COVID-19 Updates

A Message from Horizon House:

With the daily, rapid changes surrounding Coronavirus, we are focusing on our number one priority: keeping the Horizon House community safe and healthy. Below you will find our latest COVID-19 updates & FAQ. We only post updates as we have them so this page may not be updated daily. 

If family members have any specific questions or concerns, please email us at: questions@horizonhouse.org.

  • We welcome back in-house visitors for our Assisted Living residents beginning Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

    To request and reserve a visit, please complete the AL Visitor Reservation form

  • We will welcome back in-house visitors for our Independent Living residents beginning Monday, March 29, 2021. No reservations are needed, please adhere to no more than two visitors per household, and two hours per visit.

Guidance for Visitors

Visitor and Travel Guidance


Visitors, compassionate care visitors, and residents
returning from out of Washington, or coming to Washington to visit, are required to follow the CDC’s travel guidance per Governor Inslee’s recent Proclamation. This guidance was updated Friday, April 2, 2021 as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely:
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
  • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
    • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

Update: 1/24/2022

Based on case identification and contact tracing with each reported case during our current outbreak, most were traced to external exposures from family and/or friends for both staff and
residents. Two independent Living (IL) residents had unknown sources.

We have not yet identified intra-community transmission in IL based upon:

1) review of all activities of those affected in the previous 14 days from symptom onset
2) the activities of close contacts within the 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms
3) close contacts testing negative five days post-exposure Lapses in consistent safety measures absolutely lead to transmission, primarily from improper mask use—here, and in the greater community.

We are required to report all cases to King County Public Health and consult regularly with them on our current protocols.

Horizon House currently has 4 new cases of COVID in our community: 1 Assisted Living Resident, 2 Assisted Living staff, 1 Independent Living staff. There are a total of 12 actives cases in the Horizon House community. 

Update: 1/24/2022

Horizon House remains free of known intra-community exposure. All current cases are likely due to outside exposure. We currently have 5 new active cases of COVID in our community:  2 Assisted Living staff, 3 Independent Living staff.  There are a total of 15 active cases in the Horizon House community. 

Update: 1/20/2022

Horizon House currently has 5 new active cases of COVID in our community:  2 Assisted Living staff, 3 Independent Living staff.  There are a total of 16 active cases in the Horizon House community. 

SPACE AND SERVICE UPDATES – as of Thursday, January 20, 2022

  • New – Assisted Living (AL) will remain closed to visitors through Friday, January 28, and may be extended beyond this date. Compassion Care and essential support persons will be the only exceptions allowed.
  • We have the availability for AL outdoor visitations in the same location as previously, right outside of the library on Terry Avenue. If you would like to schedule an outdoor visit with an AL resident, please contact Life Enrichment at either 206-621-4864 or 206-382-3793 and a Life Enrichment Associate will contact you to coordinate a visit
  • Consuming food or beverages in any public area or meeting rooms is prohibited until further notice. The Fireside Lounge coffee bar remains closed.
  • No external guests may dine in the Bistro or Terrace Dining Room until further notice. Residents enjoying beverages or dining in the Bistro or Terrace Dining Room are limited to one household or a maximum of two single persons per table.
  • You may choose to dine with others in your apartment, but we urge caution in your decision.
  • No catered events will be allowed. All other events and programs will proceed as scheduled. While we are not closing in-person scheduled events, participation is your choice based upon your own comfort level. We are currently reviewing which upcoming events we’ll be able to offer in a hybrid format, that is, both an in-person presentation which is also live streamed or recorded for viewing on HHTV.
  • With restricted measures in place for your safety, please know that we have performed increased high-touch cleaning in public areas throughout the pandemic, and it continues daily.

Update: 1/18/2022

While new cases continue to rise, we have remained free of any known intra-community exposure. Horizon House currently has 12 new active cases of COVID in our community: 6 Independent Living residents, 3 Assisted Living staff, 3 Independent Living staff. There are a total of 23 active cases in the Horizon House community. 

