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 this morning, 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: 5/28/2021

Mask use within our community is still required per the Department of Health.  

Stay Safe. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

COVID VACCINE POLICY

  • Horizon House and the Union have executed an agreement for a COVID-19 vaccine policy for all staff. The policy went into effect May 25, 2021, and employees will have various milestones to complete to ensure compliance by the September 30, 2021 deadline.
  • We will work with staff over the next few months to be in compliance with the policy and will share updates within our community over time.

Update: 5/21/2021

Mask use within our community is still required per the Department of Health.  

We appreciate the community support throughout this long journey and look forward to better times ahead.

We look forward to sharing smiles with all of you soon.

Stay Safe. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

  • Residents may host visitors overnight. Visitors are restricted to the host apartment and are not allowed anywhere else in the HH community, except for outdoor Terraces per state visitation guidance. 
  • The Clinic no longer needs to be notified of convalescent visits.

VISITOR TERRACE USE

  • Resident visitors are now allowed on outdoor terraces. If vaccinated, they can remove their masks when outdoors.
  • Visitors cannot participate or attend Horizon House hosted BBQ or events on the outdoor terraces.
  • Visitors can travel thru the community to gain access to terraces but should do so expeditiously.

UPDATE: STAFF MANDATORY VACCINE POLICY

  • Horizon House and the Union have continued to  make substantial progress and expect a policy to go into effect early next week, pending execution of a letter of understanding. 

Update: 5/14/2021

Community guidelines that were in place before this week’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated persons no longer need to wear masks or socially distance in most settings, remain in place at Horizon House. As a Long-Term Care Senior Living Community, we are required to wait for updated guidance from the Department of Health (DOH). This will likely be shared with us next week.

Mask use within our community is still required.

Stay Safe. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

  • Residents may host visitors overnight. Visitors are restricted to the host apartment and are not allowed anywhere else in the HH community, except for outdoor Terraces per state visitation guidance. 
  • The Clinic no longer needs to be notified of convalescent visits.

VISITOR TERRACE USE

  • Resident visitors are now allowed on outdoor terraces. If vaccinated, they can remove their masks when outdoors.
  • Visitors can travel thru the community to gain access to terraces but should do so expeditiously. 

SEAMSTRESS

  • The seamstress will return to Horizon House beginning on June 8, 2021, at 7:00 pm and will return on the second Tuesday of each month.

UPDATE: STAFF MANDATORY VACCINE POLICY

  • Horizon House and the Union have continued to collaborate on the COVID-19 vaccination policy and rollout process. Progress has been made and we are hopeful to have a final policy announced very soon.

Update: 4/30/2021

 The COVID Task Force and the resident Health Advisory Group (HAG) are evaluating updated Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and anticipate potential updated guidance from the Governor’s office after the Roadmap to Recovery evaluation due out early next week. The issue is what all of this might mean for us here at Horizon House. We look forward to sharing more updates with you next week. Until then, we stay the course!

Update: 4/23/2021

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CASE UPDATE

Our previously COVID-19 positive Assisted Living staff member has recovered and returned to work.

MASK USE: FOLLOW 2 of 3 RULE

As more people become vaccinated, the question of when and where to wear a mask is surfacing. To lower your risk for COVID-19, particularly outside of Horizon House (HH), make sure your activity meets two out of the following three conditions: outdoors, distanced, and masked.

  • Outdoors + Distanced = No Mask Needed
  • Outdoors + No Distance = Mask Needed
  • Not Outdoors + Distanced = Mask Needed

 

INDOOR VISITATION REMINDERS 

  • Independent Living (IL) and Assisted Living (AL) in-apartment visits onlyAt this time, visitors are restricted to the host apartment and are not allowed anywhere else in the HH community.  
  • Two visitors per household. 
  • Reservation required for AL visitors.
  • Visitor management system monitors total number of visitors in the community. 

Update: 4/14/2021

We learned yesterday that an Assisted Living staff member has confirmed positive for COVID-19. This employee was last at Horizon House on Thursday, April 8, 2021, and later became symptomatic. The employee received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine last month and the scheduled second dose will be postponed until after recovery. This employee was not yet fully vaccinated, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that receiving both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine ensures the best protection against the virus.

Update: 4/9/2021

HH VISITOR 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. 
  • Fully Vaccinated Traveler Guidance

If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others if you travel:

    • After Travel
      • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
      • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

  • UnVaccinated Traveler Guidance

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

    • Before you travel:
      • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
    • After you travel:
      • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
        • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
        • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
      • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
      • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
      • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
      • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Update: 4/9/2021

MANDATORY STAFF VACCINATION

We are working towards mandatory staff vaccination as a condition of employment. This is a complicated task as we have a union to work with, specific legal exemptions, and employer requirements to legally require vaccinations. We have reached out to our legal teams and are waiting for a response. We will continue to work toward this goal and will keep you informed.  

INDOOR VISITATION REMINDERS 

·        Independent Living (IL) and Assisted Living (AL) in-apartment visits only 

·        Two visitors per household 

·        Reservation required for AL visitors 

·        Visitor management system monitors total number of visitors in the community

Update: 4/8/2021

“Normalcy is finally returning to the lives of residents here at Horizon House – after a year of having a pandemic separate them from loved ones and friends. Reporter Jennifer Wing shared moments of those long-awaited family reunions on Transmission, supported by KNKX Newsroom. We are beyond excited that Horizon House is re-opening and will continue our strive to fill their days with care, love and support!”

Listen to: https://www.knkx.org/post/episode-33-coming-back-life

Update: 4/7/2021

Mandatory Vaccination – We will be immediately working towards mandatory staff vaccination as a condition of employment. This is complicated. We have a union to work with, specific legal exemptions and employer requirements to legally require vaccinations, nonetheless we will be working towards this immediately and keep you informed.

Update: 4/1/2021

AT THIS TIME, HORIZON HOUSE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE, PER THE KING COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH (KCPH) DEPARTMENT.

We were notified this morning by KCPH that the two staff members who were reported to us as COVID-19 positive, were in fact negative. As we do not currently have any positive COVID-19 cases in the community, we are able to lift the quarantine.

Update: 3/30/2021

We have one new IL staff employee COVID-19 positive case. This unvaccinated employee who had close contact to a fully vaccinated, infected individual last worked on Thursday, March 25, 2021. They experienced symptoms and were tested on Monday, March 29, 2021. They tested positive today, March 30, 2021. This brings our total active cases of IL staff count to two. Contact tracing has been completed. 
We are in contact with the King County Department of Health to determine what this means for our community. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it.  

Update: 3/29/2021

CASE UPDATE

We have one new IL staff employee COVID-19 positive case. This vaccinated employee last worked on Thursday, March 25, 2021, experienced symptoms and tested positive on Friday, March 26, 2021. This brings our total active cases of IL staff count to one. Contact tracing has been completed, and one additional staff member was determined to have close contact. That employee is in quarantine and pending test results. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it.  

We are not out of the woods once we are vaccinated! We cannot emphasize enough how essential it is that for the next few months, or longer, everyone must strictly adhere to critical behaviors that have proven to be the most effective in limiting the transmission of the COVID virus:

  1. Wear your mask properly when in any public space 
  2. Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times 
  3. Wash your hands regularly 
  4. Avoid high-risk situations

Update: 3/26/2021

We look forward to welcoming Independent Living (IL) visitors beginning Monday, March 29, 2021. This milestone moment after a year of restrictions, is welcomed and celebrated by all.

Assisted Living and Independent Living Indoor Visitation:

  • Visits can only occur if either the resident or the visitor has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All visitors are required to follow in-house safety protocols: masks worn properly, hand sanitize often, socially distance, and adhere to elevator capacities.
  • Per Washington State Proclamation and CDC Guidelines regarding travel, visitors that have returned or arrived in WA state less than 10 days from day of visit will not be allowed. 

Week of March 29, 2021: IL Indoor Visitation

  • IL indoor visits resume beginning Monday, March 29, 2021
  • IL in-apartment visits only, two visitors per household, two hours per visit recommended
  • Children are allowed, age 2+ in masks
  • University garage is available for visitor parking
  • No reservation required for IL visitors

Assisted Living (AL) Indoor Visitation 

  • 16 total visitors per visitation time block (9:00-noon, 1:30-4:30 pm, 6:00-9:00 pm)
  • AL in-apartment visits only, two visitors per resident, two hours per visit
  • Visit the COVID-19 Updates  page on the Horizon House website to schedule a visit

Update: 3/19/2021

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has finalized the Safe Start Plan to take vaccines and visitation recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into account. The Governor has signed the Proclamation to make this plan effective immediately. The Health Advisory Group (HAG) and COVID Task Force have finalized plans to allow for indoor visitors’ return. We will continue to operate the outdoor visitation areas as outdoor visits are strongly encouraged. All visitors will be required to follow in-house safety protocols: mask worn properly, hand sanitize often, socially distance, adhere to elevator capacities, and visits will be limited to in-apartment spaces only. Per the Safe Start Plan, either the visitor or resident must be fully vaccinated for indoor visitation to occur. We will begin with Assisted Living (AL) indoor visitation first to ensure all protocols are being followed, and then we will welcome indoor visitors for IL residents shortly thereafter. University garage is available for visitor parking. 

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

 

Week of March 22, 2021: Assisted Living (AL) Indoor Visitation 

  • AL begins to take reservations for indoor visits Monday, March 22, 2021 (separate memo has been sent to AL residents/family on reservation process)
  • AL indoor visits resume beginning Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • 16 total visitors per visitation time block (9:30-11:30 am, 1:30-4:30 pm, 7:00-9:00 pm)
  • AL in-apartment visits only
  • Two visitors per resident
  • Two hours per visit
  • Visit  COVID-19 Updates – Horizon House News – Horizon House Seattle to schedule

 

Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021: Independent Living (IL) Indoor Visitation 

  • IL in-apartment visits only
  • Two visitors per household
  • Two hours per visit strongly encouraged to allow other visitors into the community
  • No reservation required for IL visitors
  • The visitor management system allows us to monitor total number of visitors in the community

 

VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

  • New visitor management kiosks will be located in the Main Lobby and University Garage
  • Each visitor will need to include their email address the first time they visit to register
  • Temperatures and COVID screening questions will be conducted at the time of entry
  • Visitor badges will be printed from the kiosk and must be worn at all times
  • If denied entry due to COVID screening, visitors are to inform a staff member
  • Capacity limits for daily visitors are not to exceed 190 people
  • All non-residents entering our facility (staff, contractors, visitors, etc.) will be required to log-in to the system upon entry, and log-out when exiting

 

Update: 3/17/2021

As we await the Governor to sign the proclamation related to the updated Safe Start for Long Term Care Centers, the Horizon House Task Force and Assisted Living (AL) Leadership Teams are working on our plans to allow for the return of visitors. We will continue to operate the outdoor visitation areas as outdoor visits are still strongly encouraged. We appreciate your patience as we finalize our in-house visitor plans. We are excited to have visitors return to Horizon House, and can imagine how joyous it will be for you all to be reunited with your loved ones.

Update: 3/12/2021

 The recent announcements with updated recommendations for fully vaccinated people and resuming indoor visits are celebrated steps toward resuming the things we enjoy with others. We are balancing these recommendations with the mandates we remain under with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Safe Start for Long-Term Care Plan that applies to Supported Living (SL) and any spaces in the larger Horizon House community where SL residents may go, including the salon, gym, and pool. DSHS is reviewing the Safe Start Plan to take vaccines and visitation recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into account, and updated guidance is expected in the next week. Until then, we can modify some protocols to safely support more engagement within our community. As we know more over the next week, we will continue to review and modify. We look forward to sharing more soon and appreciate your patience as this work happens.

