COVID-19 Update 10/16/2020

Dear Friendsview Community,

As we continue to weather, together, the many challenges this year has presented, I am constantly reminded of the strong bonds, love and support for one another that extends throughout our community. The well-being of each and every member of our Friendsview family remains our highest priority, and we are incredibly grateful for your continued prayers, patience and support as we navigate the difficult and uncertain COVID-19 landscape.

While I wish I could share with you better news, today we learned an agency staff member working in the health center tested positive for COVID-19. This person is not symptomatic and is isolating at home. We are working with all affected staff members to offer our support, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers as we work toward a speedy resolution.

While we cannot share private health information, we believe this staff member may have come in contact with residents and staff in our community.

Because we know the virus has the potential to spread, we are instituting additional safety and precautionary measures, and, if the time comes, we will be prepared to respond to additional cases. We are working quickly to contact and test others who may have been in close proximity with this individual, so they can plan to self-quarantine for the time being.

We have been in touch with public health officials and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Department of Health. We are working to contact, test and isolate anyone who has been in contact with this individual. This will include discontinuation of any activities or visits that normally occur.

Though unsettling, this news serves as a real reminder that this pandemic is still very present in our community and our lives. As we enter the winter season, it is as important as ever to remain diligent in adhering to best practices for infection control, including appropriate handwashing, masking and social distancing measures. We ask everyone in our Friendsview community to monitor for signs and symptoms of the virus, and notify us immediately if you believe you are exhibiting symptoms.

Moving forward, we will continue to communicate openly and transparently about our response to this situation, while respecting the privacy of our residents and staff. We thank you for your continued support, and may God bless you with good health. If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact me or Kathy Watson through the main desk, 24 hours a day (503-538-3144).

Todd Engle
Executive Director