Edmonds assisted living center hit hard by COVID-19

Rosewood Courte Memory Care has seen 7 deaths

Series: Coronavirus | Story 116

Last updated 5/3/2020 at 5:05pm

Rosewood Courte Memory Care

Rosewood Courte Memory Care in Edmonds.

There's no doubt that the coronavirus has taken a toll on assisted living and retirement homes in Washington state and around the country.

In Snohomish County, Rosewood Courte Memory Care in Edmonds, at 728 Edmonds Way, has the second-most cases, trailing on Sunrise View Assisted Living in Everett.

According to the Snohomish Health District, 42 residents have tested positive as of Thursday, April 16, with four deaths. Like other assisted living centers, many of the residents are elderly and may have underlying health conditions.

But because the district does not always have the most up-to-date numbers, the death toll at Rosewood is actually higher.

"Unfortunately, I have to note that three additional residents have passed away with COVID-19, which brings the total at Rosewood to seven," said Darah Cooney, vice president of Northwest Care Senior Living, which also has retirement, assisted living and Alzheimer's special care communities in Poulsbo and Sequim.

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Cooney said that after several of Rosewood's residents tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, she asked the Snohomish Health Department to test every resident and staff member at the facility.

They conducted the tests Monday, April 13, and Rosewood received most of the results on Wednesday, April 15, but is still awaiting several more.

That was reflected in the district's daily counts on Wednesday, when the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at Rosewood jumped from 23 to 42.

"We have notified the families of all our residents of the situation, and we have taken all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 recommended by the CDC and the Health Department throughout these challenging times," Cooney said.

Here are some of the steps Rosewood has taken since early March to keep infectious disease from spreading in the community:

– Disinfecting the community multiple times throughout the day

– Canceling all outside excursions;

– Stopping all visitors;

– Giving regular temperature checks of all staff and residents each day; and

– Checking residents regularly each day for any COVID-19 symptoms;

Cooney added that staff showing COVID-19 signs are sent home and encouraged to be tested. "So far we have received two positives and one negative from the April 13 testing. Both positives have shown no symptoms. We are following the guidelines from the Health Department for all positive staff cases.

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"Any residents who have shown signs have been either quarantined at the community or sent out to the hospital depending on their condition."

Rosewood Courte is a 45-bed dedicated memory care community with 46 staff members.

Sunrise of Edmonds

According to the Snohomish Health District, Sunrise of Edmonds, at 750 Edmonds Way, has seven confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 16.

Sunrise, on its website, released the following statement:

"As we navigate one of the most unprecedented and challenging times in any of our lives, we want to reiterate our commitment to protecting our residents and team members from COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

"We understand that reports of any positive cases in your community are extremely concerning. Although no one is immune to this global health crisis, please know that we are working day and night with the support of the entire Sunrise team to minimize the impact COVID-19 has on our residents, teams, and their families.

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"We are collaborating with local and state health departments for their guidance on effective prevention measures and to support the health and safety of all of our residents and team members.

"Prior to even confirming a positive case of COVID-19, our community had already implemented precautions against the virus, including prohibiting non-essential visitors, deploying rigorous screening protocols to identify potential symptoms of illness among residents and team members, restricting new resident move-ins, and shifting to individual resident engagement activities.

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"We also ceased communal dining and have been serving meals in each resident's suite to promote social distancing.

"Additionally, our community teams have significantly modified programming and activities to ensure that residents continue to experience meaningful days and connect with the world around them.

"Our team members have leveraged their talents, training and experience to create 1:1 tailored programming for our residents, and we recently distributed hundreds of additional tablets, which are preinstalled with Skype and FaceTime, to supplement our communities' virtual programming and communications efforts with families.

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"Our efforts to fight COVID-19 endure as we are reinforcing our existing infection controls. We are also providing personal protective equipment for our residents and team members to use as indicated by the CDC. Despite our best infection control efforts, however, the reality is that additional cases will occur.

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"We are collaborating with local and state health departments for their guidance on effective prevention measures and to support the health and safety of all of our residents and team members.

"We know this is a difficult time, and we are committed to working together to do all we can to fight this global virus."

As of April 16, Edmonds has recorded 238 COVID-19 cases. There have been 13 deaths of Edmonds residents.


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