Rockwood Retirement Communities COVID-19 Update
May 19, 2020
We are pleased to report that Rockwood Retirement Communities has been fortunate not to have had any resident COVID-19 cases and only one involving a team member. Our residents and their families, our team members and our business partners have locked hands in being vigilant to keep the virus at bay. We cannot thank everyone enough for the cooperation and understanding during these highly unusual times.
Now, more than 90 days since the Coronavirus became the major topic of discussion each day, we are thankfully able to start thinking about how to get back to normal. Systems we put into place regarding sanitizing, social distancing, screening for symptoms, to name just a few, remain. These safeguards that have become woven into the fabric of our everyday life at Rockwood will only be gradually lifted as guidance from the State, the CDC and the Department of Health allows. We will be cautious in lifting restrictions.
That said, we are closely monitoring Washington State’s phased approach to the lifting of the Stay Home, Stay Health order. Our leadership team has been working hard to craft a detailed plan that will both respect the official guidance we receive as well as gradually roll back the many restrictions we have had to place on resident visits, the delivery of meals, activities, and so many other elements of resident life at Rockwood.
Presently, we are still not in a position to allow visitors on campus. We are hopeful that we will soon be given the go-ahead to permit some visitation to independent living apartments on a limited basis. We are gradually introducing more activities to residents while being very mindful of acceptable social distancing protocols. We have introduced more dining options for residents living in the Towers and the Forest Estates who still must have their meals delivered. We have a plan ready to roll out to partially open the dining rooms but we are waiting for Phase II of the State’s reopening plan to commence.
Be assured that Rockwood is committed to keeping resident and team members healthy. We will continue to closely monitor the authoritative guidance and regulations and be poised to do what we can to restore services as soon as possible, continuing to keep resident safety our top priority.