Update: March 30, 2020 at 11:30am
Every day, even every hour brings us new updates on COVID-19. The spread of the disease has grown quickly across our country over the past week and is forcing changes in how we go about our daily lives.
For the last thirty-five years, residents and clients in our care are depending on all of our employees to deliver the essential care and services each day. We deeply appreciate each and every single one in our team for their commitment and dedication to protecting and caring for hundreds of at-risk clients and residents of Kin On during these uncertain times.
To date, we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among any of the residents in our care or any member of our staff, and we want to keep it that way.
For the health and safety of our residents, clients, and staff we have imposed the highest level of precaution in every setting based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What we are doing:
- Working with state health agencies to ensure we have full infection measures in place.
- Stretching our resources to secure adequate personal protective equipment.
- Restricting visitors to the highest possible extent, except for compassionate situations.
- Being creative in connecting families and residents.
- Providing virtual Healthy Living wellness programs and connections with members through check-in calls, Zoom meet-ups, and YouTube livestreams.
- Encouraging social distancing, hand hygiene, and self-monitoring of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of this illness throughout our community.
- Offering office and admin staff to work remotely.
- Supporting workers on-duty by providing meals and other resources as much as possible.
How you can help:
- Be Informed: Visit CDC and King County Public Health for current coronavirus information.
- In-Kind Donation: Send us items needed to ensure the well-being of frontline staff, such as disposable face masks, isolation gowns, and disinfecting wipes.
- Financial Support: Make a donation to our Response Fund and note “COVID-19 Fund” on the page as we work on building up supplies and provide various support for our staff.
Contact the Fund Development Department at email@example.com for more information about contributing to Kin On as we fight this battle together.
Thank you for your understanding during this unsettling time. We want to extend a special thank you to our staff for their tireless efforts, and to our residents, clients, and their loved ones for their continued trust and support.
Update: March 14, 2020 at 9:00pm
Kin On continues to closely monitor the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington State. To date, we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among any of the residents in our care or any member of our staff. This is the case for all our facilities and departments, including our skilled nursing and home care services.
We are working in consultation with King County and State Department of Health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor conditions and follow the most current recommendations.
In a letter dated March 10 from Pinnacle, building management of International House (IH), an affordable independent senior housing apartment on 6th and Maynard South in Chinatown-International District, stated that one of their employees has tested positive with COVID-19, with two other staff under quarantine who were in close contact with that employee.
Kin On was made aware of the situation on March 11 and have put a temporary pause on providing in-home care services at this location until we can understand the situation and what course of action is required.
Unfortunately, a rumor has been circulating on WeChat that a Kin On health care staff has been confirmed to have COVID-19 and went into the building. This claim is confirmed to be false. No employee of Kin On has been tested positive with COVID-19.
Local community organizations including Kin On, ICHS, CISC, ACRS, and SCIDpda, who have clients in the building are naturally concerned, and are monitoring this situation closely and are actively working with public health officials to provide support as needed.
The news about the spread of this new disease is concerning for us all, and we recognize that media and rapidly evolving conditions related to COVID-19 create fear, uncertainty, and anxiety in our community. It is important to emphasize that we follow reputable resources such as King County Public Health for ongoing updates pertaining to our region.
We ask for your support while we continue to ensure the health and safety of our community. We urge you to remain resilient and show compassion. We need people across all sectors and communities to pull together as we tackle this global challenge.
3月10日，國際大廈(International House)的管理公司 Pinnacle在他們給予社區的公開信中表示，該公司的一名員工確診，兩名與該員工有密切接觸的員工亦正在接受隔離檢疫。國際大廈是位於唐人街國際區南第六大道和南美拿街之間的經濟型獨立老人公寓。
本地社區組織包括健安(Kin On)、國際診所(ICHS)、仁人服務社(CISC)、亞裔諮詢與轉介服務中心. (ACRS)和西雅圖華埠國際區維護及發展協會(SCIDpda)，在國際大廈都有提供服務，現正密切關注最新情況，並積極與公共衛生官員合作以提供多方面的支援。
Update: March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm
Kin On continues to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Washington State. To date, we do not have any cases of COVID-19 at our community.
Governor Jay Inslee and the Department of Health announced new guidelines for senior care and assisted living facilities on Mar. 10, 2020. We are pleased to report that most of our current policies meet or exceed the State’s mandates, and will need very few changes to heightened our infection control practices and protocols.
The news about the spread of this new disease is concerning for us all. We understand it can be difficult to limit the time family spends together. Our goal is to protect the safety of our residents, their families, as well as our staff and their families. Our social workers are working with family members to arrange FaceTime or Zoom calls to connect with their loved ones.
Additional measures continue to be in place at our facilities, as follows:
- Keeping a record of other facilities where our staff is working.
- Document the screening of all staff for fever and respiration symptoms at the beginning of each shift.
- Allowing only essential resident visits that have been pre-arranged and screened (to take place at the resident’s room.)
We will continue to monitor information and guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and are working with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to prevent the illness and strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak.
We will keep you informed and appreciate your help in keeping our residents and staff safe. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org or with our offices.
Kin On Health Care Center: (206) 721-3630
Kin On Supportive Housing: (206) 721-0954
Update: March 9, 2020 at 2:00pm
Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community.
As of March 7, 2020, we are restricting all visitations as one of the heightened protective measures in an effort to keep our residents and staff safe amidst the increasing risk of coronavirus in our region. We respectfully ask all individuals to refrain from visiting the Kin On community (skilled nursing and supportive housing) at this time. Family members and designees will be contacted directly by Kin On staff.
We understand these actions will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. Our care team, which includes our Administrator, Medical Director, Director of Nursing, and Infection Prevention and Control Officer, made this decision in consultation with local health officials. We ask for your understanding and support as such measures can minimize any health risks and ensure the safety of our residents, staff, and community.
We will continue to host activities residents enjoy daily with our staff, keeping all of us physically and mentally engaged and healthy. We will do everything we can to continue protecting the health and safety of our community.
Update: March 5, 2020 at 1:00pm
While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing and fluid situation, we are committed to keeping our community informed and updated on the actions we’re taking to protect our health, safety, and well-being.
To date, there have been no reported cases or interruption of services resulting from coronavirus at Kin On. We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation very closely to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures to protect our communities, residents, and employees.
What we’re doing
- Providing nursing staff and private-paid caregivers at SNF and Supportive Housing with additional “infection prevention and control” training.
- Limiting residents’ personal visits outside of the facility, except medical-related visits.
- Restricting family visits to residents’ DPOA or designees.
- Screening visitors for signs and symptoms and requiring the use of hand sanitizer and face mask before entering the facility.
- Increasing housekeeping duties, such as wiping down door handles and commonly used surfaces.
- Suspending all Healthy Living Program and volunteer activities.
- Ensuring adequate support for in-home care clients and caregivers.
What you can do
- Wash hands often with soap and water. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- 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 mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Those over 60, particularly with underlying health conditions, and those who are pregnant should stay home and avoid large gatherings as much as possible.
Resources to learn more
You can learn more about guidelines to protect yourself and your family from acquiring or spreading the virus at these links:
Thank you for your support while we ensure the safety of all of our residents and staff. We will continually update this web page with any changes in campus operation or as new information is available.