SPACE AND SERVICE UPDATES – as of Tuesday, January 18, 2022

  • Assisted Living (AL) remains closed to visitors until further notice. Compassion Care and essential support persons will be the only exceptions allowed.
  • New — We are currently arranging the availability of AL outdoor visitations in the same location as previously, right outside of the library on Terry Avenue. If you would like to schedule an outdoor visit with an AL resident, please contact Life Enrichment at either 206-621-4864 or 206-382-3793 and a Life Enrichment Associate will contact you to coordinate a visit.
  • Consuming food or beverages in any public area or meeting rooms is prohibited until further notice. The Fireside Lounge coffee bar remains closed.
  • No outside guests may dine in the Bistro or Terrace Dining Room until further notice. Residents enjoying beverages or dining in the Bistro or Terrace Dining Room are limited to one household or a maximum of two single persons per table.
  • You may choose to dine with others in your apartment, but we urge caution in your decision.
  • No catered events will be allowed. All other events and programs will proceed as scheduled.
  • New — While we are not closing in-person scheduled events, participation is your choice based upon your own comfort level. We are currently reviewing which upcoming events we’ll be able to offer in a hybrid format, that is, both an in-person presentation which is also live streamed or recorded for viewing on HHTV.
  • New — With restricted measures in place for your safety, please know that we have performed increased high-touch cleaning in public areas throughout the pandemic, and it continues daily.

Update: 1/13/2022

Horizon House currently have 8 new active cases of COVID in our community: 2 Assisted Living residents, 3 Assisted Living staff, 3 Independent Living staff. There are a total of 13 active cases in the Horizon House community. 

SPACE AND SERVICE UPDATES – as of Thursday, January 13, 2022

  • Assisted Living (AL) remains closed to visitors until further notice. Compassion Care and
    essential support persons will be the only exceptions allowed.
  • Consuming food or beverages in any public area or meeting rooms is prohibited until further
    notice. The Fireside Lounge coffee bar remains closed.
  • No outside guests may dine in the Bistro or Terrace Dining Room until further notice.
    Residents enjoying beverages or dining in the Bistro or Terrace Dining Room are limited to
    one household or a maximum of two single persons per table.
  • You may choose to dine with others in your apartment, but we urge caution in your decision.
  • No catered events will be allowed. All other events and programs will proceed as scheduled. 

Update: 1/10/2022

COVID-19 transmission rates in King County are at an all-time high, and at Horizon House our current numbers now meet the Department of Health definition of an “institutional outbreak”. We may have possible inter-community transmission as we continue contact tracing for the most recently diagnosed cases. Review of our recent cases frequently identifies inconsistent mask use during eating and drinking settings as a common occurrence. To mitigate this risk as we attempt to control the outbreak at Horizon House, the COVID Task Force is instituting the measures outlined in this communication. No other capacity limiting restrictions are currently being recommended. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
—Findlay Wallace, M.D.
Chair, Health Advisory Group (HAG); Member, COVID Task Force

Update: 1/6/2022

All recent Independent Living (IL) residents who previously reported positive for COVID have recovered. However, we continue to learn from more residents about exposures outside of the Horizon House community, often from friends and family. To date, there has not been any inter-community transmission at Horizon House.

Many test sites are not testing asymptomatic persons after exposures, which further highlights the critical need for everyone to continue wearing masks properly and consistently! If any transmission within our community occurs, we may need to temporarily revise protocols for services and programs such as capacity restrictions in meeting and activity spaces.

We are currently experiencing an increase in staff cases. The state is working hard to procure rapid test kits for staff, and we are hopeful to begin receiving the first shipment of test kits soon. Please be safe!

-Lauri Warfield Larson, COO

Update: 1/3/2022

The previously reported COVID cases among Independent Living (IL) residents have
resolved. They are all fully recovered.
Two IL staff cases have been confirmed, both with unknown sources of exposure. One staff
member last worked on December 19th and the other on December 27th. Both were fully
vaccinated, tested, and are recovering at home.
One Assisted Living (AL) staff case has been confirmed, with family members as the source
of exposure. They are fully vaccinated, last worked on December 27th, tested positive on
January 1st, and are recovering at home.
None of our three confirmed cases had been in contact with the other confirmed cases. We
continue to monitor the COVID surge closely as residents and staff notify us of exposures.

Update: 12/30/2021

We have three new positive cases in our community: one Independent Living (IL) resident,
and two IL staff members. The fully vaccinated resident has mild symptoms and is isolating.
The two IL staff members are fully vaccinated. One last worked on Sunday, December 19,
and the other on Friday, December 24. Both have mild symptoms. Contact tracing was
completed and they are recovering at home.None of our six confirmed cases had been in contact with any of the other confirmed cases.

We continue to monitor the COVID surge closely as residents and staff notify us of
exposures.

Because someone may be infected and unaware of it before testing, the critical key to
preventing transmission within Horizon House is PROPER MASK USE.

Update: 12/28/2021

We have one additional positive Independent Living (IL) resident case in our community. This fully vaccinated resident had family exposure, has mild symptoms, and remains in isolation. None of our 3 confirmed cases had been in contact with any of the others. We continue to monitor the COVID surge closely and are being notified by residents of exposures.