COVID-19 Critical Update
October 1, 2020
We realize it has been a while since we provided the community an update on our COVID situation here at Mira Vista Care Center, so in that spirit, we thought it best to outline our current status in the facility so that all of our family members and friends are made aware of our condition.
Thank you to all that have worked with us in meeting the challenge faced back in July! We are pleased to report that it has now been over two (2) months since our last presumptive positive case of Covid-19 within the confines of the facility. We could not have accomplished this feat without the help and assistance of our tremendous and dedicated staff working together with our wonderful residents and their compassionate families. Furthermore, though we bask in the light of negativity as it relates to Covid, we are in constant communication with WA State Health leadership and participate weekly with our department leaders both on a State and Federal level so that we might remain on the fighting edge of this challenge with this Covid pandemic.
In conjunction with our internal Medical Director’s recommendations, we continue to monitor and abide by the ever changing directions released to us by the Centers of Disease Control, Washington State Department of Health, the office of the Governor for the State of Washington and our local health jurisdiction which oversees the protection and well-being of our residents. Our Mira Vista residents and staff continue to comply with each of the requirements (we receive new requirements almost daily) received from the State of Washington, including wearing masks anywhere outside of each of our rooms. With this in mind, we are anxiously planning to make a safe and deliverable phased re-opening of the facility in coordination with other facilities in Washington.
As is always the case, our resident safety, health, and well-being is of paramount concern and our highest priority. As we continue to provide these intermittent updates to the community, we thank you for your continued patience with us during this stressful time. You can always check our Hotline number at (360) 428-3567 or our website for more current information as it comes available.
July 30, 2020
Pursuant to our earlier update of July 7th, we wanted to provide you a brief update on Mira Vista Care Center so that you have the most up to date and correct information irrespective of what may be portrayed by various news outlets in the Skagit Valley region. Given some of the erroneous information that has come forward, and in protecting the rights and sanctity of our residents and their family members that are all intricately involved in the care and outcomes provided for in our facility, it is imperative that we share with you the number of presumed positive cases at Mira Vista as well as our continued efforts (in addition to those mandated by state and federal agencies) undertaken to impede the spread of this virus. As has been our modus operandi since early March 2020, we have paramount concern for the safety and well-being of our residents, and as we work together with our community to face this challenge, we have taken and continue to enact every mandated measure possible to limit the spread.
After 4 months of highly documented restrictions, guidelines, and strict oversight without a single case of positive COVID-19 at Mira Vista, we have now witnessed 5 weeks of COVID-19 testing activity that has returned with presumptive positive test results.
As of today, we are treating under strict guidance from our department of health 6 active COVID-19 cases in total, which are comprised of 3 Residents and 3 Staff Members who are currently in active isolation. Furthermore, we are pleased to report that 31 formerly compromised residents and 22 staff have resolved from prior isolation after testing presumptive positive for COVID-19.
Moreover as of today (July 29, 2020) it has now been four (4) days since a new resident test has returned a presumptive positive result.
As has been our policy, when a resident test is returned positive, we notify all residents and their representative(s) (family or legal) of their condition and implement increased restrictive protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow all current guidance from the (CDC) and (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test presumptive positive. We are also in daily communication and consult with the WA Department of Health (DOH).
Per CDC, Washington State DOH, WA State Governor Inslee, as well as our internal Medical director recommendations, it is advised that our residents remain on isolation precautions, limited to activity within their rooms and a requirement from the state of WA to wear a mask anywhere outside of their own bedroom.
Again, our Resident safety, health, and well-being is always our number one priority. We are working hard to keep everyone updated with the most current information. In addition to this hotline 360-428-3567, you can also check our website for updates at https://www.miravistarehab.com/ or on our Facebook page.
We thank you for your support.
July 7, 2020
To Our Residents and Family Members:
Even though we had previously been counseled by our Local and State Health Agencies to refrain from posting up to the moment COVID updates, given a recent setback at Mira Vista Care Center, we felt it was important to keep you informed of current events at our facility. As we work through this latest setback together, please check back to this site as we will attempt to regularly update this message.