 

Beginning today, Friday, March 12, 2021:

  • Vaccinated Independent Living (IL) residents may be without masks or physical distancing when gathering with others in apartments.
  • Residents who reside in SL must be in masks when away from their apartments per current guidelines.
  • All employees must remain in masks to comply with the DSHS Safe Start Plan.
  • We remain closed to unauthorized outside visitors and will soon have a plan for indoor visitation after updated guidance is provided by the state.

Update: 3/9/2021

On Monday, March 8, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume (link: CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC) The Horizon House COVID Task Force and the resident Health Advisory Group (HAG) are working together to review updated guidelines and await further instruction from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). We will update our community of any changes in policy after more information is gathered, discussed and reviewed. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step in our COVID journey.

Update: 3/5/2021

It has been wonderful to see our residents enjoying our dining room, lounging spaces, game rooms, salon, in-person events and meetings, and small group exercise classes. We see residents smiling with their eyes and can feel the positive energy as post-vaccine life creates new opportunities for a our new normal. We appreciate all the support and love we have seen from family and friends as we’ve navigated a tough year.

We encourage everyone to continue to always wear a mask properly and adhere to social distancing recommendations. A properly fitted mask is one that covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly on the face. A key question, still not answered, is whether vaccinated persons can pick up the virus, become a carrier, and spread it to other persons. Hopefully, soon we will have answers to that. But for the time being, there are no changes in our infection prevention procedures. 

Update: 2/26/2021

STATUS POST VACCINATION 

Now that we have been vaccinated, questions focus on the significance of variants, proper masking techniques, and change in restrictions. Some of the variants seem to spread more easily or cause more severe disease, raising the question of whether we should change any prevention practices because of them. The good news is that they seem to be covered by the vaccines currently in use in the US. The variants are spreading exactly the same way as the original coronaviruses; thus, no change in infection prevention measures are required. Questions exist about masking; whether two masks should be routinely used. A properly fitted mask should be worn, one that covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly on the face. This applies to any mask or any number of masks. A key question, still not answered, is whether vaccinated persons can pick up the virus, become a carrier, and spread it to other persons. Hopefully, soon we will have answers to that. But for the time being, there should be no change in our infection prevention procedures. 

George Counts, M.D., the Health Advisory Group 

Stay Safe. Mask up. Mind your distance 

COVID-19 CASE UPDATES 

Our one non-SL COVID-19 positive employee, who had been on an extended leave since late last year, has recovered and returned to work.  

HH VACCINE UPDATE 

After our third and final on-site vaccine clinic, we have 98% of our residents and 79% of our staff who have received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Update: 2/19/2021

Stay Safe. Mask up. Mind your distance.

COVID-19 CASE UPDATES

Our one non-SL employee COVID-19 positive employee continues to recover at home. This employee last worked on Thursday, December 24, 2020, and tested positive on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. This employee has been out of the community on an extended leave of absence and has had no contact or exposure to the Horizon House community as a result.

Update: 2/12/2021

The CDC has issued new guidelines stating that vaccinated people are not required to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19, provided they meet certain criteria:  

  • They have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and more than two weeks have passed since the second shot
  • They have no symptoms of COVID-19
  • It has been less than three months since their second shot of the vaccine
     

This means a change in our policy for residents returning after being away for more than 24 hours and for new residents moving into Horizon House. They will not have to quarantine themselves or be tested. They are to notify the Clinic staff if symptoms occur. 

There are also new reports on steps to make certain that masks are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus, especially the new variants. CDC  suggests using a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric or wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. Whatever type mask is worn, it should have a good fit and be worn correctly. 

-George Counts, the Health Advisory Group

Stay Safe. Mask up. Mind your distance.

COVID-19 CASE UPDATES

We have one new non-SL employee COVID-19 positive case. This employee last worked on Thursday, December 24, 2020, and tested positive on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. This employee has been out of the community on an extended leave of absence and has had no contact or exposure to the Horizon House community as a result.

Update: 2/5/2021

Stay the course! Even with the completion of the second half of the COVID-19 vaccine, we still need to be vigilant in our strategies to prevent the spread of the virus until herd immunity has been achieved. It is unclear exactly how long it takes to establish immunity, how long it lasts, and how well it will address mutations. In addition, vaccinated persons may still transmit COVID. Continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid high-risk situations.  

Supported Living (SL) remains in Phase 1 per the state’s Safe Start Plan that applies to long-term care settings. SL residents may go to the Salon, gym, and pool by appointment. SL residents and families can enjoy visits in the outdoor Reunion Corner. Horizon House remains closed to indoor visitors at this time. Our ability to stay safe continues to be reliant on our actions and behaviors. If we all continue to remain vigilant, we have a higher probability of staying safe and keeping services and spaces open. A reminder that if King County moves back to Phase 1, spaces and services within Horizon House may again close based on Governor mandates.  

Stay Safe. Mask up. Mind your distance.

#HugYouLater

Update: 2/2/2021

Horizon House community,

Today we extend a huge thank you to all residents and staff who have helped us remain safe over the past eleven months. 

We are so grateful to have received the vaccine here at Horizon House. COVID cases in Washington are declining, and our hospital capacity is easing. More than half a million Washingtonians have had their first dose of the vaccine. With King County moving into Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery Initiative, we can slowly open spaces and services over the next few weeks. We all look forward to some more normal activity and movement throughout the house. A list of spaces, services, and timelines for opening is attached.

Supported Living (SL) remains in Phase 1 per the state’s Safe Start Plan that applies to long-term care settings. SL residents may go to the salon, gym, and pool by appointment. SL residents and families can enjoy visits in the outdoor Reunion Corner.

Horizon House remains closed to indoor visitors at this time. Our ability to stay safe continues to be reliant on our actions and behaviors. If we all continue to remain vigilant, we have a higher probability of staying safe and keeping services and spaces open. A reminder that if King County moves back to Phase 1, spaces and services within Horizon House may again close based on Governor mandates.  

Stay Safe. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

Update: 1/29/2021

Check Your COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: https://form.findyourphasewa.org/210118771253954

Second dose COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues next week. On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Walgreens will be onsite to administer the second dose for those vaccinated on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. They will also provide first dose vaccinations for any additional Horizon House residents, residents moving in soon, and staff that want it. They will return to complete the second dose in late February; the exact date is to be determined. After February 2, we will have almost 97% of our residents vaccinated (both doses) and 68% of staff.

CONTINUE SAFE BEHAVIORS

Stay the course! Even with the completion of the second half of the COVID-19 vaccine, we still need to be vigilant in our strategies to prevent the spread of the virus until herd immunity has been achieved. It is unclear exactly how long it takes to establish immunity, how low it lasts, and how well it will address mutations. In addition, vaccinated persons may still transmit COVID. Continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid high-risk situations.  

Stay Home. Mask up. Mind your distance.

ROADMAP TO RECOVERY PLANNING

The COVID Task Force will review how we will adapt services and spaces as King County moves into Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery plan and share an update early next week. Supported Living follows the state Safe Start Plan for Long Term Care Facilities which has been revised and goes into effect February 1, 2021.  Per the Safe Start Plan, Supported Living remains in Phase 1 due to the virus transmission rate in King County. More communication to follow soon on the Safe Start plans as logistics are coordinated with plan revisions. 

 COVID-19 CASE UPDATES

We have no active cases in our community. Outdoor SL family visits will resume on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Update: 1/20/2021

Virginia Mason (VM) has graciously offered to complete the 2nd dose vaccine for our residents and staff at Horizon House this Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 7:00am – 3:30pm. We are scheduling residents and contacting everyone with designated appointment times.  

A reminder that even with the completion of the second half of the COVID-19 vaccine, we still need to be vigilant in our strategies to prevent the spread of the virus until herd immunity has been achieved.

Stay Home. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

Update: 1/18/2021

VACCINATION UPDATES  

We are pleased to share that to date, 482 residents (96.6% of all residents) and 160 employees (67% of all employees, including Morrison employees) have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Walgreens administered onsite COVID-19 vaccines on January 12 for all Supported Living (SL) residents and more Independent Living (IL) residents and staff from multiple departments.  A successful day for all!  

2nd Vaccine Plan: 

Walgreens plans to return on February 2 to administer the second dose for those vaccinated on January 12. Independent Living (IL) residents will be contacted for an appointment time.     

Additionally, Walgreens has offered to provide first dose vaccinations for any remaining residents and staff on February 2 and return to complete the second dose (date to be determined).  Residents may contact the Clinic at Ext. 3210 by January 27 to sign up.   

Virginia Mason (VM) is working hard not to delay the second dose, notwithstanding the Federal plan to emphasize first time vaccines over second dose vaccines. For those who received vaccines at VM  between January 4-6, 2021, the standard recommendation is for the second dose to be administered 17-21 days after the first dose. Although an extended timeframe is allowed, VM prefers to stay within the recommended timeframe.   

VM is not yet able to finalize plans for our second dose and will not have confirmation to us until sometime next week.  

COVID-19 CASE UPDATES 

We have welcomed back three additional SL staff members this week, bringing our current count to one.

Update: 1/12/2021

We are Excited to share that Walgreens administered on site COVID-19 vaccines for our Support Living Residents and Supported Living Staff. This allowed our most vulnerable members of our community a safe and easy vaccine experience. While on site, a second Walgreens team set up shop to help vaccinate the few residents and staff that were unable to be vaccinated last week. In total we added another 162 people to our vaccine total. This makes a grand total of almost 650 residents and staff vaccinated to date. 

Update: 1/8/2021 (THANK YOU!) 

We are pleased to share that to date, 394 residents and 87 employees have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Our Supported Living residents and staff are scheduled to receive vaccines onsite next week, Tuesday, January 12, 2021. We have welcomed back four additional SL staff members this week, bringing our current count to three. SL remains in quarantine, and family visits are suspended until further notice.

 

Update: 1/6/2021

Horizon House Community,

On Sunday afternoon, we were notified that Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) had extra doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to share with our Independent Living residents and staff as part of the Phase 1A state roll-out plan. As of January 5, 2021, at 9pm, we had vaccinated roughly 400 residents and staff, and we continue with those efforts today. Thank you to all those in our community for the support and love you have shown during the past year. We cannot begin to express what this opportunity means to our residents, staff, and families – ushering in a wave of hope, joy, and excitement after a year filled with fear, sadness, and loss.

Thank you to our partners in health at VMMC for taking such great care of our residents for so many years – and for protecting us when we needed it most. We know we are not out of the woods yet, but we feel a bit safer today, thanks to you. We will continue to stay the course and follow recommended safety protocols and look forward to sharing vaccines in-house with our Supported Living residents and staff next Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

#hugyoulater #missyoutoo

Stay Home. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

Case Update:

We have had one additional COVID-19 SL resident related death. We have one new SL employee COVID-19 positive case. This employee last worked on Sunday, December 27, 2020, developed an onset of symptoms later that day and tested positive on Thursday, December 31, 2020. This brings our total active cases of IL staff count to one, SL staff count to six, for a total of seven staff cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it. SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor SL family visits are suspended until further notice.

