates above for detailed information on all protocols). We are continually sending our thoughts and prayers to all those impacted. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. These are the measures we are implementing to reduce your risk of exposure.

  • Visitation restriction: To ensure maximum safety for residents and staff, we are restricting ALL outside visitors to Bayview until further notice.
    • The exceptions are essential personnel, hospice nurses, medical and/or licensed staff, and any end-of-life family visitation. Screenings are still strictly in place for anyone who enters the building. Family members may continue to pick up relatives for medical appointments at reception.
    • We understand that connecting with family members is important and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them: telephone, email, text, Skype, social media, and Facetime are some examples.
  • Congregate dining is closed in all three venues (Cloud Room, Bistro, Terrace Main Dining). Tray and room delivery service will be in effect until further notice.
    • In order to comply with the social distance policy, we are also implementing a knock and drop policy.
  • Emphasizing 6 feet social distancing when possible.
  • Building-wide precautionary self-isolation, which includes eliminating nonessential needs and tasks as much as possible, if not eliminated.
  • Daily temperature & questionnaire screenings to all Bayview residents.
  • 2 person-only elevator rule to ensure social distancing is intact.
  • All employees must be (temperature & questionnaire) screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each shift. There will be one point of entry at the front desk located on the second-floor entrance in which staff will fill out a questionnaire. While Bayview has been screening staff already, we are now implementing more frequent documentation. Anyone who does not pass screening will be sent home and asked to contact their doctor.
    • Every staff will be provided a reusable filtered cotton masks with proper training. Each staff member will be required to wear their mask before they enter the building and wear as long as they remain on site.
    • We are now requiring any outside visitors (only essential visitors are allowed) to wear masks. They must provide their own masks, as we do not have excess supplies. The guidance on masks continues to change and we will notify residents as we change any protocols.
    • The Washington State Department of Health joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in recommending as of Friday, April 3, “that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).” Bayview is requiring all residents to wear masks when outside of their apartments. Bayview will be distributing reusable filtered cotton masks to all residents.
  • Internal resident group activities and programs are postponed until further notice.
  • Crisis Communication team consisting of senior management and executive team conducting daily meetings.
  • Social media and website are updated frequently to keep families and communities at large informed.
  • Working in consultation with King County and State Department of Health agencies, The Centers for Disease Control, and Infection Control Preventionists to monitor conditions and follow the most current recommendations.
  • Adhering to universal precautions of infection control such as practicing good hygiene.
  • Increased disinfection and sterilization on all “high-touch” surfaces.
  • All van trips other than medical appointments are cancelled.
  • No classes by outside instructors for Fitness, Resident Services, and Pastoral Services.
  • All intergenerational activities have been postponed. The Children’s Center remains open with parents and students entering/exiting through the Children’s Center entrance only and undergoing the same screening process.

March 3, 2020

Message to our Bayview Community on COVID-19

Dear Bayview Community,

As you may have heard, rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been confirmed in King and Snohomish County, including ten deaths*. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who have been affected by these losses and to anyone directly impacted by this outbreak.

We recognize that media and rapidly evolving conditions related to COVID-19 create fear, uncertainty and anxiety. It is important to emphasize that while the number of cases are increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough and the immediate health risk for the general public is still relatively low.

Currently, no members of the Bayview community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We want to share with you information, resources, and examples of proactive steps Bayview is taking to help safeguard and protect the health of our community.

What is Bayview doing to proactively keep our community as healthy as possible?
Bayview continues to adhere to universal precautions of infection control such as practicing good hygiene. We are also increasing our disinfection and sterilization daily routine on all “high-touch” surfaces. These are measures and techniques we employ already, every day. However, as a precautionary measure, we are making the same types of preparations that we would normally make for any potentially disruptive situation, such as an outbreak of pandemic flu. This includes working with management and senior leadership to maintain our operations and services in the event of a disruption. We are also working in consultation with King County and State Department of Health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Infection Control Preventionists to monitor conditions and follow the most current recommendations. We are also taking preventative measures to minimize exposure by limiting events and activities involving the outside community. Even if these measures prove to be unnecessary, they will protect our community now and moving forward.**

What can we do as a community to help prevent the spread of illnesses like flu and coronavirus?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.                                                   

Considerations for Overseas travel:
We strongly advise that anyone planning personal travel overseas consult current CDC Travel Notices before departing. Because the situation is changing daily, it is possible that the CDC will add more countries to the list.

Stay informed:
Information is changing frequently. We recommend the following resources for ongoing updates:

Public Health Seattle & King County Coronavirus webpage: www.kingcounty.gov/COVID
WA State Dept. of Health Coronavirus webpage: www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/covid19
WA State Official COVID-19 site: https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/

Rooted in calmness and compassion:
This virus poses a global challenge – compassion, empathy, and sense of togetherness is required in these extraordinary times.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will share new information or details as they become available. Remember, continue to follow daily personal hygiene best practices!

Sincerely,

Joel Smith, Health Services Administrator

*This number is subject to change at any given time
**Please refer to our latest updates and protocols via the PDFs above.

Where should questions be directed?

Joel Smith, Bayview Health Services Administrator
Office: 206.281.5747 | Cell: 425.890.8770 | jsmith@bayviewseattle.org

Nancy Weinbeck, Chief Executive Officer
Office: 206.281.5759 | nweinbeck@bayviewseattle.org

Media inquiries should be directed to our Director of Communications, Jill Chang: Office: 206.301.4480 | Cell: 425.802.0968 |  jchang@bayviewseattle.org

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