As noted above, we want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mira Vista regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as our continued efforts undertaken to slow the spread of this virus. As you know, the safety and well-being of our residents has always been our top priority and as we work together to face this recent setback, we are taking every mandated measure possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facility.
After 4 months of paramount restrictions, guideline following and strictly mandated oversight without any outbreaks of positive COVID-19 cases in the facility, we are now experiencing a limited outbreak of COVID-19 activity.
For your general information, here is a more detailed update regarding the containment of COVID-19 in our facility as of July 7, 2020:
- 14 (14) residents and Eight (8) staff have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement increased restrictive protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test presumptive positive. As of today, four (4) cases have resolved.
- As of today (July 7, 2020) It has been four (4) days since a new resident or staff member has tested presumptive positive.
As a facility and as directed by our health agencies, Mira Vista is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under these current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, which may include:
- Enhanced infection control precautions
- Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
- Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
- Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
- Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions
- Other infection prevention protocols are being evaluated and implemented as recommended by the facility Infection Prevention Team, federal, state and local healthcare authorities
Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.
We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will continue our communication protocol of contacting you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. As advised by all of our local, state and federal health concerns, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. We continue to make available to our residents iPads and mobile phones dedicated to helping our residents and their loved ones stay in contact. Please call our Activities or Social Services Departments at our Care Center at (360) 424-1320 and one of our caring staff will assist you in setting up a day and time for this video or telephone conferencing.
We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.
We realize that this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as advised by our overseeing health agencies and our resident council. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which as you know, continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.
We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our facility. Please call us at (360) 424-1320, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.miravistarehab.com or contact us through the Mira Vista Facebook page for updates on the status of your loved one.
Carl Moody, Administrator
Mira Vista Care Center
April 3, 2020
Over the past several days it has been our intent to update our community, residents and staff about key information as it relates to our facility at Mira Vista Care Center. Many of our community members, family members, residents and beloved staff have expressed gratitude for our intentions in maintaining constant and clear communication through this web portal. We know that many of you are dependent upon us as a caregiver to respond appropriately and in concert with state mandates as we collectively navigate this COVID-19 pandemic.
After consultation with the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA):
Washington State Department of Health:
and the Governor’s office:
they have determined that the information that individual facilities can provide is so fast-moving and at times inconclusive, that they have asked that we NOT provide regular updates to our website but rather refer all inquiries to them (see above for their website information). Their information (though not facility specific) will help assist you with data related to statistics, resources, and community outreach help.
Although as an independent facility we strive to be a constructive resource to our community that may have an interest in this information and data, we have been counseled by our health organizations that we must also maintain employee and resident privacy. Thus, in ensuring that privacy is maintained, we have unfortunately been directed to not provide any further update information to you via our website. As we are required to report our facility data directly to the Department of Human Services, we likewise encourage you to request this and other data related to COVID-19 from them going forward or from the resources noted above.
Update March 27, 2020
As it has been over a week since we last updated this page, we felt it important to our family members, residents, staff and community to provide you with a brief summary of the status of Mira Vista Care Center. We are pleased to report that our strict infectious control procedures, self-imposed isolation measures, faithful adherence to reduced admissions from hospitals together with an incredible staff that follows every guideline regarding this pandemic has led to a COVID-19 free facility. However, as acute hospitals are now overflowing with patient loads (not just COVID-19 issues, but all medically related cases), we are being asked to admit those patients that are now symptom free, are asymptomatic, or are in recovery. Thus far, we have been working diligently with the hospitals, Department of Health (“DHS”), Centers of Disease Control (“CDC”) and other State and Federal agencies (collectively “CMS”) (including Washington Health Care Association “WHCA”)) to determine the viability and containment of the virus should such patients be admitted to our Facility. Naturally, the care and concern of our current residents is our paramount objective.