Update: 1/4/2021

We are ecstatic to share that COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines have been made available for our Independent Living (IL) residents and staff as part of Phase 1A of the state’s roll-out plan. This was a pleasant surprise over the holiday weekend! Our first few IL residents lined up this morning and are slowly returning with huge smiles (masks still on – we smile with our eyes these days!). We are busy as you can imagine and are working closely with Virginia Mason to schedule appointments and will continue to work our way thru the waiting list.

Update: 12/30/2020

We were notified on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, of another SL employee COVID-19 positive case. This employee last worked on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 and developed an onset of symptoms on Thursday, December 17, 2020. This employee was delayed in obtaining testing and communicating a positive result from Monday, December 21, 2020. All six Independent Living (IL) residents with confirmed close contact with an IL staff member have tested negative and will complete the 14-day quarantine period recommended by the King County Public Health Department (KCPH).

This brings our total active cases of IL staff count to one, SL staff count to six, for a total of seven staff cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it. SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor SL family visits are suspended until further notice.

Update: 12/28/2020

We are saddened to share that we had a COVID-19 related Supported Living (SL) resident death on Thursday, December 24, 2020. All other COVID-19 positive SL residents remain asymptomatic and are now out of isolation as of Saturday, December 26, 2020. We now have no known active resident COVID-19 cases in the community. We have six Independent Living (IL) residents with confirmed close contact with an IL staff member, all of whom are isolated and being tested or waiting for test results. This will help us determine if there are any IL resident cases. Another SL staff member (not in direct contact with SL residents) tested positive on Thursday, December 24, 2020. This person last worked on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Asymptomatic upon arrival, symptoms developed during their shift. The source of exposure is unknown. All other staff continue to recover offsite. 

This brings our total active cases of Independent Living (IL) staff count to one, SL staff count to five, for a total of six staff cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it. SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor SL family visits are suspended until further notice.

We expect the COVID-19 vaccination for all SL residents and SL staff to be available within the first two weeks of January. We will share more information about timing as soon as it is available.

Update: 12/24/2020

Happy Holidays!

We wish all of you a safe, wonderful holiday. We continue to remain hopeful as vaccines are on the Horizon! Supported Living (SL) residents and staff are scheduled to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine either the first or second week of January.  

Late yesterday afternoon, we learned that a Supported Living (SL) resident who tested negative last week showed an onset of symptoms earlier this week and has now tested positive. Per consultation with the King County Public Health Department, this resident likely did not have a detectable virus last week and is now symptomatic from the original exposure. All other positive SL residents remain asymptomatic currently. This brings our total active cases of Independent Living (IL) staff count to one, SL resident count to seven, and SL staff count to four, for a total of twelve cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it. The remainder of SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor SL family visits are suspended until further notice.

We cannot emphasize enough how essential it is that for the next few weeks, and perhaps months, everyone must strictly adhere to the four critical behaviors that have proven to be the most effective in limiting the transmission of the COVID virus:

  1. Wear your mask properly when in ANY public space 
  1. Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times 
  1. Wash your hands regularly 
  1. Avoid high-risk situations such as gatherings of family or friends 

Stay Home. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

Update: 12/22/2020

The COVID virus transmission is increasing, and we are limiting resident access to some Horizon House spaces and services and limiting entry to outside contractors and service providers. We are attempting to find a safe and sensible balance between risk and freedom, which is not easy. We know that not everyone will agree, but we default to what we believe keeps our Community safe.

We learned late yesterday afternoon that one Independent Living (IL) staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member last worked Monday, December 21, 2020. They were asymptomatic when they arrived for their shift and developed symptoms mid-day. This brings our total active IL staff count to one, SL resident count to six, and SL staff count to four, for a total of eleven cases. All six residents are asymptomatic currently and in isolation. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it. The remainder of SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor SL family visits are suspended until further notice.

We cannot emphasize enough how essential it is that for the next few weeks, and perhaps months, everyone must strictly adhere to the four critical behaviors that have proven to be the most effective in limiting the transmission of the COVID virus:

1.    Wear your mask properly when in ANY public space 

2.    Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times 

3.    Wash your hands regularly 

4.    Avoid high-risk situations such as gatherings of family or friends 

Stay Home. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

Update: 12/21/2020

We are saddened to share that one of our Supported Living (SL) positive COVID-19 resident cases passed away over the weekend. We also learned this morning that one additional Supported Living (SL) resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This resident was tested along with all others last week.

Another SL staff member also tested positive and last worked Friday, December 18, 2020. With these updates over the weekend, this brings our total active SL resident count to six and SL staff count to four, for a total of ten cases. All six residents are asymptomatic currently and in isolation.

We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it. SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor SL family visits are suspended until further notice. We cannot emphasize enough how essential it is that for the next few weeksand perhaps months, everyone must strictly adhere to the four critical behaviors that have proven to be the most effective in limiting the transmission of the COVID virus:

  • Wear your mask properly when in ANY public space 
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times 
  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Avoid high-risk situations such as gatherings of family or friends 

Stay Home. Mask Up. Mind Your Distance.

Update: 12/18/2020

We learned this morning, following broad-based testing, that five additional (SL) residents and one additional SL employee have tested positive for COVID-19. These five residents are asymptomatic currently and in isolation. Contact tracing has been completed, and the likely source of contact identified. We are taking steps necessary to contain any further spread. The remainder of SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor family visits are suspended until further notice. We welcomed back one contract worker late this week. With our new cases, this brings our total active SL resident count to six, and SL staff count to three, for a total of nine cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it.

Update: 12/16/2020

Stay home. Mask up. Mind your distance.

We learned yesterday that one Supported Living (SL) resident has tested positive for COVID-19 along with two additional SL staff members. Out of an abundance of caution, all SL residents and staff members on the floor with the new positive cases have been tested over the past 24 hours, and results are pending. SL remains in quarantine, and outdoor family visits are suspended until further notice.

We welcomed back two additional recovered SL staff members, and one contract worker is expected to return later this week. With our new cases, this brings our total active SL resident count to one, staff count to two, and our contract worker count to one, for a total of four cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it.

Holiday Get-Together Opportunities 

Horizon House is encouraging residents to celebrate the holidays at Horizon House with those they live with. We understand the desire to see family and friends and will be offering additional outdoor visitation options on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will have three outdoor locations in a safe environment where residents won’t need to leave the community to see family. Residents can work with our team to make reservations.

Update: 12/14/2020

We have welcomed back one contract worker and one Supported Living staff member this week, bringing our current count to two. 

Update: 12/9/2020

Stay home. Mask up. Mind your distance.

Message from George Counts, HH Resident Health Advisory Group (HAG)

Vaccines against COVID-19 will soon be available in our community. So far, all vaccines seem safe and effective in preventing infection. This is crucial for elderly persons, many with underlying conditions that make us more likely to experience serious infection and deaths. Experts at the CDC have decided that our frontline team members and Supported Living (SL) residents should be prioritized as COVID-19 vaccines become available—and for this we are very grateful. We are strongly encouraging all SL residents and team members to participate in our upcoming vaccine clinics, which may begin as early as later this month. With each vaccine administered, we incrementally reduce the risk of infection within our community.

COVID-19 CASE UPDATES

Our latest Supported Living (SL) staff member case that confirmed positive for COVID-19 has learned that they contracted the virus through a household family member that has also tested positive.  SL remains in quarantine. We have welcomed back one additional SL staff member this week, bringing our current count to five.  

Update: 12/9/2020

Per Governor Inslee’s Press Conference yesterday, King County restrictions have been extended to January 4, 2020. Indoor gatherings with people outside of a person’s household are prohibited unless participants have quarantined for at least a week and tested negative for the virus. At Horizon House this refers to apartment visits. Stay home. Mask up. Mind your distance.

We learned this morning that an asymptomatic contract worker has confirmed positive for COVID-19. This contract worker was exposed by a friend, and last worked at Horizon House on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Contact tracing protocol has been followed.

We also learned that an additional Supported Living (SL) staff member has confirmed positive for COVID-19. This employee last worked at Horizon House on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. They were asymptomatic when they last worked and are now symptomatic. They are uncertain where they could have contracted the virus. SL has returned to quarantine beginning today, Wednesday, December 9, 2020, and outdoor family visits are suspended until further notice.

We welcomed back a few recovered SL staff members, and with our new cases, this brings our total active staff count to three and our contract worker count to three, for a total of six cases. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it.

Update: 12/8/2020

The isolation and restrictions that we are under produce extreme fatigue, but now is not the time to let up! Our most significant risk is rationalizing or normalizing the daily positive virus cases and pending vaccine availability into complacency. We can’t let that happen! Yesterday there were 2,121 new cases of COVID in King County, with nine deaths. This is the largest one-day spike we have seen since the beginning of this pandemic. We are not out of the woods yet, even though we are hopeful we will be sometime early next year. In the meantime, we need to stay the course with the current protocols over the next several weeks, as the projections indicate even higher transmission rates as we move through the holiday season.  Please be patient!  Stay home. Mask up. Mind your distance.

We learned late yesterday that an asymptomatic contract worker has confirmed positive for COVID-19. This contract worker contracted the virus from a household member and was last at Horizon House on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Contact tracing protocol has been followed. We also learned that a second contract worker confirmed positive for COVID-19. This contract worker was last at Horizon House on Friday, November 27, 2020. They were asymptomatic when they last worked and are now symptomatic. They are uncertain where they could have contracted the virus. Contact tracing protocol has been followed.

We have welcomed back two of our previous SL staff cases this week. A third SL staff member will return later this week. This brings our total current count to four. We will continue to follow this closely and update you with more information as we have it.

Update: 12/4/2020

A Bit of Light

It’s been a long year! With several vaccines on the horizon, we begin to feel hope for a better 2021. We know that the vaccine won’t stop the outbreak immediately, but it’s a means to the right end.  As we learn more about the availability of vaccines for senior living communities over the next several weeks, we will keep you updated and plan accordingly. We continue to urge you to stay the course and know what a challenge this year has been for our entire community. Be safe and do all you can to protect yourselves and each other.

The Christmas holidays will continue to require extra caution. COVID-19 cases continue to grow in King County, Washington State and nationwide. Every gathering, no matter how small, carries the risk of spreading COVID-19 beyond your home. The safest way to celebrate the Christmas holidays this year is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Update: 12/2/2020

Effective today, Supported Living residents are no longer in quarantine. We have fulfilled the quarantine period and as we have had no new COVID-19 cases develop, we are able to end quarantine and resume outdoor family visits.

Update: 11/25/2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

The gift of friends and family is one of the greatest blessings of all. Our thoughts are with you on this joyous Thanksgiving eve, and we send warm appreciation for all of you. We wish you a holiday full of love, abundance, gratitude, remembrance, and a multitude of Zoom calls. We wish each of you a happy holiday season and the strength and fortitude you need to continue to face these challenging times. Be safe and do all you can to protect yourselves and each other. Have a wonderful holiday!

Update: 11/25/2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

The gift of friends and family is one of the greatest blessings of all. Our thoughts are with you on this joyous Thanksgiving eve, and we send warm appreciation for all of you. We wish you a holiday full of love, abundance, gratitude, remembrance, and a multitude of Zoom calls. We wish each of you a happy holiday season and the strength and fortitude you need to continue to face these challenging times. Be safe and do all you can to protect yourselves and each other. Have a wonderful holiday!

Update: 11/20/2020

This morning we learned that two additional Supported Living (SL) employees have been confirmed positive for COVID-19, bringing our total current count to four. One employee last worked on Thursday, November 12 and the other last worked on Wednesday, November 18. One of these two new cases is asymptomatic and source of exposure unknown. The other employee is symptomatic and believed to have contracted the virus from a household member.  SL is returning to quarantine today out of an abundance of caution and SL outdoor family visits are canceled until further notice.


