August 8, 2022
We are grateful that all staff at Heron’s Key are fully vaccinated, and that more than 97% of residents at Heron’s Key have completed their vaccinations and booster shots.
Protecting the health and wellbeing of Heron’s Key residents and staff continues to be our highest priority. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely to ensure we are taking precautions to protect our community, and continue to vigorously encourage vaccination. Decisions are guided by our local public health jurisdictions, the CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Washington State Governor.
From the onsite of this COVID-19 pandemic, residents and staff have been urged to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for prevention of any viral respiratory illness, including frequent hand washing, practice of good cough etiquette, advising those exhibiting any symptoms of the virus, or in direct contact with those exhibiting symptoms (sore throat, cough, fever) to remain at home until symptom-free for 72 hours.
For those who plan to visit Heron’s Key Independent Living, wearing of masks is no longer required.
Specific to Penrose Harbor, skilled nursing, assisted living, and assisted living memory care are following the guidance of several governmental agencies including the new Department of Health Long Term Care COVID Response Plan.
We currently have no residents in Penrose Harbor who have tested positive for COVID-19; dining services, activities and visitations are all available as normal.
Employees, vendors, and visitors to Penrose Harbor continue to be screened with Washington Department of Health recommended health questions and temperatures, and required testing for COVID-19 for our staff members continues.
Every resident in Penrose Harbor is assessed for symptoms and has their temperature checked every staff shift change.
Penrose Harbor and Herons’ Key staff and volunteers are prohibited from disclosing protected and confidential health information, except as otherwise provided by law or with the resident’s consent.
Questions about the Department of Health Long Term Care COVID Response Plan and how it pertains to Penrose Harbor may be directed to Karen Rose, Health Services Administrator.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work diligently to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of residents and staff. For the most current information about COVID-19 and coronaviruses, we recommend visiting the CDC or Department of Health websites.