We have been following all of the guidelines as published by the CDC and have been in daily contact with DHS and CMS for health updates, protocols, prevention measures, information and facility readiness. Furthermore, we have been coordinating with other area facilities to determine health care needs for our entire Skagit County population including hospitals, assisted living and independent living communities from Bellingham to the north and Everett to the south. It has been reported to us that all area hospitals have now experienced presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19 within their facilities, whether they be patient population or staff members and many of our nursing home communities in our area are in a stop-placement status (not taking new admissions) due to the fact that they are treating COVID-19 residents. As we are still COVID-19 free, we are still admitting patients, but under the strictest of guidelines as mandated by our Medical Director in concert with our Director of Nursing. Nevertheless, to ease the burden on our acute hospitals, Skagit County is working with us to help the hospitals in placing these patients as described above.
Though you can find statistics on various websites related to Washington state, the nation and even Skagit County, we report to you that Skagit County currently has 78 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 death. Nationwide 90% of all deaths are in the >60 years of age demographic and of that 90% of those deaths are greater than 80 years of age. It is not our intent to provide statistics to you or educate the public on facts and figures (as these can be found on other websites) but to state that our facility cares for the better part of these vulnerable citizens in our community and therefore we have the obligation to follow the strictest of guidelines to ensure their safety and well-being.
We continue to run a heightened protocol among our staff, with most of them wearing masks (supplies are limited but we seek daily to find personal protective equipment for our frontline staff) every shift/all shift, and we continue to sanitize all hard surface-high touch areas 3X’s per day (switches, rails, counter tops, and door handles). Our hygiene protocol has been approved and documented by DHS through intermittent infection control surveys throughout the month of March and we faithfully follow our guidelines of handwashing, limited patient touch, social distancing as much as possible and thorough sanitizing in accordance with DHS checklists. Furthermore, and much to the chagrin of our residents, we have closed all group activities, dining room meals, and are limiting/restricting patient and staff flow to individual halls as much as possible. The facility has for some time been closed to all visitors and volunteers except for end-of-life situations on a case by case basis.
We also want to reiterate that each staff member, clinician and most importantly our residents are screened daily (and in many cases hourly) for symptoms of COVID-19. Potentially symptomatic staff are immediately sent home and residents are sent to the Emergency Room for testing (tests have not been made available to nursing homes unless a wide-spread outbreak has been declared). In addition, roommates of returning to hospital residents are put into isolation pending test results from previously discharged residents.
We understand given the gravity and prevalence of this outbreak, and with many of our community facilities caring for symptomatic patients, that it will be only a matter of time before Mira Vista Care Center is also caring for presumptive-positive or recuperating patients. We will do so in accordance with our commitment to the community and under the strictest of guidelines as proffered by DHS, CMS and the CDC but as of yet, we are pleased to report that our facility is COVID-19 free.
Update as of March 20, 2020
At Mira Vista Care Center, we have a profound commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our family of residents. As trained healthcare professionals, the staff at Mira Vista Care Center is committed to providing the highest level of care to protect our residents and to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the state of Washington. On this webpage, we will continue to post updates as they pertain to our facility, or to guide family members and residents on enhanced facility procedures.
To date, none of our residents or staff has shown symptoms of COVID-19. However, given that 22 Nursing Homes in the state of Washington are treating and caring for presumptive-positive cases for COVID-19 residents, and with 1,302 confirmed active cases in the State of Washington, we are working closely with the Public Health – Skagit County and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Beginning on March 7, we started working directly with Public Health and the CDC to implement additional and enhanced procedures of infection control to regulate and restrict the spread of infectious disease. These government agencies continuously evaluate and endorse the infection control protocols we have in place to prevent the spread of an outbreak in our facility.
Moreover, our residents, and their primary decision-makers, have been notified of our procedures and will shortly be notified of this website update system. Our managing nurses and outreach staff, where and when necessary, will make briefings to them via telephone on a regular basis.
Beginning today we will provide updates on this website as needed. We respect the dignity of the residents in our care. Of course, we are in continuous direct contact with our residents and their loved ones, providing detailed information about health status, care needs, and all ways to connect with us at the facility.