THANKSGIVING GUIDANCE

This Thanksgiving requires extra caution. COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in King County, Washington State and nationwide. More frequently, the virus is spreading within small groups and households. It’s moving from friend to friend, from family member to family member. Every gathering, no matter how small, carries the risk of spreading COVID-19 beyond your home. The safest way to celebrate the holiday this year is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Update: 11/11/2020

Per Governor Inslee’s month-long partial lockdown order, we recommend that our residents celebrate Thanksgiving here at Horizon House. In addition, residents should not visit with each other in apartments. Our gym, salon, pool, and social spaces remain open with limited capacity, sanitization stations, and social distancing. The updated community guidelines are in effect from Nov. 16 – Dec. 14, 2020.

Update: 11/11/2020

We learned late yesterday that an asymptomatic contract worker has tested positive for COVID-19. The contract worker was last at Horizon House on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

This morning we learned that a Supported Living (SL) employee has confirmed positive for COVID-19. This employee last worked on Wednesday, November 4, 2020and contracted the virus from household member. The employee was asymptomatic when they last worked and is now symptomatic.
This brings our current count to four cases.

SL is returning to quarantine today out of an abundance of caution, and SL family visits are canceled until further notice.

We will continue to update you with more information as we have it.

Update: 11/9/2020

Effective today, Supported Living residents are no longer in quarantine. We have fulfilled the quarantine period and as we have had no new COVID-19 cases develop, we are able to end quarantine today and resume outdoor family visits. We continue to await updated guidance from the state on how we can set up the Reunion Center with regulatory acceptable equipment for warmth. Until then, bundle and mask up!

Update: 11/6/2020

As we move into November and begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, the CDC offers guidance and considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. We encourage you to review the CDC’s general considerations for holiday celebrations, travel, and activity risk levels as you make your decisions.

Update: 11/5/2020

We learned late yesterday that an additional IL staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 virus following contact with a family member who was infected. The staff member last worked at Horizon House on Friday, October 30, 2020 and remains at home. This brings our count to three employee cases since last Friday. We believe our case identification and contact tracing procedure is helping to allow us to take swift action to reduce further exposure. King County Public Health agrees with our immediate approach and follow-up actions. We will continue to update you with more information as we have it.

Update: 10/31/2020

We have a Supported Living (SL) employee confirmed positive for COVID-19 following an in-house childcare provider testing positive. The employee last worked on Tuesday, October 27. SL is returning to quarantine today out of an abundance of caution, and SL family visits at the Outdoor Reunion Center are canceled until further notice.  

We will continue to update you with more information as we have it.

Update: 10/30/2020

We learned late this afternoon that an IL staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 following a household member testing positive. The staff member last worked at Horizon House on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. We will continue to share more information as we have it.

Update: 10/23/2020

Horizon House remains COVID free! As virus cases continue to rise in both King County and across the nation, we continue to exercise extreme caution to keep our community safe.
Resident committees are busy planning for upcoming holiday festivities with guidance from the task force. Together we are working to create spirit in new meaningful ways for the 2020 season, a year we will not soon forget!

Update: 10/16/2020

Horizon House remains COVID free!

As we enter flu season, residents and staff’s collective effort to exercise behaviors, including wearing masks properly, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene, keeps the virus out of this community. However, the number of virus cases both in King County and across the nation is climbing. Regarding the state’s Long-Term Care Safe Start re-opening plans, this rise in King County rates now requires us to return to Phase 1. We did not change many activities and communal dining practices when we recently moved to Phase 2. However, the necessity of returning to Phase 1 is an indication of how careful we must continue to look for ways to move forward safely. Resident committees are already coming together with staff and the Virus Task Force to explore how we can have holiday festivities, a Thanksgiving meal, and more. The holidays may be far from what we each may be accustomed to, but together, we can help one another create spirit in meaningful ways. After all, that is our ‘secret sauce.’

 

Update: 10/9/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free!

On October 6, Governor Inslee announced updated guidance that eased some restrictions on restaurants, movie theaters, libraries, and real estate. However, King County continues to see a rise in cases and is currently at 72 cases per 100K over the past two weeks. We know that the greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older. Please continue assessing risk and practicing safe behaviors to keep our community safe: socially distance, wear a mask (over your mouth and nose), wash or sanitize your hands, and clean surfaces often.https://horizonhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2019-Annual-Report.pdf

 Update: 10/2/2020

 Horizon House remains COVID-free!

As we continue to see cases rise in our state and across the country, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant. Our ability to stay safe continues to be reliant on our actions and behaviors. Keeping ourselves safe, keeps our neighbors safe – and we can continue to keep cases to a minimum. All Residents are now able to visit with family or friends in our Reunion Corner. Residents can reserve a time to meet, and family members park on the street and meet them in the Reunion Corner space, located on Terry Ave. Capacity in this space allows for two visitors per resident household at a time. This space is cleaned between each visit. We are currently reviewing options to prepare this space for Fall weather changes.

 

 Update: 10/2/2020

 Horizon House remains COVID-free!

As we continue to see cases rise in our state and across the country, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant. Our ability to stay safe continues to be reliant on our actions and behaviors. Keeping ourselves safe, keeps our neighbors safe – and we can continue to keep cases to a minimum. All Residents are now able to visit with family or friends in our Reunion Corner. Residents can reserve a time to meet, and family members park on the street and meet them in the Reunion Corner space, located on Terry Ave. Capacity in this space allows for two visitors per resident household at a time. This space is cleaned between each visit. We are currently reviewing options to prepare this space for Fall weather changes.

 Update: 10/2/2020

 Horizon House remains COVID-free!

As we continue to see cases rise in our state and across the country, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant. Our ability to stay safe continues to be reliant on our actions and behaviors. Keeping ourselves safe, keeps our neighbors safe – and we can continue to keep cases to a minimum. All Residents are now able to visit with family or friends in our Reunion Corner. Residents can reserve a time to meet, and family members park on the street and meet them in the Reunion Corner space, located on Terry Ave. Capacity in this space allows for two visitors per resident household at a time. This space is cleaned between each visit. We are currently reviewing options to prepare this space for Fall weather changes.

Update: 9/27/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free!

We are still at zero cases in our community and continue to see cases lower in King County. Our community remaining at zero cases is a testament to the hard work put in by our residents and staff, who are doing their best to comply with continued regulations to keep each other safe.  

 

We are happy to have had some rain this week to clear the air, but look forward to sun next week that will allow us more time outdoors. Stay well!

 

Update: 9/18/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free! 

We spent much of our week indoors, given current issues with air quality. We want to extend a large thank you to all residents, staff, families, and friends who have helped us remain safe. We have been able to open spaces and services slowly over the past few months and are happy to see some more ‘normal’ activity and movement throughout the house. We are reminding our residents and families that our ability to stay safe is reliant on our actions and behaviors. If we all continue to remain vigilant, we have a higher probability of staying safe and keeping cases to a minimum.   

  • Social distancing – stay six feet apart  

  • Hand washing/sanitizing – frequently  

  • Mask up – always wear your mask when out of your apartment and when answering your door 

  • Limit gatherings – inside or outside, no more than 4-6 people   

  • Sanitize surfaces – frequently  

Together, we will get through this!  

Update: 9/11/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free!

We are still at zero cases in our community and continue to see cases lower in King County. Our community remaining at zero cases is a testament to the hard work put in by our residents and staff, who are doing their best to comply with continued regulations to keep each other safe.  

Smoke from nearby fires is causing an unsafe breathing environment for many, so we have encouraged residents to stay indoors and wear masks, which are now handy for a multitude of reasons. Stay well!

Update: 9/4/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free!

Our resident-driven committees continue to meet remotely and residents gather in small, socially distant groups on our terraces to keep each other engaged. Our Reunion Corner is now open, which provides a safe place for residents to visit with their families. We thank you for your continued support!

Update: 8/21/2020 

Horizon House has no cases of COVID-19. The contract worker who previously tested positive has recovered.

Families can now visit residents at the Horizon House Reunion Corner, an outdoor visitation area on Terry Ave. Supported Living families can contact Raeanne McAllister to set up appointments. Independent Living residents can book visits through our concierge. No more than two visitors per resident household at a time. Garage parking is not available at this time, so families must find street parking.

Thank you for your continued support!

Update: 8/14/2020 

Horizon House has one case of COVID-19. A contract worker tested positive for COVID-19. The contract worker, who was asymptomatic while at Horizon House, was in contact with one resident in the community. The resident who was in close contact with the contract worker is currently in quarantine. The contract worker last worked at Horizon House on August 9.

The community is experiencing increased activity! The Terrace Lounge is now available for residents to relax and read. The Bistro has reopened, and the Parkview Terrace offers an outdoor BBQ meal each week. Outdoor visitation will begin next week for Supported Living residents and family members. Some resident committees are hosting in-person meetings, and while the experience is vastly different in our new normal, residents enjoy being together and engaged in person.

As we see more movement around the community, requests for meeting space use, and a growing number of Zoom meetings and programs, it is safe to say that Horizon House has not lost its vitality. No pandemic can breakdown the strong culture that generations of residents have built over the years. We continue to encourage everyone to be safe and vigilant while in the pursuit of engagement in old and new ways. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Update: 8/7/2020 

Horizon House has no cases of COVID-19.

The state has released plans for the gradual reopening of long-term care facilities. We must continue to follow all applicable CDC, state, and county guidance. The plan has four phases, similar to the Governor’s statewide Safe Start plan. The key highlights include: 

  • Institutions proceed through the phases from most strict (phase 1) to most liberal (phase 4) based on metrics being met, such as the number of county COVID cases, PPE availability, staffing, etc. 
  • All phases include parameters governing visitors, outdoor visitations, communal dining, and activity programs.
  • A new onset of a case(s) requires a reversal to a previous phase. 
  • While King County is in Phase 2, all facilities in the County, including Horizon House, remain in Phase 1 because the County’s case count is too high per metric.
 

The Virus Task Force and Supported Living (SL) leadership are establishing protocols for compliance with the requirements of the plan and will soon have more specific details to share. 

An outdoor visitation area is being developed for family visits beginning with SL. We will soon identify a plan for Independent Living residents to safely enjoy visits with family. Horizon House remains closed to visitors at this time. 

Update: 8/4/2020 

Our Assisted Living staff member has recovered from COVID-19 and returned to work. Horizon House now has no cases of COVID-19. 

Update: 7/31/2020 

We have no new cases to report at this time.

As we see increasing Coronavirus activity in King County, interaction of our residents with anyone whose activities in the greater community are not known poses a greater risk to residents of inadvertently acquiring COVID-19 and bringing it back into our community. For that reason, Horizon House remains closed to visitors at this time.

If you have any questions not answered in our updates or in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Update: 7/27/2020 

We are happy to report our non-Assisted Living staff member and the non-healthcare contractor have both made full recoveries. Our Assisted Living staff member continues to recover at home. We have no new cases to report at this time.

Horizon House remains closed to external visitors. We ask our residents and their families to please not use the benches near the front door to visit with each other. As we see increasing Coronavirus activity in King County, interaction of our residents with anyone (friends or family) whose activities in the greater community are not known, poses a greater risk to residents of inadvertently acquiring COVID-19.   

