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At Era Living, our number one priority has been helping to protect our residents from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Following the news of the first death related to COVID-19 in our area, we moved swiftly to add additional measures on top of existing plans and infection control protocols related to preventing the spread of communicable disease, outlined here.
This resource section is to ensure that residents, family members, and staff have access to the latest information regarding how we are working to protect the health of our communities. Additionally, you will find updates on COVID-19 cases in our communities and resources to help understand what we know about this virus and how you can protect yourself and others. This is an evolving situation, and we encourage you to monitor public health updates from the Washington State Department of Health, King County Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of April 8, five of Era Living’s eight retirement communities have a limited number of positive cases of COVID-19: Ida Culver House Ravenna, The Lakeshore, The Gardens at Town Square, University House Issaquah, and Aljoya Mercer Island. Details are below. In total across these communities, there are currently six residents and eight staff members who are positive for COVID-19. We are grateful that at least 339 residents and staff members across all eight of our communities have tested negative, and seven residents and three staff who tested positive before are now negative.
It is important to note that many residents who have been tested have not presented with respiratory symptoms common to COVID-19. We have been requesting tests conservatively and are finding that other symptoms have been preceding positive test results, and we have also identified asymptomatic people with the virus.
All of our community staff are considered essential workers and will be able to continue to report to work and help serve our residents following Governor Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order on March 23.
It saddens us to report that despite our aggressive actions to mitigate and control the spread of the virus, including proactive and where possible, broad testing, we have not been able to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our retirement communities completely. We are committed to full transparency and will continue to maintain this detailed status of COVID-positive cases associated with our retirement communities. When we learn of a new case, we rapidly follow protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus, which can be viewed here.
|Currently Positive||Recovered||Currently Positive||Recovered|
|Aljoya Mercer Island||0||0||1||0|
|Aljoya Thornton Place||0||0||0||0|
|Ida Culver House Broadview||0||0||0||0|
|Ida Culver House Ravenna||3 (2 offsite)||3||4||0|
|The Gardens at Town Square||2||4||1||2|
|The Lakeshore||1 (offsite)||0||1||1|
|University House Issaquah||0||0||1||0|
|University House Wallingford||0||0||0||0|
Unfortunately, as previously reported, one resident of Ida Culver House Ravenna who tested positive on March 6 passed away on March 9. Our hearts are still very heavy with this loss, as the resident was a beloved member of our community, and is missed.
On April 1, The Seattle Times incorrectly reported that there are confirmed cases at Ida Culver House Broadview. They issued a correction on April 2. We assure residents and staff that chances are very low that you would hear about positive cases at an Era Living community through the media before we have provided direct communication. Because we do have some communities with similar names, it is possible that the media makes mistakes or omits the neighborhood from the end of the name. We issue requests for corrections when we are aware of these mistakes.
Media inquiries should be directed to our publicist, Natalie Quick 206-779-0489.
Please note that these pages are not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.