Doctor Who Sees Patients at Life Care Center of Skagit Valley Tests Positive for COVID-19

Photo: Life Care of Skagit Valley Website

Sedro-Woolley, WA – A doctor who sees patients at Life Care Center of Skagit Valley, located at 1462 Cascade Highway in Sedro Woolley,  has tested positive for COVID-19 according to a statement from Melissa Nelson, Executive Director for Life Care Center of Skagit Valley.  “Any resident or associate who interacted with the doctor while in our center has been notified,” said Nelson.

As we were already doing, we are taking necessary precautions to protect our residents. We are utilizing infection control procedures set forth by CMS, CDC and local health departments, and going over our own infection control policies and procedures. In addition, we are complying with the new CMS visitation restriction guidelines that apply to all nursing homes.

CMS has coordinated with the CDC and local health departments to issue visitation restrictions to all nursing homes around the country. Currently, all visitors, non-essential health care personnel and vendors are restricted from entering our facility. In addition, group activities and communal dining have been discontinued until further notice. We may be able to accept visitors for compassionate situations such as end-of-life care, but these visitors are subject to a health screening and must wear personal protective equipment, such as masks, throughout their time in the facility.

In spite of these challenges, it is important for our residents to continue interactions with loved ones, so they feel the love and support of their friends and relatives. We encourage loved ones to reach out to our residents, and we will be happy to help coordinate that communication with them in any way we can. Postal service continues at our facility, as does telephone service.

Our associates are being diligent on practicing proper hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment, which is recurring education they normally receive, beginning with their orientation at our facility.

Every associate is now screened when they arrive for work, including checking temperature, to ensure no additional sickness is brought into our building. If they have a fever over 100.4, we send them home and ask they visit their personal physician. This is in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines.

The Life Care statement did not say if any patients have shows signs of symptoms or if they have tested positive for the virus.

Additional Details will be released as they become available.





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