Gathering near the front area causes congestion near the main doors, which makes social distancing difficult for residents and staff coming and going. The benches in this area do not provide adequate space for social distancing.  

As soon as we have a visitation update, we will let you know. We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents and their loved ones during this difficult time. We continue to do our very best to keep our community safe and healthy. For our latest resident reminders and recommendations flyer, please click here.  If you have any questions not answered in our updates or in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Update: 7/14/2020 

Two Horizon House staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, July 13. One is an Assisted Living staff member who last worked on July 3. The other is non-Assisted Living and last worked on July 6. 

Horizon House conducted contact tracing for both cases and notification has taken place for identified close contacts. We will update as we receive more information. 

Update: 7/10/2020 

We are happy to report the non-healthcare contractor who recently tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering wellThere have been no other cases reported at Horizon House. 

Assisted Living (AL) remains closed to all visitors at this time. We expected to learn about re-opening plans for long-term care communities in the past two weeks, but the Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services are not ready to share reopening plans just yet. The finalized reopening plans are expected to be shared with us by the end of July.  

Outdoor Visitation Area:  

While Horizon House remains closed to external visitors, we are working hard to create a safe environment for families to visit residents. Plexiglass and other needed materials have been ordered to create an outdoor visitation space that will allow for brief, in-person visits. We will provide more details as soon as we can. We recognize this is very important to all of you and thank you for your patience as we work on the construction of this space. 

If you have any questions not answered in our updates on in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.   

Update: 7/3/2020  

A non-healthcare contractor who spent time in Horizon House tested positive for COVID-19. This contractor spent two hours at Horizon House on Tuesday, June 23. The contractor did not have contact with residents or staff. The contractor’s coworkers in close contact will not return to work until they test negative. 

Testing Update: 

Horizon House still does not have access to test kits for asymptomatic Independent Living residents or staff. The State will be providing an update on this in the next few weeks and we hope to have an update on in-house testing then. There is a growing number of testing sites in Seattle. In the meantime, until we are able to access more test kits, residents or staff members with or without symptoms can request a test through their primary care physician or go to a drive-through testing site (some listed below).  Please note appointments are required for these sites:  

 

Visitors Update: 

Horizon House remains closed to visitors at this time. While we understand that this is extremely difficult for our residents and their families, the health and safety of our community remains our top priority, and we must do what we can to keep everyone safe. As soon as we have an update on friends and family visiting their loved ones at Horizon House, we will let you all know! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times.  

If you have any questions not answered in our updates on in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Update: 6/26/2020  

While we are fortunate to have no recent resident cases of COVID-19, one of our staff members tested positive for COVID on June 19. However, they are an on-call employee and have not worked at Horizon House since May 24. 

Horizon House will enter a new phase on July 1. In this phase, Independent Living residents will be allowed to visit with each other in apartments. Residents may host one other household (one couple or one other resident) per visit. Residents should wear masks (no food or drink), maintain social distance and wash or sanitize hands frequently. 

Assisted Living (AL) remains closed to visitors due to state mandate. The state will be providing a reopening plan for facilities in the next two weeks. Residents in AL are welcome to move around AL floors and enjoy common spaces in Assisted Living. 

We continue to monitor and evaluate this situation carefully and we are trying to avoid a devastating ratcheting back that would set our community back. For the time being, we are not planning to loosen more restrictions until we get a better sign of where this is all going. We are pausing, and we will keep our community informed. This is not the message we want to be communicating, but it is one we feel we must communicate to ensure that everyone remains safe and virus free. 

If you have a family member at Horizon House and have a question not answered in the FAQs at the end of this page, please email us directly at questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also find our recent reminders & recommendations for residents here. 

Update: 6/5/2020  

We have had another good week at Horizon House where we continue to be COVID-19 free. We have relaxed some restrictions, and have opened more internal services and spaces for our residents to use (while socially distancing and masked up of course!). We continue to take a slow and measured approach to reopening in order to keep our community safe and healthy.

We would like to thank the friends and family members of our residents for your ongoing support and continued patience! We are still unable to have visitors at this time based on the mandate from Department of Health, but we look forward to welcoming you all back into our community when it is safe to do so. We are continuing to evaluate more revisions of how spaces are utilized and will share more updates as soon as we have them. 

Update: 5/26/2020  

Horizon House is elated to report that we have no active COVID-19 cases in our community. The residents who tested positive have recovered and have now tested negative. The remaining positive staff members continue to recover at home.

A huge thank you to our community of family members and friends who continue to support us from a safe distance!

Update: 5/18/2020 

Our case number remains at 6 and we hope to continue seeing this number go down as our residents and staff members recover. 

We’ve received a number of questions from resident families asking when you will be able to visit your loved ones here at Horizon House. Last week, Horizon House leadership joined a call with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), King County Public Health Department and LeadingAge regarding the state’s mandate that does not allow visitors into retirement communities. Horizon House will continue to follow this mandate until it is lifted by Governor Jay Inslee. At this time, there is no known date for when this state mandate may be lifted. 

We understand this mandate is hard on our residents and their families. We appreciate our resident families for supporting this measure! 

A month ago, Horizon House created the Wellbeing Team, which reaches out to residents to make sure they know they are not isolated or alone during this time. At Horizon House we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and are actively checking in on residents to see how they are doing, offering reassurance where needed, and ensuring they have someone to talk to. Horizon House staff have stepped up to the plate and are assisting residents in connecting with family and friends virtually.  

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org 

Update: 5/11/2020  

Horizon House continues to see our case number lower, as residents and staff continue to recover. Our case number is now 6. We have no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. 

 
A huge thank you to our community of family members and friends who continue to support us from a safe distance!

 

Update: 5/6/2020  

Case Updates 

We have no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. Our case number is 7, as residents and staff continue on the road to recovery.  

Horizon House has tested all Assisted Living residents for COVID-19 and we are delighted to report that all results came back negative. This has been a huge boost for our community! 

Mother’s Day 

At this time, Horizon House remains closed to all visitors. We understand that this is difficult for our residents and their families especially around important dates and occasions, but we cannot stress enough the importance of protecting our community and keeping our residents safe. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we encourage family members to schedule voice and video calls in lieu of visiting. We can accept flowers, gifts, food, etc. at the front entrance and will have additional staff lined up to happily deliver any items to resident apartments. 

Our New Normal 

As we continue living with our new reality, we find our residents are coping well, supporting one another and are feeling grateful to be in a place that offers a layer of protection and social interaction. Many of our residents have enjoyed walking around our campus and the beautiful neighboring Freeway Park filled with signs of spring – all while wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Others are reading quietly in their apartments, joining virtual wellness workouts, watching movies, and Facetiming or Zooming with family and friends. Many of our resident committees have continued meeting virtually to discuss how they will usher in their new normal. It is not ideal, but life goes on as we remain safe and the spirit of the House continues. 

Last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced plans to reopen businesses within our state in a phased approach. As we are a community with a resident population that is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, we may not open at the same pace. We are monitoring the situation and will be exercising caution at each point in order to keep our community safe and healthy.  

Contact Us! 

We greatly appreciate the incredible amount of patience, understanding and support we have received from our residents; their friends and family and the Horizon House staff. We will continue providing updates as soon as we have them. If your family member is a resident at Horizon House and you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this webpage, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Update: 5/1/2020

We have no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House. Our case number is now 8, as a staff member has recovered and returned to work. We hope to see a continued decrease in numbers as time goes on 

Update: 4/30/2020

We have no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House. We have 9 people (2 residents and 7 staff members) still recovering from COVID-19.

We were able to access and acquire broad-based testing for all Assisted Living (AL) residents. Every AL resident was tested on Wednesday, April 29. We are hoping to receive the results early next week and will provide a further update then. We continue to work closely with Independent Living (IL) residents and their primary care physicians to get symptomatic IL residents tested.

Horizon House will cautiously open some services and spaces for IL residents in a phased manner on Wednesday, May 6. Social distancing and masks are required for all residents and staff in Horizon House.

Update 4/22/2020 

We are happy to report that there have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House since our last updateOur current active case number is 9, and we are excited to see our numbers lowering.  

We will continue to provide updates as we have them. If you have questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org.   

Update 4/21/2020 

We are happy to report that there have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House since our last updateOur current active case number is 10. Staff members who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are slowly returning to work once fully recovered. Residents and staff who are still recovering remain isolated in their apartments or at their homes, respectively. We hope to see a continued decrease in numbers as time goes on 

An Assisted Living resident who passed away from underlying health conditions last week posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. An Independent Living resident who recently passed away of underlying health conditions tested positive for COVID-19 during their hospital stay.  

Assisted Living remains in strict quarantine until further noticeIndependent Living residents are now able to exit the building for exercise and to run essential errands that cannot be delivered (like banking and car maintenance)Mail, meal, and grocery deliveries will continue to resident apartments. Our common areas remain closed. Visitors are still not allowed. 

We will continue to provide updates as we have them. If you have questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org.   

Update 4/13/2020 

An Assisted Living staff member who last worked on April 3, has tested positive for COVID-19. We have 14 cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. 

Beginning Tuesday, April 14, Independent Living residents will be able to leave their apartments to go for short walks outside and attend medical appointments. Assisted Living remains under quarantine at this time.  

King County numbers are still increasing, and the curve has not yet flattened. Public spaces are not safe for high-risk groups like seniors. Because of this, we do not encourage our residents to run errandsMail, meal and grocery deliveries will continue to resident apartments. Our common areas remain closed. Visitors are still not allowed. 

Horizon House is providing Independent Living residents with masks. We ask that all residents and staff members continue to practice strict social distancing. 

“Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow social distancing guidelines by stay at least six feet from everyone and wear a mask…Our collective effort has made an impact flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer-term consequences.” – Mayor Jenny Durkan 

A Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) representative visited Assisted Living this morning. Like the Department of Health, DSHS gave high remarks for infection control protocols that Horizon House has in place.  

Testing Update: Symptomatic residents and staff in Assisted Living are being tested. Symptomatic Independent Living residents should contact the Horizon House Clinic and their primary care physician. Testing is not as widely available as reported in the media.  

We will continue providing updates as we have them. If your family member is a resident at Horizon House and you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this webpage, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Update: 4/10/2020 

 
We have one new confirmed COVID-19 case at Horizon House. An Independent Living staff member who last worked on April 3, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, April 10We have had 13 knowncases of COVID-19 to date.  

                                                                     ___________________ 

Today, our community was rocked by the passing of a beloved Horizon House Assisted Living resident. The resident had underlying health conditions but had also tested positive for COVID-19.  

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to our resident’s family, friends and the greater Horizon House Community.  

                                                                     ___________________ 

We understand that being under quarantine is hard on our residents and their families, but we must do our best by our community and try to keep everyone safe and healthy. We greatly appreciate your patience and understandingIf you have questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org  

We continue to work with King County Public Health and follow the guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Government. Reminder: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects medical data. This means we are unable to share details on residents or staff who test positive. We cannot share names or locations of cases. 

Update: 4/8/2020 

We have two new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House, bringing our total known-cases to 12An Independent Living resident and an Assisted Living employee received positive COVID-19 test results on April 8. Our employee last worked in Assisted Living on April 6 and were asymptomatic while at work. Horizon House remains under quarantine.   

A Department of Health Infection Control Consultant met with our Assisted Living leadership team to assess Horizon House’s COVID-19 control and response plan. The consultant confirmed that Horizon House has an excellent infection control plan and protocol in place and that we are implementing the plan as intended.   

