Friendsview was notified on Thursday, November 12th that a hospice nurse who had contact with one Friendsview resident on the 9th tested positive for COVID-19 on November 11th. The affiliated staff member was wearing PPE appropriately while in the building and during the provision of essential care. The individual’s contact with others followed Friendsview’s infection prevention protocols; was not prolonged, was not less than 6 feet and was never without appropriate PPE.
As required, the authorities were notified, and Friendsview initiated all staff and health services resident re-testing immediately. Specimen collection is under way at the writing of this memo and results are not yet available.
The Department of Human Services has issued an Executive Order restricting visitors from entering the facility, group activities and communal dining in order to prevent further spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of all residents and the community at large.
Residents and staff are being closely monitored and test results will be announced when they are available. For up-to-date information you can call Friendsview’s new information phone line at 503-537-2237.
Friendsview’s visitation limitation is also being dictated by Yamhill County’s high COVID test positivity rate, currently well over 10%. Last week we announced that, in keeping with our high regard for community, Friendsview was taking steps to provide safe and controlled indoor visitation for health services residents founded on risk-based criteria provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). This week, despite the aforementioned potential exposure, we would have had to curtail indoor visitation until COVID-19 cases in our vicinity have dropped significantly.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will let you know when visitation can be resumed as soon as it is deemed safe and allowable by the authorities and our infection prevention team.