                                                                     ___________________

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved Horizon House Assisted Living resident. The resident had underlying health conditions, and recently tested positive for COVID-19. 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to our resident’s family, friends and the greater Horizon House Community. It’s never easy to say goodbye, especially when it is to a friend. 

                                                                     ___________________

Thank you all for your support and understanding. We will continue to provide updates as we have them. If you have questionsplease email: questions@horizonhouse.org 

Update: 4/6/2020 

There are three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. Two Assisted Living residents and an Assisted Living staff member have tested positive. We now have 10 known-cases at Horizon House. The staff member last worked in Assisted Living on Thursday, April 2.  

Horizon House remains under quarantine until further notice. All residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are now quarantined in their units at Horizon HouseAll staff members who have tested positive are recovering at home.  

Horizon House is working closely with King County Public Health and other healthcare facilities to establish testing for our Assisted Living residents. Independent Living residents with symptoms continue to reach out to their Primary Care Providers for testing eligibility. 

Our Assisted Living staff members will be tested through a partnership with Virginia Mason beginning Monday, April 6. At this time, Horizon House is identifying testing options for symptomatic staff in other areas of the organization and will provide further information on this when it is available. 

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents, their families and our staff members during this difficult time. We will continue fighting and doing our very best to keep the Horizon House community safe and healthy. If you have a loved one at Horizon House and have any questions that are not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this page, please email us at questions@horizonhouse.org.   

 

Update: 4/1/2020 3:20 PM

Three additional Assisted Living staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. There are now sevenknown cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House which remains under strict quarantine.   

  • The staff members who tested positive are recovering at home and report they are feeling well.   
  • The two residents who tested positive for COVID-19 remain at the hospital. 

We understand that this is a stressful time for our residents, staff members and extended community. If you have a family member who is a resident at Horizon House and have any questions or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this webpage, please email us at: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

We will continue to update you as we get more information. We are working with King County Public Health and continue to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

 

Update: 3/31/2020 4:20 PM

We have two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Assisted Living at Horizon House 

resident left the community on Monday, March 30 and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. The resident remains at a local hospital 

A staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. This staff member last worked in Assisted Living on Saturday, March 28. They are in quarantine at home and recovering well.  

These are the third and fourth known cases of COVID-19 in our community. An Assisted Living employee and an Independent Living resident previously tested positive. Horizon House remains under quarantine 

These are very trying times for our residents and staff members. While we continue to work through this difficult situation, our focus remains the same: doing our very best to keep everyone at Horizon House healthy and safe. We are working with King County Public Health and continue to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

Update: 3/30/2020, 7:45 AM 

An Independent Living resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was taken by ambulance to a local hospital on Sunday, March 29 where they tested positive. The resident remains hospitalized.   

This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 at Horizon House; an employee who recently tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering at home and doing well. 

Horizon House is now going into full quarantine in Independent Living. Assisted Living has been in quarantine for the last two weeks and will remain so. All residents are to self-isolate in their apartments and only leave only for necessary medical appointments. Residents leaving for any other reason will not be able to re-enter Horizon House until after the quarantine is lifted.

Our common areas remain closed. Our meal delivery service is still operating, and we have encouraged our residents to order groceries online. We continue to provide support with ordering groceries for all residents if needed and are delivering groceries to their doors.  

This is a hard time for our community and we greatly appreciate the support and patience as we try to navigate through this difficult situation. We continue to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and King County Public Health Department. 

 

Update: 3/29/2020 11:05 AM

A Horizon House employee recently tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked at Horizon House on Tuesday, March 24 in Assisted Living, but did not display any symptoms at work. Our employee is recovering at home and thankfully doing well.  

Assisted Living has been in quarantine for two weeks and will remain so per the King County Public Health Department. Assisted Living residents have been dining in their apartments and all activities have been cancelled for the last two weeks.  

Because of the quarantine in Assisted LivingIndependent Living residents have not been in contact with staff or residents in Assisted Living. Independent Living residents are following Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate.  

This is an incredibly stressful time and Horizon House recognizes the emotional toll that isolation and social distancing can have on mental health. To further support our residents combat any feelings of loneliness or anxiety, we have launched a ‘Well-Being Call Team.” This team, made up of employees, is working daily to call our residents to see how they are doing, offer reassurance where needed, and ensure they have someone to talk to. We are also helping our residents to be social with friends and family through virtual means where possible. 

We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide more updates as we can. If you have a family member at Horizon House and have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at questions@horizonhouse.org. 

 

Update: 3/24/2020

Due to Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home Mandate, all Horizon House residents are asked to spend as much time as possible in their apartments. It’s time to stay home! 

  • Residents who must leave the building for medical appointments, grocery runs, etc. will continue to be screened upon reentry. Screening will now include seven questions along with a temperature check.  
  • Common areas are now closed. 
  • Residents must adhere to social distancing rules while in Horizon House. 
  • We continue to offer complimentary delivery to Independent Living resident apartments three times per day.  
  •  

 

Update: 3/23/2020 

As of today, March 23, 2020, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. Notwithstanding, we are planning for an escalation in the virus that could require Horizon House to care for ill residents on site if medical facilities are overburdened. To that end:

  • Horizon House has identified an area within our community that would be utilized in the event we need to isolate any residents who have confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  •  Isolation rooms have been setup with negative air pressure units, zippered entrances to and from units, and isolation carts for staff.
  • Staff are equipped with personal protection equipment (PPE).
 

Our current practice is:

  • All common areas have been rearranged to ensure residents are practicing social distancing
  • No more than 10 residents can occupy a common space at any given time.
  • Residents may leave the building for medical appointments, to pick up groceries/prescriptions and go for walks. 
  • All people entering the building are being screened, including residents. 
  • Internal restaurants are closed, however meals are available on a take-out basis with complementary room service

Horizon House is beyond impressed with the commitment from our staff. Despite working under hardship and uncertainty, they are taking this journey one day at a time, bringing a sense of calm and normality to the lives of our residents, uplifting spirits and smiling despite the unknown times ahead.

We are committed to resident safety and wellness and are working around the clock to develop and implement policies, protocols and additional emergency plans. As the situation develops, we will keep you all updated and informed, as resident safety and wellness is paramount.

Update: 3/18/2020 

While there are no COVID-19 cases at Horizon House at this time, we are following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and King County Public Health Department. These guidelines have brought on a number of changes to daily life for our residents but are necessary in our efforts to lower the risk of exposure and keep all members of our community safe.

  • We are minimizing risk to our residents by reducing gatherings, sanitizing public spaces more often and with specialized cleansers, and encouraging social distancing and regular hand washing.
  • Family members and friends have been asked to stay away, in an effort to minimize transmission.
  • We are screening all people daily before they are allowed access to our campus. 
 

Thank you for your continued support and for being a valuable member of our broader community. Please note that any/all updates relating to the novel Coronavirus will be posted 

Update: 9/11/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free!

We are still at zero cases in our community and continue to see cases lower in King County. Our community remaining at zero cases is a testament to the hard work put in by our residents and staff, who are doing their best to comply with continued regulations to keep each other safe.  

Smoke from nearby fires is causing an unsafe breathing environment for many, so we have encouraged residents to stay indoors and wear masks, which are now handy for a multitude of reasons. Stay well!

Update: 9/4/2020

Horizon House remains COVID-free!

Our resident-driven committees continue to meet remotely and residents gather in small, socially distant groups on our terraces to keep each other engaged. Our Reunion Corner is now open, which provides a safe place for residents to visit with their families. We thank you for your continued support!

Update: 8/21/2020 

Horizon House has no cases of COVID-19. The contract worker who previously tested positive has recovered.

Families can now visit residents at the Horizon House Reunion Corner, an outdoor visitation area on Terry Ave. Supported Living families can contact Raeanne McAllister to set up appointments. Independent Living residents can book visits through our concierge. No more than two visitors per resident household at a time. Garage parking is not available at this time, so families must find street parking.

Thank you for your continued support!

Update: 8/14/2020 

Horizon House has one case of COVID-19. A contract worker tested positive for COVID-19. The contract worker, who was asymptomatic while at Horizon House, was in contact with one resident in the community. The resident who was in close contact with the contract worker is currently in quarantine. The contract worker last worked at Horizon House on August 9.

The community is experiencing increased activity! The Terrace Lounge is now available for residents to relax and read. The Bistro has reopened, and the Parkview Terrace offers an outdoor BBQ meal each week. Outdoor visitation will begin next week for Supported Living residents and family members. Some resident committees are hosting in-person meetings, and while the experience is vastly different in our new normal, residents enjoy being together and engaged in person.

As we see more movement around the community, requests for meeting space use, and a growing number of Zoom meetings and programs, it is safe to say that Horizon House has not lost its vitality. No pandemic can breakdown the strong culture that generations of residents have built over the years. We continue to encourage everyone to be safe and vigilant while in the pursuit of engagement in old and new ways. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Update: 8/7/2020 

Horizon House has no cases of COVID-19.

The state has released plans for the gradual reopening of long-term care facilities. We must continue to follow all applicable CDC, state, and county guidance. The plan has four phases, similar to the Governor’s statewide Safe Start plan. The key highlights include: 

  • Institutions proceed through the phases from most strict (phase 1) to most liberal (phase 4) based on metrics being met, such as the number of county COVID cases, PPE availability, staffing, etc. 
  • All phases include parameters governing visitors, outdoor visitations, communal dining, and activity programs.
  • A new onset of a case(s) requires a reversal to a previous phase. 
  • While King County is in Phase 2, all facilities in the County, including Horizon House, remain in Phase 1 because the County’s case count is too high per metric.
 

The Virus Task Force and Supported Living (SL) leadership are establishing protocols for compliance with the requirements of the plan and will soon have more specific details to share. 

An outdoor visitation area is being developed for family visits beginning with SL. We will soon identify a plan for Independent Living residents to safely enjoy visits with family. Horizon House remains closed to visitors at this time. 

Update: 8/4/2020 

Our Assisted Living staff member has recovered from COVID-19 and returned to work. Horizon House now has no cases of COVID-19. 

Update: 7/31/2020 

We have no new cases to report at this time.

As we see increasing Coronavirus activity in King County, interaction of our residents with anyone whose activities in the greater community are not known poses a greater risk to residents of inadvertently acquiring COVID-19 and bringing it back into our community. For that reason, Horizon House remains closed to visitors at this time.

If you have any questions not answered in our updates or in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Update: 7/27/2020 

We are happy to report our non-Assisted Living staff member and the non-healthcare contractor have both made full recoveries. Our Assisted Living staff member continues to recover at home. We have no new cases to report at this time.

Horizon House remains closed to external visitors. We ask our residents and their families to please not use the benches near the front door to visit with each other. As we see increasing Coronavirus activity in King County, interaction of our residents with anyone (friends or family) whose activities in the greater community are not known, poses a greater risk to residents of inadvertently acquiring COVID-19.   

Gathering near the front area causes congestion near the main doors, which makes social distancing difficult for residents and staff coming and going. The benches in this area do not provide adequate space for social distancing.  

As soon as we have a visitation update, we will let you know. We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents and their loved ones during this difficult time. We continue to do our very best to keep our community safe and healthy. For our latest resident reminders and recommendations flyer, please click here.  If you have any questions not answered in our updates or in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Update: 7/14/2020 

Two Horizon House staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, July 13. One is an Assisted Living staff member who last worked on July 3. The other is non-Assisted Living and last worked on July 6. 

Horizon House conducted contact tracing for both cases and notification has taken place for identified close contacts. We will update as we receive more information. 

Update: 7/10/2020 

We are happy to report the non-healthcare contractor who recently tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering wellThere have been no other cases reported at Horizon House. 

Assisted Living (AL) remains closed to all visitors at this time. We expected to learn about re-opening plans for long-term care communities in the past two weeks, but the Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services are not ready to share reopening plans just yet. The finalized reopening plans are expected to be shared with us by the end of July.  

Outdoor Visitation Area:  

While Horizon House remains closed to external visitors, we are working hard to create a safe environment for families to visit residents. Plexiglass and other needed materials have been ordered to create an outdoor visitation space that will allow for brief, in-person visits. We will provide more details as soon as we can. We recognize this is very important to all of you and thank you for your patience as we work on the construction of this space. 

If you have any questions not answered in our updates on in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.   

Update: 7/3/2020  

A non-healthcare contractor who spent time in Horizon House tested positive for COVID-19. This contractor spent two hours at Horizon House on Tuesday, June 23. The contractor did not have contact with residents or staff. The contractor’s coworkers in close contact will not return to work until they test negative. 

Testing Update: 

Horizon House still does not have access to test kits for asymptomatic Independent Living residents or staff. The State will be providing an update on this in the next few weeks and we hope to have an update on in-house testing then. There is a growing number of testing sites in Seattle. In the meantime, until we are able to access more test kits, residents or staff members with or without symptoms can request a test through their primary care physician or go to a drive-through testing site (some listed below).  Please note appointments are required for these sites:  

 

Visitors Update: 

Horizon House remains closed to visitors at this time. While we understand that this is extremely difficult for our residents and their families, the health and safety of our community remains our top priority, and we must do what we can to keep everyone safe. As soon as we have an update on friends and family visiting their loved ones at Horizon House, we will let you all know! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times.  

If you have any questions not answered in our updates on in the FAQ below, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Update: 6/26/2020  

While we are fortunate to have no recent resident cases of COVID-19, one of our staff members tested positive for COVID on June 19. However, they are an on-call employee and have not worked at Horizon House since May 24. 

Horizon House will enter a new phase on July 1. In this phase, Independent Living residents will be allowed to visit with each other in apartments. Residents may host one other household (one couple or one other resident) per visit. Residents should wear masks (no food or drink), maintain social distance and wash or sanitize hands frequently. 

Assisted Living (AL) remains closed to visitors due to state mandate. The state will be providing a reopening plan for facilities in the next two weeks. Residents in AL are welcome to move around AL floors and enjoy common spaces in Assisted Living. 

We continue to monitor and evaluate this situation carefully and we are trying to avoid a devastating ratcheting back that would set our community back. For the time being, we are not planning to loosen more restrictions until we get a better sign of where this is all going. We are pausing, and we will keep our community informed. This is not the message we want to be communicating, but it is one we feel we must communicate to ensure that everyone remains safe and virus free. 

If you have a family member at Horizon House and have a question not answered in the FAQs at the end of this page, please email us directly at questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also find our recent reminders & recommendations for residents here. 

Update: 6/5/2020  

We have had another good week at Horizon House where we continue to be COVID-19 free. We have relaxed some restrictions, and have opened more internal services and spaces for our residents to use (while socially distancing and masked up of course!). We continue to take a slow and measured approach to reopening in order to keep our community safe and healthy.

We would like to thank the friends and family members of our residents for your ongoing support and continued patience! We are still unable to have visitors at this time based on the mandate from Department of Health, but we look forward to welcoming you all back into our community when it is safe to do so. We are continuing to evaluate more revisions of how spaces are utilized and will share more updates as soon as we have them. 

Update: 5/26/2020  

Horizon House is elated to report that we have no active COVID-19 cases in our community. The residents who tested positive have recovered and have now tested negative. The remaining positive staff members continue to recover at home.

A huge thank you to our community of family members and friends who continue to support us from a safe distance!

Update: 5/18/2020 

Our case number remains at 6 and we hope to continue seeing this number go down as our residents and staff members recover. 

We’ve received a number of questions from resident families asking when you will be able to visit your loved ones here at Horizon House. Last week, Horizon House leadership joined a call with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), King County Public Health Department and LeadingAge regarding the state’s mandate that does not allow visitors into retirement communities. Horizon House will continue to follow this mandate until it is lifted by Governor Jay Inslee. At this time, there is no known date for when this state mandate may be lifted. 

We understand this mandate is hard on our residents and their families. We appreciate our resident families for supporting this measure! 

A month ago, Horizon House created the Wellbeing Team, which reaches out to residents to make sure they know they are not isolated or alone during this time. At Horizon House we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and are actively checking in on residents to see how they are doing, offering reassurance where needed, and ensuring they have someone to talk to. Horizon House staff have stepped up to the plate and are assisting residents in connecting with family and friends virtually.  

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org 

Update: 5/11/2020  

Horizon House continues to see our case number lower, as residents and staff continue to recover. Our case number is now 6. We have no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. 

 
A huge thank you to our community of family members and friends who continue to support us from a safe distance!

 

Update: 5/6/2020  

Case Updates 

We have no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. Our case number is 7, as residents and staff continue on the road to recovery.  

Horizon House has tested all Assisted Living residents for COVID-19 and we are delighted to report that all results came back negative. This has been a huge boost for our community! 

Mother’s Day 

At this time, Horizon House remains closed to all visitors. We understand that this is difficult for our residents and their families especially around important dates and occasions, but we cannot stress enough the importance of protecting our community and keeping our residents safe. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we encourage family members to schedule voice and video calls in lieu of visiting. We can accept flowers, gifts, food, etc. at the front entrance and will have additional staff lined up to happily deliver any items to resident apartments. 

Our New Normal 

As we continue living with our new reality, we find our residents are coping well, supporting one another and are feeling grateful to be in a place that offers a layer of protection and social interaction. Many of our residents have enjoyed walking around our campus and the beautiful neighboring Freeway Park filled with signs of spring – all while wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Others are reading quietly in their apartments, joining virtual wellness workouts, watching movies, and Facetiming or Zooming with family and friends. Many of our resident committees have continued meeting virtually to discuss how they will usher in their new normal. It is not ideal, but life goes on as we remain safe and the spirit of the House continues. 

Last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced plans to reopen businesses within our state in a phased approach. As we are a community with a resident population that is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, we may not open at the same pace. We are monitoring the situation and will be exercising caution at each point in order to keep our community safe and healthy.  

Contact Us! 

We greatly appreciate the incredible amount of patience, understanding and support we have received from our residents; their friends and family and the Horizon House staff. We will continue providing updates as soon as we have them. If your family member is a resident at Horizon House and you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this webpage, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Update: 5/1/2020

We have no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House. Our case number is now 8, as a staff member has recovered and returned to work. We hope to see a continued decrease in numbers as time goes on 

Update: 4/30/2020

We have no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House. We have 9 people (2 residents and 7 staff members) still recovering from COVID-19.

We were able to access and acquire broad-based testing for all Assisted Living (AL) residents. Every AL resident was tested on Wednesday, April 29. We are hoping to receive the results early next week and will provide a further update then. We continue to work closely with Independent Living (IL) residents and their primary care physicians to get symptomatic IL residents tested.

Horizon House will cautiously open some services and spaces for IL residents in a phased manner on Wednesday, May 6. Social distancing and masks are required for all residents and staff in Horizon House.

Update 4/22/2020 

We are happy to report that there have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House since our last updateOur current active case number is 9, and we are excited to see our numbers lowering.  

We will continue to provide updates as we have them. If you have questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org.   

Update 4/21/2020 

We are happy to report that there have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House since our last updateOur current active case number is 10. Staff members who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are slowly returning to work once fully recovered. Residents and staff who are still recovering remain isolated in their apartments or at their homes, respectively. We hope to see a continued decrease in numbers as time goes on 

An Assisted Living resident who passed away from underlying health conditions last week posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. An Independent Living resident who recently passed away of underlying health conditions tested positive for COVID-19 during their hospital stay.  

Assisted Living remains in strict quarantine until further noticeIndependent Living residents are now able to exit the building for exercise and to run essential errands that cannot be delivered (like banking and car maintenance)Mail, meal, and grocery deliveries will continue to resident apartments. Our common areas remain closed. Visitors are still not allowed. 

We will continue to provide updates as we have them. If you have questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org.   

Update 4/13/2020 

An Assisted Living staff member who last worked on April 3, has tested positive for COVID-19. We have 14 cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. 

Beginning Tuesday, April 14, Independent Living residents will be able to leave their apartments to go for short walks outside and attend medical appointments. Assisted Living remains under quarantine at this time.  

King County numbers are still increasing, and the curve has not yet flattened. Public spaces are not safe for high-risk groups like seniors. Because of this, we do not encourage our residents to run errandsMail, meal and grocery deliveries will continue to resident apartments. Our common areas remain closed. Visitors are still not allowed. 

Horizon House is providing Independent Living residents with masks. We ask that all residents and staff members continue to practice strict social distancing. 

“Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow social distancing guidelines by stay at least six feet from everyone and wear a mask…Our collective effort has made an impact flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer-term consequences.” – Mayor Jenny Durkan 

A Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) representative visited Assisted Living this morning. Like the Department of Health, DSHS gave high remarks for infection control protocols that Horizon House has in place.  

Testing Update: Symptomatic residents and staff in Assisted Living are being tested. Symptomatic Independent Living residents should contact the Horizon House Clinic and their primary care physician. Testing is not as widely available as reported in the media.  

We will continue providing updates as we have them. If your family member is a resident at Horizon House and you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this webpage, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Update: 4/10/2020 

 
We have one new confirmed COVID-19 case at Horizon House. An Independent Living staff member who last worked on April 3, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, April 10We have had 13 knowncases of COVID-19 to date.  

                                                                     ___________________ 

Today, our community was rocked by the passing of a beloved Horizon House Assisted Living resident. The resident had underlying health conditions but had also tested positive for COVID-19.  

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to our resident’s family, friends and the greater Horizon House Community.  

                                                                     ___________________ 

We understand that being under quarantine is hard on our residents and their families, but we must do our best by our community and try to keep everyone safe and healthy. We greatly appreciate your patience and understandingIf you have questions, please email: questions@horizonhouse.org  

We continue to work with King County Public Health and follow the guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Government. Reminder: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects medical data. This means we are unable to share details on residents or staff who test positive. We cannot share names or locations of cases. 

Update: 4/8/2020 

We have two new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Horizon House, bringing our total known-cases to 12An Independent Living resident and an Assisted Living employee received positive COVID-19 test results on April 8. Our employee last worked in Assisted Living on April 6 and were asymptomatic while at work. Horizon House remains under quarantine.   

A Department of Health Infection Control Consultant met with our Assisted Living leadership team to assess Horizon House’s COVID-19 control and response plan. The consultant confirmed that Horizon House has an excellent infection control plan and protocol in place and that we are implementing the plan as intended.   

                                                                     ___________________

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved Horizon House Assisted Living resident. The resident had underlying health conditions, and recently tested positive for COVID-19. 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to our resident’s family, friends and the greater Horizon House Community. It’s never easy to say goodbye, especially when it is to a friend. 

                                                                     ___________________

Thank you all for your support and understanding. We will continue to provide updates as we have them. If you have questionsplease email: questions@horizonhouse.org 

Update: 4/6/2020 

There are three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. Two Assisted Living residents and an Assisted Living staff member have tested positive. We now have 10 known-cases at Horizon House. The staff member last worked in Assisted Living on Thursday, April 2.  

Horizon House remains under quarantine until further notice. All residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are now quarantined in their units at Horizon HouseAll staff members who have tested positive are recovering at home.  

Horizon House is working closely with King County Public Health and other healthcare facilities to establish testing for our Assisted Living residents. Independent Living residents with symptoms continue to reach out to their Primary Care Providers for testing eligibility. 

Our Assisted Living staff members will be tested through a partnership with Virginia Mason beginning Monday, April 6. At this time, Horizon House is identifying testing options for symptomatic staff in other areas of the organization and will provide further information on this when it is available. 

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents, their families and our staff members during this difficult time. We will continue fighting and doing our very best to keep the Horizon House community safe and healthy. If you have a loved one at Horizon House and have any questions that are not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this page, please email us at questions@horizonhouse.org.   

 

Update: 4/1/2020 3:20 PM

Three additional Assisted Living staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. There are now sevenknown cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House which remains under strict quarantine.   

  • The staff members who tested positive are recovering at home and report they are feeling well.   
  • The two residents who tested positive for COVID-19 remain at the hospital. 

We understand that this is a stressful time for our residents, staff members and extended community. If you have a family member who is a resident at Horizon House and have any questions or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQ at the bottom of this webpage, please email us at: questions@horizonhouse.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

We will continue to update you as we get more information. We are working with King County Public Health and continue to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

 

Update: 3/31/2020 4:20 PM

We have two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Assisted Living at Horizon House 

resident left the community on Monday, March 30 and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. The resident remains at a local hospital 

A staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. This staff member last worked in Assisted Living on Saturday, March 28. They are in quarantine at home and recovering well.  

These are the third and fourth known cases of COVID-19 in our community. An Assisted Living employee and an Independent Living resident previously tested positive. Horizon House remains under quarantine 

These are very trying times for our residents and staff members. While we continue to work through this difficult situation, our focus remains the same: doing our very best to keep everyone at Horizon House healthy and safe. We are working with King County Public Health and continue to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

Update: 3/30/2020, 7:45 AM 

An Independent Living resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was taken by ambulance to a local hospital on Sunday, March 29 where they tested positive. The resident remains hospitalized.   

This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 at Horizon House; an employee who recently tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering at home and doing well. 

Horizon House is now going into full quarantine in Independent Living. Assisted Living has been in quarantine for the last two weeks and will remain so. All residents are to self-isolate in their apartments and only leave only for necessary medical appointments. Residents leaving for any other reason will not be able to re-enter Horizon House until after the quarantine is lifted.

Our common areas remain closed. Our meal delivery service is still operating, and we have encouraged our residents to order groceries online. We continue to provide support with ordering groceries for all residents if needed and are delivering groceries to their doors.  

This is a hard time for our community and we greatly appreciate the support and patience as we try to navigate through this difficult situation. We continue to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and King County Public Health Department. 

 

Update: 3/29/2020 11:05 AM

A Horizon House employee recently tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked at Horizon House on Tuesday, March 24 in Assisted Living, but did not display any symptoms at work. Our employee is recovering at home and thankfully doing well.  

Assisted Living has been in quarantine for two weeks and will remain so per the King County Public Health Department. Assisted Living residents have been dining in their apartments and all activities have been cancelled for the last two weeks.  

Because of the quarantine in Assisted LivingIndependent Living residents have not been in contact with staff or residents in Assisted Living. Independent Living residents are following Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate.  

This is an incredibly stressful time and Horizon House recognizes the emotional toll that isolation and social distancing can have on mental health. To further support our residents combat any feelings of loneliness or anxiety, we have launched a ‘Well-Being Call Team.” This team, made up of employees, is working daily to call our residents to see how they are doing, offer reassurance where needed, and ensure they have someone to talk to. We are also helping our residents to be social with friends and family through virtual means where possible. 

We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide more updates as we can. If you have a family member at Horizon House and have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at questions@horizonhouse.org. 

 

Update: 3/24/2020

Due to Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home Mandate, all Horizon House residents are asked to spend as much time as possible in their apartments. It’s time to stay home! 

  • Residents who must leave the building for medical appointments, grocery runs, etc. will continue to be screened upon reentry. Screening will now include seven questions along with a temperature check.  
  • Common areas are now closed. 
  • Residents must adhere to social distancing rules while in Horizon House. 
  • We continue to offer complimentary delivery to Independent Living resident apartments three times per day.  
  •  

 

Update: 3/23/2020 

As of today, March 23, 2020, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Horizon House. Notwithstanding, we are planning for an escalation in the virus that could require Horizon House to care for ill residents on site if medical facilities are overburdened. To that end:

  • Horizon House has identified an area within our community that would be utilized in the event we need to isolate any residents who have confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  •  Isolation rooms have been setup with negative air pressure units, zippered entrances to and from units, and isolation carts for staff.
  • Staff are equipped with personal protection equipment (PPE).
 

Our current practice is:

  • All common areas have been rearranged to ensure residents are practicing social distancing
  • No more than 10 residents can occupy a common space at any given time.
  • Residents may leave the building for medical appointments, to pick up groceries/prescriptions and go for walks. 
  • All people entering the building are being screened, including residents. 
  • Internal restaurants are closed, however meals are available on a take-out basis with complementary room service

Horizon House is beyond impressed with the commitment from our staff. Despite working under hardship and uncertainty, they are taking this journey one day at a time, bringing a sense of calm and normality to the lives of our residents, uplifting spirits and smiling despite the unknown times ahead.

We are committed to resident safety and wellness and are working around the clock to develop and implement policies, protocols and additional emergency plans. As the situation develops, we will keep you all updated and informed, as resident safety and wellness is paramount.

Update: 3/18/2020 

While there are no COVID-19 cases at Horizon House at this time, we are following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and King County Public Health Department. These guidelines have brought on a number of changes to daily life for our residents but are necessary in our efforts to lower the risk of exposure and keep all members of our community safe.

  • We are minimizing risk to our residents by reducing gatherings, sanitizing public spaces more often and with specialized cleansers, and encouraging social distancing and regular hand washing.
  • Family members and friends have been asked to stay away, in an effort to minimize transmission.
  • We are screening all people daily before they are allowed access to our campus. 
 

Thank you for your continued support and for being a valuable member of our broader community. Please note that any/all updates relating to the novel Coronavirus will be posted 

Friends & Families FAQ (updated 4/17/2020)

Has there been any testing until now? How are your negotiations with KCPH going?  Is there anything family members can do to support your efforts, for example, contacting elected officials? Has there been any investigation into private testing? 

  • Horizon House has received some FDA-approved test kits for our residentsFDA-approved kits will be used to test symptomatic individuals only. A physician order is required for the lab to process the test. Tests will be available for Independent Living and Assisted Living residents following consult and order from their primary care provider or healthcare organization. Current lab turn-around time for results is 4-5 daysIf a resident has symptoms, we ask that they reach out to their primary care physician (PCP). If their PCP agrees they need a test, our Clinic can conduct the test here. Our clinic is open M-F from 8:30am – 2:30pm.
 

Can residents leave if they were planning to go away for a few days and if so, will they able to get back in?   

  • Each person should discuss their own health risks with their provider before traveling. Residents leaving Horizon House for 24 hours or more will be required to quarantine in their apartment for 14 days, following their return. 
 

Can you describe to us the screening procedure for Horizon House staff and residents?  

  • Anyone entering Horizon House is required to answer a series of CDC-recommended questions. At each screening point, each person entering Horizon House has their temperature taken. This happens each time they enter the building and these same practices are applied to residents. No one is exempt from screening.
 

We appreciated the detailed information provided in that email, in particular the note from Dr. George Counts. Is it possible for family members to receive future emails regarding the Covid-19 outbreak?  If so, could you please add us to the mailing list? 

  • We don’t have an email list for family members at this time, but all updates are posted on our website and Facebook page. 
 

What precautions are being taken with regards to dining, mail and package delivery? 

  • All staff members working in Dining Services are wearing masks while preparing and delivering meals. Mail and packages are being sorted by staff members and delivered to the front door of each resident apartment as our mail room is closed. Deliveries are only to the door; staff do not enter units. 
 

What precautions are being taken with regards to the air flow in the building?  

  • The Facilities Team has adjusted our main air handling units so that they are supplying as much outside air as possible, rather than recirculated air. Usually during this time of year, to save energy, these units would automatically adjust so that the majority of the air being supplied is recirculated air. For this reason, we have overridden the system so that the dampers that control the intake of outside air are 70% open, rather than only 30% open. Once outside air temperatures are warm enough, probably by next week, this will allow us to adjust these units so that they are supplying 100% outside air. We have attempted to do this with current outside air temps in the 40’s, but the units are unable to maintain necessary supply air temperatures. As for air filtration, we are using ‘MERV 13’ filters that are capable of filtering out almost everything from the air, including viruses. 
 

What happens if Horizon House resident has a suspected case of COVID-19?   

  • We will work with the resident’s primary care provider, per resident’s consent, and the King County Public Health Department to have the resident tested. We will ensure the resident remains in isolation until test results are received.  
 
What happens if Horizon House has a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
 
  • We will follow the directives of their primary care provider and the King County Public Health Department. Based on the CDC guidelines, the recommendation is to isolate in place.  For Independent Living residents, if additional support is necessary, we will help procure home care (listed as an essential service and thus, home care, home health and hospice workers continue to be allowed to enter Horizon House and provide services). If a resident is unable to remain in Independent Living safely, even with home care, we have identified an area within our community where we have prepared isolation units.  We would transfer a resident to that space and a Horizon House care team would provide the support.
 

Will residents be able to stay-in-place and self-quarantine? 

  • The primary care provider will determine if hospitalization is required and whether there is hospital capacity at the time.  If hospitalization is not required, the CDC guideline is to remain in place in isolation. 
 

Will a family member be allowed to move-in to a resident apartment to care for their family member, and then stay quarantined there until it’s deemed safe to leave? 

  • We are currently not allowing family members to enter and provide care to residents. We will re-visit this IF for any reason home care providers are not able to provide services and if we experience work force shortages. 
 

Will there be medical supplies available such as cough medicine, symptom relief medicine, that could be supplied to the residents who are quarantined? 

  • Our Clinic can work with the provider to order and deliver necessary medications. 
 

Will Hospice care be allowed to come in to Horizon House to see and treat residents? 

  • Yes. 
 

How can families get a hold of residents that live here?

  • We strongly encourage families to reach out by phone, email or other social media channels with Horizon House residents.

 

Can family bring groceries or other supplies to the outside of the front entrance for a staff member to receive and deliver to an apartment? 

  • Yes. Family members can deliver outside the main entrance and a member of staff will bring the groceries inside and deliver them to the residents apartment. 

 

Is Horizon House in quarantine? If so, what does that mean?

  • Yes. At this time all residents are asked to self isolate and remain in their apartments. Our common areas are closed and no visitors are allowed to enter the building. 
 

How will residents get mail?

  • Mail is being delivered as usual.

 

How will residents get packages?

  • Packages are being delivered as usual.

 

How will residents get prescriptions that are delivered? 

  • Prescriptions are being delivered to resident apartments. 
 

Can residents leave the building for medical appointments or to pick up prescriptions from a local pharmacy? 

  • Yes. These are the only reasons we recommend leaving Horizon House. Residents will be screened upon re-entry.

 

If family members have specific questions or wish, they can email questions@horizonhouse.org